New Effective Electoral Representation Commission To Begin Public Hearings Monday In Shelburne

Posted on Friday, September 8, 2017 12:37 PM

A new provincially appointed commission will hold public meetings starting next week.

Their mandate is to determine how electoral representation of Acadian and African Nova Scotians can improve.

This after the re-drawing of electoral boundaries and elimination of minority ridings in 2012 was deemed unconstitutional in Nova Scotia Supreme Court.

The first meeting is slated for Birchtown, Shelburne County on Monday night at 6:30 at the Black Loyalist Heritage Centre.

Shelburne Mayor Karen Mattatall says the community was blindsided in 2012 when electoral boundaries were re-drawn and Shelburne County was merged with two other ridings.

Mattatall says they are calling for the riding of Shelburne to be restored.

"We had originally wanted no change to the boundaries. That recommendation from us was ignored, so we will take that message to the commission again. Since pre-confederation, we had been represented by an MLA in the house. We should be represented like the other areas in the province."

Meetings are also happening at the Saulnierville Legion on Tuesday evening and at Par-en-Bas in Tusket on Wednesday.

The commission will file its report with the government by Nov. 1.

The report and recommendations will inform the next Electoral Boundaries Commission, expected to be established by government early in the new year.