Last night as of this writing, October 19, 2015, Canadians once again proved how difficult polling is in this country, and tossed the ruling Stephen Harper Conservative government out, to be replaced by the Liberals, led by Justin Trudeau, son of former PM Pierre-Eliot Trudeau. The left-learning New Democratic Party (NDP), elected in 2011 to be official opposition for the first time in what was called the 'Orange Wave', suffered an 'Orange Crush'.
It's hard to make maps of Canadian elections, because each riding has approximately the same number of electors, yet are of vastly different sizes due to particular geography of Canada. The smallest riding, at 6 square kilometers, is Toronto Centre; the largest, over 300,000 TIMES LARGER, is Nunavut (1.8 million sq. km.).
Therefore I made a hex grid of Canadian ridings (since the ridings are of equal population, it's technically a cartogram), which was a challenge. I used Spatialite to calculate shared borders and distances between riding centers, and Gephi to create network graphs. I tried to preserve, as much as possible, the local features (so that ridings which have neighboring borders and/or are close together will be in nearby hexes) and global features (the overall shape of Canada). It was hard, and I had to make lots of judgment calls; I leave it to others to judge the results.
The most striking part of this election as a spectator was on the right; the Liberals won every single one of the 33 seats in the Atlantic and Newfoundland time zones. These results were being released while the polls were still open in the West, an odd feature of Canadian politics. I can't help but think that has some effect.
Overall election results
Traditional election map, for comparison
Hexmap of 2011 election (redistributed to 2015 ridings)
You can see most of the two-way battles were between Liberal and Conservative in Ontario and Alberta, NDP and Conservative in the rest of the prairies, Liberal-NDP or Bloc-NDP in most of Quebec, and Con-NDP or Con-Lib in the Atlantic. BC, as usual, has a bit of everything. The lone 'Other' second-place finish in Newfoundland is a former Liberal MP who was kicked out of the caucus amid sexual harrassment allegations and ran as an independent.
Margin of victory
Most of the landslides were in the Atlantic and Prairies, and most of the close finishes were in Ontario and Quebec.
Winners shaded by margin of victory
This allows us to see that the most of the landslides were Conservative in the Prairies, and Liberal elsewhere.
Turnout was 68-69% (depending on whose numbers you use), far higher than the 61% in the 2011 election. The clusters of high turnout are in Ottawa (a political town), Vancouver Island (lots of old folks who like to vote), the Prairies (lots of dedicated Conservative voters) and the Atlantic provinces (who, it appears, were pissed off enough at the Conservatives to turn out in drovers). The lower vote turnouts seem to happen most often in rural ridings, where it's a longer driver to the polling stations.
Sources: Elections Canada (riding geography and statistics), The Globe and Mail (elections results)