MP Nicholls seeking riding redistribution input
Public hearings this month in Salaberry-de-valleyfield
An open house hosted Monday evening in Saint-Lazare by Jamie Nicholls, the New Democrat MP for Vaudreuil-Soulanges, may be over but Nicholls says there is still time for constituents to express their opinions about a proposed redistribution of federal ridings in time for the 2015 general election.
And there will be a public hearing on the matter later this month in Salaberryde-Valleyfield.
According to Nicholls’ office, the number of ridings and their limits are revised every 10 years after the census to reflect movements and population growth. An initial proposal was launched a few weeks ago by the Electoral Boundaries Commission for Quebec, an independent committee.
The commission’s role is to examine any demographic changes since the last redistribution and to propose new electoral boundaries. The end goal, according to the commission, is to provide a more balanced representation of people and communities in parliament.
“Soulanges would extend from Très- Saint-Rédempteur to Dundee and include Salaberry-de-Valleyfield,” the VaudreuilSoulanges MP explained, adding, “Vaudreuil would go from Pointe-Fortune to L’Île-Perrot, going through Rigaud, Saint-Lazare and Vaudreuil-Dorion. These are major changes because the riding boundaries, as we currently know them, will completely change,” he said.
Nicholls stressed the importance of gathering feedback from those who will be affected by the possible changes, which are not yet final. He encouraged anyone interested in learning more to attend a public hearing taking place at 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 23 at the Valleyfield Courthouse, Room 6, located at 74, rue Académie in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield.
“I’d like to hear what my constituents have to say on the proposed changes and discuss with them,” Nicholls noted. Any comments or questions on the matter can also be sent to MP Jamie Nicholls at jamie.nicholls.c1@parl. gc.ca. To learn more about the proposed changes, go to: www.redecoupagefederal-redistribution.ca.