If Canada does indeed have a democratic deficit, the Conservative government has a solution in mind—more MPs. Under a proposal introduced Thursday in the House of Commons, the ranks of Canadian parliamentarians would grow by 30 members. Ontario would get 18 additional seats, while Alberta and B.C. would have five and seven more representatives to call their own, bringing the total number of members of Parliament to 338. According to government figures, MPs from Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia represent, on average, 26,500 more constituents than MPs from other provinces. The changes proposed Thursday would come into effect in 2011.
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