Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca MP lobbies for riding name change

Randall Garrison hopes name will better reflect all areas of realigned constituency

Looking to better reflect the geographic diversity of his riding, Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca MP Randall Garrison submitted a motion this week to change its name to Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke. The national Electoral Boundaries Commission looking at riding boundary changes has proposed the realigned constituency be renamed Saanich-Juan de Fuca.

“While I was glad to see the commission accepted my recommendation that Saanich be included in the riding name, I feel retaining Juan de Fuca in the name will only create confusion,” Garrison said, pointing to the provincial riding of Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca.

The motion will be debated by the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs and if agreed to, will be passed along to the commission for a final decision later this year.