There has been recent silliness coming from the Conservative Party, as well as partly from the Liberal Party, over the new riding boundaries being debated and drawn up for Saskatchewan.
The main issue stems over robocalls, now confirmed to have come from the Conservative Party in this statement from Fred DeLorey, that bombarded residents with anti-redistribution material.
The basic gist of the Conservative problem with the boundaries is that the eight rurban ridings that split Regina and Saskatoon before are now gone, to be replaced by five urban ridings and one rurban riding. To take a better look at these ridings, check out my post on the redistribution here.
The bullshit - er, sorry, spin - coming from the Cons is that Saskatchewan's urban population centres are now going to be less represented in the House of Commons, assuming that you could claim these huge, sprawling rurban ridings could be called "representative" of Saskatchewan's two major cities. DeLorey's statement said that, because of how much Saskatchewan's rural portions support the urban centres, it just totally makes sense that we combine the two.
Uh, yeah. Whatever he may be saying, it is utter bullshit; the Conservatives want to keep these ridings rurban because it gives them an advantage. There is a reason why Saskatchewan's House of Commons delegation is 13 Conservatives and one Liberal, despite almost a third of Saskatchewan voters supporting the NDP in 2011 - its because these ridings are pretty much gerrymandered.
There is something to the argument that there will be less representation for the cities now, but I would remind residents that you're trading quantity for quality. The eight MPs representing Regina and Saskatoon have to balance urban and rural issues, meaning they're stuck between two worlds. The concerns of a grain farmer outside of Batoche are not the same concerns of a service sector worker in downtown Saskatoon.
In my opinion, it would serve the residents of both of these worlds if they had MPs that represented their areas specifically. Having urban-focused MPs where we can and rural-focused MPs where we can is a much better idea than splitting everything down the middle. I understand that there are certain areas that make this impossible, but where its possible, do it.
But that is just me.