To the editor:
Thank you for commenting on the Liberal proposal to reduce the number of Members of Parliament in overrepresented provinces, rather than to add 30 members in Ontario, Alberta and B.C. (Nov. 24 Capital News)
As we all know, western democracies are currently under siege due to their past fiscal mismanagement. By not increasing the deficit by adding the 30 members, it would indicate the Conservatives are willing to walk the walk, not just talk the talk.
Although I have not studied the numbers in detail, I would guess that the annual cost to support just a single Member of Parliament probably encroaches on $500,000 per year, not including pension monies that would be forthcoming for many who serve two or more terms.
Let us hope it is not too late for Mr. Harper and Mr. Flaherty to reconsider their plan.