Does server location or TLD affects SEO
In this article, there is a good overview of exact match domain names and how they affect SEO after Google's Panda update.
The last graph shows the Non-com EMD Influence, where it is suggested that a .com tld will perform better than a non-.com one.
However, let's consider local search. In the US, .com's work great. However, let's say you're in Canada, and you have a .ca EMD, all with local, Canadian results. Would the expectation be that the .com equivalent still perform better?
As a user I would expect the .ca results to be more relevant, and I'm wondering if anyone else has experience with this?