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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Happy Birthday, Smid! on: June 21, 2014, 07:49:51 am
Thanks, everyone, I had a fantastic day!
2  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Ontario 2014 (June 12th) on: June 20, 2014, 03:39:41 am
Krago, you are a star!
3  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Ontario 2014 (June 12th) on: June 19, 2014, 03:18:19 am
Great work, Krago!
4  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Newfoundland and Labrador 2014 on: June 17, 2014, 04:52:46 pm
Frank Coleman withdraws from PC leadership.
My understanding that they are no candidates left in the race.
Wayne Bennett was removed from the race
Bill Barry withdraw from the race

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Progressive_Conservative_Party_of_Newfoundland_and_Labrador_leadership_election,_2014

lol Tories

No, it's lol "Tories" - this is Newfoundland and Labrador that we're talking about.
5  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: English local elections, May 2014 on: June 08, 2014, 08:02:21 am
Thanks for that, Al. I haven't really got anything to contribute in response, but didn't want to not respond, either. It all seems rather fascinating - I think I can picture the comparable Melbourne municipality.
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Countries where cities lean right/rural areas lean left on: June 04, 2014, 04:39:41 pm
Wasn't sure where to put this, but does anyone know of specific examples of countries where rural areas on average are more left-leaning than the cities?  It only crossed my mind because I was looking at regional results of the 2013 Czech election, and Prague actually looked rather conservative compared to the country at large.  Top 09 came in first, ANO 2011 in second, and CSSD only got third with 14%.  Brno looks left-leaning though. 
So two questions:
1. Why does Prague seem to lean right?
2. Any other countries you know of with rural-left/urban-right voting patterns? 

Not nationwide, but until recently Newfoundland and Labrador - Conservatives did best in St  Johns, while Liberals did better elsewhere. This is discussed further in Homely's Canadian maps thread on the International Elections board.
7  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: English local elections, May 2014 on: June 02, 2014, 04:37:04 am
I wandered into this thread after reading this article. I don't know much, other than that I thought Tower Hamlets was a solidly Labour sort of place. Would someone, most llikely Al, care to educate me?
8  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: What does the red mean? on: May 28, 2014, 07:36:37 am
To "whip up" means to make something.

And typically also implies doing this quite quickly and effortlessly due to proficiency.
9  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Homely's Canadian maps thread / Fil cartographique canadienne d'Homely on: May 28, 2014, 04:14:37 am
See if you can spot the electoral boundary in St Johns...

As ways, great work!
10  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Ontario election, Spring 2014? on: May 17, 2014, 07:58:07 am
A note- the BC Liberals are almost never referred to as 'Grits'

That's because the province resembles the federal scene, if Trudeau fails to bring the Grits out of third place. Let's face it, James Moore had a congratulatory message to the Liberal Premier on his Facebook page the other day, and Stockwell Day advocated voting for her during the election.
11  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: May 09, 2014, 12:52:53 am
No time to elaborate, but Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters makes excellent recommendations regarding Senate voting: Optional Preferential, including for Above-the-Line voting. See Antony Green's blog for details.
12  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Ontario election, Spring 2014? on: May 07, 2014, 07:43:18 am
Returning to the discussion on 1985, was the post-election PC government sworn in, or was it still in caretaker mode?

Are there two writs per riding because one is in English and the other in French? In answer to the UK question, I think that most Westminster parliaments, the writs are issued for each seat at a general election, not one for the entire parliament, however I could be wrong. Antony Green posted about it, I believe, and uploaded a picture of an Australian one.
13  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Random international maps thread on: May 04, 2014, 02:29:32 am
Exceptional work! The work you are doing here is so useful, and something that none of the rest of us have been doing - you are once again proving why the International Elections posters are those of the highest caliber on the Forum!

I wonder if that has anything to do with the fact that A) most countries simply have more centralized data than the United States and B) the two-party system produces boring maps

I think it has more to do with the fact that the international posters on here are less likely to be 16 years old. Additionally, given that in the US, elections for all levels of government are held at the same time, so speculation for about 18 months is very arbitrary, whereas Canada is less likely to go that long between an election somewhere at either a provincial or federal level. Plus, it's more than likely that the party leaders, at least federally, are almost certainly going to be the same at the election as they are currently, whereas in the US, we can be speculating years prior to the Presidential election, just who the candidates will be. There just doesn't tend to be as much in-depth looking at previous results, and more idle speculation about future election results...
14  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Ontario election, Spring 2014? on: May 04, 2014, 02:16:59 am
If any of the 3 leaders personally campaigns, it'll be Trudeau.

I would think he wouldn't want to be within a bargepole of an unpopular provincial party if he could avoid it.

and in the grand scheme of things, an OLP failure frees up a lot of the Liberal labour force for 2015

I'm inclined to agree with you. I think the best outcome from a federal Tory perspective could possibly be some sort of Liberal-NDP Coalition with Hudak's PCers holding the most seats in the Parliament.
15  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Ontario election, Spring 2014? on: May 03, 2014, 10:26:20 pm
Following discussions with Earl, here is a somewhat improved Provincial Ontario election map, I've saved the new one to the Gallery, to replace the old one:



Edited to include Earl's colour scheme.
16  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Random international maps thread on: May 03, 2014, 10:18:09 pm
Exceptional work! The work you are doing here is so useful, and something that none of the rest of us have been doing - you are once again proving why the International Elections posters are those of the highest caliber on the Forum!
17  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Ontario election, Spring 2014? on: May 03, 2014, 10:15:09 pm
If any of the 3 leaders personally campaigns, it'll be Trudeau.

I would think he wouldn't want to be within a bargepole of an unpopular provincial party if he could avoid it.
18  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Canada General Discussion 1.5: The Countdown Begins on: May 01, 2014, 04:55:07 pm
As Njall notes, the issue in that poll is undecided voters, which will almost certainly (but not definitely) break for the progressives. This would no doubt be attributed to a bump from the new leader, but realistically, the new leader probably won't have contributed much to that, unless it's someone like Rajotte, or if Morton ran again (and won this time). Red Tories are not the ones deserting the party and therefore not the reason Wildrose is once more leading in the polls, so changing one red leader for another will likely have negligible impact on poll support.
19  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian by-elections, 2014 on: May 01, 2014, 04:43:23 pm
". Further, the nomination rules for Trinity-Spadina were changed so that all candidates received the membership lists and forms prior to being green lit, which provided Adam Vaughan with critical information that all candidates had waited several weeks to receive. Regardless of the outcome, these circumstances have not been consistent with an open nomination process."

I'm really not sure what he means here. 


I think he's saying that other candidates had to wait until they were approved before getting the membership lists, whereas Vaughan received them prior to being formally approved. I assume that it's the members who are voting in the preselection, so receiving a copy of the list is beneficial in doing the numbers.  I think he is saying that Vaughan received the list a few weeks faster than other candidates, and therefore an unfair advantage, and that this unfair advantage is not conducive to a fair and open preselection process.

To that, I'd say that if you don't have at least a rudimentary list from working the branches over the past few years, you probably don't deserve the nomination anyway. Seriously, go do your homework before sticking up your hand, and when you don't have the numbers, don't be a sore loser and say the system is rigged against you.
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you generally prefer wearing bright or dark/neutral colors? on: April 30, 2014, 05:21:58 pm
I wear a lot of dark colours, but equally I like having flashes of colour.

My friends are correct: a plain white shirt and a well-made, but simple suit will allow a particularly vibrant and eye-catching tie. Coloured shirts are okay, but you need to be careful you don't overdo it or your tie combo will just look gaudy. It's hard to be more visually offensive than gaudy.
21  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Redistribution of Federal Electoral Districts 2012 on: April 30, 2014, 04:43:17 pm
For those interested, I'm in the process of putting together a map based on the redistribution in the vein of my last one (with a few improvements). It's progressing, albeit slowly.

I have just found the data and have downloaded it with a new to creating a projector and battleground. If there is a chance of making your maps into KML files for Google Earth, could you send them to me?

I would, but I don't think I can (lack of ability, rather than permission). Krago's link is probably what you're after, however - I know that I have seen it somewhere, at any rate... if it's not what you're after, try the "Maps Corner" on the elections.ca website.
22  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Random international maps thread on: April 29, 2014, 04:59:08 pm
Incredible! I noticed that suggestion in the comments section of your blog. I assume that by random distribution, you are randomly distributing within the polling boundaries? Exceptional work!
23  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Redistribution of Federal Electoral Districts 2012 on: April 29, 2014, 04:56:36 pm
For those interested, I'm in the process of putting together a map based on the redistribution in the vein of my last one (with a few improvements). It's progressing, albeit slowly.
24  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Random international maps thread on: April 29, 2014, 04:53:35 pm
Those dot maps are both things of beauty and therefore a joy forever.

I have done a few similar ones for Australian election results, because we don't have fixed polling boundaries, but booths can also consequently be of varying sizes.
25  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Nova Scotia Election, 2013 on: April 29, 2014, 03:56:44 am
I mention Krago's maps in another thread and then open this one to find these! Great work! Well  done! Really impressive!

The difference  between those two Hallifax maps, in particular, is incredible! Unbelievable to think these were two consecutive elections!
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