A five member commission set up to review Alberta's electoral boundaries has been putting together its interim report for the Legislature and the results are expected in less than a month.
The commission, which includes Acme mayor Bruce McLeod, visited the Drumheller and Hanna areas earlier this year to collect people's opinions on how to redraw the provincial electoral boundaries to more fairly reflect voters' opinions.
"Rumours are flying that our constituency, being the geographical size that it is but such a low population density, we could end up being chopped into a few different pieces," speculated Mark Nikota, the CAO for the Village of Delia and president of the Drumheller-Stettler PC Riding Association.
"Some of the city ridings, for example, will have 50,000 or more people in a riding and out here we're under 25,000," he pointed out. "While we technically have more representation per capita our geographic size is so huge that if it comes down to effective representation, it's a lot easier to connect with your MLA if you're in the city."
The Electoral Boundaries Commission is tasked with trying to find a happy medium that won't have MLA's traveling hundreds of kilometres to visit constituents. The boundaries were last redrawn in 2010, when the County of Paintearth was added to the riding.
"We're hearing our constituency could be divided into three or four pieces along natural boundaries or highway boundaries," reported Nikota. "Drumheller, for example, could end up being with Strathmore-Brooks; Hanna, where I live, could be up in Battle River-Wainwright."
The commission is to report back to the Alberta Legislature before May 31. A second set of public hearings will be held over the summer to get people's feedback to the interim report.