Dozens protesting electoral redistribution in downtown Montreal

About 100 residents of Sainte-Marie—Saint-Jacques gathered Sunday afternoon, collecting signatures and calling on the provincial government to scrap a plan to eliminate their electoral district.

More than 8,000 people have signed a petition opposing electoral redistribution

Québec Solidaire's Manon Massé says the province's Commission de la représentation électorale should reconsider its plan to remove the riding from the electoral map. 0:46

About 100 residents of the downtown Montreal electoral district Sainte-Marie–Saint-Jacques gathered Sunday afternoon to collect signatures and call on the provincial government to scrap a plan to eliminate their electoral district.  

The riding is currently represented by Québec Solidaire MNA Manon Massé.

"It's because the Sainte-Marie–Saint-Jacques people have never been consulted on this plan," Massé said. "This is the point today. This is why people are on the street."

Massé says the move could weaken the voice that people in the riding currently have at Quebec's National Assembly. 

Westmount—St-Louis — the riding currently held by Liberal MNA Jacques Chagnon — is also slated for elimination. 

A new downtown riding called Ville-Marie will be created in their place. 

A petition opposing electoral redistribution has already garnered more than 8,000 signatures.