Canada’s ruling Conservatives regain slim lead

* Liberals had taken a two-week lead

* Plurality feels government is headed in wrong direction

OTTAWA, Feb 11 (BestGrowthStock) – Canadian Prime Minister Stephen
Harper’s Conservative Party has regained a slim lead in support
after a public lashing over his decision to have Parliament
temporarily suspended, a poll released on Thursday showed.

The Conservatives lead the opposition Liberals by 2
percentage points in the Ekos poll. Two weeks ago Ekos had the
Liberals in the lead for the first time since July.

“The Conservatives should be heartened by the fact that the
bleeding has clearly stopped,” Ekos President Frank Graves
said.

“However, a growing plurality of Canadians now feel the
government is headed in the wrong direction, and that feeling
is most pronounced in Canada’s three largest provinces —
British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec — each of which is a key
electoral battleground.”

The Liberals had fallen far behind when they decided in
September to try to oust the Conservatives, reelected just a
year earlier as a minority government.

The Liberals recovered some lost ground when they abandoned
that attempt, and then the rest of the Conservative margin
vanished after Harper arranged to have Parliament suspended
until after the Olympics. The opposition said he was trying to
hide, and his public support dipped.

The Conservatives are now pegged at 31.0 percent, the
Liberals at 29.0 percent, the left-wing New Democrats at 15.5
percent and the separatist Bloc Quebecois at 10.3 percent. The
Greens, which have no seats in Parliament, scored 11.3
percent.

The automated telephone poll conducted Feb. 3-9 covered
3,006 Canadians. The sample of 2,632 decided voters carries a
margin of error of 1.9 points 19 times out of 20.

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(Reporting by Randall Palmer; Editing by Eric Walsh)

Canada’s ruling Conservatives regain slim lead