Grand Manan residents have voted in favour of having the new village council ask the Alward government to live up to its election promise and remove fares on the island's ferry.
A plebiscite on the issue was held during Monday's municipal election; the only plebiscite in the province.
Of the 1,169 ballots cast, 556 people said council should ask the Department of Transportation to remove fares on travel to and from the mainland, while 511 people said no.
Under the Referendum Act, "if more than 50 per cent of the ballots validly cast in a referendum are cast for the same response to the referendum question and at least 50 per cent of all qualified electors cast votes in the referendum, the result is binding on the government that initiated the referendum."
There are 1,741 eligible voters on the island. Voter turnout was 67.14 per cent.