Liberals rule urban centres, Conservatives dominate rural areas

Among all the macro demographic data that helps define whether an electoral district should be consider urban, semi-urban, suburban or rural is population density. This measure is quite simple to calculate: it is the ratio of a district's total population divided by its land surface area. Although it is by no means the only indicator of a district's urbanity level, we will see below that there are unmistakable trends between voting intentions and population density in Canada. For a column written by L'actualité magazine political bureau chief Alec Castonguay last week, I calculated a federal seat projection for urban, semi-urban and rural areas. The numbers were striking, so I decided to dig a little deeper.

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Philippe J. Fournier est le créateur de Qc125 et 338Canada. Il est professeur de physique et d'astronomie au Cégep de Saint-Laurent à Montréal. Pour toute information ou pour une demande d'entrevue médiatique, écrivez à