The most recent review of federal election boundaries could slice up Langley, Cloverdale, and Abbotsford into new configurations, and change which MP represents local residents.
A proposed map created by the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission has been released, showing a plan to increase the number of ridings in the Lower Mainland.
It would create a new Langley-Cloverdale riding, including a sizeable piece of eastern Surrey, from 88th Avenue to Zero Avenue, ranging as far west as 160th Street, and taking in all of Langley City, plus all of Brookswood and South Langley west of 216th Street and south of 56th Avenue.
The remainder of Langley would become part of a new Fort Langley-Aldergrove riding, which would include the remainder of Langley plus a large section of rural Abbotsford, as far east as Mount Lehman Road.
The current Langley riding was created a decade ago and includes just Langley City and Township.
Since then, Langley and the rest of the Lower Mainland has seen a population boom, and the number of residents in each riding has been swelling.
If ridings are not redrawn periodically, ridings with shrinking populations will wield more power in the House of Parliament than those with growing populations.
Ridings in Canada’s major urban areas, including in Metro Vancouver, are generally underrepresented.
The proposed guidelines are not set in stone, and public hearings are set to take place laster this year.
Langley will have a hearing on Sept. 18, at the Coast Hotel and Convention Centre on Fraser Highway.