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Trudeau Liberals jump to seven-point lead over Tories

Thursday, May 2, 2013.

The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - Two weeks of Conservative attack ads have done little to dim Justin Trudeau's honeymoon with Canadians, a new poll suggests.

The latest Canadian Press Harris-Decima survey suggests the Liberal party jumped into a seven-point lead over the Conservatives over the two weeks that followed Trudeau's landslide leadership victory last month.

Liberal support stood at 35 per cent, while the Conservatives dropped to 28 and the NDP to 22. The Green party was at seven per cent. That's the highest level of support for the Liberals since March 2009, when the selection of Michael Ignatieff as party leader briefly buoyed the party's fortunes.

Ignatieff subsequently led the party to its worst defeat in history in the 2011 election, which reduced the Liberals to a third-party rump.

Current Liberal support is not quite as high as the 36-per-cent peak reached by the NDP a year ago immediately following the election of its new leader, Tom Mulcair. New Democrats have been trending down since then, a spiral that accelerated over the last few months of the Liberal leadership contest.

Trudeau's honeymoon could yet prove as equally fleeting as those of new leaders before him. But for now at least, the poll suggests he has weathered the barrage of Tory television ads asserting that the new Liberal leader is "in way over his head."

The Conservatives began broadcasting the ads within hours of Trudeau's leadership victory on April 14.

"Things can certainly change in Canadian political opinion and, with two relatively untested leaders, I'd expect these numbers are still relatively soft," said Harris-Decima senior vice-president Doug Anderson. "What we do know for certain is that more people are saying they'd vote Liberal than have felt inclined to say that in years. And it's better to be up than down." The telephone poll of 2,008 Canadians was conducted April 18-28 and is considered accurate to within plus or minus 2.2 percentage points, 19 times in 20.

It suggests the Liberals moved into a commanding lead in Trudeau's home province of Quebec, with 37 per cent to the NDP's 24. The Bloc Quebecois had 23 per cent support, the Conservatives nine per cent and the Greens five per cent.

Quebec, which was swept by the NDP in 2011, is key to Trudeau's plans for a Liberal comeback in the 2015 election.

The Liberals also held a slight lead in Ontario, another crucial battleground: 38 per cent compared with 34 per cent for the Conservatives, 20 per cent for the NDP and seven per cent of the Greens.

And they were well ahead in the Atlantic provinces, with 48 per cent to 27 for the NDP, 22 for the Conservatives and two for the Greens.

The NDP led in British Columbia, with 34 per cent to the 30 per cent for the Liberals, the Tories at 22 per cent and the Greens at 13 per cent.

The Conservatives led in Alberta with 58 per cent, compared with 22 per cent for the Liberals, 13 per cent for the Greens and seven per cent for the NDP.

They were also well ahead in Manitoba/Saskatchewan at 50 per cent, compared with 22 per cent for the Liberals, 21 per cent for the NDP and five for the Greens.

by Barbra Streisandreply 1605/05/2013

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by Barbra Streisandreply 105/04/2013

Time for Canada to dump the Bush/Cheney clones and return to fairness.

Expect an increasing lead as the Cons continue to allow Corporations to fire Canadian workers and import workers from India.

by Barbra Streisandreply 205/04/2013

That's it?! Meanwhile, the libs will split the vote and Harper's remains ruler of Canada. I still can't believe they picked that clown Trudeau. The left is such a joke today. They're suppose to be the ones with a clue. Oh well, after they lose this election, perhaps they'll wake up and realize that this is a new Canada, and they'll restructure their philosophy. Canada is no longer a liberal oasis. It's Centre-Right.

by Barbra Streisandreply 305/04/2013

r3, Canada is centre-right? WTF are you talking about?!? Even if the vote is split on the left again, the fact is the majority of Canadians vote left.

by Barbra Streisandreply 405/04/2013

Canada is very much a right wing country now. It only appears left when compared to the USA.

As per R5, the Liberals need to deal with immigration - fast. It is a big issue which they are being blamed for causing.

Trudeaus name will get him elected, because the majority of voters, even in Canada, are fluffy about things like this. Will the Liberal party then be able to turn things around?, is the real question to their survivability as a party.

by Barbra Streisandreply 605/04/2013

From the gay communities stand point, the flux of new immigrants coming into Canada from Eastern Europe, Russia and South and East Asia are incredibly anti-gay. So supporting any party who stops this immigration tide, would be in the technical interest of the gay community.

by Barbra Streisandreply 705/04/2013

[quote]Trudeaus name will get him elected

Nope. His name is one of his biggest drawbacks. They see him as an elitist. He has no chance of getting into power. It's not even debatable. It shows the country that the left is out of touch.

by Barbra Streisandreply 805/04/2013

Anyone who thinks the majority of Canadians are right-leaning is fucking idiotic.

I have seen post after post on DL from a group of delusional idiots posting that Canada is now a right-wing haven and isn't a liberal country anymore.

Do any of you idiots know how a parliamentary democracy works. Even though Harper and the Conservatives are in power, Canada is not therefore a conservative country.

The majority of the populace is liberal and left-leaning. You want to know how that's possible? It's possible because per our Parliamentary Democracy we have many representative political parties, 5 major ones in fact. And do you know how many of the 5 are conservative. ONE!!

That's right 1, and the Liberal vote is split between 3 (The Liberal Party, The New Democrat Party, The Green Party) and 1 party the Bloq Québécois, who are mainly concerned with Quebec and policies relating to Quebec but who are also actual quite Liberal in the policies they support.

So what we end up with is a populace whose many Liberal voters are having their vote split and whose Conservative populace is not. This is the only reason Harper and the cons won. Canada and its people are Liberal, even if their government is not.

by Barbra Streisandreply 905/04/2013


Left-wing/Liberal parties I'm Canada

The Liberal Party The New Democrat Party The Green Party

Party that supports left-wing policies:

Bloq Québécois

Right-wing parties:

The Conservative Party

by Barbra Streisandreply 1005/04/2013

*I'm Canada is obviously 'in Canada'


by Barbra Streisandreply 1105/04/2013

A Parliamentary democracy majority is basically a 5 year dictatorship. So technical voting semantics mean little. Plus, the Conservatives did not win the government in 2011, the Reform Party (Canada's Tea Party equal) did.

The Reform party killed the old Progressive Conservative Party and took over the name. The Current Canadian Conservative Party, is actually the old Reform Party wearing a stolen mask.

Canada's "Tea Party" got elected.

by Barbra Streisandreply 1205/04/2013

r9 has it. r5 sounds like a Conbot seeking to demoralize the left.

by Barbra Streisandreply 1305/04/2013

Trudeau has a much better chance of getting elected than Mulcair. Mulcair is an angry, out of touch man that lacks the ability to connect with voters in the same way as his predecessor, Jack Layton. The NDP is also full of Quebec separatists, and that is damaging Mulcair outside Quebec.

Trudeau is the only one who can eventually challenge the Conservatives - that's why Prime Minister Stephen Harper is launching attack ads against Trudeau and not Mulcair. He fears Trudeau more.

by Barbra Streisandreply 1405/05/2013

Trudeau is Canada's only hope now.

If the Reform/Conservative Party gets in again, Canada is over.

by Barbra Streisandreply 1505/05/2013

5 I suggest you go to basic Math class, the Liberals are 7 points ahead of the Tories and the combined left/liberal vote of the Liberals and NDP gives you 57 per cent to the Tories 28 per cent, and yet you say Canada is a right-wing nation?

12 If Harper loses it could actually be the right that splits again. A more right-wing leader than Harper could see the old PC elements split off or join the Liberals and a more moderate Tory leader than Harper could see the Wild Rose Party pick up where the Reform Party left off

by Barbra Streisandreply 1605/05/2013
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