Seat Redistribution Plan Prompting Blanchet’s ‘Fires of Hell’ Rhetoric Has Popular Supporton November 23, 2021 at 5:24 pm

A national survey shows wide approval for proposed changes to Canada’s electoral districts that would take a House of Commons seat from Quebec and give additional seats to three other provinces. The plan, which drew derision from Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet, has implications for national unity and Liberal fortunes in Quebec. The proposal by Elections Canada chief electoral officer Stephane Perrault calls for Quebec to lose one House seat, Ontario and British Columbia each to gain one seat, and Alberta to gain three, increasing the national total from 338 to 342 seats. The plan has popular support. An Angus Reid survey released Nov. 17 found that 78 percent of Canadians support the proposal. Support was strongest in Alberta, where 89 percent backed the proposal—33 percent strongly—and lowest in Quebec, where 61 percent approved. Blanchet condemned the proposal back in October when it was first announced. He said his party would “unleash …

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