Office of the Minister of State (Democratic Reform)

Office of the Minister of State (Democratic Reform)

December 13, 2011 09:00 ET

Minister of State Uppal Urges all-Party Support for Rep-by-Pop bill

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 13, 2011) - Minister of State for Democratic Reform Tim Uppal today issued the following statement in advance of third-reading vote on the Fair Representation Act in the House of Commons. This legislation, which will go to the Senate if it passes today's vote, will move every single Canadian towards representation by population.

"For over two decades, Canadians from Ontario, British Columbia, and Alberta have become significantly underrepresented in the House of Commons due to population growth and will continue to become even more underrepresented if action is not taken to correct the status-quo.

Clearly, this increasing and significant underrepresentation is not fair. Every Canadians' vote, to the greatest extent possible, should carry equal weight.

Since forming government in 2006, our Government has consistently demonstrated commitment to fighting the significant and increasing underrepresentation of ordinary Canadians in the House of Commons.

Given that the decennial boundary readjustment process begins February 8th, 2012, tonight's vote is the last opportunity for members to say to Canadians that the status-quo is unacceptable.

I encourage the Opposition to vote in favour of legislation that is fair for all provinces and that moves every single Canadian closer to representation by population."

Contact Information

  • Kate Davis
    Office of the Minister of State for Democratic Reform
    (613) 943-1835