OTTAWA, April 25, 2005 ( – The Conservative Party of Canada is in a position to win the next election with a “strong Tory minority government” – or even a majority government – according to Ipsos-Reid poll senior official Darrell Bricker.

  The CanWest/Global-commissioned survey found that, nationally, the Tories hold a “solid” lead of five percent over the Liberals, with 35 percent voter support. In Ontario, where the choice of government will be decided, the Conservative’s popularity has soared to 40 percent, with Grits trailing at 36 percent, and 20 percent for the NDP.

“The minimum that you’re looking at here is probably a pretty strong Tory minority government,” Bricker said, according to a National Post report. “And they’re now bumping up against a majority. When you get to 40%, you win a lot of seats in Ontario,” Bricker emphasized. “Everything within an hour of the 401 highway, with the exception of the city of Toronto, is now at risk for the Liberals.”

Ipsos-Reid polled 2,000 Canadian adults by telephone from Tuesday to Thursday last week. The poll’s margin of error is “2.2 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.”

With files from the National Post



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