Where your vote ends up going to in the next federal election could be much different than previous years for those living in the Tri-Cities, although not as different as local politicians feared it would be.
Port Coquitlam Coun. Glenn Pollock said it was a victory for PoCo as the official federal election boundary changes left the city in tact rather than the previous plan of splitting it up into three ridings.
"I was quite pleasantly surprised," he said. "It's nice. Could you imagine if the three ridings had gone through? In a worstcase scenario we could have had a Conservative, Liberal and an NDP MP and nothing would get done."
The Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for B.C. originally moved Port Coquitlam residents living south of Lougheed Highway, down along Shaugnessy Street and east to the Mary Hill Bypass to be absorbed into the Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge riding.
But in the commission's report they state public concern ended the division of PoCo.
"Several participants in the public hearing process expressed significant concern with this segmentation, and the reformulation in our report avoids it," the commission wrote.
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.
However, the New Westminster-Coquitlam riding currently held by NDP MP Fin Donnelly has seen some drastic changes - changes he would have liked to of seen avoided.
"It is unfortunate the commission did not take more of the public's concerns into account when making their decision," he said. "As the Member of Parliament for New Westminster-Coquitlam and Port Moody I was active in advocating to ensure our communities' best interests and views were raised at every stage of the process."
Donnelly's riding is no longer a part of New Westminster at all, despite his fights to keep the area in his riding, as he believes New West and Maillardville share historical connections as well as rail and road linkages.
"This is very much a Fraser River riding," Donnelly argued in September 2012.
But the commission report states they followed requests to put the Queensborough area back into New West.
"Finally, under our reconfiguration, the City of New Westminster was no longer divided between electoral districts," the report states.
Instead, that section is now part of the reconfigured Burnaby-New Westminster district.
Now instead of New Westminster-Coquitlam the riding has changed its name to Port Moody-Coquitlam, taking in the entire city of Port Moody, Anmore and Belcarra.
Conservative MP James Moore - in the currently existing Port Moody-Westwood-Port Coquitlam riding - touted the boundary changes as not only a boost for B.C., but a historic achievement for Canada.
"We're finally getting our fair share of seats," he told the Tri-Cities NOW, in reference to population and MP representation.
His riding is losing Port Moody, Belcarra and Anmore, but keeping all of Port Coquitlam. Moore said this was a victory for the Tories as they promised more representation in B.C. in their last campaign and they have followed through.
The current number of seats is 36, but under the new electoral boundaries it raises the number to 42, five of which are in the Lower Mainland. The six new seats were made to account for the rising population in B.C.
The Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission is an independent, non-partisan group designed to create unbiased boundary lines. The next federal election is scheduled for Oct. 19, 2015.
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