Following up on Riding-by-Riding/Teddy's post, here's a quick analysis of the Liberal's HoC representation plan:
- Ontario and BC are still under-represented
- NB, NS and PEI still has more seats than its population requires, despite seat losses
- Quebec and Alberta get fairly close-to-the-mark results
- The two Prairie provinces are closer to the mark but still over-represented
What is this? This is nothing. I'm horribly disappointed by this plan. Horribly so. It's downright silly.
And it proves two things in my mind. One, that it's pretty much impossible to give fair representation by population for Big Four (ON, QC, BC, AB) without increasing the total number of seats if you're not willing to cancel out the special causes for all the smaller provinces.
Two, the Liberals are just doing this for the publicity. There is no reason except populist pandering and too much time on your hands to pursue it.
Now, I have a healthy respect for Dion and Garneau and the rest of the Liberal caucus, and when push comes to shove I think rep-by-pop with the current number of seats (or at least a set amount) is an idea totally worth pursuing.
But if you're not willing to propose doing the tough things - i.e., stripping special clauses - in order to make the plan viable for everyone, especially Ontario and BC, then don't even bother. How can anyone believe we're serious if we're not at least willing to explore the idea?