Province needs new electoral boundaries before next election

February 09, 2017 at 1:42 pm

PCs want McNeil to recall legislature now to appoint independent boundary review commission

HALIFAX, NS – Progressive Conservative House Leader Chris d’Entremont says the McNeil government is dragging its feet on redrawing the electoral boundaries.

He’s calling on Stephen McNeil to recall the Legislature to appoint an independent boundary review commission to redraw the boundaries before the next election. Last month, the current boundaries were deemed unconstitutional by the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal. Interference was used by the previous government to eliminate minority Acadian and African Nova Scotian seats.

“Precious time is wasting,” says d’Entremont. “Let’s get to work and get the new boundaries redrawn now, before the next election. It would be wrong to run the election on these unconstitutional boundaries.”

d’Entremont says Premier McNeil has full support from the PC MLAs to recall the legislature and get a new independent boundary commission underway.

“It’s unacceptable to drag this out,” says d’Entremont. “We want to see this important issue resolved while there is still lots of time before the next election.”