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(05/25/07) -

Tories Drop, Liberals Gain in Canada

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Public support for the Conservative party decreased this month in Canada, according to a poll by Angus Reid Strategies. 35 per cent of decided voters would support the Tories in the next federal election.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Public support for the Conservative party decreased this month in Canada, according to a poll by Angus Reid Strategies. 35 per cent of decided voters would support the Tories in the next federal election.

The Liberal party is second with 28 per cent, followed by the New Democratic Party (NDP) with 18 per cent, the Green party with nine per cent, and the Bloc Québécois also with nine per cent. Support for the Tories fell by four points since late March, while backing for the Grits increased by six points.

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.

On May 23, Harper addressed Canadian troops in Afghanistan, saying, “With their selfless efforts and accomplishments in Afghanistan as our proof, we will let no one diminish all that Canada has achieved here.” Liberal defence critic Denis Coderre dismissed the prime minister’s visit, saying, “The problem is that no one is buying (his) sudden interest in the humanitarian side of this mission.”

Polling Data

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

May 23

Mar. 28

Mar. 7

Feb. 27

The Conservative Party,
led by Stephen Harper

35%

39%

38%

40%

The Liberal Party,
led by Stéphane Dion

28%

22%

28%

26%

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

18%

17%

15%

15%

The Green Party,
led by Elizabeth May

9%

11%

7%

8%

The Bloc Quebecois,
led by Gilles Duceppe

9%

10%

11%

10%

Or, some other party

1%

1%

1%

1%

Source: Angus Reid Strategies
Methodology: Online interviews with 1,097 Canadian adults, conducted on May 22 and May 23, 2007. Margin of error is 3.0 per cent.