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New poll confirms Canadians can walk and chew gum at the same time

The Canadian government did what it was supposed to do with regards to Haitian relief, but the voting public still are ticked at prorogation, according to a new Ekos poll this morning (almost to the pollster’s shock it seems from his statement):

Liberals have regained some support among voters and are now in a virtual tie with the Conservatives despite Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s swift response to the Haiti quake, an EKOS poll suggests. It marks the first time the Liberals have drawn so close to the governing party since late summer. Asked which party they would support if an election were held tomorrow, 30.9 per cent of those polled chose the Liberals and 31.5 per cent backed the Conservatives. The poll found 14.9 per cent of respondents supporting the NDP, 11.5 per cent the Green Party and 9.1 per cent the Bloc Québécois.

I might add I don’t completely agree with pollster Frank Graves calling the Conservatives response to Haiti as being “adroit”; he might recall they took some heat from some media for seeming to turn the Haiti crisis into photo-op for ministers and the PM to prove they were “hard at work” and “showing leadership”. Perhaps Canadians also got reminded with these photo-ops that Parliament wasn’t in session and couldn’t be brought back in an emergency recall to discuss this issue due to Harper’s prorogue.

Anyhow, I’m pleased to see Canadians didn’t forgive and forget prorogue quite so easily as some thought.

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4 comments to New poll confirms Canadians can walk and chew gum at the same time

  • TofKW

    slg, I’m getting anecdotal evidence that this is much deeper than even I could have thought, mind you at the beginning I thought Harper would get away with it. Now I admit it’s totally unscientific, but still I’m hearing little comments about the prorogation issue from unlikely sources. None of it really about dodging the Afghan inquiry, or the disrespect to democracy …just the angle of the Cons taking a holiday for the Olympics. I think that simple message is what’s really resonating.

    If that is indeed the case, then every time Harper or his ministers are seen at the games or with our athletes, I can see that completely backfiring on them.

  • slg

    I have to wonder if another wave is in the making. My husband takes VIA to work and many are angry and many say they’re going to watch how many Con MP’s attend the Olympics and if too many, are prepared to make an issue out of it.

  • Scott,
    Yes, these are good numbers but we were only about 3 days into the Haitian crisis when the poll was completed so there could, possibly, be an uptick in the Cons no.’s in the next poll. We’ll have to wait & see.

    • @penlan,

      I think the protest on Saturday will blunt any uptick in Con numbers and will compound upon their negatives. Michael Ignatieff’s letter, Jack Layton’s proposal and the time CAPP has had to organize will help keep the movement going. There is an article in the “Telegraph Journal” that attacks the CAPP movement. Articles like this, though poorly argued, will keep the debate alive and that hurts the Cons as the debate over prorogation is one they can’t win (and if you believe Michael Geist they’ve already lost.)

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