Mark Dunn, Senior Parliamentary Report
OTTAWA – Committed voters so far appear willing to give Justin Trudeau a pass for dinging taxpayers for inappropriate expense claims, according to a new poll that shows the honeymoon is still in bloom for the Liberal leader.
An Abacus Data survey conducted Jan. 14-18 suggests the Liberals have slightly increased their margin over the Conservatives since the end of October when Prime Minister Stephen Harper was being hounded over the Senate scandal.
The Grits stood at 34%, a one-point hike, while the Conservatives dropped five points to 28% since last fall.
The NDP saw its support nudge up two points to 24%, while the Greens and the separatist Bloc Quebecois were at 7% and 5% respectively.
Twenty-five per cent of respondents said they were undecided, down six points.
The horse-race poll was conducted at the same time Trudeau announced he paid back $840 he wrongly billed taxpayers for travel and per diems while moonlighting as a professional speaker.
His mea culpa last week came about seven months after he reassured Canadians he never used public funds while feathering his bank account with a second job.