When the next provincial election is held, the ridings in southeast Saskatchewan will look quite a bit different than they have for the past few elections. One riding has been absorbed into parts of three other ridings, while Weyburn-Big Muddy will no longer be Weyburn-Big Muddy.
The changes to the boundaries were recommended by the Saskatchewan Boundaries Commission, and legislation will be put into place to enact the new boundaries ahead of the next provincial election, which is tentatively scheduled for October 2024.
The commission worked to ensure that every vote bears an equal value, factoring in variations based on density, accessibility, rates of growth and more. The boundaries are for 61 constituencies, unchanged from the current number of seats in the legislature.
The recommended changes will see the riding of Weyburn-Big Muddy become the riding of Weyburn-Bengough, and it will no longer include Radville, Minton or Lake Alma. Those communities are now in the riding of Estevan-Big Muddy, which sees its border extend to the west along Highway 334.
The riding of Indian Head-Milestone is no more, with Weyburn Bengough now going up to Kronau, and across just south of Regina. Wilcox is part of the riding, but Rouleau, just a little further up Highway 39, is not. Avonlea, Bengough, Ogema, Pangman, Milestone, Yellow Grass, Lang and Sedley are also part of the riding.
The riding of Moosomin-Montmartre will also now incorporate part of what was Indian Head-Milestone, including Indian Head and all other communities along the TransCanada going east. The communities along Highway 48 from Davin east to Windthorst will also be in the Moosomin-Montmartre riding.
The riding of Cannington is also expanding a little bit, with the boundary shifting to the west. It now includes Osage, as well as Fillmore, Creelman, Stoughton and a number of other communities heading east along Highway 13. It will also include Kipling and Kennedy.
You can see the changes to the ridings on the map below.