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Newfoundland and Labrador Liberals suspend nominations amid seat cut debate

01/20/2015 10:41 EST | Updated 03/22/2015 05:59 EDT
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - The Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador has suspended its nomination process after the Tory government moved to cut seats months before it must call an election.

Premier Paul Davis announced last week he wants to cut 10 districts from the 48-seat legislature to save about $2.5 million a year.

The oil-dependent province is facing at least a $916-million deficit this year after the collapse of Brent crude prices.

Davis has recalled the legislature for a special sitting to debate proposed legislation to fast-track a boundary review set for next year.

It would see the boundary review commission recommend district changes in four months.

Under provincial law, Davis must call an election within 12 months of his swearing-in on Sept. 26 but the seat review would delay the campaign.