The Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for Quebec Publishes Its Proposal To Revise The Electoral Map
Montréal, Friday, July 29, 2022. The Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for Quebec has published its proposal for revising the electoral map.
"In publishing this proposal, the Commission has concluded the first step of the mandate entrusted to it by the Electoral Boundaries Readjustment Act," says Jacques Chamberland, former justice and Chair of the Commission.
The Commission's next step will be to hear from citizens all across Quebec, in addition to the two virtual hearings already on the calendar. "Consulting the public is an essential part of revising the electoral map," says Mr. Chamberland.
The proposal consists of two parts: the first addresses the geographical boundaries of the 78 federal electoral districts in Quebec and, the second, the names of the electoral districts.
The goal of redistributing the electoral map is to ensure that all citizens have the same political influence. "It would be inequitable and contrary to the very essence of democracy if our system were any different," says André Blais, member of the Commission and political science professor at the Université de Montréal. "It takes much more than just simple math, though, to revise an electoral map," adds Louis Massicotte, member of the Commission and former political science professor at Université Laval. "We also have to consider other factors provided for in section 15 of the Electoral Boundaries Readjustment Act."
After examining the current electoral map (drawn 10 years ago), the Commission has proposed to leave the boundaries of 17 electoral districts intact. Gaspésie will lose a member of Parliament (the Avignon—La Mitis—Matane—Matapédia seat) and a new electoral district will be created north of Montréal, in the Laurentian Mountains (Les Pays d'en Haut). The boundaries of 60 other electoral districts will be modified to varying degrees in order to bring their population counts closer to the electoral quotient of 108,998.
As for electoral district names, the Commission has proposed changes to 12 district names. Most of these changes resulted from the Commission's wish for Quebec's Indigenous populations to be better reflected on the electoral map. The other electoral district names will remain the same.
"Publishing this proposal marks the start of the public consultation period," says Mr. Chamberland. "My fellow Commission members and I invite everyone, especially Indigenous communities interested in these name changes, to share their comments and suggestions with us. Your voice is an essential part of our process."
The Quebec commission is holding a total of 22 public hearings, in person and virtual, to gather comments and feedback on the proposed boundaries and electoral district names.
|Gaspé||Hôtel Baker |
278 Reine Street
|September 6, 2022||9 a.m.|
|Matane||Hôtel-Motel La Vigie|
600 Phare Avenue West
|September 7, 2022||9 a.m.|
225 René-Lepage Boulevard East
|September 8, 2022||9 a.m.|
311 Hôtel-de-Ville Boulevard
|September 9, 2022||9 a.m.|
360 Saint-Antoine Street
|September 12, 2022||1 p.m.|
360 Saint-Antoine Street
|September 13, 2022||9 a.m.|
|Virtual hearing||The link will be provided to participants.||September 14, 2022||9 a.m.|
|Saguenay||Hôtel Le Montagnais|
1080 Talbot Boulevard
|September 19, 2022||9 a.m.|
|Lévis||Sheraton Lévis (Centre des congrès)|
5800 J.-B.-Michaud Street
|September 20, 2022||10 a.m.|
3125 Hochelaga Boulevard
|September 21, 2022||9 a.m.|
|Trois-Rivières||Holiday Inn Express & Suites|
2000 Grands-Marchés Street
|September 22, 2022||10 a.m.|
|Laval||Sheraton (Palais des congrès)|
2440 Laurentides Highway
|September 26, 2022||1:30 p.m.|
|Saint-Jérôme||Super 8 (Wyndham)|
3 John-F.-Kennedy Street
|September 27, 2022||9:30 a.m.|
1699 Mont-Gabriel Road
|September 28, 2022||9 a.m.|
|Gatineau||Hôtel Four Points|
35 Laurier Street
|September 29, 2022||9 a.m.|
1001 Third Avenue East
|September 30, 2022||9 a.m.|
|Sallaberry-de-Valleyfield||Palais de justice de Salaberry-de-Valleyfield|
74 Académie Street
|October 3, 2022||9:30 a.m.|
|Longueuil||Holiday Inn Longueuil|
900 Saint-Charles Street East
|October 4, 2022||9:30 a.m.|
2685 King Street West
|October 5, 2022||9 a.m.|
|Thetford Mines||Hôtel du Domaine|
755 Ninth Street South
|October 6, 2022||9 a.m.|
|Sept-Îles||Quality Inn & Suites|
1009 Laure Boulevard
|October 11, 2022||9 a.m.|
|Virtual hearing||The link will be provided to participants.||October 13, 2022||9 a.m.|
If you wish to make a presentation at a hearing, please send a notice of representation to the Commission in writing by August 31, 2022. You can do so by:
- mailing it to the Commission's office
- emailing QC@redecoupage-federal-redistribution.ca
- filling out the Public Hearing Notice Form
- using the Interactive Mapping Tool
Notices of representation should include:
- your name, address and contact information
- the organization you represent (if any)
- the date of the public hearing you wish to attend
- a short overview of the issue(s) you intend to address
- your official language of preference
- any accommodation you may need
Note: If you wish to send comments and feedback to the commission without attending a public hearing, you can do so by email, by mail or by using the Interactive Mapping Tool. To obtain a copy of the Commission's proposal or to learn more about the redistribution of federal electoral districts, visit redecoupage-redistribution-2022.ca.
Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for Quebec
PO Box 829, BP Saint-Dominique
Telephone (toll-free): 1-855-726-4111
TTY (toll-free): 1-800-361-8935