Part I – Initial Report to the House of Commons (December 10, 2012) – Alberta – Summary and Closing Remarks

The Commission is grateful for the helpful input from the public at both the pre- and post-proposal stages, and would like to take this opportunity to thank the public for its participation in the redistribution process. The Commission was impressed with the quality and thoughtfulness of the presentations. Public input is invaluable and provides information and local insight not otherwise readily available. Communication between the Commission and the public is an example of democracy in action.

The electoral district landscape of Alberta has changed to accommodate six new electoral districts as well as the population shifts and changes since the 2001 census. All existing electoral districts have changed – some significantly. The cities of Calgary and Edmonton constitute 52.3% of the 2011 census population count and contain 17 of Alberta's 34 electoral districts.

The Commission has created one new electoral district in northern Alberta, two new electoral districts in and around the City of Edmonton, two new electoral districts in the City of Calgary and one new electoral district in southern Alberta.

The Commission carefully followed its mandate to achieve population parity where reasonably possible and to consider the mandatory criteria in section 15 of the Act. The Commission is satisfied that it has achieved a fair balance of the criteria in its redistribution of the 34 electoral districts in the Province of Alberta. Considering size, shape and character, the Commission is satisfied that fair and effective representation can occur within each electoral district.

Dated at Calgary, in the Province of Alberta, this 10th day of December, 2012.

Honourable Madam Justice Carole Conrad
Chair

Mr. Edwin Eggerer
Member

Ms. Donna R. Wilson
Member

Ms. Ooldouz Sotoudehnia
Commission Secretary

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