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Online poll: Scrap the proposed federal riding boundaries

Optimist readers want no part of the potential new look for Delta voters
2022 proposed delta federal electoral boundary changes
The growth in population in the province, including communities east of Delta, prompted a proposed revision that could result in new-look federal electoral boundaries.

Optimist readers want no part of the proposed federal riding boundaries when it comes to Delta.

That’s according to our latest online poll, that ran from May 16 to May 20, when we asked the question: Do you agree with the proposed federal riding changes in Delta?

The Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for British Columbia has proposed a new electoral map for consideration at public hearings this spring and fall.

The map introduces changes to federal electoral district boundaries and has been developed through an independent and non-partisan process.

The City of Delta had previously been divided with South Delta being part of the Delta-Richmond East riding, while North Delta was attached to Surrey as part of the Newton-North Delta riding.

By the 2015 election, the boundaries were reconfigured to combine both North Delta and South Delta into one Delta riding.

However, Delta could once again be divided as a new riding called Delta would see Ladner, Tsawwassen and North Delta below 72 Avenue join part of Surrey, extending all the way to King George Highway.

Of 267 poll participants, including 141 from within the community, a whopping 92 percent opted for “No, the changes are not good for Delta.”

Results are based on an online study of adult Delta Optimist readers that are located in Ladner/Tsawwassen. The margin of error - which measures sample variability - is +/- 5.96%, 19 times out of 20.

Delta Optimist uses a variety of techniques to capture data, detect and prevent fraudulent votes, detect and prevent robots, and filter out non-local and duplicate votes.