Nova Scotians Reject Sunday Shopping

Department of Justice

October 17, 2004 2:45 AM

Nova Scotians have said no to more Sunday shopping.

In a binding, provincewide plebiscite held on Saturday,
Oct. 16, with 49 of 55 municipalities reporting, the
unofficial total provincial vote opposed to Sunday shopping
was 55 per cent.

Unofficial results on the ballot's first question -- should there
be Sunday shopping (in retail businesses not now permitted to be
open on Sunday) -- are:
98,726 No (55 per cent)
81,110 Yes (45 per cent)

"I want to thank Nova Scotians for voting on this important
public policy issue," said Justice Minister Michael Baker. "Our
government made the commitment to let Nova Scotians decide the
Sunday shopping issue, and today the majority made its collective
choice clear. Sunday shopping will remain as it is now --
governed by the Retail Business Uniform Closing Day Act."

Results of the second question are:
If there is to be Sunday shopping (in retail businesses not now
permitted to be open on Sunday), should it be:
(66,011) on every Sunday ( 45 per cent)
(81,146) on only the six Sundays immediately before Christmas? (55
per cent)

"I also want to extend my appreciation to municipalities
throughout Nova Scotia," said Mr. Baker. "We appreciate their
hard work in helping co-ordinate our plebiscite with local
municipal and school board elections."

Official voting results from each municipality will be released
next week.

The Retail Business Uniform Closing Day Act is enforced by local
law enforcement agencies and the public prosecution service.


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     Nova Scotians have said no to more Sunday shopping.


     In a binding, provincewide plebiscite held on Saturday (October

16th), 55 per cent of Nova Scotians voted not to expand Sunday

shopping. The unofficial results, with 49 of 55 municipalities

reporting as of early Sunday morning, (October 17th), show that

almost 99- thousand voters chose to continue limiting shopping

on Sundays.

     Justice Minister Michael Baker says the majority's wishes

are clear. The Retail Business Uniform Closing Day Act will

continue to be enforced by local law enforcement agencies and the

public prosecution service.

     The official voting results from each of Nova Scotia's 55

municipalities will be released next week.

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Contact: Richard Perry
         Department of Justice
         Cell: 902-497-1592
         E-mail: perryrg@gov.ns.ca

cb                 2:45 a.m.         Sunday, Oct. 17, 2004