Executive Council
January 16, 2015

House of Assembly Session Will Enable Review of Electoral Boundaries

As announced today by the Speaker of the House of Assembly, the House of Assembly will open on Monday, January 19, 2015. This session will allow for amendments to the Electoral Boundaries Act to support the immediate review of electoral boundaries and effect a reduction in electoral districts to 38.
“The significant fiscal challenges ahead mean that we have to look for cost savings in all areas, including the Legislature. Reducing the number of electoral districts by 10 will result in upwards of $10 million in savings over the next four years.”
- The Honourable Paul Davis, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador
The chair of the commission will be appointed by the Chief Justice of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the four other members of the commission will be selected by the Speaker of the House of Assembly. Currently, the law requires an electoral boundaries commission to be established once every 10 years to reassess the province’s electoral boundaries.
In addition to the electoral boundary review, parliamentary reform measures being introduced by Premier Davis will also include a review of the MHA pension plan, as well as identifying measures to increase participation by all Members and improve efficiency and effectiveness of the House of Assembly.
“I have asked the Speaker to convene a meeting of the Standing Orders Committee to complete an analysis of all standing orders with a view to modernize procedures; making them more efficient while providing for greater involvement of all MHAs in the legislative process.”
- Premier Davis

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Media contacts:

Heather MacLean
Director of Communications
Office of the Premier
709 729 3581
Donna Ivey
Special Assistant, Communications
Office of the Premier
709 729 3551

2015 01 16                                        5:10 p.m.