Four Acadian, African Nova Scotian provincial ridings to be reinstated

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Nova Scotia will return to 55 provincial electoral districts with changes to the House of Assembly Act tabled Wednesday by Justice Minister Mark Furey.

The amendments would reinstate the constituencies of Argyle, Clare, Richmond, and Preston.

The protected seats for Acadians and African-Nova Scotians were eliminated by the former NDP government, who ignored recommendations from a previous boundaries commission.

The changes led to a successful court challenge by the province's Acadian community that ultimately resulted in the commission's report, which was released in April.

Commission Chair Colin Dodds says, "The commission consulted widely across the province to fulfill our terms of reference which was to strike a balance between voter parity and ensuring effective representation for all Nova Scotians."

A commission on electoral boundaries must be established and a review undertaken at least once every ten years, with the last review having been conducted in 2011-12.

Government says the changes introduced by Furey would also include a move to digital riding maps, making it easier to find information on electoral ridings.