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Isodemographic Map Showing 1997 Federal Election Results

An isodemographic map shows the area of each part of the map as proportional to the population living in it. For Canada, this means that Southern Ontario is particularly prominent. On the other hand, the Northwest Territories are flattened out so that they can still border all four western provinces. An isodemographic map is useful for showing data which is distributed proportionally to population such as election results - you can see the complete pattern for Canada without the need for any enlargement insets.

Take a moment to get oriented to the reference map below. The provincial and territorial boundaries are shown, but some provinces should be easily recognized by their shape. A number of major cities are included to give a rough guide to where you are within a province. The cities are shown by dots, but each city refers to a much larger area. For example, Edmonton consists of one-quarter of Alberta, and Winnipeg is half of Manitoba's area.

1. This seat is Markham, just north of Metropolitan Toronto.
2. This seat, York South - Weston, is in the northwestern part of Metropolitan Toronto. It was the only seat in Canada won by an independent. It appears very low on the map as only 2 % of the Ontario vote went to independent candidates.
3. The long, thin red area represents Abitibi, the seat which represents all of the northern part of Quebec. It is stretched out so that it can go all the way from Ontario to Labrador.
4. This is the block of 18 seats won by the Liberal Party in the Montréal area.

It is not possible on a map of this scale to show the boundaries of each electoral district. Instead, the map shows the distribution of areas represented by a particular party. In Alberta, nearly all of the seats were won by the Reform Party, but there are two seats in Edmonton which elected Liberals - each one of these Liberal seats is shown.

This map and the following one use a height feature to give a 3-Dimensional effect. Height is shown by having the height of a party's seats in a particular province being proportional to the percentage of vote the party received in the province. The differences are most notable in Alberta and British Columbia where the Reform Party vote was considerably higher than that for the other parties which elected members.

Last updated: 11 September, 1997