The two main federal parties are back in a statistical dead heat according to Reuters. A weekly Ekos survey for the CBC television network has the Grits are holding on to a 1.3 per cent lead over the Conservatives: Liberals are at 33.7 per cent, down from 35.0 per cent last week. The Conservatives climbed to 32.4 percent from 30.3 per cent.
The poll was done before PM Stephen Harper and Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff agreed on Wednesday to avert a summer election, and perhaps explains why the chief grit was not exhibiting quite the same level of bravado we’ve been seeing in recent weeks. Nothing like a drop in the polls to cool the ardour for the campaign trail.
These results come after the Liberals had opened up significant leads in Ontario and Quebec, the two provinces in which the next general election will be decided. The current data, however, show neither side could now be sure of winning a federal election, never mind forming a majority.
The fine print: The Ekos survey of 3,422 adults was conducted using a hybrid Internet-telephone research panel between June 10 and June 16 and is considered accurate to within 1.7 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
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