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FEDERAL ELECTORAL BOUNDARIES COMMISSION
FOR THE PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA

PROPOSAL

Preamble

By proclamation, on February 21, 2012, the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for the Province of Nova Scotia (the Commission) was established under and by virtue of the Electoral Boundaries Readjustment Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. E-3 (the Act).

The Commission is composed of Dr. Louise Carbert, a political science professor, and Dr. David Blaikie, a law professor, both of Dalhousie University, who have been appointed by the Speaker of the House of Commons, and the Honourable Allan P. Boudreau, the undersigned Chair, a Justice of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, who has been appointed by the Chief Justice of Nova Scotia.

The Commission’s task is to establish, or more properly stated to readjust, the boundaries of federal electoral districts (sometimes called constituencies or ridings) in accordance with population figures established for the Province by the 2011 decennial census. The Province is now divided into 11 electoral districts, and that number will not change.

The 2011 decennial census established the population of Nova Scotia at 921,727. The population divided by the number of electoral districts gives an average, or “electoral quota”, of 83,793 people per electoral district. The population of each electoral district must correspond as closely as is reasonably possible to that electoral quota. The Act provides, however, that the Commission may deviate from that quota to take account of certain factors such as community of interest and identity, historical patterns, and manageable geographic size. Section 15 of the Act specifically directs that in establishing boundaries, the Commission be governed by the following rules:

(1) [...] (a) the division of the province into electoral districts and the description of the boundaries thereof shall proceed on the basis that the population of each electoral district in the province as a result thereof shall, as close as reasonably possible, correspond to the electoral quota for the province, that is to say, the quotient obtained by dividing the population of the province as ascertained by the census by the number of members of the House of Commons to be assigned to the province as calculated by the Chief Electoral Officer under subsection 14(1); and

  • (b) the commission shall consider the following in determining reasonable electoral district boundaries:
    • (i) the community of interest or community of identity in or the historical pattern of an electoral district in the province, and

    • (ii) a manageable geographic size for districts in sparsely populated, rural or northern regions of the province.

(2) The commission may depart from the application of the rule set out in paragraph (1)(a) in any case where the commission considers it necessary or desirable to depart therefrom

  • (a) in order to respect the community of interest or community of identity in or the historical pattern of an electoral district in the province, or

  • (b) in order to maintain a manageable geographic size for districts in sparsely populated, rural or northern regions of the province,

  • but, in departing from the application of the rule set out in paragraph (1)(a), the commission shall make every effort to ensure that, except in circumstances viewed by the commission as being extraordinary, the population of each electoral district in the province remains within 25% more or 25% less of the electoral quota for the province.

In conjunction with the provisions of the Act, the Commission’s decisions must be guided by the Constitution Act, 1982, in particular the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which guarantees Canadian citizens the right to vote in federal and provincial elections. This right has been interpreted by the Supreme Court of Canada in a manner that sets constitutional criteria for the drawing of electoral boundaries.

In what is known as “the Carter decision”, released on June 6, 1991, which deals with provincial electoral boundaries in Saskatchewan, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the purpose of the right to vote, as guaranteed by section 3 of the Charter, is not equality of voting power by itself but the right to “effective representation”. First and foremost, the Court ruled, “effective representation” requires “relative parity of voting power”. Absolute equality of population size among electoral districts, the Court ruled, was not required. However, deviations from equality resulting in “relative parity of voting power” for the purpose of accommodating geography, community of interest or minority representation must be “justified on the ground that they contribute to better government of the populace as a whole”. In other words, the variation from the electoral quota permitted by the Act is not a licence to be used without justification.

In implementing the guidelines of the Act and adhering to the guidelines of the Supreme Court of Canada in the Carter decision and subsequent Canadian superior court decisions, the Commission proceeded in the following manner.

This Commission, as did the previous commission, first considered whether there were any “extraordinary circumstances” which might necessitate or justify moving beyond the given plus or minus 25% of the quota in any of the 11 federal electoral districts, as permitted by subsection 15(2) of the Act. The Commission decided that there was no such necessity and that there were clearly no such extraordinary circumstances requiring it to invoke the provisions of subsection 15(2) of the Act.

The Commission then considered the need, if any, for a redrawing of the federal electoral boundaries in the Province, based on the official population figures for 2011. It was readily apparent that the shift in population between 2001 and 2011 would require some adjustment of those boundaries. The Commission, therefore, set out to make the adjustments with a minimum of disturbance to the current boundaries, while at the same time considering all of the factors set out in section 15 of the Act.

It is relevant to note that the population of Nova Scotia increased from 908,007 in 2001 to 921,727 in 2011, which is a net increase of 13,720. At the same time, the population of the four ridings in the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) increased from 341,026 in 2001 to 370,654 in 2011, which is a net increase of 29,628. Therefore, the total population of the federal ridings outside of the HRM has diminished by 15,908.

It can be seen from Table 1 (below) that several ridings, particularly those in the HRM, are well above the electoral quota of 83,793. When one compares the population of the four HRM ridings with the electoral quota, one can see that the deviation of those ridings exceeds the quota by 6.41% to 16.61%. It can also be seen from Table 1 that the ridings of Sydney—Victoria, Central Nova and Cape Breton—Canso are below the quota by 12.49% to 18.33%. The Commission, therefore, proposes to adjust the boundaries of three of the HRM ridings as well as those of Cape Breton—Canso and Central Nova to bring them into closer alignment with the electoral quota. While making the boundary proposals, the Commission considered the principles of community of interest and identity, historical patterns and manageable geographic size.

Table 1 shows population information after redistribution in 2002 side by side with the same information for 2012 using the new electoral quota. From Table 1, it is easily discernible that Nova Scotia’s population has shifted from rural areas, particularly Cape Breton, to Halifax.

Table 2 shows the same information as it would be if the boundaries were readjusted as proposed. If these proposals are effected, the most populous riding (Halifax) will have a population 10.41% greater than the electoral quota, and the least populous riding (Sydney—Victoria) will have a population 12.49% less than the electoral quota.

It is worthwhile making it clear at this time that when one adjusts the boundary or boundaries of one riding, it results in the adjustment of adjoining ridings, which can have a domino effect on other ridings. In consideration of this, the Commission proceeded first to adjust the boundaries of the ridings of Halifax West, Sackville—Eastern Shore, Dartmouth—Cole Harbour and Cape Breton—Canso. This, of necessity, required the adjustment of the boundaries of Central Nova, Cumberland—Colchester—Musquodoboit Valley, Kings—Hants and South Shore— St. Margaret’s. It was also necessary to adjust the boundary between South Shore—St. Margaret’s and West Nova to maintain an appropriate level of voter parity, while at the same time considering manageable geographic size.

The Commission recognizes that change should not be made just for change’s sake. The Commission, however, also recognizes that the only way to adjust the population numbers and corresponding electoral boundaries of the HRM ridings is to take away from those ridings and add population, and therefore territory, to adjoining rural ridings, all the while considering urban/rural communities of interest and identity and historical patterns.

For the reasons stated above, the Commission proposes a realignment of the 11 federal electoral districts for the Province in accordance with Table 2 below and the legal descriptions and maps of the proposed electoral districts as set out in Appendix 1. Because of the proposed changes to the boundaries, the Commission also considered it appropriate to make slight changes to the names of two of the proposed districts to better describe their geographic locations. These proposed changes are as follows: Cumberland—Colchester—Musquodoboit Valley to Cumberland—Colchester; and Sackville—Eastern Shore to Sackville—Porters Lake.

Table 1

Population Information After Redistribution in 2002
and Prior to Redistribution in 2012

Electoral District Name

After Redistribution in 2002 (Electoral Quota 82,546)

Prior to Redistribution in 2012 (Electoral Quota 83,793)

2001 Population

Deviation

2011 Population

Deviation

Cape Breton—Canso

75,221

-8.87%

68,435

-18.33%

Central Nova

73,722

-10.69%

72,114

-13.94%

Cumberland—Colchester—Musquodoboit Valley

87,507

6.01%

87,982

5.00%

Dartmouth—Cole Harbour

88,507

7.22%

89,163

6.41%

Halifax

88,931

7.74%

92,515

10.41%

Halifax West

79,933

-3.17%

97,710

16.61%

Kings—Hants

79,286

-3.95%

83,306

-0.58%

Sackville—Eastern Shore

83,655

1.34%

91,266

8.92%

South Shore— St. Margaret’s

83,694

1.39%

82,254

-1.84%

Sydney—Victoria

79,294

-3.94%

73,328

-12.49%

West Nova

88,257

6.92%

83,654

-0.17%

Total

908,007

 

921,727

 

Table 2

Population Information As It Would Be
After the Proposed Boundary Readjustments
(Electoral Quota 83,793)

Electoral District Name

2011 Population

Deviation

Cape Breton—Canso

74,297

-11.33%

Central Nova

77,678

-7.30%

Cumberland—Colchester

82,321

-1.76%

Dartmouth—Cole Harbour

88,890

6.08%

Halifax

92,515

10.41%

Halifax West

86,193

2.86%

Kings—Hants

87,619

4.57%

Sackville—Porters Lake

85,675

2.25%

South Shore— St. Margarets

82,745

-1.25%

Sydney—Victoria

73,328

-12.49%

West Nova

90,466

7.96%

Total

921,727

 

You will also find as part of this document the proposed places, dates and times for public hearings, at which any interested party or parties may make representations in accordance with the rules in this proposal. The Commission looks forward to hearing from all interested parties, either in person or in writing. We strongly recommend that all interested parties pay particular attention to the rules herein and check the Commission website (www. federal-redistribution.ca) regularly for any changes of schedule or cancellations of public hearings.

If You Intend to Make a Representation to the Commission

Interested parties will have the opportunity to make representations to the Commission at advertised public hearings now scheduled at the times and places set out herein under the heading Notice of Sittings. The Commission is precluded by the Act from hearing any party desiring to make a representation who has not given notice in accordance with subsection 19(5) of the Act, which reads as follows:

No representation shall be heard by a commission at any sittings held by it for the hearing of representations from interested persons unless notice in writing is given to the secretary of the commission within 23 days after the date of the publication of the last advertisement under subsection (2), stating the name and address of the person who seeks to make the representation and indicating concisely the nature of the representation and of the interest of the person.

However, the Commission has the power to waive the normal notice requirement for representation at a public hearing if the Commission is satisfied it is in the public interest (see subsection 19(6) of the Act). Notices should be received no later than August 27, 2012, and should be addressed to:

Ms. Barbara Penick
Commission Secretary
Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for Nova Scotia
1801 Hollis Street, Suite 520
Halifax, NS
B3J 3N4
Telephone: 902-426-5963 | Toll-free: 1-855-726-4107
Fax: 902-426-2042 | Toll-free: 1-855-726-4108
E-mail: ns-ne@rfed-rcf.ca

Notices may also be submitted electronically by completing the e-mail form at www.federal-redistribution.ca under Nova Scotia > Public Hearings.

Notice of Sittings

The Commission is required by the Act to hold sittings to hear representations by interested parties in respect of the recommended proposed changes in the boundaries of the electoral districts. For this purpose the Commission is scheduled to sit at the following places and times:

  • (1) SYDNEY, Cambridge Suites, 380 Esplanade Street, Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
  • (2) PORT HAWKESBURY, Maritime Inn, 717 Reeves Street, Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
  • (3) GREENWICH, Old Orchard Inn, Exit 11, Highway 101, Sunday, September 9, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
  • (4) TRURO, Best Western Plus Glengarry, 150 Willow Street, Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
  • (5) STELLARTON, Holiday Inn Express, 86 Lawrence Boulevard, Exit 24, Trans-Canada Highway, Friday, September 14, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
  • (6) HALIFAX, Quality Inn and Suites, 980 Parkland Drive, Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
  • (7) BRIDGEWATER, Best Western Plus Bridgewater, 527 Highway 10, Exit 12, Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
  • (8) YARMOUTH, Rodd Grand Yarmouth, 417 Main Street, Friday, September 21, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
  • (9) LOWER SACKVILLE, Sackville Fire Hall, 1 Metropolitan Avenue at Glendale, Monday, October 1, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
  • (10) COLE HARBOUR, Cole Harbour Place, 51 Forest Hills Parkway, Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

Rules

The Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for the Province of Nova Scotia makes the following rules under and by virtue of section 18 of the Electoral Boundaries Readjustment Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. E-3.

  1. These rules may be cited as the “Rules of the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for the Province of Nova Scotia, 2012”.
  2. In these rules:
    • (a) “Act” means the Electoral Boundaries Readjustment Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. E-3;

    • (b) “advertisement” means a notice or notices published as directed in subsection 19(2) of the said Act setting forth the places and the times when the sittings shall be held for the hearing of representations;

    • (c) “chairperson” includes the deputy chairperson;

    • (d) “Commission” means the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for the Province of Nova Scotia established by proclamation of February 21, 2012;

    • (e) “notice” means a written expression of intention to make a representation in compliance with subsection 19(5) of the Act (“within 23 days after the date of the publication of the […] advertisement”);

    • (f) “representation” means any expression of opinion presented at a duly convened sitting of the Commission relating to the division of the Province of Nova Scotia into electoral districts and the names and boundaries of each such electoral district, as proposed by the Commission;

    • (g) “Secretary” means the Secretary to the Commission;

    • (h) “sitting” means a public hearing convened by the Commission in accordance with and for the purposes set out in section 19 of the Act.
  3. Unless the Commission decides otherwise, only one person or a designated spokesperson shall be heard in the presentation of a representation at a sitting.
  4. A person giving notice shall state therein at which of the places designated in the advertisement such person wishes to make a representation, the official language in which it is to be made, and accommodation needs they may have.
  5. If a person giving notice fails to comply with the provisions of Rule 4, the Secretary shall ascertain from such person the place at which such person wishes to appear to make a representation and the official language in which it is to be made.
  6. Rules 4 and 5 are made for administrative purposes only and do not operate to prevent a person who has given notice from making the representation at any place of sitting of the Commission set out in the advertisement, subject only to the power of the Commission, pursuant to Rule 7, to cancel a sitting at any place if it appears that no one will make a representation at the sitting at that place.
  7. If it appears to the Commission that no one will make a representation at any place designated by the advertisement as a place of sitting, the Commission may cancel the sitting at such place.
  8. Two members of the Commission shall constitute a quorum for the holding of a sitting.
  9. If a quorum cannot be present at a sitting, the Commission may provide for the hearing of representations by one member of the Commission pursuant to section 18 of the Act, or may postpone the sitting to a later date.
  10. The Secretary shall inform any person who has given notice, but has not been heard, of a postponement. Public advertisement of a postponement may also be given by the chairperson or the Commission by such means as the chairperson or it considers adequate.
  11. When the hearing of a representation cannot be completed within the time allotted, the Commission may adjourn the sitting to a later date at the same or another place.
  12. The Commission will consider any written submissions received in the Commission Office prior to September 30, 2012. The Commission will make public any such submissions at its office at 1801 Hollis Street, Suite 520, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 3N4.
  13. The Commission shall have the power to waive any procedural requirement where the Commission deems there to be a defect in form and not in substance.

Dated at Halifax, this 7th day of June, 2012.

JUSTICE ALLAN P. BOUDREAU
Chair
Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for the
Province of Nova Scotia

APPENDIX

Maps, Proposed Boundaries and Names of Electoral Districts

There shall be in the Province of Nova Scotia eleven (11) electoral districts, named and described as set out below, each of which shall return one member.

In the following descriptions:

  • (a) reference to “street”, “avenue”, “road”, “connector”, “highway”, “river”, “stream”, “brook”, “channel”, “cove”, “arm”, “bay”, “lake”, “harbour”, “transmission line” or “railway” signifies their centre line unless otherwise described;

  • (b) wherever a word or expression is used to denote a territorial division, such word or expression shall indicate the territorial division as it existed or was bounded on the first day of January, 2011;

  • (c) reference to “counties” for inclusion in an electoral district signifies that all cities, towns, villages and Indian reserves lying within the perimeter of the counties are included unless otherwise described;

  • (d) all offshore islands are included in the landward district unless otherwise described;

  • (e) the translation of the terms “street”, “avenue” and “boulevard” follows Treasury Board standards, while the translation of all other public thoroughfare designations is based on commonly used terms but has no official recognition; and

  • (f) all coordinates are in reference to the North American Datum of 1983 (NAD 83).

The population figure of each electoral district is derived from the 2011 decennial census.

Cape Breton—Canso

(Population: 74,297)

(Map 1)

Consisting of:

  • (a) the County of Richmond;

  • (b) the Municipality of the District of Guysborough;

  • (c) that part of the County of Inverness lying southerly of Cape Breton Highlands National Park of Canada;

  • (d) that part of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality lying southeasterly of a line described as follows: commencing at a point in the centre of Bras d’Or Lake; thence northeasterly along said lake and East Bay to its most northeasterly extremity; thence due north to Portage Brook; thence generally northeasterly along said brook to Blacketts Lake; thence generally northeasterly along said lake and the Sydney River to Highway No. 125; thence generally northeasterly along said highway to Highway No. 4 (Grand Lake Road); thence northeasterly along said highway to Northwest Brook (south of Grand Lake); thence generally northeasterly along said brook and the westerly shoreline of Grand Lake to the Emera Utility Services Inc. railway; thence northeasterly along said railway and its northerly branch (running towards the Community of Dominion) to its second intersection with Northwest Brook (north of Grand Lake); thence generally northerly and northeasterly along said brook, Lingan Bay and Indian Bay to the Cabot Strait;

  • (e) that part of the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s lying easterly of a line described as follows: commencing at the intersection of the southwesterly limit of the Municipality of the District of Guysborough with the unnamed brook at approximate latitude 45°15′51″N and longitude 62°00′47″W; thence generally westerly along said brook to the northerlymost point of its path; thence westerly in a straight line to the middle of Cumminger Lake; thence southwesterly in a straight line to the unnamed brook flowing between Cumminger Lake and Glenelg Lake; thence generally westerly along said brook to Glenelg Lake; thence southwesterly along said lake to St. Marys River; thence southwesterly and generally southeasterly along said river to Highway No. 7; thence westerly and generally southerly along said highway to Gaspereaux Brook; thence southerly along said brook to Liscomb Harbour; thence easterly and northerly of Hemloe Island and Liscomb Island along said harbour to the Atlantic Ocean; and

  • (f) that part of the County of Antigonish lying easterly of a line described as follows: commencing at the intersection of the southerly limit of said county with Sugar Bush Road at approximate latitude 45°26′15″N and longitude 61°51′19″W; thence northerly along said road to Upper Springfield Road; thence northeasterly along said road to Irish Road; thence northerly along said road to Lower Springfield Road; thence northerly along said road to the unnamed road (north of Campbell Road) at approximate latitude 45°31′0″6N and longitude 61°52′47″W; thence generally northerly along said road to Guysborough Road; thence northerly along said road to Glenroy Road; thence northeasterly along said road to Meadow Green Road; thence northwesterly along said road to Pomquet River Road; thence westerly along said road to the unnamed road at approximate latitude 45°33′41″N and longitude 61°52′41″W; thence northerly and southwesterly along said road to Highway No. 316; thence northerly along said highway to the unnamed road at approximate latitude 45°34′04″N and longitude 61°53′30″W; thence northeasterly along said road to Highway No. 104; thence westerly along said highway to Taylors Road; thence generally northeasterly along said road to Pomquet Monks Head Road; thence generally northerly along said road to Monks Head Road; thence westerly along said road to Scout Camp Road; thence northeasterly along said road and its production to St. George’s Bay and the Northumberland Strait.

Central Nova

(Population: 77,678)

(Map 1)

Consisting of:

  • (a) the County of Pictou;

  • (b) that part of the County of Antigonish lying westerly of a line described as follows: commencing at the intersection of the southerly limit of said county with Sugar Bush Road at approximate latitude 45°26′15″N and longitude 61°51′19″W; thence northerly along said road to Upper Springfield Road; thence northeasterly along said road to Irish Road; thence northerly along said road to Lower Springfield Road; thence northerly along said road to the unnamed road (north of Campbell Road) at approximate latitude 45°31′06″N and longitude 61°52′47″W; thence generally northerly along said road to Guysborough Road; thence northerly along said road to Glenroy Road; thence northeasterly along said road to Meadow Green Road; thence northwesterly along said road to Pomquet River Road; thence westerly along said road to the unnamed road at approximate latitude 45°33′41″N and longitude 61°52′41″W; thence northerly and southwesterly along said road to Highway No. 316; thence northerly along said highway to the unnamed road at approximate latitude 45°34′04″N and longitude 61°53′30″W; thence northeasterly along said road to Highway No. 104; thence westerly along said highway to Taylors Road; thence generally northeasterly along said road to Pomquet Monks Head Road; thence generally northerly along said road to Monks Head Road; thence westerly along said road to Scout Camp Road; thence northeasterly along said road and its production to St. George’s Bay and the Northumberland Strait;

  • (c) that part of the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s lying westerly of a line described as follows: commencing at the intersection of the southwesterly limit of the Municipality of the District of Guysborough with the unnamed brook at approximate latitude 45°15′51″N and longitude 62°00′47″W; thence generally easterly along said brook to its northerlymost point; thence westerly in a straight line to a point in the middle of Cumminger Lake; thence southwesterly in a straight line to the unnamed brook flowing between Cumminger Lake and Glenelg Lake; thence generally westerly along said brook to Glenelg Lake; thence southwesterly along said lake to St. Marys River; thence southwesterly and generally southeasterly along said river to Highway No. 7; thence westerly and generally southerly along said highway to Gaspereaux Brook; thence southerly along said brook to Liscomb Harbour; thence southeasterly along said harbour, and easterly and northerly of Hemloe Island and Liscomb Island, to the Atlantic Ocean; and

  • (d) that part of the Halifax Regional Municipality lying easterly of a line described as follows: commencing at the intersection of the northerly limit of said regional municipality with Highway No. 102; thence generally southerly along said highway to Highway No. 118; thence southerly along said highway to Perrin Drive; thence easterly in a straight line to a point in Three Mile Lake at latitude 44°48′33″N and longitude 63°29′39″W; thence easterly in a straight line to a point in Porters Lake at latitude 44°48′30″N and longitude 63°22′50″W; thence southeasterly along the middle of said lake to a point in said lake at latitude 44°45′07″N and longitude 63°18′40″W; thence southeasterly in a straight line to the north end of Cove Road; thence southeasterly along said road to Highway No. 7; thence generally easterly along Highway No. 7 to its second intersection with Stella Drive (east of James Roy Drive); thence westerly along said drive to Highway No. 207; thence generally southerly along said highway to Highway No. 107; thence easterly along said highway to the unnamed brook north of Chezzetcook Inlet at approximate latitude 44°44′19″N and longitude 63°14′59″W; thence southerly along said brook to Chezzetcook Inlet; thence southerly along said inlet to a point at latitude 44°43′40″N and longitude 63°15′05″W; thence southeasterly along said inlet to a point at latitude 44°41′37″N and longitude 63°13′20″W; thence southerly along said inlet to the southerly limit of said regional municipality in the Atlantic Ocean at approximate latitude 44°36′57″N and longitude 63°14′52″W; including Labrecque Island and MacLellans Island and excepting Conrod Island, Ferguson Island, Gaetz Island, Indian Island, Red Island and Roasts Hay Island in Chezzetcook Inlet.

Cumberland—Colchester

(Population: 82,321)

(Map 1)

Consisting of the counties of Colchester and Cumberland.

Dartmouth—Cole Harbour

(Population: 88,890)

(Map 2)

Consisting of that part of the Halifax Regional Municipality described as follows: commencing at a point in the Atlantic Ocean on the southerly limit of said regional municipality at latitude 44°33′43″N and longitude 63°30′00″W; thence generally northwesterly along Halifax Harbour (passing to the west of McNabs Island and to the east of Georges Island) to The Narrows; thence northwesterly along The Narrows to Highway No. 111; thence northeasterly and southeasterly along said highway to the westerly production of Lakecrest Drive; thence easterly along said production and Lakecrest Drive to Major Street; thence southerly along said street to Main Street; thence generally northeasterly along said street and Highway No. 7 to a transmission line; thence southerly along said transmission line to the unnamed brook flowing from Broom Lake at approximate latitude 44°41′49″N and longitude 63°28′45″W; thence generally southerly along said brook to Cole Harbour; thence generally southeasterly through said harbour to a point in the Atlantic Ocean at latitude 44°35′32″N and longitude 63°21′48″W; thence westerly along the southerly limit of said regional municipality to the point of commencement; including McNabs Island, Lawlor Island and Devils Island.

Halifax

(Population: 92,515)

(Map 2)

Consisting of:

  • (a) that part of the Halifax Regional Municipality described as follows: commencing at a point in the Atlantic Ocean on the southerly limit of said regional municipality at latitude 44°25′20″N and longitude 63°42′19″W; thence northeasterly in a straight line to a point in the Atlantic Ocean at latitude 44°27′19″N and longitude 63°41′00″W; thence northeasterly in a straight line to the mouth of the unnamed stream flowing from Bar Harbour Lake to Pennant Bay at approximate latitude 44°28′02″N and longitude 63°40′19″W; thence northeasterly in a straight line to the mouth of the Pennant River at the northwesternmost extremity of Grand Lake at approximate latitude 44°29′45″N and longitude 63°38′31″W; thence generally northwesterly along said river to Ragged Lake; thence generally northwesterly along the easterly shoreline of said lake to Pennant River at approximate latitude 44°30′30″N and longitude 63°39′27″W; thence generally northerly along said river and The Two Lakes to Moody Lake; thence northerly along said lake (passing west of an island) to the unnamed stream flowing between Moody Lake and Run Lake at approximate latitude 44°32′38″N and longitude 63°39′01″W; thence generally northeasterly along said stream and Run Lake to the unnamed stream flowing between Run Lake and Silver Lake at approximate latitude 44°33′15″N and longitude 63°38′37″W; thence generally northerly along said stream and Silver Lake to the unnamed stream at approximate latitude 44°33′25″N and longitude 63°38′34″W; thence westerly and northeasterly along said stream to its intersection with the unnamed stream flowing between Little Rock Lake and Sheas Lake; thence generally northwesterly along said stream and Sheas Lake to the unnamed stream flowing between Sheas Lake and Narrow Lake; thence northwesterly along said stream and Narrow Lake to the northwesternmost extremity of Narrow Lake; thence northerly in a straight line to the intersection of Prospect Road with Mills Drive; thence generally northerly along Prospect Road to St. Margarets Bay Road (Highway No. 3); thence northwesterly along St. Margarets Bay Road (Highway No. 3) to Highway No. 103; thence northeasterly along said highway to Bicentennial Drive (Highway No. 102); thence northeasterly along said drive and its northbound split to Bayers Road; thence easterly along said road to the Canadian National Railway; thence generally northerly along said railway to Bedford Highway (Highway No. 2); thence westerly along said highway to the Bedford Highway (Highway No. 2) ramp; thence northerly in a straight line to the southernmost extremity of Fairview Cove; thence northerly in a straight line to a point in the Bedford Basin at latitude 44°41′33″N and longitude 63°38′16″W; thence generally southeasterly along said basin, The Narrows and Halifax Harbour (passing to the east of Georges Island and to the west of McNabs Island) to a point in the Atlantic Ocean on the southerly limit of said regional municipality at latitude 44°33′43″N and longitude 63°30′00″W; thence generally southerly and westerly along the limit of said regional municipality to the point of commencement; including Georges Island; and

  • (b) Sable Island.

Halifax West

(Population: 86,193)

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Consisting of that part of the Halifax Regional Municipality described as follows: commencing at the intersection of said regional municipality with Highway No. 101; thence southeasterly along said highway to Beaver Bank Road Connector; thence southwesterly along said connector and its production to the Sackville River; thence southwesterly and southeasterly along said river to the Little Sackville River; thence northerly along said river to Highway No. 101; thence generally southerly along said highway and Bedford Highway (Highway No. 2) to the Sackville River; thence southerly along said river to Bedford Bay; thence generally southerly and southeasterly along said bay to a point in the Bedford Basin at latitude 44°41′33″N and longitude 63°38′16″W; thence southerly to the southernmost extremity of Fairview Cove; thence southerly in a straight line to the intersection of Bedford Highway (Highway No. 2) with the Bedford Highway (Highway No. 2) ramp; thence easterly along Bedford Highway (Highway No. 2) to the Canadian National Railway; thence generally southerly along said railway to Bayers Road; thence westerly along said road to the northbound split of Highway No. 102; thence southwesterly along said highway to Highway No. 103; thence southwesterly along said highway to St. Margarets Bay Road; thence southeasterly along said road to Prospect Road; thence generally southerly along said road to a point at latitude 44°36′36″N and longitude 63°40′13″W; thence westerly in a straight line to the southernmost point of Paradise Cove in Hubley Big Lake; thence northwesterly in a straight line to the intersection of Hammonds Plains Road (Highway No. 213) with St. Margarets Bay Road (Highway No. 3); thence generally northeasterly along Hammonds Plains Road (Highway No. 213) to Stillwater Lake; thence northerly along said lake to its northernmost extremity at the mouth of Burns Runs; thence northwesterly in a straight line to the mouth of Pockwock River at Wrights Lake; thence northerly in a straight line to the westernmost extremity of Ponhook Cove in Pockwock Lake; thence generally northerly along the westerly shoreline of said lake to the northerly limit of the Halifax Regional Municipality; thence generally northeasterly along said limit to the point of commencement.

Kings—Hants

(Population: 87,619)

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Consisting of:

  • (a) the County of Hants;

  • (b) that part of the County of Kings lying easterly of a line described as follows: commencing at a point where Canada Creek flows into the Minas Channel in the Bay of Fundy at approximate latitude 45°10′17″N and longitude 64°44′34″W; thence southerly along said creek to Black Rock Road; thence generally southerly along said road to Highway No. 101; thence easterly along said highway to the western limit of Cambridge Indian Reserve No. 32; thence southerly along said limit to the northerly production of Miller Lane; thence southerly along said production, said lane and its southerly production to the north end of Joudrey Mountain Road; thence southerly along said road to Randolph Road; thence easterly along said road to Sharpe Brook; thence generally southerly along said brook to Prospect Road; thence southwesterly in a straight line to the intersection of Arenburgs Meadows Brook with North River Road; thence southeasterly in a straight line to the southwesternmost extremity of Four Mile Lake; thence southeasterly in a straight line to a point north of Turbitt Lake lying on the southerly limit of the County of Kings at approximate latitude 44°50′29″N and longitude 64°31′46″W;

  • (c) Cambridge Indian Reserve No. 32; and

  • (d) that part of the Halifax Regional Municipality lying northerly of a line described as follows: commencing at the intersection of the Shubenacadie River and Highway No. 102; thence generally southerly along said highway to the transmission line south of Aerotech Drive; thence westerly along said transmission line to Holland Brook at approximate latitude 44°51′19″N and longitude 63°35′24″W; thence generally southwesterly along said brook to Fletchers Lake at approximate latitude 44°50′47″N and longitude 63°36′30″W; thence southwesterly and northwesterly in said lake around the larger island to the Canadian National Railway; thence southwesterly along said railway to Beaver Bank River; thence northwesterly along said river to Beaver Bank Lake; thence generally northwesterly along the southerly shoreline of said lake to Beaver Bank River; thence southerly and westerly along said river to Jarrett Brook; thence generally northwesterly along said brook to Rasley Lake; thence southerly along said lake to its southernmost extremity; thence southerly in a straight line to the mouth of Beaver Bank River in Hamilton Lake; thence northwesterly along said lake to Beaver Bank River; thence northwesterly along said river to Square Lake; thence southwesterly along the southerly shoreline of said lake to the unnamed brook flowing between Square Lake and Fenerty Lake; thence southwesterly along said brook to Fenerty Lake; thence generally southerly along said lake to the unnamed brook flowing between Fenerty Lake and Lisle Lake; thence southerly along said brook to the Windsor & Hantsport Railway; thence northwesterly along said railway to the transmission line lying westerly of Lewis Lake; thence southwesterly along said transmission line to Highway No. 101; thence northwesterly along said highway to the limit of the County of Hants.

Sackville—Porters Lake

(Population: 85,675)

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Consisting of that part of the Halifax Regional Municipality described as follows: commencing at a point in the Atlantic Ocean at latitude 44°35′32″N and longitude 63°21′48″W; thence generally northwesterly into Cole Harbour to the mouth of the unnamed brook flowing from Broom Lake at approximate latitude 44°40′25″N and longitude 63°27′47″W; thence generally northerly along said brook to the transmission line; thence northerly along said transmission line to Highway No. 7; thence generally westerly along said highway and Main Street to Major Street; thence northerly along said street to Lakecrest Drive; thence westerly along said drive and its westerly production to Highway No. 111; thence generally westerly along said highway to The Narrows; thence northwesterly along The Narrows and Bedford Basin to Bedford Bay; thence northerly along said bay to the mouth of the Sackville River; thence northerly along said river to Bedford Highway (Highway No. 2); thence generally northerly along said highway and Highway No. 101 to the Little Sackville River; thence southerly along said river to the Sackville River; thence northwesterly and northeasterly along said river to the southwesterly production of Beaver Bank Connector at approximate latitude 44°45′53″N and longitude 63°42′12″W; thence northeasterly along said production to Highway No. 101; thence northwesterly along said highway to the transmission line lying westerly of Lewis Lake; thence northeasterly along said transmission line to the Windsor & Hantsport Railway; thence southeasterly along said railway to the unnamed brook flowing between Fenerty Lake and Lisle Lake; thence northerly along said brook to Fenerty Lake; thence northerly through said lake to the unnamed brook flowing between Fenerty Lake and Square Lake; thence northeasterly along said brook to Square Lake; thence generally northeasterly along the southerly shoreline of said lake to Beaver Bank River; thence southeasterly along said river to Hamilton Lake; thence southeasterly along said lake to Beaver Bank River; thence northerly in a straight line to the southerly extremity of Rasley Lake; thence northerly along said lake to Jarrett Brook; thence generally southeasterly along said brook to Beaver Bank River; thence easterly and northerly along said river to Beaver Bank Lake; thence generally easterly and southerly along the southerly shoreline of said lake to the Beaver Bank River flowing between Beaver Bank Lake and Kinsac Lake; thence southeasterly along said river to the Canadian National Railway; thence northeasterly along said railway to Fletchers Lake; thence southeasterly and northeasterly in said lake around the larger island to the mouth of Holland Brook at approximate latitude 44°50′47″N and longitude 63°36′30″W; thence generally northeasterly along said brook to the transmission line at approximate latitude 44°51′19″N and longitude 63°35′24″W; thence easterly along said transmission line to Highway No. 102; thence southeasterly along said highway to Highway No. 118; thence southerly along said highway to Perrin Drive; thence easterly in a straight line to a point in Three Mile Lake at latitude 44°48′33″N and longitude 63°29′39″W; thence easterly in a straight line to a point in Porters Lake at latitude 44°48′29″N and longitude 63°22′50″W; thence southeasterly along the middle of said lake to a point in said lake at latitude 44°45′07″N and longitude 63°18′40″W; thence southeasterly in a straight line to the north end of Cove Road; thence southeasterly along said road to Highway No. 7; thence generally easterly along said highway to its second intersection with Stella Drive (east of James Roy Drive); thence westerly along said drive to Highway No. 207; thence generally southerly along said highway to Highway No. 107; thence easterly along said highway to the unnamed brook north of Chezzetcook Inlet at approximate latitude 44°44′19″N and longitude 63°14′59″W; thence southerly along said brook to Chezzetcook Inlet; thence southerly along said inlet to a point at latitude 44°43′40″N and longitude 63°15′05″W; thence southeasterly along said inlet to a point at latitude 44°41′37″N and longitude 63°13′20″W; thence southerly along said inlet to the southerly limit of said regional municipality in the Atlantic Ocean at approximate latitude 44°36′57″N and longitude 63°14′52″W; thence westerly along said limit to the point of commencement; including Conrod Island, Ferguson Island, Gaetz Island, Indian Island, Red Island and Roasts Hay Island and excepting Labrecque Island and MacLellans Island in Chezzetcook Inlet.

South Shore—St. Margarets

(Population: 82,745)

(Map 1)

Consisting of:

  • (a) the County of Lunenburg;

  • (b) the Region of Queens Municipality;

  • (c) that part of Shelburne County lying easterly of a line described as follows: commencing at the intersection of the southerly limit of Yarmouth County and Highway No. 103; thence generally southeasterly along said highway to Highway No. 3; thence southeasterly in a straight line to a point at latitude 43°33′31″N and longitude 65°32′29″W; thence southeasterly in a straight line to a point at latitude 43°32′34″N and longitude 65°32′13″W; thence due west in a straight line to a point in Barrington Bay at latitude 43°32′31″N and longitude 65°34′24″W; thence generally southerly along said bay to the Atlantic Ocean; and

  • (d) that part of the Halifax Regional Municipality lying westerly of a line described as follows: commencing at the intersection of the northerly limit of said regional municipality with the westerly shoreline of Pockwock Lake; thence generally southerly along said shoreline to the westernmost extremity of Ponhook Cove in Pockwock Lake; thence southerly in a straight line to the mouth of Pockwock River at Wrights Lake; thence southeasterly in a straight line to the northernmost extremity of Stillwater Lake at the mouth of Burns Runs; thence southerly along said lake to Hammonds Plains Road (Highway No. 213); thence southwesterly along said road to St. Margarets Bay Road (Highway No. 3); thence southeasterly in a straight line to the southernmost point of Paradise Cove in Hubley Big Lake; thence easterly in a straight line to a point on Prospect Road at latitude 44°36′36″N and longitude 63°40′13″W; thence southerly along said road to Mills Drive; thence southerly in a straight line to the northwesternmost extremity of Narrow Lake; thence southeasterly along said lake to the unnamed stream flowing between Narrow Lake and Sheas Lake; thence generally southeasterly along said stream, Sheas Lake and the unnamed stream flowing between Sheas Lake and Little Rock Lake to the unnamed stream flowing to Silver Lake; thence southwesterly and easterly along said stream to Silver Lake at approximate latitude 44°33′25″N and longitude 63°38′34″W; thence generally southerly along Silver Lake and the unnamed stream flowing between Silver Lake and Run Lake to Run Lake at approximate latitude 44°33′15″N and longitude 63°38′37″W; thence generally southerly along Run Lake and the unnamed stream flowing between Run Lake and Moody Lake to Moody Lake at approximate latitude 44°32′38″N and longitude 63°39′01″W; thence generally southerly along said lake (passing west of an island) to the Pennant River; thence generally southerly along said river and The Two Lakes to Ragged Lake at approximate latitude 44°30′30″N and longitude 63°39′27″W; thence generally southeasterly along the easterly shoreline of said lake and the Pennant River to the most northwesterly extremity of Grand Lake at approximate latitude 44°29′45″N and longitude 63°38′31″W; thence southwesterly in a straight line to the mouth of the unnamed stream flowing from Bar Harbour Lake into Pennant Bay at approximate latitude 44°28′02″N and longitude 63°40′19″W; thence southwesterly in a straight line to a point in the Atlantic Ocean at latitude 44°27′19″N and longitude 63°41′00″W; thence southwesterly in a straight line to a point in the Atlantic Ocean on the southerly limit of said regional municipality at latitude 44°25′20″N and longitude 63°42′19″W.

Sydney—Victoria

(Population: 73,328)

(Map 1)

Consisting of:

  • (a) the County of Victoria;

  • (b) that part of the County of Inverness lying northerly of the southern limit of Cape Breton Highlands National Park of Canada; and

  • (c) that part of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality lying southeasterly of a line described as follows: commencing at a point in the centre of Bras d’Or Lake; thence northeasterly along said lake and East Bay to its most northeasterly extremity; thence due north to Portage Brook; thence generally northeasterly along said brook to Blacketts Lake; thence generally northeasterly along said lake and the Sydney River to Highway No. 125; thence generally northeasterly along said highway to Highway No. 4 (Grand Lake Road); thence northeasterly along said highway to Northwest Brook (south of Grand Lake); thence generally northeasterly along said brook and the westerly shoreline of Grand Lake to the Emera Utility Services Inc. railway; thence northeasterly along said railway and its northerly branch (running towards the Community of Dominion) to its second intersection with Northwest Brook (north of Grand Lake); thence generally northerly and northeasterly along said brook, Lingan Bay and Indian Bay to the Cabot Strait.

West Nova

(Population: 90,466)

(Map 1)

Consisting of:

  • (a) the counties of Annapolis, Digby and Yarmouth;

  • (b) that part of the County of Kings lying westerly of a line described as follows: commencing at a point where Canada Creek flows into the Minas Channel in the Bay of Fundy at approximate latitude 45°10′17″N and longitude 64°44′34″W; thence southerly along said creek to Black Rock Road; thence generally southerly along said road to Highway No. 101; thence easterly along said highway to the western limit of Cambridge Indian Reserve No. 32; thence southerly along said limit to the northerly production of Miller Lane; thence southerly along said production, said lane and its southerly production to the north end of Joudrey Mountain Road; thence southerly along said road to Randolph Road; thence easterly along said road to Sharpe Brook; thence generally southerly along said brook to Prospect Road; thence southwesterly in a straight line to the intersection of Arenburgs Meadows Brook with North River Road; thence southeasterly in a straight line to the southwesternmost extremity of Four Mile Lake; thence southeasterly in a straight line to a point north of Turbitt Lake lying on the southerly limit of the County of Kings at approximate latitude 44°50′29″N and longitude 64°31′46″W; and

  • (c) that part of Shelburne County lying westerly of a line described as follows: commencing at the intersection of the southerly limit of Yarmouth County and Highway No. 103; thence generally southeasterly along said highway to Highway No. 3; thence southeasterly in a straight line to a point at latitude 43°33′31″N and longitude 65°32′29″W; thence southeasterly in a straight line to a point at latitude 43°32′34″N and longitude 65°32′13″W; thence due west in a straight line to a point in Barrington Bay at latitude 43°32′31″N and longitude 65°34′24″W; thence generally southerly along said bay to the Atlantic Ocean.