New Ekos Ipolitics poll suggests Canadian electoral race may be narrowing

A much closer horse race appears to be developing if the results of a new Ekos Ipolitics poll are accurate. The poll completed just prior to the English language debate shows that the Conservatives have dropped down to 33.8 %, the Liberals are holding firm at 28.8 %, the NDP are advancing to 19.1 %, the Greens steady at 9.0 % and the Bloc faltering somewhat at 7.8 %. If these results occurred on election day the Conservatives would still win a minority but they would definitely have fewer seats then they now have and the combined opposition parties have more seats. The polls are getting interesting as we approach the French language debate this evening. The debate will focus on priority issues for Quebec, unemployment and the employment insurance system, homelessness, critical infrastructure,including replacing  the Champlain bridge,  the health care system and federal transfers, compensation for harmonizing the sales taxes, the weakening but still strong presence of the Bloc, foreign policy with respect to aid and military intervention abroad, national unity versus the needs for autonomy for Québec and let us not forget the status of the close to one million francophones who live outside of Québec. and the nearly equivalent number of anglophones who live as a minority in Québec.  Duceppe has an advantage because French is his maternal language but the other federal leaders have seats to gain in Quebec that can affect the overall outcome of the election. So there should be some  intense exchanges.


About haroldchorneyeconomist

I am Professor of political economy at Concordia university in Montréal, Québec, Canada. I received my B.A.Hons (econ.&poli sci) from the University of Manitoba. I also completed my M.A. degree in economics there. Went on to spend two years at the London School of Economics as a Ph.D. student in economics and then completed my Ph.D. in political economy at the University of Toronto. Was named a John W.Dafoe fellow, a CMHC fellow and a Canada Council fellow. I also was named a Woodrow Wilson fellow in 1968 after completing my first class honours undergraduate degree. Worked as an economist in the area of education, labour economics and as the senior economist with the Manitoba Housing and Renewal Corporation for the Government of Manitoba from 1972 to 1978. I also have worked as an economic consultant for MDT socio-economic consultants and have been consulted on urban planning, health policy, linguistic duality and public sector finance questions by the governments of Manitoba, Saskatchewan,the cities of Regina and Saskatoon, Ontario and the Federal government of Canada. I have also been consulted by senior leaders of the British Labour party, MPs from the Progressive Conservative party, the Liberal party and the New Democrats on economic policy questions. Members of the Government of France under the Presidency of Francois Mitterand discussed my work on public sector deficits. I have also run for elected office at the municipal level. I first began to write about quantitative easing as a useful policy option during the early 1980s.
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