The Canadian Curling Association said it was coming and it is.
Two years ago the CCA was faced with a challenge from some of their member associations (the courts would have been involved). They all wanted their own entries into the national championships. The CCA said okay but never revealed how this would be done. Now we know.
Below is an excerpt from an October 20 CCA press release that announced the location of the 2013 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors.
"Currently, 13 men’s and 13 women’s teams, representing the 10 provinces plus separate entries for Northern Ontario, Northwest Territories and Yukon, participate in a round robin, leading to playoffs.
However, for the 2013 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors, the CCA’s 14 Member Associations will have the opportunity for the first time to qualify for the national championships.
Ten men’s and 10 women’s teams, representing the provinces/territories with the best cumulative won-lost records from the 2010, 2011 and 2012 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors, will qualify for the main event, which begins on Saturday, February 2. However, host Alberta automatically receives berths into both the men’s and women’s championships.
The remaining three men’s and three women’s teams will then be joined by a junior men’s and junior women’s team from Nunavut in a one-day double knockout on Thursday, January 31. This will determine which two teams from each gender will qualify for the championships, which will now become a 12-team draw, instead of the previous 13. The first place teams will continue to receive byes to their respective finals, while the second and third place teams meet in semi-finals."
There you have it. Expect to see this system gradually introduced until all nationals use a variation of the above formula.