So first, I'll give you a quick overview on how much population a BC electoral district can have. The population of the province is divided by the number of seats in the province. There can be a deviation of + or - 25%. In a few "special circumstances", a electoral district does not have meet those numbers, but be pretty close to doing so. As well, there can be 6 seats added to the legislature this time around.
So yesterday, there was a Electoral Boundaries Commission meeting attended by a few people; most notably a city councillor, former BC NDP candidates, a former Socred MLA, and myself. There were two major concerns given out at that meeting:
- That Northern Electoral Districts were massive in land area, hard to travel in, and hard to communicate in, so the land area of such districts should be as small as possible.
- That the Lower Mainland should not be given more seats as that would reduce the already faint voice of Northerners in the Legislature. At the same time, seats in the North should be kept the same or increased.
But at the end, my friends and I realized that the core problem is that Northerners are not going to have the voice that we require. Maybe, we thought, a reintroduction of bicameralism with the second house representing regions would help do this. Or possibly Northern BC separating for the South.