Jul 24, 2015
By Jane Brown
The decision to mail out federal child care cheques this week appears to be paying off for the Conservatives.
A new Mainstreet Research poll suggests Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the governing Conservatives are by far the most popular choice among decided Canadian voters.
The Conservatives have 38 percent support, followed by 27 percent support for the NDP and 25 percent for the Liberals. The Green Party is at 6 percent, while 20 percent remain undecided.
Polling began the same day the lump sum cheques for the Conservative government’s enhanced Universal Child Care Benefit started arriving in mailboxes and bank accounts across Canada.
Quito Maggi, president of Mainstreet Research, says “this has had a bit of a sunshine effect and given an immediate bump for the Conservatives.” Also helping the Conservatives he says, is the continued economic turmoil in Asia and Europe that’s made the Canadian government look like “white knights by comparison.”