04/10/2015 02:06 EDT | Updated 06/11/2015 09:59 EDT

New Democrats unhappy at proposal to redraw election map in Newfoundland

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - The leader of the NDP in Newfoundland and Labrador is unhappy with proposed boundary changes on the province's electoral map because of the impact the plan would have on rural areas.

Earle McCurdy says the 18 seats that would represent the rural region of the island of Newfoundland isn't enough.

He also says it's irresponsible to reduce so much representation in Newfoundland just months before a general election.

The new boundary map would cut the number of ridings in the province from 48 to 40.

Premier Paul Davis has defended cutting the number of seats, citing about $2.5 million a year in savings.

Under the new map, districts in the Labrador portion of the province would not change.

Andrew Parsons, a Liberal member of the legislature, says it will take some time to examine the proposal to determine what impact it will have.