You know that electoral boundaries review that’s been going in Saskatchewan since last fall? The one where the majority report of the three-person commission, in recognition of the changing demographic nature of the province, recommended the establishment of distinct urban and rural ridings in place of the hodge-podge of blended rural/urban seats we have now?
Turns out that the fix was in from the start. That’s what Saskatoon-Wanuskewin MP Maurice Vellacott (pictured) has apparently alleged in testimony before the Procedure and House Affairs Committee that is reviewing the proposed map after 12 of 13 Saskatchewan Conservative MPs filed objections to it.
The culprit? According to Vellacott, it’s commissioner John Courtney, who had his mind made up before the public hearings started. You can read more here.