On October 20, 2017, I introduced in the House of Commons my Private Member’s Bill C-377 to change, on behalf of my constituents, the name of the constituency of Châteauguay–Lacolle to that of Châteauguay–Les Jardins-de-Napierville.
The reason behind this initiative is that the name is incorrect. The municipality of Lacolle is located in the neighboring district of Saint-Jean, whereas it is in fact the municipality of Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle that is in our constituency.
Even before my arrival in office, the residents of St-Bernard-de-Lacolle, among others, communicated this concern to me and I have committed to take the necessary steps to remedy it. Since that time, we have noticed on several occasions that the name of Châteauguay-Lacolle is confusing for the constituents in the two districts and that it creates misunderstanding among some stakeholders.
After several discussions and reflections with citizens and stakeholders in the region, the name “Châteauguay─Les Jardins-de-Napierville” emerged as a logical and significant choice for many reasons:
The constituency of Châteauguay–Lacolle was created in 2013 following the electoral redistribution that came into effect when the 41st Parliament was dissolved in 2015. The current electoral division was formed from the former constituencies of Châteauguay–Saint-Constant and Beauharnois–Salaberry. It seems that an error was made to the Quebec Electoral Boundaries Commission when choosing the name of the new constituency. The fact that Lacolle was already located in the riding of Saint–Jean during the previous redistribution probably passed under the radar.
It is also to be noted that a petition calling upon the House of Commons to change the name of the district to “Chateauguay–Les Jardins-de-Napierville” is currently collecting many signatures.
The first debate on C-377 occured on November 28, 2017. According to the anticipated order of Parliamentary business, the next debate on will take place on February 26, 2018.
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