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BILL 2 — 2014 Electoral Boundaries Commission Amendment Act, 2014

BILL 2 — 2014 Electoral Boundaries Commission Amendment Act, 2014

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BC Liberals excluding 17 of 85 BC ridings from Supreme Court guideline on redistribution.

One amendment stands out: it would require that the Electoral Boundary Commission safeguard the number of ridings in three regions of the province: the North, Cariboo-Thompson and Columbia-Kootenay. And it’s this one that should alarm British Columbians.

All told the three regions account for 17 of the province’s 85 seats and 14 per cent of its registered voters. More importantly, they represent 40 per cent of the seats required to form a majority government.

In the last election, voter turnout in the three regions was 57 per cent and the winners tallied up 136,890 votes between them. Eleven of the seats were won by the B.C. Liberal party and six by the NDP.
BC Liberals excluding 17 of 85 BC ridings from Supreme Court guideline on redistribution.

One amendment stands out: it would require that the Electoral Boundary Commission safeguard the number of ridings in three regions of the province: the North, Cariboo-Thompson and Columbia-Kootenay. And it’s this one that should alarm British Columbians.

All told the three regions account for 17 of the province’s 85 seats and 14 per cent of its registered voters. More importantly, they represent 40 per cent of the seats required to form a majority government.

In the last election, voter turnout in the three regions was 57 per cent and the winners tallied up 136,890 votes between them. Eleven of the seats were won by the B.C. Liberal party and six by the NDP.

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Home > Documents and Proceedings > 2nd Session, 40th Parliament > Bills > Bill 2 — 2014: Electoral Boundaries Commission Amendment Act, 2014
2014 Legislative Session: 2nd Session, 40th ParliamentFIRST READING
The following electronic version is for informational purposes only.The printed version remains the official version.
MINISTER OF JUSTICEHONOURABLE SUZANNE ANTON
BILL 2 — 2014ELECTORAL BOUNDARIES COMMISSIONAMENDMENT ACT, 2014
HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of theProvince of British Columbia, enacts as follows:
1 Section 3 (2) of the Electoral Boundaries Commission Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c.107, is repealed and the following substituted:
(2) The commission must make proposals to the Legislative Assemblyfor 85 electoral districts.
2 Section 9 is amended (a) by adding the following subsection:
(0.1) In this section:
"Cariboo-Thompson Region"
 means a region consisting of the followingelectoral districts specified in the
Electoral Districts Act 
:(a) Cariboo North;(b) Cariboo-Chilcotin;(c) Fraser-Nicola;(d) Kamloops-North Thompson;(e) Kamloops-South Thompson;
"Columbia-Kootenay Region"
 means a region consisting of the followingelectoral districts specified in the
Electoral Districts Act 
:
 
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(a) Columbia River-Revelstoke;(b) Kootenay East;(c) Kootenay West;(d) Nelson-Creston;
"North Region"
 means a region consisting of the following electoral districtsspecified in the
Electoral Districts Act 
:(a) Nechako Lakes;(b) North Coast;(c) Peace River North;(d) Peace River South;(e) Prince George-Mackenzie;(f) Prince George-Valemount;(g) Skeena;(h) Stikine.
 ,(b) in subsection (1) by striking out " 
In determining
" and substituting
Subject to subsection (1.1), in determining
", and (c) by adding the following subsections:
(1.1) With respect to the Cariboo-Thompson Region, the Columbia-KootenayRegion and the North Region, the commission must be governed by thefollowing additional principles:(a) for the purpose of effective representation in the LegislativeAssembly, each of these regions must not have the number of theirelectoral districts reduced from the number of electoral districtsthat currently exist for the region;(b) for the purposes of complying with paragraph (a) of thissubsection, the commission may exceed the 25% deviationprinciple established by subsection (1) (b).(3) For certainty, for the purpose of making proposals under section 3 (2),the commission may propose(a) changing the names of electoral districts in the Cariboo-Thompson Region, the Columbia-Kootenay Region and the NorthRegion, and(b) adjusting or changing boundaries of electoral districts in theCariboo-Thompson Region, the Columbia-Kootenay Region and theNorth Region, including, subject to the purpose set out insubsection (1.1) (a), boundaries of electoral districts that are

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