A commission has been formed to review electoral boundaries in Manitoba and Spruce Woods MLA Cliff Cullen is anxious to see what the group recommends.

The 2018 Electoral Divisions Boundaries Commission was established to review the electoral boundaries for Manitoba provincial elections.

The Electoral Divisions Boundaries Commission is non-partisan and independent of government and its membership is set out in the Act. The responsibility of the Commission is to review all provincial electoral division boundaries, including the name of each division. As Manitoba's population changes, the review is necessary to ensure effective representation for everyone. If a division has a significant increase or decrease in population, the boundaries for that division might need to change.

“I went through a change two elections ago when my old riding of Turtle Mountain became Spruce Woods” said Cullen.

The legislation requires the Commission to base its review on the 2016 Statistics Canada census population for Manitoba. This total (1,278,365) is divided by the number of provincial electoral divisions in the province (57), establishing a quotient for each division (approximately 22,427 people per division).

“It is interesting when there is a change but I don’t think Brandon will change much and I likely wont notice any big change in my constituency but we will have to wait and see.”

The Commission will issue its initial 2018 proposal regarding electoral divisions in June. Public hearings to consider that proposal will be held in September, before the Commission's final report.

The final report of the Commission will set out the new electoral boundaries and their names. The new boundaries will come into effect for the next general election in 2020, unless a general election is called sooner.

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