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A surprising provincial poll

What surprises me is not the fact the Ontario Liberals have increased their lead over the PC’s, but the fact the Green Party is now within the Margin Of Error of the NDP and in a virtual tie for support:

…according to The Canadian Press-Harris-Decima poll…The survey of 721 residents, gathered over the last four days of last week, put Liberal support at 41 per cent, compared with 33 per cent for the Conservatives, 13 per cent for the New Democrats and 11 per cent for the Greens…the poll’s margin of error was 3.7 percentage points, 19 times out of 20

Maybe the Greens are picking up some of that voter discontent with John Tory’s private school funding scheme.. maybe the environment is resonating with some voters, and maybe the NDP message isn’t. Obviously, I want to see some other polls before I get too overboard here, but along with Dalton, Frank de Jong, leader of the Ontario Green Party, must be a happy man tonight. Howard Hampton (and John Tory) can’t be.

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6 comments to A surprising provincial poll

  • janfromthebruce

    slg Says:
    September 12th, 2007 at 12:36 pm | Quote comment Jay, McGuinty can't do anything about the Catholic school board because of our Constitution – it's out of his hands.
    Gee, I wonder how Quebec and NDF got a constitutional amendment, but let's trot out that old lie that is not held up by fact. Both asked for and got a constitutional amendment through a simple act of parliament. They now organize their education system along lingustic lines rather than the old protestant/catholic lines. We don't live in the late 1800s anymore. It's time Ontario moved on too!

  • slg

    Jay, McGuinty can't do anything about the Catholic school board because of our Constitution – it's out of his hands.

    The reason we have a Catholic school board in Ontario is because Bill Davis crumbled to the demands of Cardinal Carter – that unless he did, he wouldn't get the Catholic vote.   Bill Davis is no saint – he was vote-buying at the time and now we're stuck with it. 

  • The Green Party's platform will be released Thursday morning and I think everyone will see that it is very solid. The broadcasters based their decision on the past not the present. The gravity of their mistake is becoming more obvious everyday with the great media coverage we are receiving.

    How can they possibly discuss green issues without the Green Party? How can they discuss education without the Green Party when only the Green Party is prepared to fight for the future of the public school system in Ontario? Its quite unbelievable that this can happen in a democracy. The rules and process need to be changed to properly reflect the will of the people.

    If you want to see Frank in the debates, please sign the GPO's debate petition at: http://www.letfrankin.ca.

    And if you want to help out in the campaign, please volunteer with your local GPO campaign team. Contact information is available at: http://www.gpo.ca.

    Vote Yes for MMP!

    Cheers,

    James O'Grady
    Director of Campaign Communications
    Green Party of Ontario

  • Jay

    Great News! I can vote my conscience and vote green rather than liberal to keep the conservatives out! Dalton's lost my vote by keeping status quo with regards to the Catholic board.

  • I'm hoping that more polls will prove out that the Green support remains above 10% or even grows from this point.  However, with the unelected television execs not inviting Frank to the televised leaders debate, this may have the effect of eroding support.  It's hard to imagine the logic that it takes to not invite a party polling at 11%.  But not inviting him sends the message to voters that the Green's platform is not to be taken seriously.  It's quite the Catch-22.

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