New ridings help Tories
OTTAWA—Elections Canada says the Conservatives would have won 22 more House of Commons seats in the last election had the new riding boundaries and their 30 new seats been in play.
The agency took the 2011 election results and redistributed the votes cast over the riding maps that will be used for the next election, expected next year.
The NDP would have gained six seats while the Liberals would have had two more.
The Tory gains in percentage terms are more modest—they would have taken 55.6 percent of the new total as compared with 53.8 percent of the old.
The post-census changes to the riding map added 15 seats in Ontario, six each in Alberta and British Columbia, and three in Quebec to reflect population changes.
In addition to adding the new ridings, the changes also redrew the boundaries of most constituencies.