Thursday, December 13, 2012

Alberta Redistribution Commission Releases Report

Finally, one of the "big four" has had their Redistribution Commission's report released... unfortunately for those of us that are not Conservative, things haven't really changed in our favour.

Alberta has moved up from 28 seats to 34 seats, with the original proposal adding in a new riding in the north (Grand Prairie), two in the south (Red Deer-Mountain View and Bow River), three in Calgary (Calgary Spy Hill, Calgary Forest Lawn, and Calgary Midnapore), and two in Edmonton area (Sturgeon River and Sherwood Park-Fort Saskatchewan). Of the three "competitive" ridings in Alberta from 2011 that are not held by Linda Duncan - Calgary McCall, Edmonton Centre, and Edmonton East - only Ed. East's new configuration into Edmonton Griesbach made it more competitive than usual. I *thought* McCall was going to be more competitive, but no, I was wrong.

The Commission's report changes some things, but mostly in areas where the Conservatives already own basically ever piece of property available. None of the "competitive" ridings have changed, except for Calgary McCall becoming Calgary Skyfall - er, Skyview. It would be too much to expect the Commission to be that cool.

But, quickly:

Grand Prairie riding in the north has grown exponentially in size, growing to the northern border and taking in the communities of High Level, Rainbow Lake and Assumption, originally within the Peace River-Westlock riding. Check out the difference here, between this PDF (originally proposed ridings) and this PDF (Commission's revisions). They don't have the fancy flash map up yet.

Lakeland has taken out the Athabasca community of Fort McMurray-Athabasca, but lost the military community of Cold Lake on the Saskatchewan border, turning the latter riding into Fort McMurray-Cold Lake. Check here between this PDF and this PDF.

Battle River becomes Battle River-Crowfoot, and gains the community of Oyen as its southern border takes over the northern portion of Medicine Hat. The latter riding loses the town of Taber to Bow River, but gains the town of Cardston from Foothills. Foothills gains the towns of Claresholm and Fort Macleod, which were formerly in Bow River. Lethbridge stays the same. Once again, check between this PDF and this PDF.

Calgary Spy Hill has become Calgary Rocky Ridge - a much less cool sounding name - and extends its southern border a bit to include the community of Silver Springs, formerly part of Calgary Confederation, which gains the residential areas between the Sarcee Trail and Shaganappi Trail that was part of Spy Hill before. Calgary McCall as mentioned before is now named Calgary Skyview, and gains a little community between 36th St NE and 52nd St NE, with 32nd Av NE as its continuing southern border. You can see these changes between this PDF and this PDF.

In the capital city, Edmonton McDougall reverts back to Edmonton Centre, and regains the community of Meadowlark from Edmonton Callingwood. Edmonton Strathcona loses the western community of Brookside. And those are all the changes in Edmonton. Compare this PDF with this PDF.

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