Langley will be split among two federal ridings, if the recommendations of the commission on federal election boundaries come to pass.
The B.C. riding boundaries are being adjusted for population growth. B.C. is gaining six seats, and the House of Commons will expand by 30 members to 338 MPs.
As much of B.C.’s growth is in the Lower Mainland, the riding boundaries in most suburban Vancouver municipalities are changing. The independent commission which looks at the boundaries and tries to balance population in various ridings has recommended one additional seat in Surrey, with one of the five Surrey ridings including part of Langley.
That riding would be called Langley-Cloverdale, and includes most of Surrey east of 168 Street and south of 88 Avenue, as far south as the U.S. border. It would be combined with Langley City and the portion of the Township south of 56 Avenue and west of 216 Street — primarily the Brookswood and Fernridge areas.
The riding would be similar to the old South Surrey-White Rock-Cloverdale riding which was in effect in the 1990s and early 2000s, where Langley City and a portion of the Township was connected to White Rock and South Surrey.
The remainder of Langley is suggested to be part of a new riding called Fort Langley-Aldergrove. It would include all the rest of the Township and the area of Abbotsford west of Mount Lehman Road. This proposed riding is very similar to the earlier Langley-Abbotsford riding of the 1990s and early 2000s.
Langley has had its own riding in place since 2004, when MP Mark Warawa was first elected. It has remained in place for the 2006, 2008 and 2011 federal elections.
The independent commission that oversees the redistribution process is holding a series of public hearings on its proposals. The meeting in Langley takes place on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at the Coast Convention Centre in Langley City, beginning at 7 p.m.
Interested parties who wish to speak about the redistribution need to contact the commission by Aug. 30 to obtain a place on the speaker’s list. The commission can be notified by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for British Columbia, 1095 West Pender Street, Suite 301, Vancouver, B.C., V6E 2M6. The telephone number is 1-855-747-7236.
More information about the proposed boundaries is available at www.federal-redistribution.ca.