Proposed electoral boundary draws fire in Yarmouth
More than 2,500 people attended a public electoral boundary meeting in Yarmouth, as the Electoral Boundaries Commission proposes splitting the town into two different ridings.
People say they are upset at the proposal.
Part of the town would join nearby Argyle, and the other would join Clare.
Teresa MacNeil, chair of the commission, was met with boos from the crowd, and calls for her to go back to Halifax.
"We are well informed about the various objections to our proposals," MacNeil said Monday night.
The town's MLA is concerned.
"There is a clear agenda coming from the premier and the NDP to eliminate minority ridings in the province of Nova Scotia," said Liberal MLA Zach Churchill.
Churchill says the move would also cut the voice of the region's Acadian population.
An all-party committee of the legislature recommended new rules in January that would change provincial electoral boundaries and require all ridings to have roughly the same number of voters.
Clare and Argyle are two of four minority ridings.
Preston has a large black population, while the ridings of Clare, Argyle and Richmond have a high percentage of francophone constituents.
For Yarmouth residents, in an area that has seen a struggling economy, just the idea of cutting elected representation gets negative responses.
Yarmouth resident Mike Mercier believes it would be crippling blow for the town.
"It just seems like its one thing after another happening to Yarmouth. We need to stand, as you can see here, standing together," Mercier said.
The electoral boundary commission has until the end of the month to make its final recommendation.