Last April, in the lead-up to the federal election, I posted visual representations of all of the platforms the major political parties of Canada. I thought of it as a quick and fun way to visualize some of the major themes that can be found in the platforms, as well as a way to give a bit of insight into what the political parties stand for (or, at least, what they say they stand for).
With the upcoming provincial election here in Ontario, I’ve decided to repeat the process. As with last time, all of the graphics in this post were generated with a free online tool called Wordle, using the text extracted from the PDFs of the party’s official platforms, taken from their websites. Wordle uses proprietary algorithms to put the words together into an aesthetically pleasing representation of any chosen body of text, where the size of the word is representative of its frequency (i.e. the more often a word appears in the text, the larger it will be in the generated graphic).
For the purpose of generating these graphics, all of the words that you would expect to find repeated in the platforms (like “Ontario” and “government”) were left in, but things like page numbers, repetitive text in headers and footers, numbers and letters marking bullet points, budget figures, and non-platform pages (like contact information) were omitted. There were some judgement calls here, especially due to the varying formats of the platforms, but I tried to apply these rules as consistently as I could. This resulted in the following images (click on each image to enlarge):
Green Party of Ontario
Ontario Liberal Party
Ontario PC Party