new poll says the Conservatives jumped to a seven-point lead over the holidays.
While Canadians were busy stuffing stockings and carving up turkey, the federal Tories were busily bolting to a sizeable advantage over the Liberals, says the new Canadian Press Harris-Decima survey.
Translation- while Canadians were so thoroughly disinterested in politics, completely distracted, we decided this was a fantastic opportunity to get an accurate read of people's opinions. Alright then.
The numbers, all that might be relevant in the grand scheme, whither the NDP?:
The pollster suggests the Tories had fallen slightly behind the Liberals by mid-December, then leapt past them over the holidays to hold a 37-30 edge by the first week of January.
NDP support among 1,000 Canadians polled from Jan. 3 to 6 dipped in British Columbia, Quebec and Ontario as the party's national support dropped to just 13 per cent.
The latest poll contains plenty of bad news for the NDP.
The party - which won a historic Quebec byelection in September and hopes to take more seats in the province - sagged to eight per cent in Quebec. The Green party had nine per cent in the province.
It was almost as bad for New Democrats in Ontario. In that province, Liberals held a 40-37 lead over the Tories, while the NDP was at 12 per cent and the Green party was at 10.
"When you look at Ontario, the Green party really is edging ahead of the NDP in critical parts of the province," Anderson said.
"That's pretty big news."
I blame it all on the tryptophan in the turkey.