The Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for Nova Scotia has proposed a new federal electoral map for consideration at public hearings this fall. The commission will be in Yarmouth at Rodd Grand Hotel on Friday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m.
Canada’s electoral districts are reviewed every 10 years by independent commissions in each province to account for shifts and growth in the population. These reviews consider population numbers—as captured in the federal census—as well as other important factors such as communities of interest or identity, as well as historical and geographical factors.
Under the proposal, the biggest changes will be made in and around Halifax, as well as in Cape Breton and Central Nova, to bring the number of residents in each electoral district closer to the average. There is also a big change proposed to South Shore-St. Margarets that would see most western Shelburne County communities, including Barrington, Clark’s Harbour and Woods Harbour moved to West Nova.
Everyone is invited to attend. Those wishing to make a presentation at a hearing are requested to send the commission notice no later than Aug. 27 by e-mail at email@example.com or by mail (1801 Hollis Street, Suite 520, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 3N4).
To consult the proposal online, visit www.federal-redistribution.ca; to obtain a copy, contact the commission at 1-855-726-4107 (toll-free).