POLITICS

OK not to count young people in electoral boundary change: Saskatchewan premier

03/08/2012 02:00 EST | Updated 05/08/2012 05:12 EDT
REGINA - Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says elections are about people who can vote and a new map of electoral boundaries will reflect that.

Legislation is being amended so that every constituency has roughly the same number of voters — meaning anyone under 18 won't be considered in calculations.

Wall says the government will still represent everyone.

The premier says other provinces have gone further by considering only registered voters in boundary decisions.

But the Opposition NDP says the move is a step backwards.

Leader John Nilson says there was no public consultation about the change and it sends a message that young people don't count.