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UPDATED: 13:43, November 09, 2006
New poll shows Canada's ruling Conservative Party in dead heat with Liberals
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Canada's Liberal Party is enjoying increasing popularity and in dead heat with the ruling Conservatives, according a new poll released Wednesday.

In a survey of 2,005 Canadians conducted by Environics Research Group from Nov. 2 to 6, 33 percent of decided voters said they would vote for the Tories, a drop of three percent since the January election. Thirty-two percent said they would support the Liberals, a rise of two percent.

The result showed that despite having no leader, the federal Liberals, who were defeated in the January federal election after a 12-year-rule, is seeing a steady rise in support.

The poll showed that 19 percent of Canadians would support the NDP, followed by the Bloc Qub cois (9 percent) and the Green Party (5 percent).

In the French-speaking province of Quebec, the Bloc enjoys 42 percent support, unchanged from the January election. The Tories are at 20 percent support, a drop of five percent. The Liberals rose two percent, to 23 percent.

In Ontario, another populous province, the Liberals remain on top with 42 percent support, a two percent gain since January. The Conservatives dropped slightly from 35 percent to 33 percent and the NDP remained the same at 19 percent.

The Conservatives went to power in February. A poll last month showed that its policies on Afghanistan and environment are particularly unpopular among the Canadian public, leading to a decrease in supporting rate.

The Liberal Party is scheduled to elect a new leader at a Dec. 2 convention to succeed former Prime Minister Paul Martin, who quitted following the Liberals' loss in the federal election.

Source: Xinhua

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