Ottawa, Canada, Jan 10, 2006 / 22:00 pm
According to polls issued Wednesday, the Conservative Party of Canada is leading all other parties as citizens gear up for the federal election Jan. 23.
Today’s poll indicates that Stephen Harper’s Conservatives are ahead of Paul Martin’s Liberals by 10 percentage points nationally, showing signs of the possibility of a majority Conservative government.
The Conservatives are also leading the Liberals in Quebec — by a few percentage points in the largest metropolitan area, Montreal, and by more than 10 percentage points in outlying and rural areas. The Bloc Québécois still holds the majority in the province but has slipped considerably in the last week.
The Conservative platform says it promotes “Canadian and family values.” Harper is on record for saying that, if his party formed the next government, he would revisit the same-sex marriage issue in Parliament and put the legislation to a free vote.