Part I – Initial Report to the House of Commons (December 6, 2012) – New Brunswick – Conclusion

3. Conclusion

As we mentioned on several occasions throughout the public hearings, our initial proposals were not cast in stone: the process ensures that the views of the public are heard and given due consideration. As a result of public input, the Commission was able to effect a redistribution that brought most of the electoral districts closer to the provincial electoral quota. Relative voter parity was substantially improved from that of our proposal, in the sense that no riding is now over the 25% limit and that the majority of the ridings have less than a 10% variance. Considering that, at the time of redistribution, two of the ridings were beyond the allowable limit of 25% and another one was dangerously close, it was no easy task to balance these numbers while considering the other statutory factors – along with the special, officially bilingual character of our province.

The Commission consistently followed the same policy of working toward blended urban/rural ridings in order to provide greater voter parity while maintaining historical continuity. While this approach does not create more purely urban ridings, as some have advocated, it increases the effective representation of the urban areas, in the sense that more substantial areas in or around the major cities have other elected representatives. In our view, this arrangement increases the number of elected representatives for each of the cities.

Dated at Fredericton, New Brunswick, this 6th day of December, 2012.

Honourable Alexandre Deschênes
Chairperson

Honourable Thomas Riordon
Member

Dr. Patrick Malcolmson
Member

CERTIFIED copy of the Report of the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for the Province of New Brunswick.




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