01/23/2015 09:22 EST | Updated 03/25/2015 05:59 EDT

N.L. Government, Opposition Compromise On Bill 42, Cut 8 Seats

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - The Newfoundland and Labrador government has passed legislation that redraws electoral boundaries and reduces the number of seats in the legislature by eight.

Politicians pulled an all-nighter to pass Bill 42 through the house of assembly, voting to amend the bill and virtually guarantee there will be an election this year.

The governing Progressive Conservatives and Opposition Liberals agreed to a reduction of eight seats, not the 10 as originally proposed.

That will bring the number of seats down to 40, four of which will be guaranteed for Labrador.

A boundary review commission will have to table a report in the legislature 10 days after it has been completed.

Liberal Leader Dwight Ball says he is happy with the outcome for Labrador, while NDP Leader Lorraine Michael called the bill politically motivated and disturbing.

Premier Paul Davis has said the government needed to act swiftly to cut seats in order to save money amid plunging oil prices.

(VOCM, The Canadian Press)

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