Election 41: Day 17

April 11, 2011 at 9:45 am (Election 2011, News, Politics)

This morning’s poll has the Conservatives holding on to a double-digit lead over the Liberals. Across the nation, the Tories have 41.2%, with Ignatieff’s team coming in around 30%. NDP is at 15%, Bloc with 7.8% and the Greens are under 5%. Three weeks to go!

I’m interested to see how those numbers might change after the debates this week. The four parties with seats in the House will send their leaders to the table for the English discussion tomorrow evening. Green Party leader Elizabeth May has been excluded, and to be honest, I’m okay with that. I do think she contributed to the conversation last time around, but without members in Parliament, she doesn’t carry the legitimacy needed to garner an invitation. Either way, the debate is one of my favourite parts of a campaign … though I don’t expect it to change my mind about who I’m going to vote for on May 2.

Locally, the candidates of Stormont, Dundas and South Glengarry will face off in their own debates on April 20 and 21. I haven’t seen polling data on the riding, but the next best thing might be the Standard-Freeholder’s columnist Claude McIntosh. Love him or hate him, but he usually has an accurate pulse for the region – spending a few decades deeply immersed in the community makes that possible. According to Mac’s latest, Conservative Guy Lauzon has this vote wrapped up once again, with the NDP standing to make the strongest gains in the region.

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