The Liberal who has represented western Newfoundland in Parliament since 1996 says he has no problems with retiring the name of his riding.

Suggested changes from the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission would change the names of several ridings, including Humber-St. Barbe-Baie Verte, which — if approved — will be called the riding of Long Range Mountains.

Gerry Byrne, who has held the seat since winning a byelection 16 years ago, welcomes the changes.

"It follows more the model of how do we communicate with each other, how do we travel, how are our economies integrated or linked," Byrne said.

"These are the things that the Electoral Boundaries Commission was obligated under law to study and to propose new boundaries based on those circumstances and I think, quite frankly, that's exactly what they've done."

The commission, which conducts a mandatory review every decade, is suggesting keeping seven seats in Newfoundland and Labrador, with changes to the boundaries of five of them. The ridings of Labrador and St. John's South-Mount Pearl would remain the same.

Other proposals include renaming St. John's East as St. John's North, and renaming Bonavista-Gander-Grand Falls-Windsor as Bay d'Espoir-Central-Notre Dame.

Voters are welcome to share their thoughts on proposed changes during public hearings, which are set to begin in July.