Allison Hanes Citizens take up new gauntlet changes to electoral map

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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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