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Earliest federal election date, July 27

CTV reports that, “The Conservatives are poised to kill off any chance of a spring election by using the parliamentary calendar to delay a possible non-confidence motion from the Liberals. The Tories have told some of their rivals that they will push back the Liberals’ so-called opposition day — their easiest opportunity to table a non-confidence motion — to June 17. Such a move would leave opposition parties with two options: trigger a rare midsummer election with a national vote on July 27 at the earliest, or keep the government alive until later this year.”

CTV reported on May 12 that, “The Liberals have pulled ahead of the Conservatives in national voter support, propelled by surging numbers in Quebec where they have virtually tied the Bloc Quebecois, according to a new Strategic Counsel poll. Here are the national results (difference between 2008 federal election results in brackets):

  • Liberals: 35 per cent (+9)
  • Conservatives: 30 per cent (-8)
  • NDP: 16 per cent (-2)
  • Green Party: 11 per cent (+4)
  • Bloc Quebecois: 9 per cent (-1)”

Today’s report is at http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20090520/tories_election_090520/20090520?hub=Politics.

The May 12 report is at http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20090511/strategic_counsel_poll_090511/20090511?hub=TopStories.