Mr. Gordon Towers (Red Deer):
Madam Speaker, I rise on a matter of urgent and pressing necessity. For the election of 1979, 18 new members of Parliament were added to the House of Commons, increasing the total from 264 to 282. After this week's census has been completed the House will grow by another 30 members, if the provisions of the Representation Act, 1974, are left as they are now.
Since the chamber has reached the limit of its capacity, since the cost of 30 more members of Parliament will be extremely high, and because many in this chamber feel it is already difficult enough to participate fully in the Question Period and the procedures of the House, I ask leave to move, seconded by the hon. member for Nepean-Carleton (Mr. Baker):
That the provisions of the Representation Act, 1974, be referred to the Standing Committee on Privileges and Elections, and that the government assist the committee by preparing a background paper setting out possible alternatives to the endless and unnecessary expansion of the size of the House of Commons.
Subtopic: GROWTH IN MEMBERSHIP-MOTION UNDER S.O. 43