A proposal to lump Drumheller in with Strathmore and move Hanna and Stettler into a grouping with Wainwright for the next provincial election does not sit well with some of the affected parties.
Hanna Mayor Chris Warwick is concerned, particularly after discussing the matter with his Stettler counterpart, Dick Richards.
"His statement to me was we have nothing in common with Wainwright," he told 99.5 Drum FM. "We have way more in common with the Hannas and Drumhellers than we do with Wainwright, so that doesn't make any sense to him whatsoever."
"If you're going to adjust it, why wouldn't you adjust it just a little bit north or even a little bit south, take in Rosemary and some of those communities south or the Forestburgs and that kind of thing," added Warwick. "Logically, it just didn't make any sense to me."
Currently, Strathmore and Brooks are in the same electoral area, while Drumheller, Stettler and Hanna are all in Drumheller-Stettler. The interim report of the Alberta Electoral Boundaries Commission recommends redrawing both.
The idea is to keep all electoral ridings in the province within shouting distance of a median population of 46,000. Much of the re-drawing of boundaries is to make up for a rise in population, mostly in Edmonton and Calgary, since the last change.
"The chairman of the Special Areas board said if the cities get their charters like they're asking for, they should require less representation from MLA's because they're going to have their own city charters," remarked Warwick. "They (Boundaries Commission) might be putting the cart before the horse a little bit on that."
He's going to be writing letters to his counterparts in other affected communities, including Strathmore and Drumheller, calling for a united voice against the proposed boundary change.
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