Part II – Amendments to the Initial Report (March 12, 2013) – Newfoundland and Labrador – Consideration and Disposition of Objections

City of St. John's

Two of the objections were with respect to the boundary between the electoral districts of St. John's East and St. John's South—Mount Pearl. After considering the evidence and the presentations of the members of Parliament representing those districts, the Committee recommended that the areas of Signal Hill and the Battery be included in the electoral district of St. John's South—Mount Pearl.

In considering this recommendation, the Commission noted that the underlining rationale put forward by the Committee was the recently developing "community of interest" among residents of both sides of the entrance to St. John's Harbour, the Narrows. In particular, the evidence filed stated that community groups on both sides of the Narrows were working together, and with representatives of both municipal and provincial governments, the St. John's Port Authority and the member of Parliament for St. John's South—Mount Pearl, towards development plans that emphasize and build on the geographic and historical significance of the Narrows and of the harbour itself. Further, in the opinion of the Narrows Group, their efforts would be less effective if the areas of interest were not in the same electoral district.

The Commission accepted the Committee's rationale of "community of interest" among residents of both sides of the Narrows and its recommendation to include Signal Hill and the Battery in the district of St. John's South—Mount Pearl.

Accordingly, the Commission decided to adjust the western downtown boundary between the two districts so that, at the intersection of Waldegrave Street and Water Street, rather than proceeding to the harbour as per the Commission's initial report, the boundary now turns northeast on Water Street and proceeds along Water Street to Temperance Street, up Temperance Street and then up Signal Hill Road as far as its intersection with Cabot Avenue. From that point, the boundary proceeds to the northern limit of the Johnson Geo Centre lot and then due east to the ocean.

The result is that the area south of this adjusted boundary line, notably the north side of St. John's Harbour, the Battery, and much of Signal Hill, including the prominent historical sites, is now in the electoral district of St. John's South—Mount Pearl. The population changes in the two districts are modest, and voter parity between the two districts is maintained. Specifically, the population of St. John's East declines by 287 to 81,936, and there is a corresponding increase in the population of St. John's South—Mount Pearl to 81,944. All other parts of the boundaries for those two districts remain unaltered.

Bay d'Espoir—Central—Notre Dame

The Committee recommended that the name of the electoral district of Bay d'Espoir—Central—Notre Dame be changed to Coast of Bays—Central—Notre Dame. In considering this recommendation, the Commission noted that the area in question is the southern part of the new electoral district, namely the south coast area of Bay d'Espoir and the Connaigre Peninsula, and that, in the past, this region had generally been referred to as Bay d'Espoir. During the public consultations this description of the region was generally considered acceptable.

The Commission accepted the Committee's rationale for its recommendation, namely that "Coast of Bays" would be accepted locally as a better description of the region and more inclusive of the various communities. The name of the district is now Coast of Bays—Central—Notre Dame.



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