There is Power in numbers when it comes to an election

When it comes to elections, the power is in the numbers.  I always wondered why “the rest of Canada” felt that they were not being heard.  Quebec and Ontario are Canada’s pet provinces.

Once I looked at the number of seats for each province, I realized that all it takes to win the election is to win over Quebec and Ontario.  If one party wins 155 or more seats in Quebec and Ontario combined, it has won the election with a majority since there are a total of 308 seats.  50% of the seats is 154 seats.

Province

Number of Seats Population in thousands of people in 2008

Newfoundland and Labrador

Prince Edward Island

Nova Scotia

New Brunswick

Quebec

Ontario

Manitoba

Saskatchewan

Alberta

British Columbia

Yukon

Northwest Territories

Nunavut

Total

7

4

11

10

75

106

14

14

28

36

1

1

1

308

507.9

139.8

938.3

747.3

7,750.5

12,929

1,208

1,016

3,585.1

4,381.6

33.1

43.3

31.4

33,311.4

Furthermore, I wonder how the rest of the world is doing.  Do others feel the same too?  Do they feel that they are not being heard because their population is too small to matter.

Based on the population in the US, California is one of the giants.  California and a few other states are the ones that can make or break an election.  Therefore, do they get extra special bonuses to “buy” their votes?

When it comes to politics, this is one of the issues that people talk about.  When you read the news and hear about people complaining about not being heard, this maybe the reason.

US population by State

http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0004986.html

Canada population by Province

http://www40.statcan.gc.ca/l01/cst01/demo02a-eng.htm

Map of Canada

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