Hughes reacts to approved riding changesTuesday, October 01, 2013 by: SooToday.com Staff
Carol Hughes, Member of Parliament for Algoma-Manioulin-Kapuskasing, has responded to riding changes approved by the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for Ontario
The new boundary comes into effect for the 2015 federal election, the NDP MP says in a news release.
"The new-look riding is virtually the same as the commission’s second proposal which sees Echo Bay, St. Joe’s Island, and Bruce Mines added to the southwestern corner of AMK [Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing] while in the northwest Manitouwadge and Pic Mobert FN have been removed and placed into Thunder Bay Superior North," the release continues.
"The only addition on eastern boundary is Foliet, while the remainder of the constituency is unchanged. Communities had to be added to increase the number of electors so that the constituency falls within the range of acceptable variance for an Ontario riding."
Hughes goes on to add: “I think the commission had a tough job balancing geography with population requirements. They have maintained the identity of Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing as a rural constituency with a variety of different sized communities, but no bigger city.”
While Manitouwadge and Pic Mobert will be voting in a different constituency in the next federal election, Hughes said the report changes nothing for this parliament and plans to continue working for the communities and people she was sent to parliament to represent.
“I am in Manitouwadge this week and it will be business as usual.”
The NDP MP noted that the only real problem she sees is the placement of Pic Mobert and White River into different constituencies.
“I think this should be addressed by the commission when they do this exercise next,” said Hughes. “The one item that should be fixed is to keep White River and Pic Mobert in the same constituency since they are connected on so many fronts that it only makes sense.”
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