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One quarter of Canada's largest municipality believe roads are more important than health and education
  Jul 02, 2004

A random telephone sample of 375 respondents on July 2 and 3, 2004 in the City of Surrey, BC. All respondents answered theh introductory question, "in your opinion should Prime Minister Paul Martin call a federal election in the next year to see if he can regain a majority of seats in the House of Commons?" This survey has a margin of error of 4.25%, 18 times out of 20 @ 97% competency.

Question #1
In your opinion, are road highway and other transportation programs currently a preferred allocation of your tax dollars than health and education programs are?
Yes    23.80 %
No    74.40 %
Question #2
In your opinion will you or anyone else in your immediate household benefit DAILY from the expansion of the Port Mann bridge with additional traffic lanes?
Yes    44. %
No    56 %
Question #3
From the following choices, how would you best rate Surrey BC Liberal and Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon's performance on the RAV file?
Good    7.8 %
Fair    26.2 %
Poor    66.2 %
Commentary
About one in four Surrey residents are of the opinion that road, highway and transportation programs trump health and education in terms of allocation of their tax dollars. Slightly less than one half of households are using the Port Mann bridge daily. The stumbling and bumbling, and audacious representations by Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon over the RAV line have seriously undermined his credibility, and his ability to continue with so much money in play.
Depending on where drivers go as they head over the Port Mann bridge towards town would go a long way to determining what precisely is required on that bridge to ameliorate current traffic conditions. Surrey residents are willing to allocate nearly one out of four dollars assigned to transportation, health and education specifically to tackling transportation problems.
The three votes taken on RAV brought this entire matter to greater light with Surrey residents who are furious with the outcome. They are most furious with the expenditure of higher dollars when a less expensive alternative was supposed to be available.
Considering that BC Hospitals are facing some of the worst problems in the country on most statistical fronts makes this survey even more daunting to the BC Liberal government's ability to properly manage scarce resources given some pretty serious political ineptitude.
The RAV deal finally came home for Gordon Campbell's BC Liberals, but the political cost for achieving this in Surrey was enormous.

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