Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission Releases Final Report - Dreeshen pleased with readjustment by Commission to include Delburne and Elnora in Red Deer - Mountain View

December 13, 2012

OTTAWA – Today, MP Earl Dreeshen is highlighting the details of the Report of the Electoral Boundaries Commission for Alberta, which was tabled in the House of Commons on Wednesday, December 12, 2012. The report is the culmination of work undertaken by the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for Alberta which included public consultations across the province and two separate consultations in Red Deer.

The Red Deer region is set to be split into two electoral ridings. Red Deer – Mountain View will be made up of the southern part of Red Deer and Red Deer County using primarily Ross Street and Highway 11 as the boundary line, as well as Mountain View County, including Olds, Sundre and Carstairs. Red Deer - Wolf Creek will be made up of the northern portion of Red Deer and Red Deer County, including Sylvan Lake, Lacombe County, parts of Ponoka County and the Louis Bull, Ermineskin, Samson, and Montana Indian Reserves.

The final report made one change from their original report that is relevant to Red Deer and Red Deer County. The eastern portion of Red Deer County containing the communities of Delburne, Elnora and Lousana will not be part of Battle River - Crowfoot as originally proposed, rather will be included the electoral district of Red Deer - Mountain View using the existing county boundaries. During the consultations in Red Deer, the Commission heard from more than half a dozen presenters who wanted to see this change and keep some consistency in representation with their neighbors.

“The Commission has done a tremendous job respecting the complexities and ever changing realities of our region,” said Dreeshen. “Regardless of which electoral riding Central Albertans find themselves in, they can be assured that they will continue to receive the representation they deserve.”

A detailed explanation by the Commission can be found in its final report. The Central Alberta explanation can be found on pages 20-21 at: http://www.redecoupage-federal-redistribution.ca/ab/now/reports/ab_proposal_e.pdf