05/12/2013 05:12 EDT | Updated 07/12/2013 05:12 EDT

Leaders ramp up campaign as B.C. vote nears

It's the final weekend of the B.C. provincial election campaign before voters choose a government on Tuesday.

The NDP came out of the gates way ahead in the race, and while recent polls suggest the Liberals have narrowed that lead, Adrian Dix and his New Democrats still appear to have a significant lead in most polls.

During a stop in Campbell River, B.C., on Saturday, Liberal Leader Christy Clark said she believes her Liberals are gaining momentum.

"The momentum that we have is very strong," she said. "In my travels of the province, what I'm hearing from people is they are deeply concerned about the economy. People understand that this is a stark choice for our province and people understand how important it is they get out and vote."

Clark also received a late campaign boost with an endorsement from The Globe and Mail. An editorial published Saturday concluded the NDP is too risky a choice for the province's economic prospects.

Varying polls

On Friday afternoon, an Ipsos Reid poll suggested that the B.C. Liberals had further narrowed the gap and now trail the NDP by six percentage points.

But an Angus Reid Public Opinion poll also released Friday suggested the Liberals were behind the NDP by nine percentage points.

The poll of 808 adult British Columbians, taken from May 9 to May 10, suggests 45 per cent of respondents said they either intend to vote NDP or already have at an advanced polling station, compared to 36 perc ent hoping for another Liberal term.

The poll also suggested nine per cent of respondents supported the B.C. Green Party, while just six per cent continued to favour the B.C. Conservatives.

According to the poll, Clark remains the most trusted of the four political leaders to handle the economy with 32 per cent and Dix at 26 per cent.

But across the province, the poll suggests 57 per cent of respondents believe it is time for a change in British Columbia and for a different provincial party to be elected into power, while 30 per cent would like to see the B.C. Liberals re-elected.

The poll was an online survey conducted in partnership with CTV and the Globe and Mail and used the "Real Ballot" technique, which allows voters to select their preference using an electronic ballot that mirrors the one they will actually cast on election day.

The margin of error — which measures sampling variability — is +/- 3.5 per cent, 19 times out of 20.

The B.C. provincial election is on Tuesday, May 14.