Memramcook fighting new electoral riding
Mayor Donald LeBlanc opposes the new riding and is considering legal action.
Memramcook Mayor Donald LeBlanc is joining forces with the Acadian Society of New Brunswick in an effort to reverse changes to the electoral riding map, which merges his village with the town of Sackville.
The final report of the Electoral Boundaries and Representation Commission was released a week ago.
LeBlanc says he is surprised the commission went ahead and combined his mostly francophone village with the predominantly English-speaking Sackville given the opposition.
"We have kids playing minor hockey with kids in Dieppe so we do have lots of similar things with people in Dieppe and we think that wasn't being considered," he said.
LeBlanc said the commission's decision completely ignores the importance of the shared history and culture of the francophone communities.
"The riding we had before we were 70 per cent francophone and now we would be down to 29 per cent francophone," he said.
LeBlanc met on Wednesday with representatives of the Acadian Society of New Brunswick and the Association of Francophone Municipalities of New Brunswick.
He says they are now joining forces to file their objections, which must be signed by at least two members of the legislature.
"We can always keep working until the end and at the end of the day and if there's no change there could possibly be the next step," LeBlanc said.
The next step is a court challenge, something LeBlanc is prepared to go ahead with.
"We don't want to threaten but there was a municipality way back that had a similar problem and they had to go to court and they won their case. So we'll study what's in there and if we'll be able to use that," LeBlanc said.
"We live in a free country, so if we believe our rights are not being respected there's always that course."