The Ashburton Guardian Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit TUESDAY, APRIL 1, 1890. THE NEW ELECTORATES.
It is very noticeable that, in this island at anyrate, the most awkward electorates as regards their configuration and extent as those which happen to be those at present represented by memberß of the Opposition party. Mr John Mackenzie and Mr Duncan are especial sufferers in this direction, though we do not know that the result will be in any way to impair their chances of re election. As was pointed out by Sir John Hall at a meeting held at Leeeton on Friday, the Commissioners seem to have altogether gone upon the one principle ot equalising population, and to have overlooked completely that other principle laid down for their guidance by the Act, viz*, the preservation as much as possible of community ot interest. The new district of Ellesmere is a case in point, inasmuch as hitherto the Kakaia district and the Lake district havo had no mutual relations of any kind and have no interest in common I other than they hold in common with any other, even the most remote part of i the Colony. This proposed intermarriage of Rakaia with Ellesmere, Mount Hatt and Wakanui has been discussed at the meeting above referred to, at which the general opinion was expressed that there will be great diversity of interest, and that' the large straggling district will be altogether unworkable. Mr D. M'Millan, who was not present, submitted through Sir John Hall the suggestion that a more suitable division would have been to carry the Lllesmere district along the coast and up to the foot of the Port hills. Sir John pointed otft that other parts of the district would have to give their views as well as Leeston, and as any representations to be made must reach the Commissioners by the 21st instant, it is time that if the people of this end of the proposed district desire to be heard on the subject they should take the matter into consideration with a view to forwarding such representations as they may think it desirable to make.
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The Ashburton Guardian Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit TUESDAY, APRIL 1, 1890. THE NEW ELECTORATES.,
Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2390, 1 April 1890