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House of Commons to jump from 301 seats to 308 after 2004

By Kady O'Malley      

Some MPs angry about redistribution process, say Prince Edward Island already has too many seats

Members of Parliament will have to squeeze a little bit closer together in the House of Commons after 2004. Last week, Chief Electoral Officer Jean-Pierre Kingsley announced that seven more seats will be added to the Commons Chamber after calculating the ratio of representation to population using numbers from the most recent census. The number of seats in the House will rise from 301 to 308. The lucky provinces to win new seats in the Commons are those with the highest overall population growth, namely Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia. Ontario will get three of the seven new seats and Mr. Kingsley told the media the new ridings in Ontario would likely be located in the booming 905 belt around Toronto.

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