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Bill C-372

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Rule 51(1)2 provides that no province shall have fewer members of the House of Commons than were set after the 1986 decennial census. This could continue to force an increase in the size of the House as redistribution would have to proportionately reflect relative population changes between the provinces by increasing the number of members assigned to growing provinces.

Rule 2 was enacted by the Constitution Act, 1985 (Representation).

This enactment replaces that rule with a provision that the membership may not exceed 301, the number that will result from the 1996 census redistribution.