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New federal riding of Cowichan-Malahat-Langford confirmed
Cowichan Valley Regional District residents will be voting in a new federal riding during the Oct. 19, 2015 election.
Most will be in the new Cowichan-Malahat-Langford riding, which roughly includes North Cowichan, Lake Cowichan and all parts south, according to Elections Canada maps.
Ladysmith, North Oyster and most of Saltair are part of the new Nanaimo-Ladysmith riding.
The two new ridings were born after the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission finished work on redistributing Canada’s electoral districts. The final report has been handed to the Chief Electoral Officer and B.C.’s six new ridings are set to be proclaimed into law this month.
The changes mark the end of current Nanaimo-Cowichan riding. Nanaimo-Cowichan NDP MP Jean Crowder will see her current riding split; half going to Nanaimo-Ladysmith, the other half to CML. Crowder told the News Leader Pictorial Friday she hadn’t decided which riding she’ll run in.
“We did make some presentations to the riding boundary commission, particularly in the initial proposal,” she said.
“What they had done is put Lake Cowichan in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith area, and they clearly heard us and changed that so Lake Cowichan is now with the Cowichan-Malahat Langford area.”
Other minor changes were suggested, and the commission was largely accommodating, the veteran MP noted.
“The riding boundary commission has a tough job to do because they’re trying to balance the numbers and the communities of interest.”
The commission was created in February 2012 to set boundaries so each electoral district would hold roughly the same number of people while recognizing communities of interest or identity, historical patterns, and geographical size in sparsely populated regions.
The legal description of Cowichan-Malahat-Langford — population 99,160 — consists of the Cowichan Valley Regional District; City of Duncan; Town of Lake Cowichan; Municipality of North Cowichan; Cowichan Indian Reserve and Penelakut Island Indian Reserve No. 7; subdivisions A, B, C, D, E, F and I; the part of Subdivision G comprising Dayman Island, Hudson Island, Leech Island, Miami Islet, Penelakut Island, Ragged Islets, Reid Island, Rose Islets, Scott Island, Tent Island and Thetis Island; parts of the Capital Regional District comprising Subdivision H (Part 2); District Municipality of Highlands; City of Langford; Subdivision H (Part 1) lying northerly of the district municipalities of Sooke and Metchosin, and westerly of Squally Reach.
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