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Tuesday, February 07, 2017 @ 10:10 AM  

Reference regarding the abolition of three provincial ridings. Nova Scotia’s House of Assembly Act, s. 5, required that every 10 years, an independent Electoral Boundaries Commission was to conduct hearings and prepare a report recommending electoral boundaries. In 1992 and 2002, the Electoral Boundaries Commissions recommended three ridings which were significantly Acadian constituencies. These ridings would have notably less than the average population ratio for Nova Scotia’s ridings generally, in order to encourage participation in the Legislature by individuals belonging to the Acadian minority. The recommendations...