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BC lower mainland residents see $500,000 'fine' against BC Teachers as unjust as support for BC Teachers increases
  Oct 23, 2005

This is a digit dialing of 250 respondents throughout the following areas of the lower mainland of British Columbia on October 21, 2005: Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam, Port Moody, New Westminster, Surrey, Burnaby, Vancouver, Richmond, Delta, and North Vancouver. This survey features a margin of error of 4.75%, 19 times out of 20 @ 98% competency level.

Question #1
In your opinion was Madame Justice Brown’s assessment of a $500,000 fine against the BCTF ‘just’?
Yes    19 %
No    81 %
Question #2
(To respondents who answered “No” in Question #1)- In your opinion should Madame Justice Brown’s ‘fine’ have been more or less than $500,000?
More    05 %
Less    95 %
Question #3
In politics (beyond the rhetoric) there are usually winners and losers. In the matter of the BC Teachers and BCTF and Gordon Campbell and the BC Liberals, which of the two in your opinion ‘won’ this dispute?
BC Teachers and BCTF    63 %
Gordon Campbell and BC Liberals    37 %
Question #4
When it comes to the upcoming civic elections in your area, is it your opinion that there will be a change in city council after the November elections?
Yes    44 %
No    56 %
Question #5
When it comes to the upcoming civic elections in your area, is it your opinion that there should be a change in city council after the November elections?
Yes    56 %
No    44 %
Commentary
Commentary-In the lower mainland of British Columbia teacher’s are clearly seen with more sympathy than the BC government. Justice Madame Brown’s $500,000 ‘fine’ was CLEARLY viewed as excessive by the vast majority of respondents.
British Columbians in this poll believe the BC Teachers were the winners in this dispute even beyond the nearly two-thirds they polled. Many respondents who indicated that Gordon Campbell and the BC Liberals were the ‘winners’ are not supporters of the government’s handling of this file.
There is a distinct correlation between respondent’s negative sentiment toward both the government and the courts, and a desire for change in upcoming civic elections. Despite the slight majority who suggested there should be change this number was skewed slightly by respondents in the City of Vancouver who don’t think there will be change and don’t think there should be change to city council. (Is this bad news for the NPA)?
Insight-There is no doubt whatsoever from this poll that respondents are not pleased with the establishment including the courts, the government, and even the media. There is no doubt whatsoever from this poll that the decisions, actions, and presentations advanced by these three elements of the establishment may as well be originating from Mars; for the level of connect they have are achieving with the electorate. The recent BC Teachers strike has brought this to a great big ugly head.
The people are not happy with what took place in this teacher’s strike, and for this reason (and others) the court is held in disrepute, there is little confidence in the government and/or the media, and when everything is considered, whether there is an agreement or not, the people have thrown in the towel.

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