26 Sep 2012

Nova Scotians are Divided on Eliminating Provincial “Protected Ridings”

HALIFAX: Taking into consideration the margin of error, Nova Scotia residents are divided in their opinions regarding the recent recommended changes to provincial election boundaries, including the elimination of protected ridings, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. A recent report by the Nova Scotia Electoral Boundaries Commission recommends that provincial election boundaries in Nova Scotia change, and the report calls for eliminating ‘protected ridings’ that were created to ensure representation in the provincial legislature for minority groups including Acadians and African Nova Scotians.

The Commission was required to develop ridings to ensure the population of each riding was within 25% of the average number of voter per riding. While a plurality (47%) of Nova Scotia residents agree with the recommendations, a significant minority (41%) are opposed to the changes and believe protected ridings should be retained to ensure minority representation within the legislature.

“This is clearly one of those no-win situations for the provincial government,” suggests Don Mills, Chairman and CEO of Corporate Research Associates. “It is one of those issues where there are legitimate arguments for both positions.”

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent, quarterly survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a sample of 401 adult Nova Scotia residents, conducted from August 15 to September 6, 2012, with results accurate to within ± 4.9 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

For more information, please contact:
Don Mills, Chairman and CEO at (902) 493-3838 or
Margaret Brigley, President and COO at (902) 493-3830

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CRA Corporate Research Associates