Tuesday, January 29, 2013

New Brunswick Redistribution Commission Report

The final Atlantic province has come out with its Redistribution Report, meaning that overall, we're waiting for Ontario and Quebec  - Saskatchewan and British Columbia also have their reports out, but I'll be covering them tomorrow.

You can read the Commission's Report here.

I covered the original proposals in New Brunswick awhile back, and even had a map to complement it. There has only been minor changes since then for most ridings, except for one major one in the neighborhood of Moncton.

Thicker Black Line - 2003 Order Boundaries; Yellow - Original Proposal; Green - Commission's Report
Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe had its 2003 order boundaries changed in the original proposal to get rid of Dieppe and hand it over to Beauséjour, leaving it as just Moncton-Riverview, with the addition in the west of some rural Conservative polls.

In the Commission's report, Dieppe, or at least most of Dieppe, has come back into the riding, except for those polls west of Rue Centrale south of Champlain St, with the border above that street being Dieppe Blvd/Harrisville Blvd, up to the Trans-Canada Highway. From there, the border follows the Trans-Can up to Ensley Dr, then down along the 2003-order western border (getting rid of the rural Conservative polls).

This will make MRD more of an urban riding by cutting out northern rural ridings in the old borders, though it has not changed it by too much in all honesty. The riding will likely remain the close three-way race between the Conservatives, Liberals, and New Democrats it was in 2011.

Other changes in this report include putting the Saint John riding boundaries almost exactly back to the 2003 order boundaries, and renaming it Saint John-Rothesay. Fundy Royal, which was called Fundy-Quispamsis in the original proposal, reverts back to Fundy Royal.

Fredericton, which in the original proposal become a lot more urban, regains a lot of rural polls, though not all of the 2003 order ones it had.

Overall, however, not too much change, especially not in the partisan make-up of the ridings. We'll see tomorrow whether or not the same can be said for BC and Saskatchewan.

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