How Montreal-area ridings voted in the Conservative leadership contest
CJAD 800 was able to analyze the data from the Conservative Party's website, breaking down how points were allocated in the leadership election round-by-round in each riding.
The Conservatives don't elect their leader the way that Canada's other federal parties do. Instead of every member casting a ballot that goes into a nationwide count, members vote through their riding associations. All 338 of Canada's federal ridings are then weighted equally, irrespective of how many members live in each riding. Many Montreal ridings then had an outsize influence in the leadership selection process, as relatively fewer Conservatives live in local ridings than in other parts of Quebec and English Canada.
In general, ridings across the city tended to support runner-up Maxime Bernier and fifth-place candidate Michael Chong in larger numbers than in other places across the country.
Chong actually finished in second in most ridings in and around the city, despite finishing in fifth nationally. In the tenth ballot, the final one in which Chong was included in contention, he performed very strongly across the city, finishing in first place in Laurier--Sainte-Marie, which covers the eastern half of the city's downtown core. On the tenth ballot, Chong won 46% of the vote in that riding, compared to 32% for Bernier and just 5% for Scheer.
While Bernier, who represents a Quebec riding in Parliament, finished with just over 49% of the vote on the thirteenth and final ballot nationally, in some Montreal-area ridings, Bernier won nearly three-quarters of the final-ballot vote.
In Ville-Marie--Le Sud Ouest--Ile des Soeurs, which covers most of the downtown core, the southwest and Nun's Island, Bernier won 73% of the vote on the final ballot, to just 27% for Scheer. It was a similar story in Mount Royal, where Bernier took 77% of the final-ballot vote to 23% for Scheer.
Yet despite his strength in late rounds of counting here in Gerater Montreal, Bernier's support in other areas of his home province were not nearly as strong. In fact, on the final ballot, Andrew Scheer narrowly defeated Bernier in his home riding of Beauce. The result on the thirteenth ballot there was 51% for Scheer to 49% for Bernier, nearly identical to the final national result.