Part II – Amendments to the Initial Report (April 10, 2013) – New Brunswick – Objections

1. Proposed transfer of the communities of Meductic and Canterbury to the electoral district of New Brunswick Southwest

In its Proposal for the Province of New Brunswick, issued in June 2012, the Commission proposed to move a part of the western portion of the electoral district of Fredericton into the riding of Tobique—Mactaquac. Following its public hearing and subsequent deliberations, the Commission decided to leave that part of the electoral boundary as it currently stands. However, the Commission was also aware of its mandate to ensure relative voter parity and therefore decided that boundaries would best be altered so that the communities in the parishes of North Lake and Canterbury (see pages 20 and 29) would be within the electoral district of New Brunswick Southwest.

Having considered the objections contained in the Standing Committee's report, the Commission has decided that it is reasonable to leave the boundaries as they currently stand with respect to these communities, so that the parishes of North Lake and Canterbury and the villages of Canterbury and Meductic will remain within the electoral district of Tobique—Mactaquac. This will leave the deviation from the electoral quota for the electoral district of New Brunswick Southwest at -11.87%, which is within reasonable limits. The deviation from the electoral quota for Tobique—Mactaquac will therefore be -5.9%, which is also well within reasonable limits. The arguments made regarding community of interest and historical patterns are persuasive, and the Commission is therefore in agreement with the Standing Committee on this point.

2. Proposed transfer of the area north of Highway 2 in Moncton to the electoral district of Beauséjour

In its Proposal, the Commission altered the electoral boundaries of Beauséjour to include all of the City of Dieppe. During its hearings, the Commission heard various strong and reasonable objections to the concept of assigning the two cities of Moncton and Dieppe to separate districts. As a result, in its Report, the Commission made some changes to the existing boundaries in that area, but by and large maintained the status quo. In an effort to achieve greater voter parity, the Commission then altered the boundaries of the electoral district of Moncton—Riverview—Dieppe so as to include a section of the City of Moncton north of Highway 2 within the electoral district of Beauséjour.

This change met with an objection from Mr. Goguen, Member of Parliament for Moncton—Riverview—Dieppe, supported by the other member of Parliament in the region and the member of Parliament for Acadie—Bathurst. The objection was endorsed by the Standing Committee, and its report is in agreement with the objection. The Standing Committee therefore recommends that "the communities of Moncton [n]orth of the TransCanada Highway No. 2 be included in the electoral district of Moncton—Riverview—Dieppe."

The arguments made in favour of this change are reasonable ones. The area affected is within the municipal boundary of the City of Moncton. The community of interest with the rest of the city is clear. Moreover, the change would leave both the electoral districts of Moncton—Riverview—Dieppe (+19.1%) and Beauséjour (+7%) well within the 25% range of deviation permitted by the Act. As a further result, the Francophone minority in the tri-community district would increase from 28.2% to 28.95%. This part of the current boundary of Moncton—Riverview—Dieppe will therefore remain unchanged so as to include the communities north of Highway 2.

3. Proposed name change for the electoral district of Tobique—Mactaquac

In its Proposal, the Commission proposed to move a part of the eastern portion of the electoral district of Fredericton along the Saint John River into the riding of Tobique—Mactaquac. As a result of this proposed change, the Commission reasoned that a change of electoral district name to Tobique—Saint John River Valley would be more accurate, for the riding boundary was now moved further east and downriver.

However, following its public hearing and subsequent deliberations, the Commission decided to leave that part of the electoral boundary as it currently stands. The reason for changing the name and removing the reference to Mactaquac no longer applies. The Commission has therefore decided that the current name of Tobique—Mactaquac shall remain.

4. Current name of the electoral district of Miramichi

In its Report, the Commission altered the boundaries of the electoral district of Miramichi so as to include the towns of Minto and Chipman (see page 15). This change was made in order to ensure greater voter parity as required by the Act that governs the actions of the Commission. There was no objection from members of Parliament to this change. However, it was recommended that the name of the electoral district be revised to better reflect the new electoral boundaries by making reference to the new area around Grand Lake now within the district. Hence the Commission has decided that the name recommended by the Standing Committee, Miramichi—Grand Lake, shall be the new name of this electoral district.



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