CHARLOTTETOWN - The Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for Prince Edward Island has concluded its work of redrawing the province's federal electoral map, but the map looks exactly the same.
"Given the insignificant variances arising from the 2011 data, the commission sees no reason to adjust the current boundaries," read the report. "There have been no observable shifts in communities of interest or identity, nor has there been any recent change in the historical pattern of the electoral districts. The commission is convinced that the current electoral boundaries are working effectively."
The independent commission was created in February 2012 to set boundaries so each electoral district contains roughly the same number of people while also taking into account communities of interest or identity, historical patterns and geographic size in sparsely populated regions.
After considering the views of the public, the commission submitted its report to the House of Commons for consideration. As no objections were filed to the report, it is considered final. Therefore, the commission has completed its work and the commission's office in Charlottetown is now closed.
The Chief Electoral Officer will use this report to create a representation order, which is expected to become official in fall 2013. The new electoral map will be used at the first general election called at least seven months after that date.
To consult the report, visit www.federal-redistribution.ca.