Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Because of my undying contempt for Belinda I was going to go with the "if you don't have anything nive to say" rule, but this was just too funny to pass up!

I saw a story on about how BC and Alberta's population is larger than Quebec's for the first time in history. It goes on to say that a total of 64 members of Parliament are chosen from B.C.and Alberta, compared to Quebec's 75 seats. This piqued my interest, so I went to Elections Canada's website and had a look around.

Quebec rural ridings;

Abitibi--Baie-James--Nunavik--Eeyou (Quebec) has a population of 80,052 with 56,615 registered voters

Manicouagan (Quebec) has a population of 84,872 with 64,537 registered voters and 186 polling divisions.

Chicoutimi--Le Fjord (Quebec) has a population of 98,739 with 78,073 registered voters and 199 polling divisions

Montmorency--Charlevoix--Haute-Côte-Nord (Quebec) has a population of 89,257 with 74,190 registered voters and 203 polling divisions

Portneuf--Jacques-Cartier (Quebec) has a population of 87,141 with 73,483 registered voters and 172 polling divisions.

Jonquière--Alma (Quebec) has a population of 98,167 with 78,153 registered voters and 209 polling divisions

Alberta rural ridings;

Peace River (Alberta) has a population of 123,877 with 89,318 registered voters and 252 polling divisions.

Fort McMurray--Athabasca (Alberta) has a population of 88,882 with 65,496 registered voters and 168 polling divisions.

Yellowhead (Alberta) has a population of 98,009 with 71,664 registered voters and 204 polling divisions.

Westlock--St. Paul (Alberta) has a population of 99,081 with 72,231 registered voters and 187 polling divisions

Wild Rose (Alberta) has a population of 101,690 with 82,230 registered voters and 193 polling divisions.

Medicine Hat (Alberta) has a population of 105,009 with 79,634 registered voters and 192 polling divisions.

Vegreville--Wainwright (Alberta) has a population of 107,771 with 79,393 registered voters and 219 polling divisions.

In almost every case, the Albertan riding has a larger population. In urban ridings its the same case. By rights, Alberta should have a few more seats.

This got me really thinking, is the practice of smaller riding populations for Eastern provinces more widespread? Do western provinces have a trend towards higher populations in their ridings?

Oh yes, they honestly do. BC has many high population ridings, while Ontario has quite a few very low population ridings.

The west deserves more seats in parliament, we're getting screwed over here.