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Conservative for BC Jim Van Rassel speaks on 2010 cost overruns
  Oct 04, 2006

A combined random sampling and Internet poll of 2,250 British Columbians between September 23th and October 2nd, 2006. Adjustments were made based primarily on gender, and generally for age (Internet). The poll has a margin of error of 4.75%, 18 times out of 20 @95% competency. This poll was sponsored by New Trend Optical of Port Coquitlam, BC, proprietor Jim Van Rassel (604) 942-9300 or cellular (604) 328-5398.

Question #1
Which of the following two BC political parties do you support more?
BC NDP    53 %
BC Liberals    47 %
Undecided and other    23 %
Question #2
Rank the following from 1-4 with 1 being that which is most important to you and 4 which is least important. (10 points for 1, 5 points for 2, 2 points for 3 and no points for 4).
Health    30 %
Education (including post secondary)    23 %
Highway, road and infrastructure development    29 %
Vancouver 2010 Olympic bid    18 %
Question #3
In your opinion is the 2010 Winter Olympics worth the cost?
Yes    44 %
No    56 %
Question #4
Conservative for BC spokesman Jim Van Rassel believes “the 2010 Olympics including cost overruns will push the province deeper in debt”. Do you agree or disagree with this prediction?
Agree    58 %
Disagree    42 %
Question #5
In the 1970’s Denver Colorado cancelled its Olympics, once it realized what the actual costs were going to be. In your opinion should BC consider cutting potential further cost overruns and economic losses by canceling the 2010 Vancouver Olympics?
Yes    40 %
No    60 %
Question #6
There is some disagreement between BC Liberal finance minister Carole Taylor and the BC Auditor General over what and what is not an actual 2010 Olympic cost. Two of the largest projects in terms of overall cost are the Sea-to-Sky Highway and the Canada Line, formerly the RAV line. Of these three scenarios relative to each of these two developments choose the one that you believe best depicts how these costs should be attributed. Sea-to-Sky
25% is attributable to 2010 Olympics while 75% is attributable to necessity-27%     %
50% is attributable to 2010 Olympics while 50% is attributable to necessity-44%     %
75% is attributable to 2010 Olympics while 25% is attributable to necessity-29%     %
Question #7
Of these three scenarios relative to each of these two developments choose the one that you believe best depicts how these costs should be attributed. Canada Line (formerly the RAV Line)
25% is attributable to 2010 Olympics while 75% is attributable to necessity-27%     %
50% is attributable to 2010 Olympics while 50% is attributable to necessity-24%     %
75% is attributable to 2010 Olympics while 25% is attributable to necessity-49%     %
Question #8
-BC Liberal Finance Minister Carole Taylor believes BC’s health care system which currently requires over 40% of overall budget, will not be able to sustain additional cost pressures in the coming years, essentially creating potential for a health care system crisis. If some increase in private health care could be proven to protect BC’s public health care system, would you accept it?
Yes    52 %
No    48 %
Commentary
The majority of British Columbians are split on their support for the two main political parties in the province, namely the BC NDP and BC Liberals. Slightly less than one quarter of respondents in this poll don’t support either of these two parties, or cannot decide between them.
Health and highways, roads and infrastructure are first and foremost with British Columbians, followed by Education (including post-secondary) and the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.
A majority of British Columbians do not believe the 2010 Olympics are worth the cost and agree with Conservative for BC and taxpayer advocate Jim Van Rassel that the Olympics will push the province deeper in debt. Those respondents who do not believe the Olympics will push the province deeper into debt either believe health, education and other costs will contribute to further debt (more than the Olympics will), believe that the short term debt associated with the Games will produce mid and long term gains in the province, or believe the previous BC NDP is primarily responsible for provincial debt.
(40%) of British Columbians are ‘eager’ to cancel the Olympics altogether, while many of those who answered “no” indicated that they would agree to cancel the games if they “had known about the cost overruns 6 months ago”, or if “costs keep going over budget”.
The 2010 Winter Olympic Games are not on as strong a footing with British Columbians as the BC Liberal government might like (or think).
One respondent, who believed the 2010 Games should be cancelled, argued that “we should give them to Calgary; they are better prepared to handle the games.”
Generally, British Columbians are of the opinion that 55% of Sea-to-Sky Highway and Canada Line costs are linked directly to 2010 Olympic costs, while the remaining respondents believe they are necessary.
Approximately one-half of British Columbians accept increased private health care while the other half does not.

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