This autumn, an elections commission will hold public hearings to gather input from voters regarding the possibility of new federal electoral districts in the province of Ontario. Due to a population increase, it could garner 15 new seats.
Over a 10-year period from 2001 to 2011, the population in Ontario grew by approximately 1.4 million from 11.41 million to 12.85 million, according to the latest census. As part of the Electoral Boundaries Readjustment Act, the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission is looking to redraw the boundaries to separate Ontario into electoral districts that signify a fair representation of the average population.
The province could be getting 15 new federal ridings and the proposed electoral districts would be located in Brampton (2), Cambridge, Durham (2), Hamilton, Markham (2), Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa, Simcoe, Toronto (2) and York. Furthermore, despite the population drop, the group has maintained the 10 seats in Northern Ontario due to its efficient representation.
“Population shifts and increases, efforts to honour existing municipal boundaries whenever possible, and the establishment of 15 new electoral districts have required substantial adjustment to Ontario's electoral map," said the Honourable Mr. Justice George Valin, chair of the three-member commission, in a news release.
The present state of electoral districts has been implemented since 2004.
Following public hearings and permitting Members of Parliament to present their views, the commission will make its final decision on the electoral districts. Voters who would like to make remarks or deliver a presentation at a hearing will be required to send the organization a written notice prior to Oct. 1.
Here is a list of public hearings (in chronological order):
Kenora: Best Western Lakeside Inn & Conference Centre, Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.
Thunder Bay: Best Western Plus Nor'Wester Hotel & Conference Centre, Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.
Sudbury: City Hall, Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.
New Liskeard: Riverside Place, Monday, October 15, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.
North Bay: Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 11:00 a.m.
Barrie: City Hall, Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.
Richmond Hill: Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel & Suites, Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. and Friday, October 19, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.
Windsor: Holiday Inn Downtown Windsor, Monday, October 22, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.
London: Four Points by Sheraton, Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.
Cambridge: City Hall, Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 11:00 a.m.
Hamilton: Crowne Plaza Hamilton Hotel & Conference Centre, Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 11:00 a.m.
Hamilton: Courtyard by Marriott Hamilton Hotel, Friday, October 26, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.
Niagara Falls: City Hall, Monday, October 29, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.
Oakville: Holiday Inn & Suites, Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.
Mississauga: Central Library, Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.
Brampton: Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. and Friday, November 2, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.
Ottawa: Hampton Inn & Conference Centre, Monday, November 5, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. and Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.
Kingston: Radisson Hotel Kingston Harbourfront, Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.
Belleville: Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. and Friday, November 9, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.
Coburg: Best Western Plus Cobourg Inn & Convention Centre, Monday, November 12, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.
Oshawa: Quality Hotel & Conference Centre, Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 11:00 a.m.
Toronto: North York Civic Centre, Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.
Toronto: Metro Hall, Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 11:30 a.m.