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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Advanced Polls Open On Time

With the federal election just more than a week away, the advanced polls have been open for the last two days.

Karen Janigan with Elections Canada tells CHSJ News all the advanced polls opened on time and it appears things are going well.

Janigan says Elections Canada opened 4700 advanced polling stations across the country for this election, compared to only 4017 in the last election.

Advanced polls are closed today for Easter Sunday but open again tomorrow from noon until 8pm.

Southwest Candidate Says NDP Fiscally Responsible

Andrew Graham is running for the NDP in New Brunswick Southwest and says he's feeling positive about how people in the province are seeing the party.

Graham tells CHSJ News this his third time running in a federal election, which has allowed him to build a relationship with the people.

Graham says the NDP has the best fiscal management record and won't stand for giving money to wealthy corporations or spending it all on fighter jets.

Graham passion for the election is sustainable development.  He says one of the things that needs to be changed is the country's agriculture industry which is extremely reliant on oil for transportation.

NDP Experiences Surge In Polls

NDP Leader Jack Layton to make a stop in the port city tomorrow. 

Some polls suggest the New Democrats are picking up strength as the final week of the campaign looms. 

Don Desserud, a political science professor at UNBSJ, says whether or not the gains translate into seats will depend on how spread out the support is.

Desserud says the New Democrats still only have about 20 per cent of the vote and need to have at least 30 per cent to be a proper contender. 

Desserud says what Jack Layton has done well is make the party look like a viable option for those people looking for an alternative to the Harper Conservatives.