Politics

Federal election 2015: Unusual numbers from the campaign so far

As the federal election campaign revs up this week, here's a look at some of the more unusual numbers to crop up since it began on Aug. 2.

Litres of beer, Toronto Blue Jays losses and kilometres logged

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher David Price pitches against the Baltimore Orioles in Toronto on Saturday. The Blue Jays have lost each time a federal political leader attended a game in the campaign so far. (Peter Llewellyn/USA Today Sports)

Federal party leaders have already shaken countless hands and logged thousands of kilometres on the hustings, and there is still another six weeks to go before the Oct. 19 election.

As the campaign revs up this week, here's a look at some of the more unusual numbers to crop up since it began on Aug. 2:

174,886,000 

The approximate number of litres of beer that would be shipped daily along the Energy East Pipeline if Green Leader Elizabeth May has her way. That would be roughly the equivalent of Canada's monthly beer consumption.

May proposed the tongue-in-cheek idea while voicing her opposition to the project and interprovincial trade barriers governing alcohol.

108,237

The number of Twitter followers gained by the five federal party leaders during the campaign as of 1:30 p.m. ET on Friday.

Justin Trudeau of the Liberals leads the way with 38,297, followed by Conservative Leader Stephen Harper at 32,384 and the NDP's Tom Mulcair with 18,978.

May garnered 14,464 followers and Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe added 4,114 Twitter accounts to his following.

0-3

The record of the Toronto Blue Jays when Canada's three party leaders took themselves out to the ballgame — they were hammered 10-2 by the Baltimore Orioles on Friday, with Trudeau in attendance. Harper was one of the 46,643 in the stands when the Jays were edged by the Cleveland Indians 4-2 on Aug. 31.

Mulcair's appearance at the Rogers Centre on Aug. 14 coincided with a 4-3 loss to the New York Yankees. It also ended an 11-game win streak for the Jays.

Major party leaders have since agreed not to attend any more games during the rest of the campaign.

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25,374 

The number of kilometres logged by May on the campaign trail, nearly two-thirds the circumference of the Earth. That includes 22,282 kilometres by air, 2,613 kilometres on the road, 260 kilometres by train and 219 kilometres, or 118 nautical miles, aboard a ferry.

Put another way, she could have flown from Toronto to New Delhi and back, and then driven to Sydney, N.S., with mileage to spare.

May is running a carbon-neutral campaign.

11.8 

The average high temperature in degrees Celsius for Ottawa on Oct. 19, voting day. When the campaign launched, the mercury hit 28.6 C.

(Sources: Twitter Canada, the federal parties, Beer Canada, Statistics Canada, Environment Canada)

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