OTTAWA, (Reuters) – Canada’s Liberals took a handsome lead in an opinion poll released yesterday, climbing ahead of both the ruling Conservatives and the left-leaning New Democrats, the second largest party in the current Parliament.
The Liberals would receive 35 percent of the vote if an election were held today, nearly twice their showing in the 2011 election, and they lead in the three key battleground provinces, according to the Ipsos-Reid poll for CTV News.
The next federal election is due in October 2015.
Support for the Conservatives fell to 29 percent, the lowest since the last election. The Conservatives won a majority of seats in Parliament in 2011 with 39.6 percent of the vote.
Support for the NDP fell to 26 percent from the 30.6 percent they won in 2011.