Ex-NDP MP accuses Conservative MP of “gerrymandering” riding boundary change

From the Winnipeg Free Press:

Former NDP MP Jim Maloway says the Conservatives are trying to change the boundaries of Elmwood-Transcona to make the riding easier for them to win again in the next election.

Now Maloway says Toet is working to engineer the riding to make it easier for him to hold on to it in the next election.

“It is kind of shocking “It’s as obvious a gerrymandering operation as you can get.” (see here)

The definition of gerrymandering from Merriam Webster:

Gerrymandering: to divide (an area) into political units to give special advantages to one group

That is a very serious charge especially to be stating publicly in the media and would hazard to guess that it is considered libellous.

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7 Responses to “Ex-NDP MP accuses Conservative MP of “gerrymandering” riding boundary change”

  1. Don from BC Says:

    I thought Elections Canada drew up the riding boundaries. I don’t see how this could happen, especially giving EC’s dislike of the CPC.

  2. dddddancetotheradio Says:

    What do you expect from the Pravda of the Prairies?
    Anyway, the Elmwood portion of this riding has always voted for lefties.
    The Transcona portion has been growing quite a bit as new neighbourhoods are built.
    It’s only natural that the riding become bluer as a result.

  3. Fay Says:

    Meanwhile the provincial NDP have gerrymandered Manitoba boundaries to favour continuous NDP governments in manitoba.
    This is a case of the pot calling the kettle black?

    • dddddancetotheradio Says:

      Fay, the problem in Manitoba is deeper than the NDP gerrymandering ridings.
      Having a credible conservative alternative would help for starters.
      I left for Saskatchewan nearly five years ago just after Brad Wall was elected.
      And it was nice to have a premier of that calibre.

      When I came back to Manitoba last year in time for the provincial election I was stunned to hear how wooden McFadyen sounded in comparison.
      He lost an election that should have been a slam dunk.
      Now, we have such a paucity of willing talent that they acclaimed their newest leader.

      Also, Manitoba is awash in borrowed money.
      The new football stadium, Centreport, Convention Centre expansion, floodway upgrade, Rapid Transit, the sorely needed Disraeli Freeway reconstruction.
      The human rights museum.
      (They took all the rights and put ’em in a big museum.)
      (And they’ll charge all the people a hundred and ten bucks to see ’em.)

      Billions of dollars of borrowed money fuelling today’s prosperity.
      Buying votes.

  4. jmw Says:

    Perhaps Pat Martin could give him the name of his lawyer.

  5. TangoJuliette Says:

    From a news article, April 25, 2012, this excerpt: “. . . Every 10 years federal electoral boundaries are re-examined according to population shifts. This time the formulation has changed due to the passing of the Fair Representation Act by the Conservative government in 2011.
    As a result, 30 new MPs will be added to the House of Commons, bringing the number of seats to 338. Ontario will get 15 of those additional seats, British Columbia and Alberta will get six each and three will go to Quebec.. . . etc…”

    I can see why the former dippy ex-MP’s moniker has been saddled with the prefix “ex.”


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