The Boundary Backlash Is Baloney And Don’t Just Take My Word For It

Yesterday I wrote this gentle little sonnet about the people whining about proposed urban political ridings:

Conservatives are tossing out every bullshit rationalization they can think of to keep the current system because the current system is broken in their favour. In fact, one of the three commissioners — David Marit, who represents rural Saskatchewanians as the president of SARM –wrote a profoundly embarrassing and shameless dissent. We get it, Conservatives. You like your Saskatchewan kingdom and you’ll do whatever it takes to keep it. And fuck logic, and fuck democracy, and fuck NDP, Liberal and Green voters, and fuck integrity.

Today the L-P has Murray Mandryk’s excellent column on David Marit’s boundary commission dissent:

In Marit’s minority report, he suggests that business and political presenters to the commission (who happened to be Conservative supporters) know better than the commissioners what’s best for their communities. Really? Local Conservative-minded mayors, councillors and businessmen are more informed and less biased than a respected political scientist and judge?

The message should be clear whether one prefers my drunken ranting or Mandryk’s sobre punditry: Conservative gerrymandering won’t get a free ride this time.

I hope the Tory party hacks shamelessly trying to torque the system in their favour are getting the message.

*There’s a small error in Mandryk’s column: he says: “We’ve had these four-way splits only since the last Saskatchewan boundary hearings when the commission was bullied into the current cockamamie map that views Wynyard and North Central Regina as communities of similar interest.” Actually, the cockamamie goes back to 1966. In 2002 the bullies successfully fought to KEEP the cockamamie map. It was ridiculous, but they got away with it.

Author: Stephen Whitworth

Prairie Dog editor Stephen Whitworth was carried to Regina in a swarm of bees. He's been with Prairie Dog since May 1999 and will die at his keyboard before admitting his career a terrible, terrible mistake.

3 thoughts on “The Boundary Backlash Is Baloney And Don’t Just Take My Word For It”

  1. Here’s a recap of what remains to be done before a revised electoral map for Saskatchewan is enacted.

    Now that the commission’s report has been tabled and made public sitting MPs are permitted to file objections. If 10 MPs support the objection it is examined by a parliamentary committee. That should be done by March.

    The committee has the ability to propose changes to the map, but from my reading of the guidelines it doesn’t seem that the boundary commission is obliged to accept them. Once the report is returned to the provincial commission, it has until June to file its final report to the Speaker of the House.

    Once that’s done the Chief Electoral Officer will draft a “representation order” describing the new electoral map and in September it will be proclaimed by the Governor In Council.

    Here’s a link to the boundary commission website for further information.

  2. While MPs can file objections, the commission is not bound to make changes. In the last redistribution, there were no objections filed in Saskatchewan, but in BC, only three of ten resulted in changes. In Alberta, none of the five objections resulted in a change. Two of the three objections in Manitoba resulted in changes, but one of those was merely a change to the name of the proposed riding.

  3. If the cheating bullies who are the Reform/Alliance/Conservative party can’t have their way then look for them to try the GOP tactic of voter IDs for the next election. It won’t help; next election people are going to vote, right? This garbage excuse for a government is what happens when voters stay home.

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