If the Act is passed, the new ridings, including a few re-drawn and re-named in southern Alberta, would come into force on the day the writ is issued for the next provincial election.
We will likely see some new provincial ridings with new names come the next Alberta election. The Electoral Divisions Act has been introduced in the legislature. If passed, it would let the government accept recommendations to create three new ridings and consolidate a few others. The Electoral Boundaries Commission released its final report back in October into what Alberta's constituency maps will look like in the next provincial election. The recommendations shows a number of rural southern Alberta ridings wil be re-drawn and re-named. Those would include the new ridings of Cardston-Siksika, Okotoks-Sheep River, Taber-Warner, and Brooks-Medicine Hat. The two Lethbridge ridings are being left as they are and when it comes to Livingstone-Macleod, Waterton would be added to that riding. If the Act is passed, the new ridings would come into force on the day the writ is issued for the next provincial election. - Pat Siedlecki