The Prince Edward Island Electoral Boundaries Readjustment Commission envisioned what the electoral map would look like if the province decided to change its electoral system.
A text from Francois Pierre Dufault
In the fall of 2016, a narrow majority of voters voted in a referendum for Prince Edward Island to adopt a mixed-member proportional representation system.
However, Premier Wade MacLauchlan believed turnout was too low and promised to hold a referendum “with a clear question” on reforming the electoral system at the same time as the next provincial election in 2019.
In anticipation of that referendum, the premier last December asked the Electoral Boundaries Review Commission to imagine what the electoral map would look like if the province changed its voting method.
This is because in a mixed proportional representation system, the 27 members of the Legislative Assembly would no longer all be elected on a single-member basis. Nine of them would be elected based on the number of votes cast by political parties.
So there would be fewer constituencies – 18 in total – and they would be larger. The only exception: the constituency that would include the Évangéline region would remain smaller than the others to avoid further diluting the votes of the French-speaking minority.
The Prince Edward Island Electoral Boundaries Readjustment Commission is currently conducting consultations on two draft electoral maps. It will then propose a model map to inform voters in preparation for the referendum.
The last revision of the province's electoral map occurred in spring 2017.
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