Next provincial election should be fought on fair, lawful boundaries
HALIFAX, NS – Progressive Conservative MLA Chris d’Entremont issued the following statement in response to the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal’s ruling in favour of the Acadian Federation of Nova Scotia:
“I congratulate the Acadian Federation of Nova Scotia on their victory. Their perseverance and commitment have resulted in a meaningful step forward for our Acadian, African-Nova Scotian and Mi’kmaq communities.
It is only fair that the next Nova Scotia provincial election be fought on boundaries that are fair, lawful and, most importantly, constitutional.
In 2013, Stephen McNeil promised Nova Scotians he would respect any decision a court made in respect to the court challenge by the Acadian Federation. Now he must keep his word.
That is why, while ample time remains in his mandate, Premier Stephen McNeil must lead the way on commissioning a new electoral boundary review process, one that considers the court’s opinion.
The Progressive Conservative caucus is prepared to support the government in striking a commission whose terms of reference are fair, equitable and drafted collaboratively by all political parties represented in the House of Assembly.
We expect the commission’s work to be finished and a new electoral map in place before the Premier calls the next election.”