The Alberta Association of Municipalities and Districts is speaking out against the NDP's plan to change the electoral boundaries in Alberta, saying it will diminish democracy for rural Alberta.
The group that represents Alberta’s rural communities and 69 counties are concerned that the new sizes of the proposed rural ridings will make representing these areas nearly unmanageable.
The NDP convened a panel in October 2016 called the Alberta Electoral Boundaries Commission, and their interim report was finished earlier in June.
What you need to know is that the panel has advised fewer but much larger rural ridings and a few more urban ones.
The NDP will adopt this report, saying Alberta needs to change to reflect the growing urban population and so riding boundaries have to be tinkered with.
Watch my video to see the three reasons I think the NDP is really going to condense rural Alberta ridings. It’s not about representation by population, that’s for sure.
But it’s not all bad news:
A recent Mainstreet Poll shows that the PCs lead the polls in Calgary ahead of the NDP. Rejigging the electoral map in favor of urban voters won't help the NDP as much as they think it but, it will ensure rural Alberta is not represented fairly.