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Election Day: Oct. 2, 2003   

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Two elections, by the numbers
Mitch Cormier | CBC News Online P.E.I.
Paddy Moore | CBC News Online Ottawa

Candidates are knocking on doors and barking promises in two provincial election campaigns, one in Prince Edward Island, the other in Ontario.

A single Ontario MPP can represent the equivalent of the Island's entire population.

It gave us pause to think about comparing the county's largest province, with its smallest.

Here�s a snapshot.

Legislature at time election call

PC 56, Liberal 36, NDP 9, Independent 1, Vacant 1

Conservative 26, Liberal 1

Number of eligible voters during last election

7,598,407

97,180

Average number of voters per riding/district

73,771

3,485

Number of students in the capital's public school board

300,000

14,955

Hours to drive across the province west to east, at 100 km/h.

21 hours, 15 minutes


2 hours, 45 minutes

(if you don�t get caught)

Polling stations

22,972

296

Unemployment rate, seasonally adjusted for July 2003, as a per cent

7.1

10.4

Number of voters to number of Tim Hortons, expressed as a ratio

6,035:1

5,534:1

Potato production for 2002, in tonnes

315,900

1,310,500

Number of nurses parties promise to hire

8,000

(Liberal and PC)

200 Liberals
80 Conservatives

Number of registered nurses working in the province

83,123

(in 2002)

1,450

(in 2003)

Number of homicides in 2001

170

2

Years of Conservative government to years of Liberal government during the last 100 years, expressed as a ratio.

5 : 1

1 : 1.86

Number of Conservative premiers to number of Liberal premiers during the last 100 years.

12 : 5

9 : 15

Total number of candidates

522

78

Independent & fringe party candidates

213

0

Length of campaign

30 days

26 days

Age of youngest key leader running

48

29

Number of campaign buses used by the leaders

3

(although the Liberals added another for the homestretch, bringing the total
to 4)

0

Number of campaign bikes used by the leaders

1 (Green)

0

Preferred airplane of leaders

Dash 7

Dodge
minivan

Number of attack ads

2

(both PC ads)

0

Harshest description of opposition

"evil reptilian kitten-eater from another planet"

(Tories to Liberal leader)

"misguided"

Voter turnout in last election

58.3%

84.86%

Salary for legislative member

$85,240

$35,967 taxable, $11,250 non taxable expenses

Cabinet minister salary

Basic plus $32,997

Basic plus $41,585

Premier's salary

Basic plus $61,860

Basic plus $58,875

 

 


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