Scandal cuts support for Canada’s Conservatives

* Canada PM forced out minister over serious allegations

* Neither party has chance of winning election now

OTTAWA, April 15 (BestGrowthStock) – A scandal involving a former
cabinet minister has helped cut public support for Canada’s
governing Conservatives, who are now almost tied with their
main rivals, according to a poll released on Thursday.

The weekly Ekos survey for the Canadian Broadcasting Corp
put popular support for the Conservatives at 31.4 percent, down
from 33.6 percent last week. Support for the main opposition
Liberals rose to 29.0 percent from 27.3 percent.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper last week pushed out junior
minister Helena Guergis after receiving what he said were
serious allegations about her behavior. He has said little
more, prompting opposition accusations of a cover-up.

Under Canada’s first-past-the-post-electoral system —
where the candidate with the most votes in each constituency
wins — a party needs at least 40 percent public support to
capture a majority of the 308 seats in the House of Commons.

To win a workable minority government, it needs around 36
percent.

Almost half of the respondents said they felt the minority
Conservative government — which has been in power for more
than four years — was heading in the wrong direction.

A string of polls by various companies this year has
revealed that voters are underwhelmed by both Harper and
Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff.

The Ekos automated telephone survey of 1,355 adult voters
was conducted between April 7 to 13 and is considered accurate
to within 2.7 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
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(Reporting by David Ljunggren; editing by Peter Galloway)

Scandal cuts support for Canada’s Conservatives