Vancouver, Burnaby, and New Westminster did not elect a Conservative MP in the October 14 federal election, so it's no surprise that there isn't a federal cabinet minister from the Burrard Peninsula.
But it gets worse than that. Prime Minister Stephen Harper also overlooked his two North Shore MPs, former banker Andrew Saxton and constitutional lawyer John Weston. The two MPs who represent Richmond, John Cummins and Alice Wong, also didn't make the cut.
This means that there are no cabinet ministers in this region's two-zone transit area, which includes Vancouver, the North Shore, Burnaby, New Westminster, and Richmond. That's more than a million residents in Vancouver and its closest suburbs who lack cabinet representation.
The only Metro Vancouver MP in Harper's cabinet is James Moore, who represents Port Moody-Westwood-Coquitlam.
Vancouver and its closest suburbs got shortchanged by Harper when you compare it to the Chretien years, when Vancouver often had three cabinet ministers and Richmond had one cabinet minister.
But this situation could change dramatically if the Liberals and NDP form a coalition government, which could come as soon as December 8 if the Conservative government falls on a confidence motion.
As her party's house leader, Vancouver East NDP MP Libby Davies would be a sure bet for a cabinet post. Vancouver South MP Ujjal Dosanjh and Vancouver Quadra MP Joyce Murray, a staunch Stephane Dion loyalist, also have shots at cabinet if the Harper government falls.
Other possibilities include Burnaby-New Westminster NDP MP Peter Julian or Burnaby-Douglas NDP MP Bill Siksay. Both are among the most talented NDP members of parliament.
New Westminster-Coquitlam NDP MP Dawn Black, her party's defence critic, might also have a chance, though it's hard to imagine that the Liberals would give up the defence portfolio. The Burnaby-New Westminster corridor won't get three ministers and probably won't even get two, so I'll place my bet on Siksay, though Julian and Black are strong contenders.
Vancouver Centre Liberal MP Hedy Fry also has a chance of making cabinet, given her 15-year history in parliament.
That adds up to seven potential cabinet ministers in an area that currently has no representation within Harper's executive council.