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Canadians Leaning Left, Despite "Blue Storm" Hype

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Issue: 19 Section: Canadian News Geography: Canada Topics: Harper

June 25, 2004

Canadians Leaning Left, Despite "Blue Storm" Hype

Constant reports of momentum for Stephen Harper's Conservative Party are at odds with reality, according to the most recent national survey conducted by Ekos. According to the Ekos data, the Conservative party would receive half a million fewer votes than the Tories and Canadian Alliance won in the last election if the election were held in mid-June.
The Liberals have seen an even larger drop in support; according to the results, fully 1.4 million fewer voters plan to support the Liberals than in the 2000 election. Left-leaning parties appear to have picked up the majority of this support, with 1.3 million shifting their support to the New Democratic Party since 2000, and the Greens gaining close to a half million voters.
Results in Quebec were similar, with major a major drop in support for the Liberals. While Conservatives made minor gains, these were dwarfed by surges in support for the Green party, NDP, and the Bloc Quebecois, which gained the most from the Liberal collapse.

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