Proposed Boundaries – Prince Edward Island

Part II – The Commission's Proposal

Proposed Changes

The Commission proposes no changes to the electoral district boundaries.

When the existing electoral boundaries were created in 2002, there were negative variances from the electoral quota of -4.67% and -2.25% in the electoral districts of Charlottetown and Malpeque respectively. These electoral districts were continuing to show the most population growth, and the 2002 commission anticipated that those negative variances would diminish even further over the next decade. Our current numbers have validated that expectation, and today's Commission has the following variances to consider.

Population Quota: 35,051
Federal Electoral District Population 2011 Variance
Cardigan 36,005 2.72%
Charlottetown 34,562 -1.40%
Egmont 34,598 -1.29%
Malpeque 35,039 -0.03%

Given the insignificant variances arising from the 2011 Census data, the Commission sees no reason to adjust the current boundaries. There have been no observable shifts in communities of interest or identity, nor has there been any recent change in the historical pattern of the electoral districts. The Commission is of the belief that the current system is working effectively.

Public Contributions Invited

The Commission recognizes that this proposal does not advance change; however, public comments are welcomed to assist the Commission in ensuring that the obligations of the Act are fully discharged.

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