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Dykstra will not allow St. Catharines to be broken up in pieces


In no way did he want to get involved in this politically, but St. Catharines MP Rick Dykstra has no choice.

Welland MP Malcolm Allen is suggesting the Garden City be split up in three to four federal ridings.

Allen wants St. Kitts with Thorold, Welland , West Lincoln and possibly Niagara Falls/Niagara on the Lake.

Dykstra has written a letter to the Ontario Electoral Commission conveying his disapproval and disbelief at the idea.

He is working with other local politicians like MPP Jim Bradley and Mayor Brian McMullen to prevent this from happening.

The St. Catharines MP says the original re-alignment was not perfect but at least it was reasonable by having St. Catharines riding remained status quo and south St. Catharines move in to the Niagara West/Glanbrook riding.

Dykstra went on to say that under Malcolm Allen's plan, the city's new hospital would not be within St. Catharines boundaries anymore.

He says he will not allow his city to be broken up in pieces and will let Ontario's Electoral Commission know his feelings.

Last month, Welland MPP Cindy Forster sent a letter to the commission indicating she was not happy with proposed changes to her Welland riding.

Earlier this year the federal government announced they would add 30 new MP seats across Canada to provide more equal representation in areas that have more constituents than others.

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