Alberta's Electoral Boundaries Commission comes to Drumheller today to collect people's opinions on how the province's electoral map should be divided.
 
Acme mayor Bruce McLeod is one of five commission members.
 
"There's a lot of legal requirements in the legislation: population changes, densities, common community interests and stuff in existing municipal boundaries, for example," he told 99.5 Drum FM. "We try to respect those types of natural boundaries like rivers."
 
Alberta's population has increased by more than 20 per cent since the last electoral boundary review in 2009 and McLeod's committee is trying to figure out how best to reflect the changes without changing the overall political landscape.
 
"It is my belief as a rural person that our vote has to count as much as an urban person's," he maintained. "We want to make sure that balance is there (and) it's equivalent, so that's why we really need to look at the constituency map to ensure that effective representation will happen."
 
The deadline to register as a presenter to the Electoral Boundaries Commission passed a week ago, but McLeod thinks you should still show up.
 
"I will tell you that on average, we've had two or three extra presentations being made," he confessed. "We're there for a specific period of time because of travel, but if we've got ime we reach out to the audience that are in attendance and say you live here, tell us what we want to know."
 
The commission will set up at the Canalta Jurassic starting at 1:00 p.m. The first draft of their report is expected in May before a second round of public hearings is held. The final report is due by October 31, 2017.
 

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