Earning a spot in cabinet is an honour and privilege for any federal or provincial politician.

But as more and more governments focus on belt-tightening, some are questioning just how bloated the team surrounding a leader needs to be.

Here’s how big cabinets are in different governments across the country (including the prime minister and premiers).

Federal Cabinet
Members: 39 (including Prime Minister Stephen Harper)

Thirty-nine of Harper’s 160 Conservative MPs (or about 24 per cent) currently sit in cabinet.

Ontario Cabinet (Liberal)
Members: 27

Total number of Liberal MPPs: 58 (of 107)

Percentage of Liberal MPPs in cabinet: 46.5%

Est. provincial population: 13,537,994

Quebec Cabinet (Liberals)
Members: 27

Total number of Liberal MNAs: 70 (of 125)

Percentage of Liberal MNAs in cabinet: 38.5%

Est. provincial population: 8,013,000

British Columbia Cabinet (Liberals)
Members: 20

Total number of Liberal MLAs: 49 (of 85)

Percentage of Liberal MLAs in cabinet: 40.8%

Est. provincial population: 4,610,000

Manitoba Cabinet (NDP)
Members: 19

Total number of NDP MLAs: 36 (of 57)

Percentage of NDP MLAs in cabinet: 52.7%

Est provincial population: 1,208,268

Saskatchewan Cabinet (Sask. Party)
Members: 18

Total number of Sask. Party MLAs: 49 (of 58)

Percentage of Sask. Party in cabinet: 36.7%

Est. provincial population: 1,122,588

New Brunswick Cabinet (Progressive Conservatives)
Members: 18

Total number of PC MLAs: 41 (of 55)

Percentage of PC MLAs in cabinet: 43.9%

Est. provincial population: 755,464

Alberta Cabinet (Progressive Conservatives)
Members: 17

Total number of PC MLAs: 58 (of 87)

Percentage of PC MLAs in cabinet: 29.3%

Est. provincial population: 4,025,074

Nova Scotia Cabinet (Liberals)
Members: 16

Total number of Liberal MLAs: 33 (of 51)

Percentage of Liberal MLAs in cabinet: 48.5%

Est. provincial population: 940,789

Newfoundland and Labrador Cabinet (Progressive Conservatives)
Members: 15

Total number of PC MLAs: 33 (of 48)

Percentage of PC MLAs in cabinet: 45.4%

Est. provincial population: 525,378

Prince Edward Island Cabinet (Liberals)
Members: 11

Total number of Liberal MLAs: 23 (of 27)

Percentage of Liberal MLAs in cabinet: 47.8%

Provincial population: 145,855

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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