December 17, 2008

Ontario gets 21 more seats in the House of Commons

CANADA - Ontario will be getting 21 additional seats in the House of Commons, 11 more than were promised last year.

Ontario has been getting ripped off in recent elections, having over one third of Canada's population (13 million Canadians live in Ontario, out of a total Canadian population of 33.5 million). Less than 31% of House of Commons seats are in Ontario. By population Ontario should have 38.8% of the seats in the House of Commons.

Currently there is 308 seats in the House of Commons. The 21 new seats will bring that total to 329. 95 seats out of 308 are in Ontario. The new total of 116 out of 329 will still only bring Ontario to 35%, meaning Ontario is still getting ripped off in terms of Canadian democracy, but at least its not as bad as it was.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper had been refusing to increase Ontario's share of the House of Commons for several years now, but recently had his arm twisted by Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty who says he and the Prime Minister have resolved their disagreement.

Ontario didn't have to give up anything in return either.

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