A law to promote the representation of Blacks, and the Acadians in Nova Scotia

News 28 March, 2018
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    HALIFAX | The liberal government of Nova Scotia has filed on Tuesday, a bill that could help voters acadians and african-nova scotians to be better represented on the provincial scene.

    The law is intended to govern the delimitation of constituencies according to various criteria. In addition to be based on the number of inhabitants per electoral district boundaries commissions will be able to draw the districts according to the criteria of historical, cultural, and linguistic.

    It will also be possible to create districts non-contiguous if the commission considers that effective representation of voters, “including the fact of having a member who represents the members of his district to a cultural or linguistic”, is reached more easily as well, explained the government.

    “These changes are designed to ensure a fair and objective process for all nova scotians. We have based these changes on the recommendations of the Commission on the effective representation of electors and acadian nova scotians,” said government house leader, Geoff MacLellan, said in a statement.

    The president of the Black Cultural Society of Nova Scotia said he is “encouraged” by these changes. “We hope that these changes will lead to a greater representation of the community in african-nova scotian and acadian community in the electoral process of our province,” said Craig Smith, by issuing a press release.

    A commission of delimitation of electoral districts must be launched by the end of the parliamentary session and its report should be made before the next election in the province.

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