High River voters to be placed in new federal electoral riding

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The Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission (FEBC) has completed its work designing Alberta’s new federal electoral map, which sees High River voters pushed into the newly created Foothills riding.

The riding stretches from just outside the Calgary city limits southward to the province’s border with the United States. It spans eastward just beyond Clarseholm and runs west to the British Columbia border.

The various municipalities enveloped in the riding include High River, Okotoks, Pincher Creek, Crowsnest Pass, Claresholm and Fort Macleod.

To the east, both the newly developed Bow River riding –which includes Brooks and Taber- and the relatively unchanged Lethbridge riding border the Foothills riding.

The Banff-Airdrie riding borders the Foothills riding to the north, while the City of Calgary flanks the riding to the northeast.

The newly designed electoral map was tabled in the House of Commons on Wednesday and will be utilized by the Chief Electoral Officer to guide their work on drafting the representation order.

This work should be completed by fall 2013, according to the FEBC.

The map will be first used in the next federal election, provided it comes at least seven months following the official enactment of the representation order.

Alberta’s electoral map was redrawn after the Harper government passed legislation in 2011 increasing the number of seats in the House of Commons from 308 to 338.

Of the new 30 seats, six of them will be in Alberta, while another six will be hosted in neighbouring British Columbia.

Ontario will net 15 additional seats, with the remaining three to be accrued by the province of Quebec. 



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