Speaking in the House – Electoral Boundaries Commission – December 13, 2017

The Acting Speaker: Any questions or comments under 29(2)(a)?
Seeing and hearing none, is there anyone else wishing to speak to Bill 33? The hon. Member for Athabasca-Sturgeon-Redwater.

Mr. Piquette: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Yeah. I just wanted to briefly get on the record a couple of points. Of course, I mean, I haven’t made secret my own concerns over the Electoral Boundaries Commission. I just want to respond to some of the things from the people on the other side. As a rural member I don’t feel like my colleagues are throwing me under the bus. I have to say that, I mean, they’re looking at this from a different perspective. I respect that. I understand where they’re coming from when they look at their own ridings and when they look at that we appointed this commission.

That all being said, I’m going to be voting against this on third reading. I feel like I can’t do otherwise. I mean, I did very extensive consultation with members in my riding. I spoke to every individual municipality, and I had unanimous consent. I had unanimous consent not from the municipalities merely but from every single councillor that was a member of every municipality. They all said the same thing, that they were really concerned about the changes. They were concerned about the dilution of representation that the expansion of the boundaries of our riding represented, and they urged me that what they wanted to see was the status quo. Because of this overwhelming voice from the riding, I can’t support the report’s recommendations. I have to give credit, too, you know, that I do have the ability to vote against this, and I intend to exercise it.

Thank you.

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