British Columbia is the newest province to fall under the spell of the federal New Democratic Party. A recent Angus Reid poll shows 40 percent of the province supports the party, up from 35% in June 2012, according to the Vancouver Sun.
Conservative support in the province has fallen from 37 to 34 per cent. The federal party received 46 per cent support in British Columbia during the 2011 election.
The NDP’s strong pro-environment stance, and strong opposition to the Northern Gateway pipeline, is particularly popular among West Coast voters. While Tom Mulcair has high personal approval ratings in British Columbia, the party also may be benefiting from the popularity of local MPs Libby Davies, a deputy leader, and Nathan Cullen, whose leadership bid received unprecedented support this spring.
With BC expected to receive six additional seats in the 2015 election, BC voters could prove to be the deciding factor in the NDP’s attempt to form a government.