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MPs cleared of blame from Electoral Boundaries Commission

A pair of New Democrat MPs have been cleared of influencing municipalities in connection with re-drawing boundary lines for some new ridings.

Commission claimed Carol Hughes, Charlie Angus pressured municipal leaders to air their opinions

Electoral Boundaries Commission claimed New Democrat MPs Carol Hughes and Charlie Angus pressured northern municipal leaders to air their opinions with respect to some new federal election ridings. Both cleared of any wrong doing by a Conservative-dominated parliamentary committee.

A pair of New Democrat MPs have been cleared of influencing municipalities in connection with re-drawing boundary lines for some new ridings.

The Electoral Boundaries Commission claimed Carol Hughes and Charlie Angus pressured northern municipal leaders to air their opinions on how to introduce 30 new ridings to Canada by the 2015 election. At total of 15 will be introduced to Ontario, with most being added to Toronto.

Angus and Hughes were cleared of any wrong doing by a Conservative-dominated parliamentary committee, however.

'Made no sense'

Hughes, who represents Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing, said municipalities needed to know how they'd be affected.

“Based on what they heard, not only from us but a lot of other presenters, they came to the realization that the riding of Algoma-Manitoulin-Killarney was not the proper way to go,” she said.

Hughes said she was pushing for the status quo in Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing.

“Initially they were looking at a riding that would include Algoma-Manitoulin, [and it] would have been lumped in with Killarney, which would have taken in parts of Sudbury,” Hughes added. “It made no sense to have three MPs servicing the City of Greater Sudbury

Hughes said it's all about getting fair representation for municipalities.

She noted the commission is proposing a change for the riding to extend to Echo Bay, which she says is the second best option.

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