Attorney General and Justice Minister Mark Furey has tabled changes in the Legislature to the House of Assembly Act which includes reinstating the ridings of Richmond, Clare, Argyle and Preston. The changes, recommended by the Electoral Boundaries Commission earlier this year will increase the number of provincial electoral districts from 51 to 55. The four ridings were eliminated in 2012 when the former N-D-P government decided there were too few voters in each district.
The town of Port Hawkesbury will also be restored to the constituency of Inverness with the reinstatement of Richmond. Port Hawkesbury is currently part of Cape Breton-Richmond.
Another change will see the removal of part of the eastern shore that had been added to the Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie riding in 2012. That riding will be renamed Guysborough-Tracadie.
The new boundaries would take effect in the next election, expected sometime in 2021.