I don't know about this folks...
I understand the idea - that the cost of extra MPs is too frivilous, and that by instead redistributing the current 308 seats between the provinces based on population representation, we can save costs while furthering the idea of democracy - but I just don't think its doable, and I question whether its actually the right thing to do.
The Liberals do a poor job explaining this idea fully (so far), and it's not any considered policy that I know of. There's no basis for it outside of the caucus' whims on any given day. Plus, as the third party, we're not going to get anywhere with it right now nor in the immediate future. So why are we coming out with it now?
Plus, securing Quebec's "special status" - and whether that means 25% or 24% or 75 seats or whatever - just contradicts the entire idea anyways. Really, if we're going to focus on rep-by-pop, why are we securing an unrepresentative amount for Quebec?
I'd have to think about it for a while longer, really, because I just saw it now and I don't know the details. But consider for a second what the Liberal "plan" entails:
1. Opening up the constitution and getting rid of the clause which ties seat count to Senate members
2. Adding in Quebec's "special status" which kind of contradicts the idea anyways
3. Dumbing down the Atlantic provinces and the Prairie provinces a whole bunch, including dropping PEI from 4 seats to 1
4. Bargaining with Premiers who each want a certain level like Quebec
5. Potentially risk creating an unstable level of representation - is 308 seats really enough?
Plus, let's face it - not doing it because of the cost is as ridiculous as the argument for not having an election because of the costs. It's a miniscule amount for a government's budget, and if it's needed, it's needed.
No one, except apparently the Liberals, can say a change in the seat totals aren't needed. I worry about this. I worry about it a lot.