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(05/07/07) -

Top Parties Are Almost Even in Canada

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Canada’s main federal political parties are almost tied, according to a poll by SES Research. 33 per cent of respondents would vote for the opposition Liberal party in the next election to the House of Commons, while 32 per cent would back the governing Conservative party.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Canada’s main federal political parties are almost tied, according to a poll by SES Research. 33 per cent of respondents would vote for the opposition Liberal party in the next election to the House of Commons, while 32 per cent would back the governing Conservative party.

The New Democratic Party (NDP) is third with 16 per cent, followed by the Green party with 10 per cent, and the Bloc Québécois with nine per cent. Support for the Conservatives fell by four points since April, while backing for the Liberals remained stable.

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 Apr. 4, Harper discussed his health care policies, saying, “When a government makes an investment in the health of people, it’s making an investment in the country’s future. The Patient Wait Times Guarantees we have negotiated with the provinces and territories mark yet another step forward in our government’s commitment to building a stronger, safer, better Canada for all of us.”

Polling Data

If a federal election were held today, could you please rank your top two current local voting preferences? (First ranked reported)

 

May 2007

Apr. 2007

Feb. 2007

Nov. 2006

Liberal

33%

33%

33%

32%

Conservative

32%

36%

33%

34%

New Democratic Party

17%

16%

17%

16%

Green

10%

6%

7%

5%

Bloc Québécois

9%

10%

10%

13%

Source: SES Research
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 931 Canadian decided voters, conducted from Apr. 26 to May 1, 2007. Margin of error is 3.2 per cent.