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Poirivre Division: Ontario MEPs Like Conservative Leaders, Not Canadians

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The Canadian Press

The Canadian Press

Mia Rabson

Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre rises during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 15, 2022. The Ontario MP remains the heavy favourite to be the next Conservative Party leader.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 , question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill, Ottawa. The Ontario MP remains the frontrunner to be the next Conservative Party leader. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang Photo by Justin Tang /The Canadian Press

Ottawa — Ontario MP Pierre Polivre of the Conservative Party remains the frontrunner to be the next leader of the Conservative Party, but he is trailing the opposition Jean Charest, who supports all Canadians.

According to a new Léger poll conducted in partnership with the Canadian Research Association, 44% of Conservative voters believe Poirivre will be the best party leader. His rival, former Quebec Premier Jean Charest, has 17% support.

The poll was conducted online from 5 August to 7 August among 1,500 adult Canadians selected from the Léger delegation. Online polls are not considered statistically representative samples, so no margin of error can be given. Eight percent said they weren't sure if they would become leaders, but no one would.

Of the remaining candidates, Ontario MP Leslyn Lewis is 6%, Ontario MP Scott Ichison is 2%, and former Ontario politician Roman Beiber is 1%. got support.

This comes after Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown was banned from the contest last month by the Leadership Organizing Committee over allegations of breaking and potentially violating party rules. It's the first vote Leger has done since. Federal Electoral Law.

In his Leger poll in June, Polivre had his 44 percent Conservative support, Charest 14 percent, and Brown 4 percent. A poll in August showed Charest's figure up three points, while Polivre's figure remained unchanged.

Leger's executive vice president, Christian Bourque, said the vote had already taken place and all signs point to his Poilievre victory.

But he said polls also showed Conservative-backed candidates could face a tougher road to winning the general election.

Poll shows that 22% of Canadians think Charest is the best choice for Conservative leader, while Polivre is backed by 16% of her. .

About one in seven Canadians surveyed said he would be more likely to vote Conservative in the next election if Mr. Polivre won, and Mr. Only a few said it was the same as winning.

However, more than one in four of those surveyed said Polivre's victory would make them less likely to vote Conservative, and one in five voted for Charest.


The disparity is most pronounced in the state of Ontario, which has the largest number of seats, with 28% of those surveyed less likely to vote Conservative if Poirivre wins.

In Alberta, 24% of those surveyed said they were more likely to vote Conservative if Polivre won, while 18% said they were less likely to vote. I answered. Of those who voted, 14% said they were more likely to vote Conservative if Chalet won, while 27% said they were less likely to vote.

Bourque said he won his 30th out of his 34th seat in Alberta, opening up some existential issues for the Conservative Party, which has already won big in Alberta. Stated. In Ontario, the Conservative Party has 37 of her 121 seats and needs to do better to form a government in the most populous province.

Bourque said Poilievre could help the Conservatives win the same seat by a larger margin in Alberta, but would not do much to move the needle in Ontario.

"With Charest's victory, the calculations will not be the same," he said.

The Conservative Party is due to announce the winner of the party leader on his 10th September.

This Canadian Press report was first published on August 10, 2022.

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