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By the numbers: The Jewish vote Add to ...

There are no polling numbers on how Jews – or any other religious or ethnic group - vote in Canada.

“In the U.S., they profile people that way, but it’s not a common practice in Canada to ask people their race or religion,” said pollster Nik Nanos.

The only hard statistics are these: In four out of the five ridings where Jewish voters make up a sizeable minority of the electorate, the Liberal vote declined significantly between the 2006 and 2008 elections –- at more than double the rate in the rest of the country.

The Tory vote in those ridings shot up anywhere from six to twelve times the national average -- enough for Thornhill to go Conservative.


% Jewish voters

Change in share of popular vote: Liberals

Change in share of popular vote: Conservatives


36.6 %



Mont Royal




York Centre








St. Paul's




Canada-wide change in popular vote

Liberals: -4%

Conservatives: +1.3%

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