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Transposition of Votes

The transposition process, as required under the Canada Elections Act, determines the number of votes that each registered political party at the last general election would have obtained according to the electoral districts proclaimed in the Representation Order on August 25, 2003. This information is used to decide which political parties have the right to nominate election officers at the next general election, if it is held using the new boundaries.

NOTE: If a registered party is the result of a merger, the merged party is attributed the votes of the candidate of the merging parties who received the greatest number of votes. If the merging parties finished first and second in the last election, then the merged party is deemed to have placed first and the party that placed third at the last election will be deemed to have placed second. This would apply in the case of the former Canadian Reform Conservative Alliance and Progressive Conservative Party of Canada, which have now become the Conservative Party of Canada.

The abbreviations used in the Transposition of Votes are as follows:

Political parties in the ranking report


Canadian Action Party


Bloc Québécois


Canadian Reform Conservative Alliance


Communist Party of Canada


The Green Party of Canada


Liberal Party of Canada


Marijuana Party


New Democratic Party


Progressive Conservative Party of Canada

Summary Table

Reports by province

A CD-ROM containing the detailed Transposition of Votes report can be ordered from Elections Canada on-line or by telephone.