Where the votes were - Macleans.ca

Where the votes were


Working with the rebate threshold, Alice Funke tallies the number of ridings in which each party received at least 10% of the vote. Those totals are as follows, with changes from 2008 in brackets.

NDP 306 (+63)
Conservatives 283 (-15)
Liberals 217 (-52)
Bloc Quebecois 65 (-6)
Greens 8 (-34)

Alice also busts a few myths while she’s at it.


Where the votes were

  1. Is there a list showing the ridngs where candidates got at least 50% of the vote?

    • A most excellent question.

  2. Yeesh. Sorry about the above posts. A combination of iPhone quirks and Via Rail’s lousy wifi hookup caused the multiple inaccurate posts. Aaron, feel free to delete the inaccurate ones.

    I hope the new commenting system will allow me to properly post from a mobile device, unlike intense debate, which seems to be totally incapable of properly doing so.

    • Fearless prediction: Lord_Kitcheners_Own will be surprised by my new avatar.

      • I’m entirely unsurprised by the fact that CR chose not to change his avatar. Frogs are so predictable!

        (LOL, I love being able to change comments after people have replied to them. I used to have to be a little responsible about what I’d say, lest someone call me on it, but now, if somene doesn’t like something I said, then POOF! I never even said it, and how dare they imply that I did!!! I’m sure this won’t lead to any trouble at all!).

      • Hey, everyone! We can edit comments even if they already have replies. This could be fun…

      • This is going to take some getting used to.

        Oh my, our likes show in our recent activity; reputation is no longer entirely anonymous.
        That’ll be interesting.

      • I wonder — did Maclean’s announce somewhere that they were switching to Disqus? I really liked having one of the “blogs” I follow use IntenseDebate. Oh well. As some have said, this could be interesting.

        With Love and Gratitude,


      • @Jeremiah Stanghini

        They announced the change to Disqus over at Phillipe Gohier’s blog, a couple of hours before it happened:


        (ETA: Of course, you may never see this because for some reason this reply appears as the FIRST reply to CR, even though I wrote it in reply to YOUR comment, which was the fifth reply to CR. Weird…)

  3. I kind of like the lost tidings part.

  4. This is an interesting graphic in today's G&M showing where the parties gained/lost votes by province. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/how-

    Here's what I mentioned a couple of times that I find interesting. Where the Blue-Greens went – especially of note :Ontario.

    If I'm reading the graphics correctly, the GPC lost 361,392 votes nationally, and of that 55.5% were in Ontario (say 200,000). Now, since May took over the GPC IN 2006 has noticeably moved to the left from where Jim Harris (a former PC) had centred it. It has taken on a more orange(NDP) tinge – with a few scattered reds and blues mixed in – kinda like a fruitcake). The lefties in Ontario probably stuck with the GPC – and I suspect most of the Blue-Greens held their noses and went Conservative.

    Once the per vote subsidy is nixed, the GPC will be left with a large rump of support on the west coast, and not much else. Reminds me of the Ross Perot campaign for 1992. What did James Carville call it?

    • Last election, Elizabeth May ran in London North, and did well. Perhaps the fact that she was visible in Ontario had something to do with the percentage then, and the decline now.

  5. This is a non-comment caused by a complete misunderstanding of the Edit function of this here new-fangled commenting system.

    I think I just disliked myself, unsubscribed from myself, and announced my divorce, again, from myself.

    • You may be in San Diego, but your display of sublimated self-loathing proves your Canadian heritage.

      • I view self-loathing as socially acceptable. I prefer to sublimate my self-regard. Does that say anything about my Canadian heritage?

        • Inherently, essentially. Also, we are kin.

          I assume SDD has been out of the aura of gentle malaise long enough to develop healthy confidence and self-regard?

          Besides, we both know that self-deprecation is just a mask for full-blown narcissism anyway. :)

      • On a somewhat related topic, I love your Jeremy Brett / Sherlock avatar!

  6. Am I reading this right- there were 25 ridings where the Conservatives got less than 10% of the vote? That is surprising at first glance no?

    • I wouldn’t think so – where they’re hated, they’re really hated.


      • Like Keith’s beer no?

  7. Gottabesaid don’t like change.

  8. If you figure that the Conservatives probably gained less than 10% of votes in most ridings in Quebec, this sounds about right. Take Quebec out the equation (and I’m not advocation Separation) and the Conservatives are on par with the NDP.

  9. At this rate, the whole country will be soon voting NDP. . . ..:)

  10. I hope I don’t break the comments section here, but I’m operating under the assumption I press a wrong button at some point. Topic wise, that Liberal number is pretty stunning, even though it probably shouldn;t be