Mr. SMITH (Cumberland):
That would leave the constituency of Digby-Annapolis and Kings with complete counties containing people of common interests maintaining their county and municipal lines with the exception of the municipality of Clare.
In effect, all that has happened to the bon. member for Digby-Annapolis is this. He has had a small portion cut off the western end of his constituency, namely, Clare, and he has had a larger portion added to the eastern end, namely, Kings. It is unfortunate, I admit, that this constituency is larger than desirable in population and area, and no one regrets it more than I do, but we had to come to that conclusion under the circumstances. Somebody in the province of Nova Scotia had to get hurt in this redistribution; someone had to make a sacrifice, and in the layout and recasting that presented itself to me I felt that the sacrifice would have to be made where recommended.
With respect to the length of the new constituency, my hon. fnend said that it was 140 miles-he says now, 145. Well, according to the official map, leaving out that portion comprising Long Island and Digby Neck, the length of his new constituency as the crow flies is only about 100 miles.