Mr. Hudak and New Democrat Party leader Andrea Horwath have in the past months focused on the rising cost of living, spawned in part by the July 1 introduction of the new harmonized sales tax.
Results of a poll released yesterday said 86%of respondents are finding it harder to make ends meet now than two years ago. Nearly as many –81%–said the introduction of HST was the “wrong thing to do.” The Angus Reid Poll, conducted for the Toronto Star, found that 76% of respondents believe it is “time for a change” in government at Queen’s Park.
Among decided voters, 41% back the Conservative leader Mr. Hudak, while Mr. Mc-Guinty garners 29%support. The NDP leader stands at 22% while Green party leader Mike Schreiner is in fourth place with 8% support. The online poll surveyed 805 people during Sept. 21-22 and is considered accurate to within 3.5 percentage points 19 times out of 20.
“To be blunt–it’s bad,” said Jodi Shanoff, senior vice-president of Angus Reid Public Opinion. “But there’s a year to go [before the next provincial election].” This is an election year and we’ll be keeping you informed of the issues.