The boundaries maybe changing but Cliff Cullen hopes to stay on as MLA for the constituency of Spruce Woods.
Every 10 years the electoral boundary commission reviews boundaries in the province and that happened in 2018. “The final report came out just before Christmas and there are changes from the original map and there are significant changes for all of Southern Manitoba.”
Parties will have to hold founding meetings within each of those constituency associations and then there will be nomination meetings. “In some cases those nomination meetings will take place at those founding meetings for the associations.”
Spruce Woods conservatives will meet later this month for their founding. “I do plan to run again and our nomination will be on January 23rd at the same time as the founding meeting” said Cullen.
As for Spruce woods the southern portion of the constituency will now be part of the newly formed Turtle Mountain constituency.
“Significant changes with my constituency as Spruce Woods will now be basically north of No. 2 Highway and will include communities such as Holland, Oak Lake and up to Rivers so certainly a big change in that respect. Everything south of No. 2 will become Turtle Mountain right over to the Manitou area.”
Spruce Woods will also dip into the City of Brandon. That constituency will take in the northern part of Brandon.
“The northern part will be anything north of the Assiniboine River will become part of the Spruce Woods constituency.”
All of the changes will take place with the next provincial election which is expected in 2020.
Conservatives in the Turtle Mountain constituency will metet in Boissevain January 16th for their founding and nomination meeting.