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Geek-out election maps for all!


 

Fagstein hipped me to this way cool election map that La Presse has done up and released in English. It’s a Google Earth map of the entire country that catalogues exactly how the country voted in 2008. The detail is flabbergasting: I now know that my side of the street voted Bloc, while the other side voted Liberal. Guess I have to lock my door now.

Also, some interesting bits. Take Outremont, pictured above. I was surprised to see how much of the supposedly bourgeoisie areas of Outremont, like the parts bordering on Côte-Ste-Catherine, actually went NDP.

Check out La Presse’s map here.


 
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Geek-out election maps for all!

  1. This is terrific….!

    Lots of people follow an election riding-by-riding….so they'll love it

  2. This is terrific….!

    Lots of people follow an election riding-by-riding….so they'll love it

  3. Thanks for link, awesome maps.

    I am in Guelph and overview of city is standard demographics I think – Green support in centre of town, Libs do well between core and suburbs and Cons support in outer areas/suburbs.

  4. Thanks for link, awesome maps.

    I am in Guelph and overview of city is standard demographics I think – Green support in centre of town, Libs do well between core and suburbs and Cons support in outer areas/suburbs.

  5. This is an amazing tool. Most impressive, is just how few votes we're talking about in some areas. If I was politically motivated, I could see that someone could sway their ballot box just by talking to 40 or 50 people. It really brings the election close to home.

  6. This is an amazing tool. Most impressive, is just how few votes we're talking about in some areas. If I was politically motivated, I could see that someone could sway their ballot box just by talking to 40 or 50 people. It really brings the election close to home.

  7. Rock ON!

    My neighbours and I voted IND, (tie) or N/A- it's there in glaring white in the middle of Peterborough!

    Screw the bunch of them! How I miss my old neighbourhood.

    Interesting how the Peter Patch is a microcosm of the rural/urban split? The downtown is all red while the farms are all blue. No surprises I guess.

  8. Rock ON!

    My neighbours and I voted IND, (tie) or N/A- it's there in glaring white in the middle of Peterborough!

    Screw the bunch of them! How I miss my old neighbourhood.

    Interesting how the Peter Patch is a microcosm of the rural/urban split? The downtown is all red while the farms are all blue. No surprises I guess.

    • You miss Peterborough? Really? :)

      I'm still blown away that many boxes could be swayed by simply having 10 or 15 extra people show up to vote. The participation rates in some areas are atrocious. I always thought that line in "Charlie Wilson's War" about how the incumbent killed his dog, and how he told successive car-loads of voters that story in a successful attempt to sway the election was overly fantastical, but this would provide credence to such a story.

      The other, more depressing, fact is that when I voted last time, and waited in line with 100 other people for over an hour, I got to see 80% of the people who voted in that area.

      • but still it's not like it's first past the post on every box.

        • Oh, of course not, I hope I didn't give that impression. But I think many people would look at the aggregate and potentially get depressed, by thinking that "it's 1000s of votes and there's no way I could influence that, so why bother?"

          That's true, in aggregate, but if they saw that they only had to influence a few votes in their particular area in order to win their 'box', they might find it at least worth the effort, even if it doesn't automatically mean their candidate will even win.

          Does that make any sense?

          • I am glad that this is both our understanding.

    • Hey…I was born and raised in Peterborough…….

      don't dis my hommies!!!!

  9. You miss Peterborough? Really? :)

    I'm still blown away that many boxes could be swayed by simply having 10 or 15 extra people show up to vote. The participation rates in some areas are atrocious. I always thought that line in "Charlie Wilson's War" about how the incumbent killed his dog, and how he told successive car-loads of voters that story in a successful attempt to sway the election was overly fantastical, but this would provide credence to such a story.

    The other, more depressing, fact is that when I voted last time, and waited in line with 100 other people for over an hour, I got to see 80% of the people who voted in that area.

  10. Pas très Conservateur, Outremont.

  11. It would be even better if, instead of solid colours by poll, that the hue be determined by the percentages that each party gets:

    Liberal = Red (natch)
    Green = Green (d'uh)
    NDP = Orange (but of course)
    Cons = Dark Blue
    BQ = Yellow (only because having two shades of blue would scew the colour scheme).

    Any enterprising geeks out there with time on their hands (what other types of geeks are there?).

  12. It would be even better if, instead of solid colours by poll, that the hue be determined by the percentages that each party gets:

    Liberal = Red (natch)
    Green = Green (d'uh)
    NDP = Orange (but of course)
    Cons = Dark Blue
    BQ = Yellow (only because having two shades of blue would scew the colour scheme).

    Any enterprising geeks out there with time on their hands (what other types of geeks are there?).

    • … And then maybe weight the area of the poll or riding by the population size.

      You have just over three weeks. GO!

      • Each poll is about the same population – a few hundred voters. That's why they vary so much in size. The larger ones are less dense.

    • Yeah, you could do an infinite amount of mashups. They could be turnout rates, tint per single party. Even all sorts of census data (for a price) is available from StatsCan for polling divisions. There's an infinite amount of things we could do, but alas, I gotta put food on my plate. :) (I meant to put the source code for generating the KMLs — a method that outlines how to generate the KMLs is already available somewhere on my blog at smurfmatic.net)

      I think that come next election, whether it's in 3 or 5 years, we'll have even more awesome technology for visualising. Accessible augmented reality, anyone?

  13. … And then maybe weight the area of the poll or riding by the population size.

    You have just over three weeks. GO!

  14. Heureusement!

  15. but still it's not like it's first past the post on every box.

  16. Oh, of course not, I hope I didn't give that impression. But I think many people would look at the aggregate and potentially get depressed, by thinking that "it's 1000s of votes and there's no way I could influence that, so why bother?"

    That's true, in aggregate, but if they saw that they only had to influence a few votes in their particular area in order to win their 'box', they might find it at least worth the effort, even if it doesn't automatically mean their candidate will even win.

    Does that make any sense?

  17. Interesting. Although, it's mildly depressing to realize that my ballot box was 177 to 48. And we wonder why Calgary gets ignored.

  18. Interesting. Although, it's mildly depressing to realize that my ballot box was 177 to 48. And we wonder why Calgary gets ignored.

  19. I am glad that this is both our understanding.

  20. How depressing. Only 45% of my neighbours even came out to vote, and then six of them voted the wrong way. :)

  21. How depressing. Only 45% of my neighbours even came out to vote, and then six of them voted the wrong way. :)

    • You know 6 marxist-leninists?

  22. Montréal n'est pas très Conservateur en général. Dans Jeanne-Le Ber, il n'y a aucune enseignes pour le candidat Conservateur.

  23. Montréal n'est pas très Conservateur en général. Dans Jeanne-Le Ber, il n'y a aucune enseignes pour le candidat Conservateur.

    • Tant mieux.

    • Pas vrai! J'en ai vu au moin trois sur la rue Charlevoix à P-S-C…

      • Il n'y en a aucune dans Little Burgundy et Saint Henri sur Notre-Dame, autour des Lionel Groulx et George Vanier. Bombardé d'enseignes du Bloc et des Libéraux dans le coin par contre.

  24. Tant mieux.

  25. Thank you for my new crack.

  26. Thank you for my new crack.

  27. You know 6 marxist-leninists?

  28. Wow, my previous and current homes in Montreal were smack dab in the middle of NDP zones. I'm rather surprised.

  29. Wow, my previous and current homes in Montreal were smack dab in the middle of NDP zones. I'm rather surprised.

  30. Hey…I was born and raised in Peterborough…….

    don't dis my hommies!!!!

  31. Martin can you help me understand something. Why did the Conservatives have such poor showings in Sherbrooke and Trois Riviere in 2008? I find it hard to believe that either of these working class cities would be concerned with "arts cuts"; both ridings are held by Charest Liberals (or in the case of Sherbrooke, John James himself); in fact, Charest held Sherbrooke for the PCs in the disaster of 93. Any thoughts?

    It seems to me it should be easier for the Conservatives to beat the Bloc in these small cities than in the suburbs of Montreal.

  32. Martin can you help me understand something. Why did the Conservatives have such poor showings in Sherbrooke and Trois Riviere in 2008? I find it hard to believe that either of these working class cities would be concerned with "arts cuts"; both ridings are held by Charest Liberals (or in the case of Sherbrooke, John James himself); in fact, Charest held Sherbrooke for the PCs in the disaster of 93. Any thoughts?

    It seems to me it should be easier for the Conservatives to beat the Bloc in these small cities than in the suburbs of Montreal.

    • Good question. I wrote about Trois Rivières the 2008 campaign, and the same reasoning applies to Sherbrooke. (http://tinyurl.com/3o9g9qb)

  33. Each poll is about the same population – a few hundred voters. That's why they vary so much in size. The larger ones are less dense.

  34. Yeah, you could do an infinite amount of mashups. They could be turnout rates, tint per single party. Even all sorts of census data (for a price) is available from StatsCan for polling divisions. There's an infinite amount of things we could do, but alas, I gotta put food on my plate. :) (I meant to put the source code for generating the KMLs — a method that outlines how to generate the KMLs is already available somewhere on my blog at smurfmatic.net)

    I think that come next election, whether it's in 3 or 5 years, we'll have even more awesome technology for visualising. Accessible augmented reality, anyone?

  35. Pas vrai! J'en ai vu au moin trois sur la rue Charlevoix à P-S-C…

  36. Il n'y en a aucune dans Little Burgundy et Saint Henri sur Notre-Dame, autour des Lionel Groulx et George Vanier. Bombardé d'enseignes du Bloc et des Libéraux dans le coin par contre.

  37. I am afraid to post in case Harper won't let my children or grandchildren into his tent.

  38. I am afraid to post in case Harper won't let my children or grandchildren into his tent.

  39. It is such a shame that Canadians are becoming increasingly disillusioned, disenfranchised and disappointed with Ottawa. More is the shame because it is our inattention to the political process that is allowing the federal governments of both major Parties to foist their disagreeable agendas on Canada in an attempt to remake the country in their own image.

    Here is an article showing how increasing numbers of Canadians are staying at home on election day:

    http://viableopposition.blogspot.com/2011/03/cana

  40. It is such a shame that Canadians are becoming increasingly disillusioned, disenfranchised and disappointed with Ottawa. More is the shame because it is our inattention to the political process that is allowing the federal governments of both major Parties to foist their disagreeable agendas on Canada in an attempt to remake the country in their own image.

    Here is an article showing how increasing numbers of Canadians are staying at home on election day:

    http://viableopposition.blogspot.com/2011/03/cana

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