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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 21, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta CANADA Electoral Boundaries Readjustment Act ALBERTA PARTI Notice of Sittings for the Hearing of Representations In November of 1964, Parliament enacted a law called the Electoral Boundaries Readjustment Act. This law brought into being a new method for fixing the boundaries of federal electoral districts (constituencies). It authorized the appointment in each province of an independent Commission to be responsible for recommending the sizes of federal electoral districts-as well as their shapes and names-and it also laid down the principle of representation by population as nearly as might be accomplished. In 1965, Commissions appointed under the new statute carried out the task of re-designing electoral districts in their respective provinces in line with the census of 1961. The new boundaries were made official in 1966. The Act calls for re-examination of the electoral boundaries following each decennial census, to take into account population growths, shifts and changes. The census of 1971 revealed those changes which have taken place since the last reapportionment. Accordingly, a Proclamation was issued on June 30, 1972, appointing new Commissions in all provinces, to recommend such alterations in the federal electoral boundaries as might now be required to reflect the census changes. Chairman of the Alberta Commission is the Honourable C. C. McLaurin, former Chief Justice of the Trials Division of the Supreme Court of Alberta. Serving on the Commission are Dr. M. Wyman, President of the University of Alberta; Mr. W. H. MacDonald, Clerk of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, and Mr. Nelson Castonguay, Representation Commissioner. The number of federal electoral districts in Alberta remains unchanged at 19. Reflecting the 1971 census, each district must contain a population as close as possible to 85,678 (the quotient obtained by dividing by 19 the 1971 population of Alberta, which was 1,627,874) but, in no circumstances containing more than 107,098 or fewer than 64,258. The Alberta Commission has now concluded the first phase of its work. Attached as PART III of this notice is a map which shows the proposed districts and their names. Along with the map is a schedule of each of these proposed districts describing the boundaries and citing the populations. Pursuant to the Electoral Boundaries Readjustment Act, chapter E-2 of the Revised Statutes of Canada, 1970, the Electoral Boundaries Commission for the Province of Alberta will hold sittings for the hearing of representations on the matter of the proposed electoral districts for Alberta at the following times and places: (1) Medicine Hat, Court House, Tuesday, March 27,1973, 2:00 p.m. (2) Lethbridge, Court House, Wednesday, March 28,1973,2:00 p.m. (3) Grande Prairie, Court House, Saturday, March 31, 1973,2:00 p.m. (4) Edmonton, Court House, Monday, April 2, and Tuesday, April 3, 1973, 10:00 a.m. (5) Edson, Court House, Thursday, April 5,1973,2:00 p.m. (6) Red Deer, Court House, Monday, April 9,1973,2:00 p.m. (7) Calgary, Gas Company Auditorium, 140-6th Avenue SW, Tuesday, April 10, and Wednesday, April 11, 1973, 10;00 a.m. # Under section 16 of the said Act, the Commission has made rules governing sittings for the hearing of representations, and these rules are appended as PART II of this notice. Parliament has provided by subsection 17(4) of the said Act that no representation will be heard by the Commission at its sittings unless notice in writing has been given, stating the name and address of the person seeking to make the representation, and indicating concisely the nature of the representation and of the interest of such person. Such notice must be given within twenty-three (23) days from the date of publication of this notice, to the Secretary of the Commission, Mr. A. Parker Kent, Room 314, Confederation Building, 540-12th Avenue SW, CALGARY, Alberta. Dated at CALGARY, this twenty-first day of February, 1973. HON. C. C. McLAURIN Chairman of the Electoral Boundaries Commission for the Province of Alberta PART II Under and by virtue of the powers conferred by the Electoral Boundaries Readjustment Act, chapter E-2 of the Revised Statutes of Canada, 1970, and of all other powers enabling it in this behalf, the Electoral Boundaries Commission for the Province of Alberta hereby makes the following rules. A. PARKER KENT Secretary RULES 1. These rules may be cited as the Electoral Boundaries Commission (Sittings for the Hearing of Representations) Rules, 1972. 2. In these rules, (a) "Act" means the Electoral Boundaries Readjustment Act, chapter E-2 o� the Revised Statutes of Canada, 1970; (b) "advertisement" means the advertisement published in accordance with subsection 17(2) of the Act, giving notice of the times and places of sittings to be held for the hearing of representations; (c) "Commission" means the Electoral Boundaries Commission for the Prov� ince of Alberta; (d) "map" means the map published with the advertisement showing the proposed division of the province into federal electoral districts; (e) "representation" means a representation made in accordance with section 17 of the Act by an interested person as to the division of the province into electoral districts, and the name proposed to be given to each district; (f) "secretary" means the secretary of the Commission; (g) "sitting" means a sitting held for the hearing of representations in accordance with section 17 of the Act. 3. Only one person will be heard in the presentation of a representation unless the Commission decides otherwise. 4. (1) As provided in subsection 17(4) of the Act, no representation will be heard by the Commission at any sitting unless a signed notice in writing is sent or given to the secretary within twenty-three (23) days from the date of publication of the advertisement and map, stating (a) the name and address of the person who seeks to make the representation; (b) the nature of the representation and the interest of such person. (2) The person signing the notice shall state the place named in the advertisement where the representation is to be heard. 5. If, under rule 4, no request for a hearing of a representation is made, the Commission may cancel the sitting involved. Notice of cancellation will be made in the appropriate newspaper. 6. (1) Two members of the Commission shall constitute a quorum for the holding of a sitting to hear representations. (2) If a quorum cannot be present at a sitting, the Chairman will postpone that sitting to a later date. The secretary will advise all people due to make representations of the date on which such representations will be heard. NOTE: The address of the secretary- Room 314, Confederation Building 540-12th Avenue SW CALGARY, Alberta PART III Map and Proposed Boundaries and Names of Electoral Districts There shall be in the Province of Alberta nineteen electoral districts, each of which shall return one member. The Commission proposes that the electoral districts be named and described as follows. In the following descriptions, reference to roads signifies the centre line of said roads, streets or avenues, unless otherwise described; sections, townships, ranges and meridians are in accordance with the Dominion Lands system of (Continued on Next Page) ;