Motion that Bill 7, Electoral Boundaries Commission Amendment Act, 2016, be amended in section 3 in the proposed section 12 as follows: by striking out subsections (4) and (5) and substituting subsection (4) in subsection (3) and by striking out subsection (5).
What I am proposing to change is the elimination of the use of the additional census information, and the reasoning for this is very fundamental in terms of how electoral boundaries and how census information is collected. A census is essentially a snapshot in time. Truthfully, the information in a census becomes dated the day after the census is taken, and we realize this. It is a snapshot in time of the province’s population, and the methodology for collecting the information is standardized across the province. It is, in fact, the same for all parts of the province, right across from one end of the province to the other. That, to me, makes it fundamentally fair to have the entire province considered in the same way.