Justin Trudeau, Erin O’Toole tied as election campaign hits final bend: poll

Justin Trudeau, Erin O'Toole tied as election campaign hits final bend: poll
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau and Conservative leader Erin O'Toole.

A new poll shows a complete deadlock between Justin Trudeau’s Liberals and Erin O’Toole’s Conservatives with less than one week left in the federal election.

The poll conducted by Leger in collaboration with The Canadian Press shows both parties tied with the support of 32 per cent of decided voters, with the NDP in third place with 20 per cent.

A similar poll conducted two weeks ago had the Conservatives ahead with 34 per cent compared with 30 per cent for the Liberals and 24 per cent for the NDP.

“Our last two surveys over the past 10 days have shown the Liberals and Conservatives in a tie. However, there is more to the story,” said Christian Bourque, Executive Vice President with Leger.

“Today’s survey reveals that the PPC has gained 2 points and the Maverick Party is now at 5% in Alberta, eating at Conservative support. The Bloc is up 3 points in Quebec after the events of last Thursday’s debate, showing little hope for the Tories in Quebec and threatening the potential for Liberal seat gains. Finally, at 20%, the NDP is trending slightly downwards.

This survey is further evidence that next Monday night will likely be a nail-biter regardless of stripe.”

The polls cannot be given a margin of error because internet-based polls are not considered random samples.

According to the Leger survey results, 75 per cent of Canadian decided voters say that the party they have chosen to vote for is their final choice while 14 per cent are still likely to change their mind, and 11 per cent don’t know.

The leaders are back on the campaign trail today after spending yesterday sharpening their attacks, with O’Toole painting his opponent as privileged and entitled — saying while Trudeau was “partying,” he was doing search-and-rescue missions in the military.

Trudeau accused O’Toole of engaging in “personal attacks,” and insisted his own actions could not be compared to the Tory leader’s, even while arguing O’Toole has “proxies” in the anti-vaxxer movement, without providing concrete evidence.

With files to the Canadian Press.

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