The next Alberta provincial election will occur on or before May 31, 2019.
With each election cycle comes the possibility of constituency boundary adjustments. The constituency in which you lived or voted in 2015—the last provincial election—may have changed for this year. By law, the total number of constituencies (87) remains the same in 2019 as 2015; however, some 2015 constituencies have been dissolved and others have been created.
All producers are encouraged to check the Elections Alberta website for all the latest information, including 2019 boundary maps, voter registration and polling station locations (once the election is called). It is important to note that, in some cases, producers live in one constituency and work in another, depending on where they own or rent property. Producers (and all voters) must vote where they live, not work. Ownership or tenancy, in this sense, does not matter.
Voters may find themselves in one of the four following circumstances:
- Minimal or no change to constituency boundaries or name
- Considerable change to constituency boundaries or name
- Placed into a newly-created constituency
- Placed into a different pre-existing constituency
In 2019, nearly one in five producers will be found in a different constituency from 2015, whether newly created or pre-existing. Others yet—up to half of all producers—will find themselves in a constituency that has experienced name or boundary modifications. Compared to 2015, only four constituencies in 2019 remain virtually unchanged for pork producers: Lacombe-Ponoka, Innisfail-Sylvan Lake, Peace River and Lesser Slave Lake.
Other changes may impact select producers living near 2015 boundary divisions, especially in areas close to Calgary and Edmonton, where constituencies are more frequently subject to change, due to population trends. In the case of the Cardston-Siksika and Camrose constituencies, new names have little effect on many producers who previously lived in the Little Bow and Battle River-Wainwright constituencies, respectively.
See below a breakdown of producers by most populous constituency, comparing 2015 boundaries with 2019 boundaries. The total number of producers (748) represents data available up to February 2019.
If you would like assistance in finding out to which constituency you belong, contact Andrew Heck, Communication Programs Coordinator, Alberta Pork by email at email@example.com or by phone at 780-491-3527, toll-free at 1-877-247-PORK (7675).