County council happy with proposed constituency changes

By Keanna Nelson (B94 Newsroom)
November 8, 2017 - 7:13am Updated: November 12, 2017 - 12:39pm

Clearwater County council says they are happy with the final report from the Alberta Electoral Boundaries Commission.

The group discussed the newest report at their regular council meeting Tuesday. 

The final report, which was released on October 19, has updated the recent proposed changes to the area calling it Rocky Mountain House- Sundre with over 45,000 constituents.

"I think its fine for us and it includes all of us here in the County" said Deputy Reeve, Jim Duncan.

In the interim report released in May, it was suggested that the ridings of Drayton Valley-Devon and Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre be consolidated into one giant riding called Drayton Valley - Rocky Mountain House. Council provided input at the AEBC's public hearing on January 25 and again on July 24 following the interim report. At the time, council was concerned with the realignment of electoral ridings to "account for population growth rates below provincial averages"- which would have meant a significant geographic area increase in riding for this region and what would have been the largest population in any riding in the province. 

Specifically, Clearwater County recommended the AEBC reduce the population size of the proposed riding (population now reduced from 54,609 to 45,138), reduce the geographic size of the proposed riding and to move the northern boundary of the riding south to Brazeau County's municipal boarder along Brazeau County's south-eastern boundary (geographic size now reduced) and better include geographic boundaries that better represented the existing trade and travel patterns. 
The report will go to the Alberta Legislative Assembly for a vote.

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