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New federal electoral boundaries approved

By Brad Perry Sep 28, 2023 | 1:10 PM

New electoral boundaries will be in place for the next scheduled federal election in 2025.

Representation orders describing and naming the electoral districts came into effect last week.

“The new boundaries and districts will be in effect for a federal general election called any time after April 22, 2024,” Elections Canada said in a news release on Wednesday.

“A general election called before that date would be conducted using current electoral boundaries, as would any by-election called before the new boundaries are in effect. ”

The Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission of New Brunswick made a number of changes to electoral boundaries in our province.

The City of Saint John will be split into two separate federal ridings, despite opposition from some residents and the local member of Parliament.

Saint John residents living west of the Saint John River and Saint John Harbour will join New Brunswick Southwest, which will be renamed Saint John-St. Croix.

The rest of the city will remain in Saint John-Rothesay, which will grow to include Quispamsis and be renamed Saint John-Kennebecasis.

All of Riverview will be moved into the riding of Fundy Royal, but the commission decided against its original proposal of changing the riding’s name to Fundy Royal-Riverview.

The commission had initially suggested moving McAdam to the riding of Tobique-Mactaquac but later decided to keep it in Saint John-St. Croix.

Electoral boundaries are readjusted every 10 years following the decennial census to reflect changes and movements in Canada’s population.

“The independent review of electoral boundaries is a crucial part of our democratic system,” Stéphane Perrault, Canada’s chief electoral officer, said in a news release.

“I want to acknowledge the complex work undertaken by the commissions that led the effort to determine the new electoral district boundaries.”

Elections Canada will now begin the work of creating detailed maps and appointing returning officers for each district.