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Assembly Act: Acadian and Marie-Claude Rioux

assembly act: We will not let go of this issue, said Marie-Claude Rioux, executive director of the Acadian Federation of Nova Scotia, according to The Chronicle Herald. Rioux told the legislature's law amendments committee that the proposed changes were unacceptable and would marginalize the Acadian Community of Nova Scotia. The revised House of Assembly Act would allow so-called non-contiguous'' constituencies ridings that are not connected geographically something the Acadian groups say shouldn't happen. Elaine Thimot, of the Acadian Society of Clare, said Acadians only make up a small percentage of the province's population of just under one million. The proposed legislative changes follow a Nova Scotia Court of Appeal ruling released in January 2017 that found a 2012 boundary redrawing that eliminated three Acadian ridings violated the voter rights section of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. These numbers show we must return to protected ridings, said Thimot. ( As reported in the news.