Elizabeth May would be Prime Minister today - or at least right there in the thick of it with the big political leaders - if only young Canadians were allowed to vote, according to a new EKOS poll.
The Green Party leader doesn't have one seat in the House of Commons right now and prospects for one soon are dismal. But pass a law to disallow anyone older than 25 to vote and Ms. May's fortunes zoom.
The poll by EKOS's Frank Graves of 5,759 (a huge sample) Canadians shows that the Green Party enjoys the support of 23.4 per cent of voters between 18 and 25 years old compared to 21 per cent for Stephen Harper's Tories, 24.7 per cent for the Michael Ignatieff's Liberals and only 18.8 per cent for Jack Layton's NDP.
"The Green Party is actually within the margin of error for the leader, which is kind of a shocking result when you think about it," Mr. Graves says. "But we know in reality they are going to get no seats and that may well explain why under 25s do not bother to vote because they know that one of their top choices actually get no seats so what is the point?"
Indeed, his numbers for the national horse race show that only 11.4 per cent of Canadians support Ms. May's Green Party compared to 36.9 per cent for the Conservatives, 27.1 per cent for the Liberals and 15.3 per for the New Democrats.