Originally Posted by bradnixon
I think this comment illustrates how bizarre the boundaries for the new "Nepean Carleton" are.
What do Stittsville and Riverside South have in common that they would be in the same riding? They're on opposite ends of the city with completely different concerns.
Riverside South and Leitrim should be part of Ottawa South.
Ottawa, plus Lanark County and Prescott-Russell, together have a population of 1,060,000. That forms 10 ridings, each averaging about 106,000 if possible.
IMO, Stittsville and Kanata should be - together - one riding, named Kanata-Stittsville
. Remaining rural parts of Goulbourn, and West Carleton and Rideau should be tied to Lanark County. Lanark should be connected with rural Ottawa, not the counties to the west. Call that Lanark-Carleton
The new Nepean riding should remove the areas inside the Greenbelt, and instead add Riverside South and Leitrim (basically, south Nepean and south Gloucester), into a new riding, perhaps Barrhaven-Leitrim
. With the Armstrong Bridge in place, they will be a natural connection.
Ottawa-Orleans is okay, although it should have a lower population to account for suburban growth. It should be named Orleans
(no need for Ottawa as it includes none of the old City of Ottawa). Perhaps removing Blackburn Hamlet (to Ottawa-Vanier) would be a good idea. That new riding should be Ottawa East-Vanier
With the addition of Blackburn Hamlet, the K1N postal code (Lower Town, Sandy Hill) should be moved to Ottawa Centre
, to place all of downtown in one riding. In turn, the western areas - west of Island Park and Carleton Heights - move out.
That leaves three ridings for the southern and western urban areas. It is impossible to use the Rideau River now as a boundary as Ottawa South is overpopulated. As a result, the area west of the Airport Parkway (Uplands, Hunt Club, Mooney's Bay) move out, into Ottawa-Rideau River
. That also includes Carleton Heights (from Ottawa Centre) and the area east of Woodroffe Avenue, south of Baseline Road and north of the Greenbelt (from Nepean and Ottawa West-Nepean).
would include the remaining areas north/east of the Greenbelt and west of Pinecrest Creek and Woodroffe Avenue, including Bells Corners.
The balance - north of Baseline, between Island Park and Pinecrest Creek - would form Ottawa West
Nepean-Carleton is gone. Osgoode moves into Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, which would be renamed Carleton-Prescott-Russell
. North Glengarry would have to be shuffled.