Environics Poll Shows New Democrats in the Lead in Saint John: New Democrats 39%, PCs 33%, Liberals 28%

FREDERICTON – On the day before the New Brunswick New Democrats gather at the Delta Brunswick hotel in Saint John for their biennial convention a new survey by national polling firm Environics reveals the strength of the provincial party in the port city.

New Democrat President Leigh Sprague said “The day before our Convention, joined by our new federal leader Tom Mulcair, we couldn’t be happier knowing Dominic Cardy’s message of realistic optimism is winning us support in Saint John.”

New Democrat Leader Dominic Cardy said “New Democrats are seen as a realistic option for the people of New Brunswick who want a fairer, better managed, and more prosperous province. In Saint John we had great representation from Elizabeth Weir for many years – now we’re ready to go to the next level. It’s a long time between now and the next election. We will continue to be a constructive opposition and work hard for every vote.”

Environics Vice President Derek Leebosh said “The New Democrats have been gaining ground across Atlantic Canada in recent federal and provincial elections. In Nova Scotia and Newfoundland that growth started in urban areas, such as Halifax and St. John's. We are now seeing a similar trend to the NB New Democrats in Saint John. This is bolstered by the federal NDP's rise to official opposition status and the NB NDP's growing visibility.”

The poll, with a sample of 680 people from Saint John, was conducted between March 29 and April 1, 2012 with a margin of error of 3.8 percent, 19 times out of 20.

The New Brunswick New Democrats will hold their biennial convention on April 13, 14, and 15 at the Delta Brunswick hotel in Saint John.

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