OTTAWA, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Legislation was introduced Thursday in Ottawa to expand Canada's Parliament by 30 seats to give better population and geographic representation.
The Conservative government is seeking to expand the lower chamber to 338 seats after the 2015 national election in its Fair Representation Act, Postmedia News reported.
When the country was formed in 1867, there were 181 federal seats, which grew over the years to 308 in 2003.
The newest proposal is geared to giving better representation to areas where the population is growing fastest, Minister of State for Democratic Reform Tim Uppal told the news agency.
"It's important that we bring the faster growing provinces closer to representation by population," he said.
The legislation would give the most populous province of Ontario 15 new seats in the House of Commons. Alberta and British Columbia would each gain six seats and Quebec would have three more, the Globe and Mail said.
Uppal said the costs to taxpayers for an expanded Parliament would initially be $14.8 million per year in addition to some $11.5 million extra for each election.