Friday, May 18, 2007

Ontario Screwed Again

I should have know it was too good to be true. I actually thought for a moment that this government was actually doing something for Ontario. Of course that was naive. This government's only concern is to contain Ontario and minimize its influence in confederation. This so-called representation by population reform is a sham, like everything else this government does.
The legislation is written in such a way that Quebec's ratio of voters to MPs becomes the benchmark. But any provinces larger than Quebec – Ontario is the only one – would not enjoy the full benefits. According to his government's numbers, in 2021 Ontario's share of the national population will hit 40.4 per cent while its share of seats will be 35.6 per cent, an under-representation of 4.8 per cent. The Ontario under-representation in 2011 is projected at 4.3 per cent. By contrast, the under-representation of B.C. and Alberta will disappear between those years.
The legislation is specifically designed to screw Ontario. It isn't about making the system fairer for Ontario, but to give other parts of the country their share of seats in the House due to them. That's fine and good, but to do that while still screwing Ontario is not going to win any points from the voters of Ontario. For the government to give all parts of this country representation by population except Ontario, is just one more insult to democracy and the people of this province, by a party that doesn't understand us and has no interest in giving us our fair say in the workings of the nation.
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