During the CBC News "At Issue" panel, host Peter Mansbridge revealed that the New Democratic Party is leading all other parties in Quebec, according to a CROP poll.
Mansbridge didn't disclose the percentages, but said that the NDP has passed the Bloc Quebecois. The numbers will be released today (April 21).
On April 19, one of the best known Liberals in Quebec, Justin Trudeau, dropped by the Georgia Straight office with the Liberal incumbent in Vancouver South, Ujjal Dosanjh.
Trudeau represented the Montreal-area riding of Papineau in the last Parliament. At 5:25 in the videotaped interview (see below), Trudeau, the son of former prime minister Pierre Trudeau, explained how he is dealing with the rising popularity of the NDP in Quebec.
Georgia Straight editor Charlie Smith interviews Justin Trudeau and Ujjal Dosanjh at the Straight office in Vancouver on April 19.
“As you talk to the NDP and ask them questions, 'Look, the projections are showing you with five seats in Quebec. Can you name those five seats? Or can you name three of those five seats?' The reality is that other than Outremont, the NDP will not win a single seat in Quebec," Trudeau said on tape. "And Quebeckers know that. Everyone knows that."
After the taped interview ended, Trudeau emphasized that the NDP won't even win Outremont, which was held by New Democrat deputy leader Thomas Mulcair at the dissolution of Parliament.
In the taped interview with the Straight, Trudeau went on to say that Quebeckers are "parking their support with the NDP" until they see if the Liberals will become more popular in the rest of the country.
He described this decision of voters to park their support with the NDP as a "reaction against the Bloc and a wait and see if the Liberals are really going to step up in the rest of the country before they switch over to the Liberals".
"Because that’s what I’m hearing on the door," Trudeau continued. "That’s what I’m hearing on the ground."
He emphasized that he's not worried about the spike in popularity for the NDP and its leader, Jack Layton—and claimed that it's "an actually good thing in Quebec".
That's because it means to him that voters are saying they don't want to support Conservative Leader Stephen Harper and they're moving away from the Bloc.
In the meantime, they're picking the "safe not-gonna-get-elected vote" for the pollsters while they're watching the final period of the campaign.
"So I think it’s actually a pretty good sign," Trudeau insisted. "Obviously I would prefer them to switch directly to the Liberals so we can all start celebrating, but it’s going to happen at the end of the campaign."
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