Allison Hanes Citizens take up new gauntlet changes to electoral map

They fought against municipal mergers and they raised their voices against the Charter of Values. Now many of those who mobilized during those defining battles have been galvanized against a new threat: the suppression of their votes.

A coalition of citizens groups and civic leaders launched a court challenge Thursday against Quebec’s new electoral map, which merges the ridings of Outremont and Mont-Royal and divides D’Arcy McGee among Côte-St-Luc, Hampstead and Côte-des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-de-Grâce borough. In some cases, the revised boundary lines cut through the heart of the anglophone, Jewish, Filipino, black, Caribbean and Bangladeshi communities, thereby diluting their influence.

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