Mr. Speaker, I have a question for the hon. member for Elgin—Middlesex—London.
First, just for historical fun, it turns out that the term “gerrymandering” is as old as the War of 1812. It occurred in the state of Massachusetts when Governor Elbridge Gerry managed to redistribute a riding so it resembled nothing so much as a salamander.
As we add MPs, we are adding costs. I think the Canadian people are more concerned with the costs of this place than whether we have our own desks.
Would it be possible to have a formula by which current members of Parliament accepted reductions to their own salaries as we added new members to this place?