Canadian Liberals gain on Conservatives

April 15, 2008 at 9:33 AM
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OTTAWA, April 15 (UPI) -- Support for Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's minority Conservative government slipped slightly in the past month, a poll showed Tuesday.

The April 10-13 telephone poll of 1,000 adults conducted by The Strategic Counsel for CTV and The Globe and Mail newspaper found national support for Conservatives slipped 2 percent to 36 percent, while the Liberals gained 3 percent support to 30 percent.

The poll was taken less than a month after federal by-elections in which the Liberals gained one seat in Vancouver and two in Ontario, while the Conservatives gained one seat in Saskatchewan.

Among the other parties, the socialist New Democratic Party gained 1 percent support from last month to 15 percent, and the Green Party lost 2 percent support to fall to 10 percent, the survey said.

The federal Bloc Quebecois party, whose members are only from Quebec, had only 8 percent backing, down 2 percent. In a regional breakdown, the BQ's losses appear to be in favor of the The Conservatives, who gained 7 percent in the province, the poll said.

The survey has a 3.1 percent margin of error, CTV said.

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