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Politics in Numbers

In Politics on May 6, 2011 at 12:47 PM

As there is no shortage of opinions on what transpired this past Monday, here is a numerical look at Canada’s 41st General Election using the statistical stylings of the Harper’s index:

Total Canadians that voted in the 2011 General Election: 14,720,580

Total Canadians that registered to vote: 23,971,740

Percentage of registered voters that exercised their rights to vote: 61.4%

Percentage of registered voters that exercised their rights to vote in the last general election: 58.8%

Total Canadians: 33,739,900

Total Canadians that did not or could not register: 9,768,160

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Total seats available in Ottawa: 308

Percentage of seats (ridings) won by the Conservatives: 54.2%

Percentage of total votes earned by Conservatives across Canada: 39.6%

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Number of dollars given to each party, per year, for each vote they earn: $2

Conservatives’ share of the subsidy: $10.4 Million/yr

Liberals’ share of the subsidy: $7.2 Million/yr

NDP’s share of the subsidy: $5 Million/yr

Bloc’s share of the subsidy: $2.7 Million/yr

Green’s share of the subsidy: $1.9 Million/yr

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Total Conservative party funds raised since last election: $47,711,373

Total Liberal party funds raised since last election: $19,913,434

Total NDP funds raised since last election: $10,418,699

Total Green party funds raised since last election: $2,922,534

Total B.Q. party funds raised since last election: $1,695,186

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Percentage of total Conservative funding through the $2 subsidy: 57%

Percentage of Liberal funding through subsidy: 56%

Percentage of NDP funding through subsidy: 66%

Percentage of Green funding through subsidy: 78%

Percentage of B.Q. funding through subsidy: 303%

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Notes: All data used for this analysis was provided by Elections Canada. Subsidies calculated per year are in fact adjusted for inflation, which I haven’t done here. Total political contributions since the last general election calculates quarterly returns for each party from January 1st, 2009 until March 31st, 2011. As 2010 annual data has yet to be finalized for all parties, percentage of funding through subsidies is based on the year 2009 only in order to provide en estimate. B.Q.’s result of 303% reflects the fact that the public subsidy based on $2 for every vote earned far surpassed any additional funding the B.Q. was able to raise in 2009.

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