fact, there is very little difference between a typical Liberal or Conservative-held riding. With an average of 5.4 locations per riding, the New Democrats have the highest Starbucks density of the four major parties. The Conservatives have the next highest density, with an average of 3.9 locations in each of their ridings. That’s only fractionally more than the Liberals, with an average density of 3.8 Starbucks coffee shops per riding.
The Bloc Québécois has an average of only 0.2 Starbucks locations per riding, but this is more indicative of the Seattle-based franchise’s lack of penetration in the Quebec market. However, most of the shops in the province are located in ridings held by Liberals, Conservatives or New Democrats.
Quebec ranks fifth among 10 provinces for most Starbucks locations with 46. British Columbia has the most in Canada, with 372 locations and one in each of its 36 ridings. Ontario is second with 332 locations. The province with the third highest number of Starbucks outlets, however, may come as a surprise.
It’s Alberta, with 224 locations spread across 27 of the province’s 28 ridings. There are more Starbucks locations in Alberta than there are in the rest of the country combined, excluding British Columbia and Ontario. The three ridings in Canada with the most Starbucks locations are Vancouver Centre (held by Liberal MP Hedy Fry), Trinity-Spadina (represented by the NDP’s Olivia Chow), and Calgary Centre, which first elected Conservative Lee Richardson to the House of Commons in 2004.
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This disparity between the public’s perception and reality was previously hinted at in a poll conducted by Harris-Decima in 2009. It found that while 49 per cent of Canadians preferred coffee from Tim Hortons, only 12 per cent liked the coffee from Starbucks best. Where Canadians get their coffee does not seem to act as an indication of their voting intentions, as the Tim Hortons/Starbucks split was almost identical for all three national parties: 53 per cent to 10 per cent among Conservative supporters, 49 per cent to 13 per cent for Liberals, and 54 per cent to 11 per cent for New Democratic voters.
Of the leaders of the three major parties, actually, it's Stephen Harper's riding in Calgary that has the greatest number of Starbucks.