Crowfoot could fly into Battle River federal seat

The Crowfoot federal electoral riding could become Battle River in the next election in three years, as changes have been proposed

The Crowfoot federal electoral riding could become Battle River in the next election in three years, as changes have been proposed under the electoral boundaries review.

Communities in Camrose County, the County of Stettler and County of Paintearth currently in the Crowfoot riding would remain intact in the newly-named Battle River riding, in accordance with a review commission’s redrawing of the boundaries to create 34 ridings, from the existing 28.

Shifting slightly northward between Drumheller in the southwest and Camrose in the northwest, the realigned riding would generally follow the boundaries of the provincial divisions of Drumheller-Stettler and Battle River-Wainwright.

Residents with concerns can voice their views at public hearings this fall, with the closest hearings set for Camrose at Norseman Inn on Sept. 14 at 11 a.m., and Red Deer at the Sheraton Capri on Sept. 19 at 1:30 and 7 p.m.

“Population shifts and the creation of six new electoral districts have resulted in a new electoral district landscape for Alberta,” said Carole Conrad, who chairs the federal three-member commission for Alberta. “As one electoral boundary was drawn, an adjacent electoral district was inevitably impacted. In the result, all electoral districts in Alberta have been altered — some more substantially than others.”

Anyone wishing to make a presentation at a hearing is requested to send the commission notice by Aug. 10.

Written notice can be sent by email to: alberta@rfed-rcf.ca. Reviewed after every second census, the new proposed boundaries have been realigned to represent a quotient of 111,166 people, though Battle River would have a population of 105,680. To obtain a copy of the commission’s proposal, or to learn more about the redistribution of federal districts, visit: federalredistribution.ca.

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