HALIFAX, NS – Progressive Conservative MLA Chris d’Entremont is concerned the Liberals are playing partisan games with the McNeil government’s commission on effective representation for Acadian and African Nova Scotians.
d’Entremont, who is also his Party’s critic for Acadian Affairs, says the government is making a farce of the commission by calling it “independent.”
“This commission was formed by the Liberals, at the direction of the Liberals. To call it independent is a joke,” said d’Entremont. “I’m concerned the McNeil Liberals are acting unilaterally on something as important as electoral representation for minorities.”
d’Entremont says a truly independent commission would have been struck by a motion of the House of Assembly with all MLAs having a say.
d’Entremont’s suspicions are also raised by the fact the Liberals are acting unilaterally to deal with minority representation before the province’s legislated boundary review, set to begin in 2018.
“We have a proper boundary review process for a reason,” said d’Entremont. “Are the Liberals trying to game the system before the House of Assembly even sets the terms of reference for a new boundary commission?”
d’Entremont is also demanding answers on why indigenous Nova Scotians are being excluded from consultations.