Québec election map contested

Québec election map contested

MONTRÉAL, May 18, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ – Earlier today, Me. Julius Grey filed a legal contestation against the Commission de la représentation électorale asking that the court put aside the Québec electoral map published in the Official Gazette on March 2, 2017.

The plaintiffs are a citizens’ committee formed to protest the map which merges Mont Royal and Outremont ridings and substantially alters the historic boundaries of D’Arcy McGee.

The committee was formed last March 22 at a public meeting in which over 400 residents of the affected ridings participated. The citizens argue that the electoral map unfairly under represents the political weight of Montreal, prevents effective representation and reduces the ability of linguistic and ethnic minorities to be heard.

The committee is co-chaired by Hon. Marlene Jennings, a former Member of Parliament, and Beryl Wajsman, the editor of the Suburban, a weekly newspaper, and has some 20 members.

The committee has the support of all five local Mayors of the affected communities, Russell Copeman, Philippe Roy, Mitchell Brownstein, William Steinberg and Marie Cinq-Mars. Snowdon City Councillor Marvin Rotrand is the liaison between the political level and the citizens committee.

The City of Côte-Saint-Luc, Town of Hampstead, Town of Mount-Royal, and the Boroughs of Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce and Outremont have all adopted motions opposing the electoral map.

The plaintiffs hope to have the case heard this autumn allowing a resolution of the issue well before the next Quebec provincial election scheduled for October 2018.

SOURCE Marvin Rotrand
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