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Shutdown sinks Tories to Grit territory

Prime Minister Stephen Harper's decision to suspend Parliament has wiped out his party's lead, according to a new poll conducted by The Strategic Counsel.

That survey of 1,860 Canadians was conducted late last week. The Toronto Star reported it's support for the leading parties as follows:

Conservatives: 31 per cent

Liberals: 30 per cent

NDP: 18 per cent

Given that the Conservative's one-point lead is within the poll's 2.3 point margin of error, an election held today would be a toss up.

A separate poll by Angus Reid Public Opinion found the Tories up by 6 points. That online survey of 1,077 adults found:

Conservatives: 34 per cent

Liberals: 28 per cent

NDP: 19 per cent

Bloc: 9 per cent

Greens: 8 per cent

Yet another Angus Reid poll found that 41 per cent of respondents believe Stephen Harper prorogued Parliament out of self-interest, 24 per cent say he did so because he has something to hide, and 21 per cent think he made the decision to cover up the Afghanistan detainee torture controversy.

Monte Paulsen reports for The Tyee.

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