Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister for Democratic Reform

Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister for Democratic Reform

November 14, 2007 15:30 ET

Federal Government Restores Principle of Representation by Population in The House of Commons

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 14, 2007) - Peter Van Loan, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister for Democratic Reform, today introduced in the House of Commons the Constitution Act, 2007 (Democratic Representation). The Bill will restore the principle of representation by population in the House of Commons.

"Provinces such as Ontario, British Columbia, and Alberta will no longer be penalized for having faster population growth," said Minister Van Loan. "Our Democratic Representation Bill will restore the principle of representation by population for provinces with faster growing populations while protecting the seat count of provinces with slower growing populations."

The Constitution Act, 2007 (Democratic Representation) changes the formula for allocating seats in the House of Commons. Under the new Bill, after the next census, Ontario will receive an additional 10 seats in the House of Commons (instead of 4), British Columbia will receive an additional 7 seats (instead of 2) and Alberta will receive an additional 5 seats (instead of 1). These figures are based on current population projections.

"Canadians across the country deserve to have fairness in representation," continued Minister Van Loan. "Our legislation will go a long way toward ensuring that each province is represented fairly in the House of Commons."

For more information visit www.democraticreform.gc.ca

A "Backgrounder" is available at the following address: http://www.ccnmatthews.com/docs/backgrounder_eng.pdf

Contact Information

  • Office of the Leader of the Government in the
    House of Commons and Minister
    for Democratic Reform
    Michael White
    Communications Assistant
    613-952-4930