Liberals, Tories in dead heat after SNC-Lavalin ethics report

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It appears the SNC-Lavalin report that found Prime Minister Justin Trudeau broke federal ethics with his political interference in the SNC-Lavalin scandal is not a game changer after all.

A new Ipsos poll conducted exclusively for Global News suggests the Liberals and Conservatives are in a virtual dead heat.

As to who makes a better PM, Trudeau and Scheer are virtually tied, a drop from 36 per cent in July, while 30 per cent say Trudeau compared to 32 per cent last month.

In third place is Green Party Leader Elizabeth May at 21 per cent, up from 17 per cent last month.

According to the poll, the Liberal lead over the Conservatives in Quebec strengthened over the last month.

Conservative support now hovers at 41 per cent support in Quebec compared to 37 per cent last month.

The Tories are polling at just 22 per cent in the province, a drop of two points since July.

Improved Liberal numbers in Quebec means Trudeau enjoys some approval for his handling of the SNC-Lavalin scandal as well as a wait-and-see attitude that is leading many to park their votes for the time being.

In Ontario, the Conservatives hold 37 per cent support compared to the Liberals at 34 per cent. That’s compared to 38 per cent and 32 per cent respectively last month.

While approval ratings for the Liberals were at 50 per cent in Atlantic Canada, 43 per cent in Quebec and 41 per cent in B.C., voters in Ontario had approval ratings at 36 per cent while those in Alberta and the Prairies were at 22 per cent and 20 per cent.

As of now, it would seem like we could be heading into a hung parliament with no party enjoying a clear majority. It brings the possibility of the Green Party and the NDP tilting the balance in such a scenario. -CINEWS

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