Ottawa — Canadians will be sending 30 more MPs to the House of Commons in the next general election scheduled for 2015.
The Senate has passed a seat redistribution bill that gives Canada’s fastest growing provinces more seats, bringing the number of MPs to 338 from 308.
Ontario will get 15 more MPs, Alberta and British Columbia will get six more each, and Quebec three extra — all at a cost of $19.3 million annually.
The Liberals had argued that the number of seats should stay the same, but there should be a rebalancing of the ridings across the country.
But that would have meant some slower-growing province would have lost MPs, an idea the Conservatives didn’t want to entertain.
The big question now is whether the commissions that redraw electoral maps will make ridings as equal in size as possible within each province.