We haven’t posted on this since hearings were held into the proposed redrawing of Saskatchewan’s federal electoral map back in September. To find out when the commission might be releasing its completed report I visited the federal website and found this timeline. It seems that the commission is supposed to release its report [that’s step six] by Dec. 21 although there is a provision for a two-month extension.
If you visit the timeline, you’ll see that that isn’t the end of the process as for some reason there is a provision for sitting MPs to file objections to the report before a parliamentary committee in March 2013, which examines said objections and then returns the report to the commission for further consideration. In Saskatchewan’s case, the 13 Conservative MPs have already had ample opportunity to object to the establishment of distinct urban and rural seats in the province, but apparently they get another kick at the can in Ottawa. According to the timeline, the new electoral map is supposed to be finalized by September 2013.