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Canadian political facts and fact oids

One of the closest results of any federal gener- al election in Canada occurred in 1972, when the Liberals, led by Pierre Elliott Trudeau, won 109 seats and the Progressive Conservatives, led by Robert Stanfield, obtained 107 seats.

The proportion of female candidates to run for federal office in Canada has slowly increased over the last decade. In 2008, of the 1,601 federal candidates, 445 or 27.8% were women. This compares to 22.5% in 2006, 23.2% in 2004 and 20.6% in 2000. Of the 308 candidates elected in 2008, 69 (22.4%) are women, compared to 64 (20.8%) in 2006, to 65 (21.1%) in 2004, and to 62 (20.1%) in 2000.

Canada has a mail- in special ballot system for voters who can’t (or don’t want to) vote at the advance polls or on election day. At the 2008 federal general election, 253,069 voters in Canada and abroad cast valid special ballots – a significant decrease from the 438,390 special ballots cast in 2006.

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