Central Nova by the Numbers
StÃ©phane Dion, who is not progressive, has allied with Elizabeth May, who is not progressive, ostensibly to prevent progressive vote-splitting. As Andrew Coyne notes in tomorrowâ€™s National Post column, this maneuver is clearly directed against the federal NDP, which is progressive.
It is worth recalling the 2006 election results in Central Nova, the riding where Dion has pledged to prevent a Liberal from running against May:
Conservatives – 41%
New DemocratsÂ – 33%
Liberals – 25%
Greens – 2%
(Due to rounding, these numbersÂ sum to 101%.)
If the true goal were to defeat Peter MacKay, the incumbent Conservative, then Dion and May would be backing the NDP in Central Nova.