2008 Election for the Federal Government of Canada

PRIME MINISTER Stephen Harper - Conservative Party of Canada

40th Parliament of the Federal Government of Canada

Duration 18th November 2008 - 26th March 2011

Election Held on 14th October 2008

Seats won Vs. Popular support

Summary Results | Full Results

PartyNumber of seatsPopular Support
Conservative Party of Canada143 (46.43 %)37.65 %
Liberal Party of Canada77 (25 %)26.26 %
Bloc Québécois49 (15.91 %)9.98 %
New Democratic Party37 (12.01 %)18.18 %
Independent2 (0.65 %)N/A
Green Party of Canada0 (0 %)6.78 %
Other0 (0%)0.5 %

Total number of seats: 308

Wasted Votes

Voters cast 13,834,301 votes. 7,045,769 of them were wasted

1,748,155 votes for Conservative Party of Canada wasted

2,154,248 votes for Liberal Party of Canada wasted

1,814,416 votes for New Democratic Party wasted

274,550 votes for Bloc Québécois wasted

937,616 votes for Green Party of Canada wasted

116,784 votes for Other wasted

Most Wasted Votes

Most of the time in our current system more than half of the votes cast in a district are wasted. The following table shows the worst of these.

Top Five Most Wasted Votes | All Over Half Wasted

DistrictPercent Votes Wasted
Gatineau-Que.70.85 %
Guelph-Ont.67.78 %
Brossard--La Prairie-Que.67.41 %
Pontiac-Que.67.29 %
Welland-Ont.67.09 %

More than half of the votes cast in 190 districts were wasted. Almost 62 % of all districts