Support for Stephen Harper's Conservatives appears to have softened after briefly climbing into majority territory during the opening week of the federal election campaign.
The trend suggests the Tory Leader may have bumped up against the same glass ceiling that has prevented him from capturing a majority in the past, with Canadians backing away from the prospect of giving Conservatives unfettered power.
According to the latest Canadian Press Harris-Decima rolling survey, conducted Sept. 11-14, Tory support slipped to 38 per cent from 41 per cent over the past four days.
Liberal support rebounded slightly to 27 per cent, up three percentage points. The New Democrats had 16 per cent, up two points, while the Green Party and Bloc Quebecois remained stable at 9 per cent and 8 per cent respectively.
The funny thing about the Canadian electorate is that we don't seem to trust Harper with a majority government, but that doesn't mean we want someone else in power.
The Tories certainly had a rough week, but it's hard to say how significant such minor shifts in the polls are. We'll have a better idea of where this is going after the debates.
Dion really needs to get out there and define the Green Shift in a positive way. He needs to deflect Conservative claims that it will wreck the economy and drop a crushing tax burden on working families. But really, using a new tax as the centerpiece of an election campaign is really uncharted territory.