What is the legislative authority for the review?
The boundaries review is carried out under the authority of The Electoral Division Act, which came into effect on March 31, 1955. The Electoral Divisions Act created an independent commission to make recommendations about the names and boundaries of Manitoba’s electoral divisions.
Under the Act, the first redistribution was based on the 1956 census of population taken by Statistics Canada. The legislation requires the redistribution to take place every ten years. The current review uses the Statistics Canada census data from 2016.
Manitoba has a strong history of ensuring that electoral redistribution takes place in a non-partisan manner by an independent commission whose members are appointed by statute.
The original Electoral Divisions Boundaries Commission members were Manitoba’s Chief Justice, the President of the University of Manitoba and the Chief Electoral Officer for Manitoba.