Fonds Accession 1992-109 - Nova Scotia Provincial Electoral Boundaries Commission fonds

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Nova Scotia Provincial Electoral Boundaries Commission fonds

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Accession 1992-109

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  • 28 cm of textual records
  • 2 maps

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(1991-1992)

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The Provincial Electoral Boundaries Commission was appointed by Order in Council on 16 July 1991 to consider the report of the Select Committee on Establishing an Electoral Boundaries Commission, presented to the House of Assembly on 3 July 1991. After public consultation, the commission used the terms of reference established by the committee to devise boundaries for the provincial electoral districts. The boundaries were to allow effective representation balanced with equality of population; recognition of community, geographical and historical interests; and at the same time ensure the adequate representation of minorities, including Acadian, African-Canadian, and Mi'kmaq peoples. The commission, under the chairmanship of Ronald G. Landes, was created by an all-party agreement and was the first non-partisan independent body created in Nova Scotia to distribute provincial electoral seats. The commission reported on 6 March 1992.

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Fonds consists of transcripts of all hearings conducted by the commission, copies of all written submissions forwarded to the commission, a copy of the report, and copies of the maps created for the report. The written submissions are arranged alphabetically by names of presenters, while the transcripts of hearings are arranged chronologically. As part of its consultative process, the commission held a special session with the Mi'kmaq community to consider the nature of native representation in the House of Assembly. This formed a major portion of the commission's report, as did the recommendation to create a seat in the Preston area that would concentrate voters in such a manner that the election of a Black member would become a possibility.

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Transferred by the commission on 6 March 1992.

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Some records of earlier redistributions are found in 169 Nova Scotia House of Assembly fonds.

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