Commissioned Ridings: Designing Canada's Electoral Districts

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 2001 - Political Science - 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
Canadas First Provincial Electoral Boundaries Commissions
35
Canada Looks to Australia
57
Drawing the Maps
74
Professional and Independent Commissions
94
Participation Objections and Delays
122
The Courts and Redistribution
151
Commissioned Ridings in the 199os
172
Community of Interest and Effective Representation
204
Looking Back and Looking Ahead
235
Chronology of RedistributionRelated Events
264
Bibliography
317
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Courtney is Professor of political science at the University of Saskatchewan.

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