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(04/05/07) -

Federal Tories Gain Four Points in Canada

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – The Conservative party is holding on to the top position in Canada, according to a poll by Decima Research released by the Canadian Press. 39 per cent of respondents would support the governing Tories in the next election to the House of Commons.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – The Conservative party is holding on to the top position in Canada, according to a poll by Decima Research released by the Canadian Press. 39 per cent of respondents would support the governing Tories in the next election to the House of Commons.

The Liberal party is second with 30 per cent, followed by the New Democratic Party (NDP) with 13 per cent, the Green party with eight per cent, and the Bloc Québécois also with eight per cent. Support for the Tories increased by four points since late March, while backing for the Grits fell by one point.

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 Mar. 26, Quebec held a provincial election. Final results gave the Liberal Party of Quebec, headed by premier Jean Charest, a minority government. On Mar. 27, Harper discussed the outcome, saying, “We have a government who is against holding another referendum (on sovereignty). At the same time, we have an official opposition that is opposed to another referendum. This is the first time in about 40 years we have seen this situation.”

Quebec voters rejected sovereignty in two referendums, held in 1980 and 1995.

Polling Data

What party would you vote for in the next federal election?

 

Apr. 1

Mar. 25

Mar. 4

Conservative

39%

35%

35%

Liberal

30%

31%

29%

New Democratic Party

13%

13%

15%

Green

8%

10%

11%

Bloc Québécois

8%

8%

7%

Source: Decima Research / Canadian Press
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,000 Canadian adults, conducted on Mar. 31 and Apr. 1, 2007. Margin of error is 3.1 per cent.