Dec. 23, 2005
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The Electoral Boundaries and Representation Commission (EBRC) has released its revised schedule of public hearings for January 2006.
The commission decided to add a public hearing in Campbellton on Jan. 16, 2006, to its list of public hearings.
Hearings are now scheduled to be held in seven communities to gather feedback on the proposed changes to New Brunswick's electoral boundaries. The independent EBRC released its proposed electoral map for the province Nov. 21, 2005.
The commission will visit the following communities in January:
• Grand Falls: Jan. 11, 7 p.m., Près du Lac Inc
• Fredericton: Jan. 12, 3 p.m., Hugh John Flemming Forestry Complex
• Campbellton: Jan. 16, 11 a.m., Memorial Regional Civic Centre
• Bathurst: Jan. 16, 7 p.m., Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick, Youghall Drive
• Miramichi: Jan. 17, 11 a.m., Miramichi Kinsmen Club
• Moncton: Jan. 18, 7 p.m., Moncton Lions Senior Citizens Centre
• Saint John: Jan. 20, 11 a.m., Saint John City Hall
Those interested in making a presentation to the commission should contact the office at 506-444-5864 or by e-mail at email@example.com. Written briefs should be submitted five days prior to the date of the public hearing.
The co-chairs of the commission, Justice Margaret Larlee and Justice Brigitte Robichaud, are expecting a good turnout at the public hearings.
"During our first round of hearings in October, we received valuable input that helped us in our deliberations, and we expect to receive equally valuable feedback on our proposed new boundaries," Larlee said.
"We think the report addresses the concerns raised during the first round of hearings, particularly in ensuring effective representation in rural areas, and we certainly look forward to hearing from New Brunswickers," Robichaud said.
After the hearings, the commission has until February 20th to present its second report to the legislative assembly. The final report on the electoral boundaries is binding.
The commission was a key recommendation from the final report of the Commission on Legislative Democracy, and is the first to redraw boundaries under the new independent process. The commission was established by the Electoral Boundaries and Representation Act, which became law in June 2005 with a mandate to redraw the boundaries of New Brunswick's 55 electoral districts.
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