Proposed new federal electoral district in Ontario would cut seats in Toronto, North IG News

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OTTAWA – The commission responsible for redrawing Ontario’s federal electoral map is proposing an overhaul to address changes in where people live.

Under the proposal, Toronto and Northern Ontario would lose one ride each, with new districts created in the Eastern and Northern Greater Toronto Areas, Central Ontario, along with the Guelph and Brampton areas.

The constitution calls for a review of electoral boundaries after every 10-year census, and a new federal law requires that each province maintain a minimum number of lawmakers in 2019.

That change would mean that Quebec would have 78 parliamentarians, not the current 77 when the borders are redrawn.

The earliest new maps for the general election could be 2024.

Ontario’s Boundary Commission is taking into account 2021 census data as it tries to address over-representation in some areas – such as Toronto – and underrepresentation in others, including Durham, Dufferin and Caledon.

The commission says population growth in the City of Toronto was lower than the rest of Ontario from 2011 to 2021, and there are now disparities in population density and ride size.

It has also taken into account the number of indigenous, francophone and rural and urban communities to ensure that representation in the House of Commons is not reduced.

In the northern part of the province, where development has been modest over the past decade, the new map will create a district with “extraordinary conditions” to preserve riding in a remote area with many indigenous communities.

The district will be over 520,000 square kilometers, although the commission noted that there are larger rides elsewhere in the country.

The commission will now hold public hearings and take feedback on the map of the proposed 122 districts.

Proposed maps have already been drawn in every other province, where public backlash has begun. There will be no change in the states which have one seat each.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on August 19, 2022.

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