THUNDER BAY – Heading to the October election, the local political scene is starting to take shape. In Thunder Bay-Superior North the Liberals, Conservatives, and New Democrats have all selected their candidates. Incumbent Patty Hajdu will carry the Liberal banners, Frank Pullia is the Conservative candidate, and Anna-Betty Achneepineskum is the New Democrat candidate.
Things are a little less clear in Thunder Bay-Rainy River as the Liberals have not selected a candidate. The Conservatives have Linda Rydholm and the New Democrats have nominated Yuk-Sem Won.
The national polls are continuing to show political shifts too.
Respected pollster Nanos Research has been tracking the numbers, here is the latest:
Ballot – The latest Nanos federal ballot tracking has the Conservatives at 34.3 per cent, followed by the Liberals at 29.5 per cent, the NDP at 16.4 percent, the Greens at 11.5 per cent, the BQ at 4.4 per cent and the People’s Party of Canada (PPC) at 0.8 per cent.
Accessible Voters – Asked whether they would consider voting for each of the federal parties, 44.0 per cent would consider voting Conservative, while 43.8 per cent of Canadians say they would consider voting Liberal. Four in ten (39.2%) would consider voting NDP, 35.5 per cent would consider voting Green, 8.1 per cent would consider voting for the People’s Party and 34.3 per cent would consider voting for the BQ.
Preferred Prime Minister – Nanos tracking has Scheer as the preferred choice as PM at 26.7 per cent of Canadians followed by Trudeau (26.5%), May (9.6%), Singh (8.9%) and Bernier (1.6%). Twenty five per cent of Canadians were unsure whom they preferred.
Qualities of a Good Political Leader – Four in ten Canadians (40.4%) believe Trudeau has the qualities of a good political leader while 37.2 per cent believe Scheer has the qualities of a good political leader. Four in ten (39.5%) believe Elizabeth May has the qualities of a good political leader, while 28.8 say the same about Jagmeet Singh. One in six (16.1%) believe Bernier has the qualities of a good political leader 21.8 per cent said Blanchet has the qualities of a good political leader (QC only).