Dear fellow Scarborough residents.
I am writing this month about a serious political matter, which will reduce
Scarborough’s representation at all three levels of government.
The Federal Electoral Boundaries for Ontario is proposing that Scarborough lose one seat and that Scarborough be broken up along our western border.
This would be a serious blow to Scarborough’s political representation, given that Scarborough’s federal borders are used by the Province to establish provincial riding boundaries and municipal ward boundaries.
This means Scarborough would lose representation at all three levels of government and many of our residents north of Eglinton and west of Warden would no longer be represented by Scarborough councillors.
None of the newly-proposed ridings have any correlation with any of our existing ridings.
SCRO will be objecting to this. But we need your help … and fast.
The Commission will be holding a community consultation hearing at the Scarborough Civic Centre on October 18 at 6:30 pm.
Please register at the following link: https://redecoupage-redistribution-2022.ca/com/on/phrg/index_e.aspx
Be sure to select the Scarborough location.
The deadline to register to make an in-person presentation, or to attend as an observer, is September 25.
You may make a written submission to the Commission Secretary. The email address is also at this link. https://redecoupage-redistribution-2022.ca/com/on/phrg/index_e.aspx
The deadline to file written submissions is also September 25.
Please spread the word to your fellow residents. Let’s all stand up for Scarborough and for fairness. Our community grows but our representation shrinks. How is this fair?
SCRO will be making a written submission and will also be speaking at the Scarborough Civic Centre on October 18. We are drafting our key arguments now.
Care to make your own presentation? Please contact me. I will be happy to share SCRO’s key arguments with you, as guidance for drafting your own comments.
Scarborough Community Renewal Organization
P.S. Here are some links to recent opinion pieces and editorials in opposition to this proposal.
• Globe & Mail editorial (one person, one vote?)
• Scarborough Mirror (breaking up Agincourt)
• Toronto Star (singling out Scarborough)https://www.thestar.com/local-toronto-scarborough/news/2022/08/29/they-singled-out-scarborough-federal-commission-proposal-to-cut-one-local-riding-called-unfair.html