Surrey looks to be getting a new MP representing a fifth riding in the 2015 federal election, thanks to proposed electoral boundary changes recently drawn up by the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission.
Surrey currently has four ridings: Surrey North (population 111,960), Fleetwood-Port Kells (123,243), Newton-North Delta (118,649), and South Surrey-White Rock-Cloverdale (111,756).
The proposed political landscape would see five ridings: Surrey Centre (population 110,174), South Surrey-White Rock (102,771), West Surrey-Whalley (107,827), North Surrey-Guildford (106,551) and Langley-Cloverdale (101,526).
Every 10 years the commission reviews the electoral boundaries, taking in population growth based on the latest Census data. The proposed changes would see six new federal ridings in B.C.
In Surrey, Cloverdale and Clayton will be removed from the South Surrey-White Rock-Cloverdale riding to become part of Langley-Cloverdale, which will also scoop up a good part of Fleetwood-Port Kells.
North Surrey-Guildford, Surrey Centre and
West Surrey-Whalley will also carve up Surrey North, Newton-North Delta and Fleetwood-Port Kells, while North Delta will go its separate way to become part of the new Delta riding.
Jinny Sims, the NDP MP for Newton-North Delta, said she doesn't like Newton "being split into little segments," as such a move runs contrary to the spirit of community unity.
The Delta riding, population 100,588, takes in all of Delta with the exception of Annacis Island. It adds North Delta but loses Richmond East.
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