Monday, August 20, 2012

Plethora of Candidates in Quebec

On August 18th the nominations closed for the Quebec election and a stunning 894 candidates are running in the 125 ridings.   This works out to 7.15 candidates riding, a dramatic increase for the norm of 5.2 to 5.4 over the last five elections.  This represents close to two more candidates per riding than in past elections.

Election Candidates Ave per riding
  2012     894        7.15
  2008     651        5.21
  2007     679        5.43
  2003     646        5.17
  1998     657        5.26
  1994     680        5.44
  1989     557        4.46
  1985     666        5.46
  1981     525        4.30
  1976     556        5.05
  1973     474        4.35

The increase this time is only partly due to one more party running a full slate, that being Option Nationale, it is also due to the fact there are 18 parties running which is a record number.
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