Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Just Crusade Against Quebec's 25%

Fellow Liblogger Peter Wrightwater, who writes the blog Paper Dynamite Online, is going on something of a small crusade the last few days, attacking the apparent push, first by NDP leadership candidate Brian Topp, and now possibly by Liberal Leader Bob Rae, to guarantee Quebec 25% of seats in the House of Commons, regardless of its actual population size.

I highly recommend you read all the posts he has on the subject, and you follow what he's saying, because he's right. Quebec in no way deserves 25% of the seats  in the House guaranteed, anymore than Ontario would deserve 35% guaranteed. You can make a similar argument for the special over-representation that the Prairie provinces and Atlantic Canada receive, but at least they have both a geographical and more importantly, a constitutional reason for having those extra seats.

Quebec deserves the same percentage of seats as per its population, and per its constitutional outline. But guaranteeing the province 25% just because of it being "special," even if its far below that amount, is incredibly stupid. And it's not what Liberals are about.

To put it more plainly, it's the difference between giving Quebec an extra 3-4 seats, and giving them 10 or more. Quebec deserves its share of seats because of the size of its population; it doesn't deserve them just 'cause.

Keep following Peter on the issue, and maybe we can change the minds of the LPC heads before we fall into this trap.

3 comments:

  1. I am from Quebec and quite frankly Quebec in no way deserves getting 25% of the seats. In fact we really only deserve 68 not even our current 75. I support Rep by pop. But according to the law Quebec must have a minimum of 75 (it get's an extra 7 for the same reason the other provinces in the Atlantic's and prairie's get seats). Us Liberals practically invented Rep by Pop in this country. I hope we stay away from giving Quebec something it doesn't deserve.

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  2. Elections often don't go the way I like, but I go along with the results because I have an equal vote in the matter.

    But if my vote has less weight than other Canadians then I am less inclined to treat the results as legitimate. The social contract has been debased.

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