On the eve of Canada's federal election, Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff, who has slid to third place in the polls, tried to gain some momentum before Monday. Ignatieff campaigned throughout southern Ontario Sunday.
Canadian voters head to the polls Monday. Polls are suggesting another Conservative minority government, but Jack Layton’s New Democrats have surged to second place and are only a few points behind Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservatives.
Although the Liberal Party was a strong second, Michael Ignatieff’s Liberals have remained stagnant throughout the election and have plummeted down to third place and are several points behind the NDP.
Don Valley West Riding
Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff (R) handing Liberal Member of Parliament a pair of speakers.
On Sunday, Ignatieff attempted to gain some momentum and rallied the troops in Toronto’s Don Valley West riding – along with Liberal Member of Parliament Rob Oliphant and Liberal Member of Provincial Parliament Kathleen Wynne. Don Valley West is considered one of the most diverse ridings in the country.
The Liberal Leader travelled throughout southern Ontario Sunday. His first stop was in Ajax where he came out in support of Liberal Member of Parliament Mark Holland – the incumbent is facing tough competition from former Canadian Ambassador to Afghanistan, Conservative candidate Chris Alexander.
Ignatieff then made his way to the Iqbal Halal Food Centre in Thorncliffe Park (Don Valley West). The Liberal Leader greeted and thanked the Liberal voters and took photographs with children and Oliphant’s campaign team.
Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff and Liberal Member of Provincial Parliament Kathleen Wynne looking at each other's shoes.
The chants of “Michael! Michael! Michael!” echoed outside of the centre.
Ignatieff continued the rest of the day heading east to Thornhill and Maple.
Will Ignatieff lead the Liberals next time?
Ignatieff, who has led the Liberal Party of Canada for more than two and a half years now, was asked about his future with the official Opposition party.
According to the National Post, during his campaign stop in Ajax, Ignatieff stated that he wants to stay on as the party leader despite what happens Monday. He wants to keep leading the Liberals and fight another election.
“The Liberal party is a democratic institution, it’s a fact. I want to stay. I want to continue. I want to win this election on the second of May but my faith is not just in my hands. Hey folks, it’s in the hands of millions of Canadian voters out there,” said Ignatieff. “After the election, we see where we are.”
Where the leaders are, the latest poll
Prime Minister Stephen Harper spent Sunday across the country. The Conservative Leader rallied with local candidates in Prince Edward Island, Ontario and British Columbia. Meanwhile, NDP Leader Jack Layton is campaigning in Montreal and southern Ontario – he will also hold a rally in his Toronto-Danforth riding.
Reuters reports that the latest Nanos tracking poll puts the Conservatives at 37 percent, the NDP is up to 31 percent and the Liberals remains at just below 23 percent. Elizabeth May’s Green Party was polled at under six percent and the Bloc Quebecois stands at 5.5 percent.
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