Population of Canada: 26 million

Number of seats at stake in House of Commons: 295

_Held by Progressive Conservatives: 203

_Held by Liberals: 38

_Held by New Democrats: 32

Party leaders:

_Progressive Conservative Brian Mulroney (prime minister)

_Liberal John Turner

_New Democrat Ed Broadbent

Last election: September 1984. Conservatives won largest House of Commons majority in Canadian history.