It’s that time again when the number of seats in the Commons must be changed to reflect the population changes. Ontario will increase by 13 seats, down by five from what it was supposed to have. British Columbia will receive five more seats, down from its original allotment of seven. Alberta will increase its count to six. Quebec will increase its count by two seats to keep its numbers in the House from dropping below its 23 per cent share of the population.
With its delayed and altered seat distribution bill, the conservative government appears to be struggling with how to reward the growing and more dynamic areas without alienating Quebeckers. The tensions thus produced could escalate if Quebec fails to win one of the two enormous shipbuilding contracts that could be announced as early as today.
Should Quebec get more seats?
What do you think?