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, 'Canadians are typically astounded when told that religion is the most powerful pre- dictor of their party preferences' (1985,99). Because of this astonishment, perhaps, media and scholarly analysts tend to ignore what is still a very significant factor in Canadian politics: religion. The Catholic and non-Catholic cleavage remains a predictor of voting choices, even though this seems to be diluted when, for instance, Catholics are more exposed to media accounts (Mendelsohn and Nadeau 1997). Both these factors - ignoring the religious dimension and its being highly