Quebec City, February 14, 2012 – With today’s tabling of its final report, the Commission de la représentation électorale (CRE) has completed the process of revising Québec’s electoral map. The document entitled People are Moving, the Electoral Map is Changing – Québec’s Electoral Map for 2011 – Final Report follows the publication of the list of the 125 new electoral divisions in the Gazette officielle du Québec on October 20, 2011.
Nearly four years after having tabled its preliminary report, the CRE can now submit that it has successfully completed its project to provide a new electoral map for Québec, as required under the Election Act. During its works, the Commission travelled to 23 towns and cities and heard 310 submissions. Over 1,200 documents were tabled and taken into account by the CRE.
It should be underlined that the new electoral map provides for the creation of three new electoral divisions in regions where the population has increased the most, i.e. Laval, Laurentides-Lanaudière and Montérégie and the removal of three electoral divisions in the Chaudière-Appalaches, Bas-Saint-Laurent and Gaspésie regions The new boundaries will enter into effect with the dissolution of the National Assembly for the next general election.
The new electoral map will be in force for the next two general elections, after which the Commission will proceed with a new delimitation of Québec’s electoral divisions.
The Commission de la représentation électorale is chaired by the Chief Electoral Officer, Jacques Drouin, and also includes two commissioners, Serge Courville and Bruno Jean.
Anyone wishing to read the CRE’s final report may do so on the website of the Chief Electoral Officer at http://www2.electionsquebec.qc.ca/lacartechange/en/final-report.asp. Of special interest are the maps illustrating the definitive boundaries of Québec’s electoral divisions.