Bill Blair leads in Scarborough Southwest

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Bill Blair leads in Scarborough Southwest

NDP’s incumbent Harris trails

TORONTO April 26th, 2015 - In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 587 voters in the federal riding of Scarborough Southwest, where former Toronto police chief Bill Blair has said he will run as a Liberal, Mr. Blair leads the NDP incumbent, Dan Harris, by 8 points (42% to 34%), while a Conservative candidate (previous contender Gavan Paranchothy’s name was used) comes in third with one fifth of the vote (20%).

Candidate favourables are matched

Both Blair and Harris have the approval; of more than 4-in-10 voters (44% each), and both have very positive net favourable scores (approve minus disapprove), Blair at +22 and Harris at +21.

"While these two candidates are equally well liked, it appears the greater name recognition that comes along with being Chief of Police will benefit Bill Blair in his campaign," said Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff.

Lorne Bozinoff, Ph.D. is the president and founder of Forum Research. He can be reached at or at (416) 960-9603.