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Almost half don't know about North Shore federal riding changes, poll shows

How do you feel about having your vote counted with your neighbours' on the other side of the Capilano River?
Patrick Weiler and electoral boundaries
Patrick Weiler, Liberal MP for West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country, is concerned about proposal for re-drawing electoral boundaries on the North Shore that would cut Ambleside in half. Here, he stands at the bottom of 15th Street which would mark the new dividing line if the change is adopted.

The plan to shift the North Shore's federal riding boundaries is getting a fairly uniform response from North Vancouver and West Vancouver voters: Huh?

Under the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission's proposal, parts of Ambleside would be cut out of West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country and moved into the North Vancouver riding while the eastern side of the North Vancouver riding, including chunks of Lynn Valley, Lower Lynn and Capilano University, would be added to the Burnaby-North Seymour riding.

Almost half of North Shore News readers, however, aren't aware of the proposed changes.

North Shore News polled 1,479 online readers and asked the question: What do you think of the plans to change the North Shore's federal riding boundaries?

The poll ran from Oct. 24 to Nov.10. Of the 1,479 votes, we can determine that 552 are from within the community. The full results are as follows:

I'm OK with it. We will still have good representation in Ottawa. 19.93% local, 18.39% total    
I am open to some changes but not the ones being considered. 15.76% local, 16.09% total    
I am opposed to any changes in our riding boundaries. 17.21% local, 19.61% total    
I do not know changes are being considered. 47.10% local, 45.91% total    
  Local   Total

The Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission redraws riding boundaries every 10 years to ensure equal representation by population in parliament.

Results are based on an online study of adult North Shore News readers who are located in North Vancouver and West Vancouver. The margin of error – which measures sample variability – is +/- 2.54%, 19 times out of 20.

North Shore News 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.

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