I did a very quick survey of the major Canadian news sites between 10:30 p.m. ET and 11 ET, just as election results came out. With each site, I hit the home page and then went into the site's election coverage.
These are but my opinions, presented in the order I visited them with a high-speed connection.
- CANOE: slow, but comprehensive coverage
- CBC: very slow, with decent coverage
- The Globe and Mail*: fast, with thorough coverage
- Sympatico*: fast, but the coverage was buried (* partner sites)
- National Post#: site initially unaccessible (eventually, it loaded—slowly—and had solid coverage).
- canada.com#: average, presented adequate coverage
- GlobalTV#: slow, with a host of display problems (# partner sites)
- My main local site (CityTV/Pulse24) was extremely fast, and very informative; the other, The Toronto Star was slow loading and provided poor coverage
- Elections Canada was slow loading, and the results were buried three clicks in
- Pirate site ElectionResultsCanada.com was loading fine by the time I checked, although it had no more information online and was directing vistors to the major media sites.
I first learned from the CBC site Chretien had won, and from CityTV I learned who won in my riding first. The Globe and Mail site, however, is the one I first went back to for more information (I work for CANOE…).