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Poll: Support has dropped for Conservatives

Public support for Canada's ruling Conservative Party has sunk to a record low, trailing three other political parties in a poll released Thursday.

The Conservative government of Brian Mulroney has the support of only 11 percent of voters, an all-time low for any national party, polling company Gallup Canada Inc. said.

The opposition Liberal party, lead by Jean Chretien, leads the Gallup poll with 39 percent. The left-leaning New Democratic party has the support of 25 percent; the right-wing Reform Party of Canada, 15 percent; and the Bloc Quebecois separatist party, 9 percent.

Political analysts said the 2-year-old economic recession; the strain over the search for a new constitution; new taxes; and job losses that critics link to a free trade deal with the United States, have hurt the Conservatives.

Two Mohawks sentenced in uprising: A Quebec judge sentenced two Mohawk rebels to jail Wednesday in the 78-day uprising in 1990 that left one policeman dead.

The rebellion flared near the lakeside resort of Oka, 20 miles west of Montreal, when natives tried to block developers from extending a golf course onto what they said was a sacred forest.

Justice Benjamin Greenberg sentenced Ronald Cross to four years and four months for possessing illegal weapons and assaulting another Mohawk during the crisis.

Gordon Lazore was sentenced to 23 months in prison after being convicted of nine charges, including assault.

Thirty-nine other natives will stand trial in Montreal next month.

Panel suggests election day alcohol sales: Canadian voters should be allowed to buy alcohol during polling hours on election day, and voting rights should be given to judges, short-term prisoners, the mentally disabled and Canadians abroad, a government commission says.

The Royal Commission on Electoral Reform and Party Financing last week also recommended creation of aboriginal constituencies where there are enough registered native Indians to elect a native member of Parliament.

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