Monday, September 29, 2008

Bloc Quebecois Regain Poll Lead

Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe laughs as he speaks to media during a campaign stop in Montreal, September 22, 2008. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi

From Reuters:

OTTAWA (Reuters) - The separatist Bloc Quebecois has regained a lead in support among Quebec voters in the election campaign, a Leger poll showed on Monday.

The pollster previously had the Conservatives two points ahead of the Bloc in the French-speaking province. But the separatists now are ahead, by 33 percent to 26 percent.

The Bloc seeks independence for Quebec but cannot achieve it in the federal Parliament.

The Conservatives still have a strong lead in national polls. but this latest poll suggests their scope for strong gains in Canada's second-most populous province will be limited, if this poll holds true on the October 14 election day.

The Liberals are polling at 23 percent in Quebec, the left-wing New Democrats at 12 percent and the Greens at 5 percent.

Pollsters say Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been hurt by perceptions that he does not support subsidies for arts and culture, particularly important in Montreal.

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