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(06/23/07) -

No Momentum for Canada’s Federal Parties

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Public support for Canada’s main political organizations remains virtually stagnant, according to a poll by Angus Reid Strategies. 34 per cent of respondents would vote for the governing Conservatives in the next federal election, while 27 per cent would support the opposition Liberal party.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Public support for Canada’s main political organizations remains virtually stagnant, according to a poll by Angus Reid Strategies. 34 per cent of respondents would vote for the governing Conservatives in the next federal election, while 27 per cent would support the opposition Liberal party.

The New Democratic Party (NDP) is third with 19 per cent, followed by the Bloc Québécois with 10 per cent, and the Green party with eight per cent. Support for the Tories, Liberals and Greens fell by one point since late May, while backing for the NDP and Bloc increased by the same margin.

Canadians renewed the House of Commons in January 2006. The Conservative party—led by Stephen Harper—received 36.3 per cent of the vote, and secured 124 seats in the 308-member lower house. Harper leads a minority administration after more than 12 years of government by the Liberal party. In December 2006, former environment minister Stéphane Dion became the new leader of the Liberals.

Yesterday, the Canadian Senate passed a bill which gives the federal government 60 days to table “a detailed plan” outlining how Canada will decrease its greenhouse gas emissions. Harper discussed the situation, declaring, “I’m not saying I’m going to ignore (the bill) at all. But I don’t believe that either the House of Commons or the Senate would want to force the government to do something that it doesn’t have the constitutional authority to do. The bill cannot impose billions of dollars of costs on the government or on the Canadian economy”

Polling Data

If a federal election were held tomorrow, which one of the following parties would you vote for?

Jun. 18

May 23

Mar. 28

Mar. 7

The Conservative Party,
led by Stephen Harper

34%

35%

39%

38%

The Liberal Party,
led by Stéphane Dion

27%

28%

22%

28%

The New Democratic Party
(NDP), led by Jack Layton

19%

18%

17%

15%

The Bloc Quebecois,
led by Gilles Duceppe

10%

9%

10%

11%

The Green Party,
led by Elizabeth May

8%

9%

11%

7%

Or, some other party

1%

1%

1%

1%

Source: Angus Reid Strategies
Methodology: Online interviews with 2,549 Canadian adults, conducted from Jun. 12 to Jun. 18, 2007. Margin of error is 2.1 per cent.

Complete Poll (PDF)