The mystery of Seat 309

by Aaron Wherry

In the wake of Elizabeth May’s victory on Wednesday night, Colby Cosh raised an important question: Why are there 309 seats in the House of Commons if we only have 308 MPs?

Despite the many hours I’ve spent in the House pondering life’s mysteries, I had no idea what the explanation for this was. So I asked the proper authorities and the official explanation is apparently this: the intent has been to maximize the number of seats in the House and 309 seats is the maximum number of workspaces that can be accommodated in the current setup.

There are, essentially, two extra spots at present, since the Speaker obviously has his own chair.




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The mystery of Seat 309

  1. 2015: Last 30 MPs to the HoC have to stand in the Gallery and form their own outcast caucus.

  2. Measure twice, build once.

  3. “…. the intent has been to maximize the number of seats in the House and 309 seats is the maximum number of workspaces that can be accommodated in the current setup.”

    wtf? Sounds like fancy way to say they have no idea why there are 309 desks right now. Presumably there is space to add 30 new seats by 2015 and they can maximize the number of seats even more.

  4. Bunk desks are next.

    • Corrections Canada has the plans for them.

  5. Originally the idea was to have Mike Duffy run for elected office rather than the upper chamber.

    • They’re going to need shoe horns if some of them gain any more weight.

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