Jan 18, 2006 — A new poll suggests the Conservatives held a 10-point lead over the Liberals entering the final week of Canada's federal election campaign. But Ontarians were still giving the Liberals a slight edge. Canadians can vote early, and if the advance polls are any indication, people want to vote in this federal election. The number of people showing up to vote early this time around jumped in every province, compared to the last election. It's not surprising; this has turned into a very interesting election. The Liberal Party called for the election, and at the outset it looked as if they might be returned to power after it was all over. But not anymore. Robert Thacker is chairman of the Candian Studies Dept. at SLU. He talked with Martha Foley.