Aug 03, 2021

By Jane Brown

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There is every indication Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will go to Governor General Mary Simon during the month of August and ask her to dissolve parliament allowing for a federal election.

Ahead of this expected election call, a new survey suggests Canada’s federal parties are holding relatively steady in terms of voter support.

The poll by Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies reveals 29 per cent of respondents would vote for the Liberals if an election were held today.

Compare this to 24 per cent who say they would vote for the Conservatives while 16 per cent indicate they would cast their ballot for the New Democrats.

The Liberals also remained ahead among the 1,737 respondents who identified as decided voters, with 36 percent saying they would cast their ballots for the governing party – a two percent increase from mid-July. That slight bump appears to have come at the expense of the New Democratic Party, under leader Jagmeet Singh, which sank by the same amount to 20 percent of decided voters. The Conservatives under Erin O’Toole were holding steady at 29 percent, unchanged from two weeks ago.

Leger Executive Vice-President Christian Bourque notes the Liberals are not soaring high despite what appears to be relative satisfaction over how the government has handled the COVID-19 pandemic.

“You’d think they would be a lot stronger at this point,” he said of the Liberals. “So, there might be a few things holding them back. Other elements about their record maybe for some people, the prime minister’s personality for some others.”

But Bourque also says the Conservatives should be concerned that they are coming into an election campaign without any momentum.

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