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Prince Edward in proposed ‘Bay of Quinte’ riding

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Portion of the proposed southern Ontario area electoral map from www.federal-redistribution.ca

The words “Prince Edward” will fall from the federal electoral map for the first time since 1867 if the proposed “Bay of Quinte” riding is approved.

The Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for Ontario submitted its report redrawing the province’s federal electoral map in the House of Commons Monday. The report will be studied by a Parliamentary Committee before further action is taken.

Every 10 years, after the census is conducted, the number of electoral districts and their boundaries are revised to reflect population shifts and growth. The new Bay of Quinte boundary would include Prince Edward County, the City of Quinte West and parts of Belleville that are south of the 401.

The Hastings-Lennox and Addington riding would contain Belleville north of the 401, Hastings County and east to Lennox and Addington.

West of Quinte West would become Northumberland-Pine Ridge riding.

The Commission made substantial changes to the electoral map and created 15 new electoral districts (now 121 from 106) in the regions of Kitchener, Hamilton, Halton, Brampton, Mississauga, Simcoe, York, Toronto, Ottawa, Belleville and Durham. The report follows the public hearings that took place across the province in October and November, 2012.

To consult the report, visit www.federal-redistribution.ca.

Prince Edward was a federal electoral district  represented in the  House of Commons from 1867 to 1904. It was created by the British North America Act of 1867, and consisted of the County of Prince Edward. The district was abolished in 1924 when it was merged into Prince Edward—Lennox riding.

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