New legislature seats too costly: Alberta Liberals

Alberta Liberals say the province could save $10 million if it gave up on a plan to add four new seats to the 83-seat legislature.

Alberta Liberals say the province could save $10 million if it gave up on a plan to add four new seats to the 83-seat legislature.

They’re calling for Premier Ed Stelmach’s government to amend legislation to make it possible for the just-appointed Electoral Boundaries Commission to redistribute Alberta’s 83 constituencies rather than add new ones to the system.

Members of that commission were announced Friday.

It is to hold public hearings and submit its final report within one year.

Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann says if the government can’t afford to hire desperately needed doctors and nurses, how can it justify hiring more members of the legislature.

Swann says the premier knows rural Alberta is over-represented in the legislature and Calgary and Edmonton are under-represented.

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