4 of the 5 elected MPs from Quebec made it into the Cabinet, one a former disgraced minister(Bernier), and the other is described as a favourite of Harper, because of "unabashed conservatism" and two defeated candidates were appointed to the Senate. These appointments coming so soon after the election were immediately criticized as "cynical, "pathetic"and "in your face"... Harper's reaction to being rejected. The Senate has always been seen as the dumping ground for tired, spent, defeated politicians and as rewards to "hacks and bagmen". Harper did not disappoint. In this instance however, he has shown his disdain for the Canadian voters who dared to vote against his party (another defeated candidate from Newfoubdland was also appointed to the Senate).
British Columbia, the third largest province got only 4 positions, but Haper's home province which voted solidly for his party got 5 positions. Ontario was rewarded with 15 positions, most coming from rural areas. Sasketchewan got 2, Manitoba 2,New Brunswick 2, and NFL, Nova Scotia , PEI and Nunavut 1 each.
Harper has his majority, but it lacks balance. Once again the large urban centers of Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver are underrepresented and that means that once again he has failed to convince urban voters that he can represent their interests. He has the majority to carry out his agenda...gun registry, prisons, punitive laws, military, oil sands, climate change delaying tactics, farm spending... pollution, prisons, planes and punishment. It should be interesting.