Surrey to get one more MLA

Electoral Boundaries Commission recommends another riding in South Surrey

New Electoral Boundaries in Surrey.

Surrey will get more provincial representation next election as Victoria introduces a bill redrawing the electoral map in this province.

Bill 42, the Electoral Districts Act, is being brought to a vote in order to adopt the recommendations of the Electoral Boundaries Commission (EBC).

The recommendations maintain the number of ridings in rural B.C., but increase by two the number in the Lower Mainland.

One of those ridings is in Surrey, and the other is Richmond/New Westminster.

The new boundaries in Surrey essentially push the riding of Surrey-Cloverdale northward, allowing for the creation of a new riding of South Surrey, just north of Surrey-White Rock.

It will bring the number of MLAs in Surrey to nine, and the number of representatives in the legislature from 85 to 87.

The Electoral Boundaries Commission Act requires that an independent three-member commission be appointed within one year after every second provincial general election.

For the full EBC report, visit http://bc-ebc.ca/docs/reports/BC-EBC_Final_Report-Sept_24,_2015.pdf