Get your politics junkie fix

I’ll be writing about the by-elections quite soon, but in the meantime I’ll let you in on a trade secret: the first thing I did this morning was to go to this extraordinarily complete new website, chock-full of raw data on Canadian politics. I suspected it would have the day’s most pertinent information — comparison of the parties’ vote share in last night’s by-election ridings, side-by-side with the comparable numbers from the 2006 general election — but that barely begins to scratch the surface of what’s available here. I’ve bookmarked Pundits’ Guide, and many of you will want to too. At a time when far, far too many Canadian politica blogs are cheerfully data-free forums for rant and cant, this one neatly reverses the proportions: all information, no talking points.