Moving from east to west the NDP has pushed back the frontiers of its territory in every region of the country over the past decade. More often than not it has done so at Liberal expense.
In the early 90s, the NDP had little presence in Atlantic Canada. But today the New Democrats are well on the way to become a force to contend with in every province of the region except P.E.I.
They make up the government in Nova Scotia. On Tuesday they came within one seat of beating the Liberals to the title of official opposition in Newfoundland and Labrador.
In Quebec, the federal NDP has gone from one seat to 59 over the span of a single decade.
The Liberals under Jean ChrÃ©tien used to sweep Ontario throughout the â€™90s. Last May, the NDP elected twice as many MPs as the Liberals in Canadaâ€™s largest province.
In the Prairies, the Liberal party is virtually extinct.
Out of 254 federal and provincial seats in the three provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, the Liberals currently hold 12.
Only two of those are federal seats and personal popularity has more to do with the survival of a lone federal Liberal flag-bearer in Saskatchewan and Manitoba last May than party brand.
The same is true in Quebec where most of the seven Liberal survivors of the federal election â€” MPs like Marc Garneau, StÃ©phane Dion, Denis Coderre, Irwin Cotler and Justin Trudeau â€” owe their survival to who they are (or who they have been).
Watching the receding Liberal tide, one can reasonably wonder whether the party as a major national presence has reached the point of no return.
The current Liberal establishment â€” rooted as it is in Ontario and somewhat blinded by its proximity to Queenâ€™s Park â€” will swear that it is not so.
To shore up their faith in a brighter future for their party, diehard federal Liberals point to the leadership travails of the NDP and the resilience of their provincial cousins in Ontario.
There was a time not so long ago when the federal Tories drank the same bathwater.
They too clung to their partyâ€™s hold on provincial capitals such as Edmonton, Winnipeg and Toronto as proof positive of their own inevitable triumph over the Reform/Alliance.
Not to shine on Hebertâ€™s rainy parade but the federal Tories changes, adapted, and merged and becameâ€¦ the federal Tories and the last time I checked, were in power nationally. The Liberals may or may not do the same thing but they are not in the same boat as the Progressive Conservatives, even if they are in a rut right now. Will they survive? Not sure but did anyone see Peter McKay and Stephen Harper in power after the disastrous 1993 campaign?