Commissioned Ridings: Designing Canada's Electoral Districts

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, May 25, 2001 - Law - 337 pages
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Where did the idea for nonpartisan constituency redistributions come from? What were the principal reasons that Canada turned to arm's-length commissions to design its electoral districts? In Commissioned Ridings John Courtney addresses these questions by examining and assessing the readjustment process in Canada's electoral boundaries. Defining electoral districts as "representational building blocks," Courtney compares federal and provincial electoral readjustments in the last half of the twentieth century, showing how parliamentarians and legislators, boundary commissions, courts, and interested members of the general public debated representational principles to define the purposes of electoral redistricting in an increasingly urban, ethnically mixed federal state such as Canada.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Electoral Districts in a Federal State
9
Commissioned Ridings in the 1990s
172
Canada
261
Chronology of RedistributionRelated Events
264
Bibliography
317
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John C. Courtney is professor of political studies at the University of Saskatchewan.

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