Electoral district reform could see north Kingston residents with new federal district

Electoral district map via MP Mark Gerretsen’s office.

The electoral districts for federal government representation are undergoing a review, and MP Mark Gerretsen is hoping to bring Kingston residents who live north of Highway 401 back into Kingston and the Islands.

“In 2012, Elections Canada removed residents north of the 401 from the electoral riding of Kingston and the Islands, creating a new riding called Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston,” Gerretsen said in his most recent Community Update email newsletter. “To access their local MP’s constituency office meant an over 100 km drive to Carleton Place.”

According to the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission, the Constitution of Canada requires that federal electoral districts be reviewed after each decennial (10-year) census to reflect changes and movements in Canada’s population. The current federal redistribution process began in October 2021, and is led by independent commissions working separately in each province to establish electoral boundaries.

Gerretsen noted that Elections Canada is “once again redrawing the map and this time they are proposing that Kingston residents north of the 401 be included with Brockville and Prescott!” According to his update, this would mean that their new MP’s constituency office would be approximately 85 kms away in Brockville.

“I believe Kingstonians north of the 401 belong in the riding of Kingston and the Islands,” Gerretsen stated. “The average drive to my office on Princess Street is 9 kms (only 12 mins!).”

All districts which border on Kingston and the Islands are also in the running for new boundaries. An interactive map of the proposed changes is available here.

Gerretsen’s office has created a feedback form for anyone who wishes to stay abreast of this redistribution. Find the form here.

For more information on the redistribution of federal electoral districts, visit https://redecoupage-redistribution-2022.ca/

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