A new poll suggests the federal Conservatives have squandered their sizeable lead and are now tied with the Liberals after a month of bad press.
The Decima poll, provided exclusively to The Canadian Press, indicates the Tories slipped to 30 per cent -- putting them in a statistical tie with the Liberals who rose to 31 per cent.
Just a month ago, the Tories were edging close to 40 per cent, the threshold needed to win a majority.
But they've since been hit by a controversies over their climate-change plan, the treatment of Afghan detainees, and Prime Minister Stephen Harper's taxpayer-funded image adviser.
The NDP's support in the latest poll stood at 15 per cent and the Greens at 13 per cent.
In Quebec, the Bloc Quebecois led with 34 per cent to the Liberals' 21 per cent and the Tories' 18 per cent.
Within the margin of error, but noteworthy, this is the first poll in quite some time that puts the Liberals ahead. The Decima poll is also the first one done in the aftermath of the Green Plan and the Afghanistan crisis.
Decima's last poll touted the NDP resurgence at 18%, which implied Conservative support was moving to the NDP. I didn't necessarily buy that co-relation, and this week helps dismiss that theory, with the NDP down 3, the Liberals up 2.
In vote-rich Ontario, the Liberals led with 38 per cent to the Tories' 33 per cent, the NDP's 17 per cent and the Greens' 11 per cent.
Anderson said the poll may reflect "the new normal" for both the Liberals and Conservatives, which is "not whether they can get to 40 (per cent) but whether they can sustain a number that's higher than 30 or 35."
"And that obviously puts in question whether or not there's a majority government for anybody in the forseeable future."
Last week, Liberals 35%, Cons 33% in Ontario.