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February 7, 2009

Liberal Ignatieff makes gains at HARPER’S EXPENSE- Poll

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OTTAWA — The popularity gap between the government and the official Opposition has narrowed once again, with 37 per cent of decided voters supporting Stephen Harper’s Conservatives and 31 per cent behind Michael Ignatieff’s Liberals, according to the results of the latest Ipsos Reid poll.
 
The poll conducted for Canwest News Service and Global Television showed the Liberals have steadily narrowed a 23-point gap behind the Conservatives in early December to six points in the two months since Ignatieff replaced Stephane Dion as leader.

“Ignatieff’s clearly in the game,” John Wright, Ipsos Reid senior vice-president, public affairs, said in an interview Friday.

Nationally, the Conservatives retain a commanding lead in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. But the Liberals have overtaken the Conservatives in Ontario for the first time since the federal election, and retain a firm lead in Atlantic Canada. The Bloc Quebecois widened its lead over the Conservatives and the Liberals in Quebec since results of the last poll were released Jan. 9.

The Bloc has the support of 42 per cent of Quebecers, an increase of seven points, over the Liberals at 24 per cent, the Conservatives at 18 per cent, the NDP at 11 per cent and the Greens at 10 per cent. Five per cent of voters are undecided.

Nationally, the Conservatives still hold a commanding lead of 48 per cent in British Columbia, 70 per cent in Alberta, and 55 per cent in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The Liberals lead Ontario with 39 per cent support, compared to 37 per cent for the Conservatives, 14 per cent for the NDP and 10 per cent for the Greens.

In Atlantic Canada, the Liberals are on top with 48 per cent, followed by 25 per cent for the NDP, 24 per cent for the Conservatives and four per cent for the Greens.

http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/Ignatieff+makes+gains+Liberals+Poll/1262270/story.html
 
WHAT THIS MEANS IS THAT IF A  FEDERAL ELECTION WAS HELD TODAY Stephen Harper AND THE NEW CONSERVATIVES WOULD NOT HAVE A MAJORITY GOVERNMENT AGAIN.
   

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