Commission On Effective Electoral Representation Of Acadians And African Nova Scotians To Continue Public Meetings Tonight

Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 12:25 PM

Another meeting of the Commission on Effective Electoral Representation of Acadians and African Nova Scotians tonight.

The meeting takes place at Par-en-Bas in Tusket from 6:30-8:30.

The Commission has met with the public twice, the latest last night in Clare at the Saulnierville Legion.

About 50 people were in attendance, including members of the Nova Scotia Acadian Federation.

President Ghislain Boudreau says FANE wants the next Electoral Boundaries Commission to take into account the four traditional Acadian areas.

"Clare, Argyle, Cheticamp and Isle Madame. We encourage them to give those areas the right to elect their own representative to the House of Assembly."

Boudreau says many wondered why the Commission was established by the province when the next Electoral Boundaries Commission is set to come around next year and hear the same dialogue.

"People are tired of having to present their feelings and thoughts on what electoral boundaries should look like. Therefore, they wonder why we have so many steps and hurdles to go through before we should get what we deserve?"

Tomorrow, the Commission moves on to Digby Regional High School.

They will make recommendations to the province by November 1st on what better representation of Acadians and African Nova Scotians might look like.

The Commission was established by the Liberals before the election in response to a court ruling that determined the elimination of minority ridings in 2012 by the then NDP government was unconstitutional.

Boudreau says FANE is hoping to meet with government after they receive the Commission's recommendations.

He says FANE is also looking to go in front of the courts and ask what their thoughts are on effective representation.