New Quebec electoral map would see less clout for Montreal

An independent commission released a new version of the province's electoral map on Tuesday which, among other things, would see the island of Montreal's representation fall from 28 ridings to 27.

Seven of those ridings will be modified — in some cases, undergoing significant change. (Proposed boundaries are drawn in red.)

The riding of Westmount-Saint-Louis would be split in two, with the Westmount portion joining NDG to create a new riding called Westmount-Notre-Dame-de-Grace. The eastern portion of the existing riding, which takes in the western part of downtown, including the Golden Square Milem, would become part of a new riding called Ville-Marie.

The Ville-Marie riding would merge with portions of two other ridings, Sainte-Henri-Sainte-Anne and the east-central downtown riding of Sainte-Marie-Saint-Jacques, which is currently held by Québec Solidaire's Manon Massé.

The changes would, in essence, kill off Massé's riding. The party calls the changes undemocratic, and suggests the new Ville-Marie riding will have much too large a socio-economic disparity within it.

MNAs are due to spend the next week or so debating the proposed changes in the National Assembly before the chief electoral officer makes a final decision.

If approved, the map would go into effect in time for the 2018 election.