For two elections, NDP MP Fin Donnelly has sought the support of residents in New Westminster and the Tri-Cities.
But that will change next election - provided he wins his party's nomination.
On Tuesday, the two-time MP announced he'll be seeking the nomination in the new Port Moody-Coquitlam riding in the next federal election, leaving behind New Westminster.
His decision was prompted by a recent report by the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission that recommended the current New Westminster-Coquitlam riding change its name to Port Moody-Coquitlam and take in the entire city of Port Moody, Anmore and Belcarra. The New West portion is now part of the reconfigured Burnaby-New Westminster riding.
Donnelly said it was a tough decision given he was born in New West and swam there for years, but he now works in Coquitlam and was raised in Port Moody.
The MP said he weighed a number of factors including electability, profile, party membership and what's best for the party.
Despite the change in riding, Donnelly said he feels he has a good chance in the next election, still more than two years away.
"I wouldn't be running in it, if I didn't have a chance," he told the Tri-Cities NOW. "I think my chances are good. It's going to be a tough battle."
Donnelly still has to win the party's nomination for an anticipated 2015 election, but the rules and nomination date have not been set.
The MP said he was disappointed by the commission's decision to split up the riding, suggesting it didn't listen to what the people in the riding wanted, but added the commission had a difficult task.
The Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for B.C. originally slotted Port Coquitlam residents living south of Lougheed Highway, down along Shaughnessy Street and east to the Mary Hill Bypass into the Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge riding - which was loudly criticized by PoCo municipal leaders.
But in the commission's report they state public concern ended the division of PoCo.
The updated boundaries keep those people in the same riding under current MP James Moore with the new electoral district name of Coquitlam-Port Coquitlam.
The current number of seats in B.C. is 36, but under the new electoral boundaries it rises to 42, with five of the new seats in the Lower Mainland. The six new seats were made to account for the rising population in B.C.
To see a map of the new boundaries, use the free Layar app.
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