A new poll finds suggests the Liberals could score votes with their controversial "green shift'' environmental proposal.
The first national poll since the Liberal leader Stephane Dion announced that he would impose a carbon tax to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions has found Canadians are beginning to pick sides.
While a majority remain undecided, 14 per cent say they are in favour and 17 per cent are opposed.
But once the policy is explained to respondents, the Canadian Press-Harris-Decima survey found that 47 per cent liked the idea and 39 per cent were opposed.
Significantly, the poll found that most of the opposition to the idea comes from Conservatives.
To be honest, that result is better than I would have thought.
The key finding, said pollster Bruce Anderson, is that Canadians who did not describe themselves as Conservatives were favourably disposed to the idea of a revenue-neutral carbon tax.
Two-thirds of Liberals, 59 per cent of New Democrats, 62 per cent Parti Quebecois supporters and 48 per cent of Green Party supporters said they were in favour of the policy – all, except for the Green Party, by wide margins.
The Liberal green plan is also finding double-digit support among women (48 per cent in favour, 34 per cent opposed), voters under 35 years of age (61 versus 26), and in voters east of the Ontario-Manitoba border (49 versus 37), all segments the Conservatives need in order to win a majority.
“It does have the potential to be a game-changer for the Liberals,” Mr. Anderson said.
Also interesting, a third of Conservatives like the proposal (I guess none of them are online ;)).
Howl away with your childish fear mongering, it would appear Canadians are smarter than you think. If you listen closely, you can hear the sound of Conservatives scrambling.