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Electoral Boundaries Commission looking for input from the public


Area residents are being encouraged to register in advance of a Manitoba Electoral Divisions Boundaries Commission hearing set for Dauphin, Sept. 13.
The commission has proposed changes to all 57 existing electoral divisions. In total, 16 new names have been proposed, six inside Winnipeg and 10 outside of Winnipeg.
The Dauphin hearing is part of a series of public hearings the commission is holding between Sept. 10 and 20 to gather feedback from individuals and groups before finalizing the electoral division boundaries and names.
In the western portion of the province, the area encompassing the electoral divisions of Swan River, Dauphin and Riding Mountain has seen a net population loss. The commission has brought together the communities of Dauphin and Swan River into a new Dauphin-Swan River electoral division. The Riding Mountain electoral division has been expanded and now includes the communities of Roblin and Grandview, formerly part of the Dauphin riding.
The hearing in Dauphin gets underway at 10 a.m. in the Lion’s Den at the Parkland Recreation Complex.
Those wishing to register for the public hearing or view the proposed electoral division boundaries, names and populations can visit the commission website at boundariescommission.mb.ca.
Those wishing to make a presentation at, or attend, a public hearing should register in advance on the website or by phone. Drop-in presenters will be allowed to present, time permitting, on a first-come, first-served basis. Everyone is welcome to attend the hearing, even if they are not presenting.
Public hearings will also be held in Winnipeg, Churchill, The Pas, Flin Flon, Thompson, Brandon, Beausejour, Steinbach, Winkler, and Gimli.
A complete schedule can be found on the electoral Boundaries Commission website at boundariescommission.mb.ca.
The final report becomes law and the new boundaries go into effect for the next provincial general election, set for October 2020.

Staff Writer