There is increasing pressure on the government to at least come up with a temporary fix to the province’s electoral boundaries before voters go to the polls. A new poll suggests 61 per cent of Nova Scotians surveyed support the reinstatement of four minority ridings for Acadians and African-Nova Scotians. The ridings, including the former Richmond constituency and the African-Nova Scotian district of Preston, were eliminated by a boundary review before the last provincial election.
The survey, by Corporate Research Associates, shows the level of support for reinstatement is consistent across the province, while across the population, support is higher among women than men. CRA Chairman and CEO Don Mills says it’s an issue the province can’t ignore.
In January, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal ruled abolishing of the francophone ridings of Richmond, Clare and Argyle violated the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The province has been quiet on potential next steps since the court decision was announced.