Kristy Kirkup, Parliamentary Bureau
First posted: Thursday, April 21, 2011 7:42:53 MDT AM
Layton’s ‘Orange Wave’ leading in Quebec: polls
The NDP is now the frontrunner in Quebec, according to two new polls released Thursday which put the party ahead of the Bloc Quebecois in the province for the first time.
A CROP poll conducted for La Presse over the past week says 36% of Quebecers would vote for the NDP, which is 5% higher than the BQ’s support.
Similarly, an EKOS poll conducted for iPolitics found the New Democrats leaped to 31% in Quebec while the Bloc has fallen back to about 24%.
NDP Leader Jack Layton had his first interview on the new numbers with the Sun News Network.
“We still have work to do,” Layton, a Quebec native, told QMI Agency sister network. “I think the message is getting through in Quebec, as you noticed, and elsewhere.”
The NDP won its first seat in the province in the 2008 election. Thomas Mulcair won Montreal’s Outremont riding. The party is hoping to bank in on this breakthrough and convert support into seats.
BQ leader Gilles Duceppe appeared defensive but dismissive at a press conference Thursday morning, as reporters grilled him on the unprecedented support for the NDP in the province.
“They’ve worked against the interests of Quebec in the past,” said Duceppe. “It’s not the first campaign we’ve had to fight to the very end.”
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