Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Bill C-22 is a very bad idea

I have had problems with this bill from the very beginning and I am happy that the Liberals will not be supporting it. My only concern is they are taking that stance for the wrong reason.

I do not see the problem with this bill being the lack of representation for Ontario.

The problem is politicians should have absolutely no say in how the seats of Parliament are distributed. They all have a vested interest in it so they cannot be trusted to make their own self-interest subordinate to that of the nation.

The only thing Parliament should do is pass a law that sets out the broad prinicples and parameters that would be used to determine representation in The House. It should then hand over those principles to an independent agency to implement. That agency would report to Parliament.

Bill C-22 does not do this. It opens up the possibility of politicians gerrymandering provincial representation for their own interests and for that reason this bill needs to die.

1 Comments:

Blogger Mark said...

Very good point. It's the arbitrary nature of the bill that is most disturbing, regardless of which province is on the short end.

November 21, 2007 8:02 PM  

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