10/06/2014 12:08 EDT | Updated 12/06/2014 05:59 EST

Acadian group satisfied with decision to seek court opinion on riding changes

HALIFAX - The Acadian Federation of Nova Scotia says it is satisfied with the provincial government's decision to ask the province's Court of Appeal for an opinion on revisions to electoral boundaries.

The group launched a legal challenge in an effort to overturn electoral boundary changes that it argues will reduce francophone representation in the legislature.

The case is centred on the merger of three ridings — previously known as Clare, Argyle and Richmond — that were intended to represent Acadian populations with other ridings.

The province's attorney general is seeking the Appeal Court's opinion to determine whether the abolition of those three ridings violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The federation says it plans to ask for intervenor status with the Appeal Court process.