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The elected representatives of Montreal demand the maintenance of Anjou–Louis-Riel

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The Montreal municipal council disagrees with the delimitation proposal submitted by the Electoral Representation Commission in its preliminary report.

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A declaration to request the preservation of all ridings east of Montreal was adopted unanimously by the municipal council, Monday afternoon.

Mayor Valérie Plante demanded Monday the maintenance of Anjou–Louis-Riel, which the Electoral Representation Commission proposes to dismantle, arguing that the development planned in this sector of the city would in any case have the effect of x27;y increase the number of voters in the medium term.

All opposition elected officials who were present at the council meeting then asked that their names be added to the declaration as seconders.

Responsible for reviewing the Quebec electoral map between now and the next general elections in 2026, the Commission on Electoral Representation proposed in its preliminary report to delete a constituency in Gaspésie and another in Montreal in order to #x27;add two in the Laurentians and in Centre-du-Québec.

His proposal created a lot of discontent. In Montreal, for example, representatives of all political parties represented in the National Assembly – CAQ, PLQ, QS and PQ – participated in the Commission's public hearings to oppose the disappearance of ;Anjou–Louis-Riel.

Mayor Plante had already publicly deplored in recent weeks that the Commission had come to the conclusion that it was necessary to eliminate a constituency in the metropolis.

In addition to being the economic heartbeat and the most populous city of Quebec, Montreal is rich in diverse neighborhoods, which present distinct realities and needs which deserve to be brought to the National Assembly, she wrote on Last November 2 on the X network.

To justify its decision, the Electoral Representation Commission explains in its preliminary report that the average number of voters in Montreal has fallen significantly compared to the provincial average.

Research carried out by Radio-Canada showed that this difference was largely explained by an influx of non-permanent residents into the metropolis since the last revision of the electoral map under the Couillard government , these temporary immigrants do not have the right to vote.

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