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BILL NO. 187

(as introduced)

2nd Session, 63rd General Assembly
Nova Scotia
68 Elizabeth II, 2019


Government Bill


House of Assembly Act


The Honourable Mark Furey
Attorney General and Minister of Justice

First Reading: October 9, 2019

(Explanatory Note)

Second Reading: October 10, 2019

Third Reading: October 22, 2019 (LINK TO BILL AS PASSED)

Explanatory Note

This Bill creates 55 electoral districts as recommended by the April 2019 report of the Electoral Boundaries Commission.

An Act to Amend Chapter 1
(1992 Supplement)
of the Revised Statutes, 1989,
the House of Assembly Act

Be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:

1 Section 4 of Chapter 1 (1992 Supplement) of the Revised Statutes, 1989, the House of Assembly Act, is repealed and the following Section substituted:

    4 (1) The House is composed of fifty-five members, of whom one is elected from each of the fifty-five electoral districts named as follows:




    Bedford Basin

    Bedford South

    Cape Breton Centre–Whitney Pier

    Cape Breton East

    Chester–St. Margaret's


    Clayton Park West

    Colchester–Musquodoboit Valley

    Colchester North

    Cole Harbour

    Cole Harbour–Dartmouth

    Cumberland North

    Cumberland South

    Dartmouth East

    Dartmouth North

    Dartmouth South


    Eastern Passage

    Eastern Shore

    Fairview–Clayton Park

    Glace Bay–Dominion


    Halifax Armdale

    Halifax Atlantic

    Halifax Chebucto

    Halifax Citadel–Sable Island

    Halifax Needham

    Hammonds Plains–Lucasville

    Hants East

    Hants West


    Kings North

    Kings South

    Kings West


    Lunenburg West


    Pictou Centre

    Pictou East

    Pictou West









    Truro–Bible Hill–Millbrook–Salmon River

    Victoria–The Lakes

    Waverley–Fall River–Beaver Bank


    (2) The boundaries of the electoral districts are as recommended in the final report, dated April 2019, of the independent electoral boundaries commission appointed pursuant to Section 5.

    (3) The Chief Electoral Officer shall make a digital map showing the boundaries referred to in subsection (2) publicly accessible on the Elections Nova Scotia website.

2 (1) Subsection 7(1) of Chapter 1 is repealed.

(2) Subsection 7(2) of Chapter 1, as amended by Chapter 61 of the Acts of 2012, is further amended by striking out "set out in" in the first and second lines and substituting "determined by".

(3) Subsection 7(3) of Chapter 1, as enacted by Chapter 61 of the Acts of 2012, is amended by striking out "described" in the first line and substituting "recommended in the final report referred to".

(4) Subsection 7(4) of Chapter 1 is repealed.

3 (1) Notwithstanding Section 4, on, from and after the day this Act receives Royal Assent all necessary steps may be taken to establish constituency organizations based on the electoral districts contained in this Act including, for greater certainty, the appointment of officials and committees and the transfer of assets from the constituency organizations that existed before this Act received Royal Assent.

(2) When a constituency organization is established in accordance with subsection (1), the Chief Electoral Officer shall, notwithstanding Section 4, recognize and deal with the new constituency organization for the purpose of performing the functions of the Chief Electoral Officer.

(3) All actions taken pursuant to subsection (1) are effective on, from and after the date they are taken but not before January 1, 2020.

4 Sections 1 and 2 have effect on and after the dissolution or the determination by the effluxion of time of the present House of Assembly or on and after March 1, 2020, whichever is later.


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