The mighty Greg Beatty has reported on this before (as has the also mighty Katherine Norton) but a federal commission has suggested a rearrangement of Saskatchewan’s wonky electoral boundaries. And their suggestions for Regina are pretty significant. You can see the proposed layout above.
And the deadline to have your chance to have a say about this new configuration — whether that’s yay or nay or here’s a third way — is fast approaching.
Hearings will be held in Regina starting at 10 am on Monday, September 17 and on Friday, September 21 at the Ramada.
You can inform the commission that you want to make a presentation by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also submit written submissions this way if you can’t make it out to the hearings because you have “a job” or something that’s getting in the way.
You can also fill out a Public Hearings Notice Form online at the commission’s website.
The drop-dead deadline is September 3. But getting something in sooner is better.
Presentations should be 10 minutes long or shorter. And I’m told that presenters aren’t going to be interrogated or forced to defend their positions. So that’s good. Because getting interrogated sucks.
I’ve also heard that Conservative Party supporters are organizing a significant opposition to the proposed new boundaries. So, if you think boundary reform is important for Saskatchewan (I do, btw) and don’t want to see a repeat of the schlmozzle in 2002 then it’s vital you contribute to these hearings!
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