01/13/2012 12:30 EST | Updated 03/14/2012 05:12 EDT

Acadian students grill Nova Scotia cabinet minister over seat boundaries

YARMOUTH, N.S. - A group of Acadian high school students told Nova Scotia's finance minister today that they're concerned about plans to redraw the province's electoral map.

The students from Yarmouth County greeted Graham Steele as he entered the CJLS radio station in Yarmouth.

They say they're upset after the provincial government changed the terms of reference for the Electoral Boundaries Commission.

Critics have said the changes will lead to the elimination of three ridings that are considered protected for Acadians, and one that has a significant black population.

Steele, who is also the minister responsible for Acadian Affairs, says he understands the concerns.

But he adds that at the end of the process, the province will continue to have seats "with an Acadian character."

He also says the commission has to be able to consider population in order to be fair to all citizens.