Ahem. As I said earlier…

And if you don’t believe me, here ya go.

Jack Layton’s untimely death has triggered another orange wave across the country, a new poll suggests.

The Harris/Decima survey conducted for The Canadian Press pegs NDP support at 33 per cent – tied with the ruling Conservatives and well ahead of the Liberals at 21 per cent.

That’s almost a three-point gain for the New Democrats since the May 2 election, which vaulted the party into Official Opposition status for the first time in its 50-year history.

The Tories are down almost seven points while the Liberals are up two.

Harris/Decima chairman Allan Gregg said the NDP gain is most likely attributable to “the Jack effect.”

“The national outpouring of emotion we witnessed over Jack Layton’s untimely death appears to have translated directly into increased support for the party he leaves behind,” Mr. Gregg said.

Of particular note, considering that we have a provincial election coming later this fall, is this passage:

In Ontario, Mr. Gregg said the NDP is more competitive than at any time in its history. The Conservatives were at 34 per cent, followed closely by the NDP at 30 and the Liberals at 29. The Greens were at seven.

Something to capitalize on, no? Nothing would please me more than to see the floor mopped with Tim Hudak, and the ghost of Rae Days finally exorcised from Queen’s Park.

Meanwhile, Orange Phoenix has a nice sound.

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