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Central Nova MP Sean Fraser Speaks to Commons Committee on Proposed Federal Boundary Changes

Central Nova MP Sean Fraser recently testified before the Standing Committee on Procedure

Central MP Sean Fraser. (World Economic Forum photo)

and House Affairs on proposed changes to federal electoral boundaries.

Locally, the proposed changes would see portions of Antigonish town and county currently in Central Nova become part of a new riding with Cape Breton and parts of Guysborough county, called Cape Breton-Antigonish, which will also include Inverness, Richmond, and Victoria Counties.  Central Nova, to be renamed Pictou-Eastern Shore-Preston would retain Pictou County and the District of St. Mary’s and will push further west to include more portions of Halifax County.

Back in May, the commission heard from residents regarding the proposed changes, with the majority of residents not in favour. Fraser thanked community members who spoke up on the matter or sent letters of support, noting if people still want their voices heard they can send something to his office which will be forwarded to the committee.

Fraser said it will be a few months before the committee announces it’s decision on the boundaries, adding he is hoping for a effective resolution. Fraser noted there are nine municipalities within the federal riding who signaled their disagreement with the proposal, adding he hopes the committee will listen.