Liberal Convention: Mapping Party Support

Liberal Convention: Mapping Party Support

March 31, 2018 9:30amET

Liberals are preparing to gather in Halifax next month for the party’s biennial national convention.

Watch CPAC and for full coverage from the floor as Liberals consider policy resolutions and hear from guest speakers that include David Axelrod, a former top advisor to Barack Obama.

Liberals are also going to be looking ahead to the 2019 election campaign.

So check out our interactive maps for a look at where support has been strongest and weakest in recent elections:

2016-2018: Byelection Performance

Twelve byelections have been held over the past two years.

Here’s how the Liberal party has fared. The bigger the circle, the higher the support:

2015: Majority Government

Here’s where the Liberals were victorious in 2015. The party won 39.5 per cent of the popular vote and 184 seats, making it the first federal party to move from third-place status to government in Canadian history:

This is how Liberal party support looked across all 338 ridings:

2011: Historic Low

Compare that to 2011. The Liberals failed to win the most or second-most seats for the first time since Confederation. Their 34-seat caucus was the smallest in party history, as Stephen Harper’s Conservatives formed a majority government and Jack Layton’s NDP rode the “orange wave” in Quebec to official opposition status.

Even then-leader Michael Ignatieff lost his seat. His subsequent resignation paved the way for Justin Trudeau to win the leadership in April 2013.

-Andrew Thomson