OTTAWA — Six months after almost clinching its full slate of senators, Manitoba remains shortchanged on representation in the Red Chamber, with the government tight-lipped on whether it’s doing anything about it.
Since 1905, Manitoba has been entitled to six seats in the Senate, which it last held in 2013.
Scholars say provincial quotas form part of an understanding since Confederation that aims for adequate representation in Parliament, because House of Commons seats mostly change at the whim of population counts.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau entered office in autumn 2015 with four Manitoba vacancies. He soon launched an advisory process in which bureaucrats screen applications from any Canadian before presenting a shortlist to the prime minister.