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Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal, shown Feb. 14, 2013.
Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal, shown Feb. 14, 2013.
(CHRISTINNE MUSCHI FOR THE GLOBE AND MAIL)

Why did Catholics stop voting Liberal?

Canadian politics was turned upside down in the last decade when the Liberal party lost its bedrock of support among Catholics.

In 2000, nearly 55 per cent of Catholics voted Liberal, according to the Canadian Election Study. The Catholic vote was a critical ingredient to Liberal success, as it had been for much of the Liberal party’s long history in Canada. But by 2008 the Liberals had slipped behind the Conservatives among this critical group.