The riding of Fort McMurray – Conklin is now bring redrawn to include Lac La Biche.
On Wednesday, the legislative assembly ended its fall session with the provincial government passing 15 bills including Bill 33 – the Electoral Divisions Act. Multiple ridings across Alberta are now seeing their boundaries re-worked while three new ridings are being created in Airdrie, Calgary, and Edmonton.
The changes were recommended by Alberta’s Electoral Boundary Commission to help ridings with populations below the provincial average increase their numbers.
The RMWB’s new riding will now be called Fort McMurray – Lac La Biche.
The riding’s population now sits at 44,166, up from the previous population of 26,309, though the shadow population is not factored in.
Despite the major increase in numbers, Fort McMurray – Lac La Biche is still roughly 6 per cent under the provincial average of 46,803.
Meanwhile, Fort McMurray – Wood Buffalo will keep its name but will now represent the entire northeast corner of the province.
‘To represent Fort Chipewyan is very nice and we have a couple residents that are technically Albertans in the Fort Smith area so maybe I’ll have an opportunity to visit that community,” said Tany Yao, UCP MLA for Fort McMurray – Wood Buffalo.
Both ridings orientation will now run east-west rather than the existing north-south, so the MLA’s for each riding, Brian Jean and Tany Yao, will have to cover a smaller geographic area.
The division line of the two constituencies is now following Thickwood Boulevard rather than the course of the Athabasca River.