St. John's, Monday, March 26, 2012 – The Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for Newfoundland and Labrador, recently established, has begun its review of the province's federal electoral districts. The three-person commission is headed by the Honourable Keith J. Mercer and commissioners Ms. Julie Eveleigh and Mr. Herbert Clarke.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Commission is one of 10 independent federal electoral boundaries commissions created by law to redraw the boundaries of Canada's federal electoral districts.
The work of readjusting Newfoundland and Labrador's federal electoral boundaries is not simply a mathematical exercise whereby each electoral district ends up with roughly the same number of people, but rather a balancing act that must take into consideration communities of interest or identity as well as a district's history and geographic size.
Newfoundland and Labrador's population has increased from 512,930 in 2001 to 514,536 in 2011, and the Commission is currently formulating a proposal for the province's seven seats in the House of Commons to reflect the population growth and shifts.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Commission will publish its proposal outlining the new electoral map in a few months, and public hearings will follow at various locations across the province. Advertisements in newspapers and on the Commission's website will notify Newfoundlanders of the dates, time and place of these hearings where groups and individuals can participate in the process and share their opinions.
The public hearings and input from the electorate had a great impact on the electoral boundaries created by the last commission in 2002. In order to involve the public as soon as possible in the process, the Commission is inviting citizens to participate in creating the initial proposal by providing their comments by e-mail or mail by April 15, 2012.
To learn more about the redistribution of Newfoundland and Labrador's federal electoral districts, visit www.federal-redistribution.ca.
Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for Newfoundland and Labrador
354 Water Street
P.O. Box 1835 St. John's C
St. John's, NL