Poll results released last week show the provincial Liberals hold a solid 48 per cent support from those asked by Abacus Data.
The poll done for VOCM showed the PC party is at basically the same level of support as they were after Kathy Dunderdale called it quits as premier.
That’s probably a good thing for the Tories.
They have come through half a year that didn’t show their best side since taking over running the province more than a decade ago.
The party went through a leadership campaign full of flubs, personal attacks and a forced start over.
The PCs haven’t had a permanent leader for half a year, but still they are holding onto the support they were left with as the unpopular Dunderdale bid farewell.
Much of that success, if it can be called that, can be credited to interim premier Tom Marshall. After the standoffish approach employed by Dunderdale, Marshall’s few months as premier has been a refreshing change. He has always shown himself to be approachable, with a more down-to-earth look at life.
Marshall has managed to keep the government functioning under difficult circumstances and will be leaving the post to head into retirement knowing he did his best for the party and province.
The next leader will have plenty to live up to and must start building on any goodwill Marshall has managed to manufacture during his time at the top.
It won’t be easy. The PCs haven’t lost any support according to this poll, but that leaves them still a distant second behind the Liberals with only a year to the next general election.
It’s a herculean task for a veteran leader, much less a raw rookie.