The seat distribution of the House of Commons of the 39th Parliament of Canada was as follows:
A look at the parties:
Conservative: Led by Stephen Harper, MP for Calgary West, Alberta. Has been the government for the last 2 1/2 years. Main campaign points include beefing up security in the Northwest Passage, increasing the defence budget, and law & order. Most polls agree that Harper is the best person to be Prime Minister.
Liberal: Led by Dr. Stéphane Dion, MP for Saint-Laurent--Cartierville, Quebec. Claims that it is best suited to handle a possible recession, due to the deficit-busting legacy of the Chrétien years. Gambling heavily on its new carbon tax plan for support. The Liberals have more brand loyalty than any other party.
New Democrat: Led by Jack Layton, MP for Toronto--Danforth, Ontario. Espouses socialist ideas. Main platform points include an immediate end to the war in Afghanistan and a "Cap and trade" system. Posing in this election as the "real" alternative to the Conservatives, even though the NDP has never held more than 43 seats.
Bloc Quebecois: Led by Gilles Duceppe, MP for Laurier--Sainte-Marie, Quebec. Dedicated to the separation of Quebec from Canada, which isn't very poular right now. Also supports social programs.
Green: Led by Elizabeth May, campaigning for a seat in Central Nova, Nova Scotia, where the Conservative incumbent is the Minister of National Defence. Favours the carbon tax, yet is fiscally conservative. Has never won a seat in an election; their only MP was a Liberal defector.
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