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British Columbians 'split' on Stephen Harper and Conservative Government's 2007 Budget
  Mar 22, 2007

A random telephone sample of 1,740 respondents throughout the Province of British Columbia between March 19-21, 2007. This poll reservedly attracts a margin of error of 5.75%, 18 times out of 20 @95% confidence/competency. This poll was sponsored by Glen P. Robbins and Associates, and Jim Van Rassel of NewTrend Optical (604) 942-9300

Question #1
Are you satisfied with the recent federal budget of Stephen Harper’s Conservative Party of Canada?
Yes    47.55 %
No    38.14 %
Split 50/50    12.11 %
Undecided    22.62 %
Commentary
Observations-
There are more British Columbians who are satisfied with the recent federal budget, than those who are not. There are however, a significant minority who are truly split 50/50 over the budget, and more still who are undecided.
Nearly sixty per cent of respondents can be classified as to making a decision regarding the 2007 Federal Budget. Two-thirds have either made a decision or are in the decision-making process. This should be considered very good market penetration.
Part of the indecision may have been induced by the sheer force of politics that has been applied to the federal circumstance. If Stephen Harper can make his way through this political labyrinth, he frankly deserves a majority.
We didn’t poll in Quebec and Ontario for a couple of reasons. (Well, cost). No, Quebec is doing its own thing and the implication for federal and provincial politics are immense, the machinery of politics in this country right now moving with rhythm and a sense of urgency. We’ve found Ontario to be so hot Conservative right now that I really don’t want to compete with contradictions. I cannot see how an accelerated depreciation for capital cost on machinery will bother Canada’s largest province.
B.C. is Canada’s third largest province. The BC Liberal government (not Premier Gordon Campbell though) has complained about the Budget. They feel the Prime Minister flicked them the bird. The Prime Minister says ‘nonsense’. Much of the BC complaint was softened by the gnashing of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Premier Danny ‘Boy” Williams ‘capital’ calling the Prime Minister a liar.
Stephane Dion has probably got as much or more anxiety as the Prime Minister. His position against the Federal Budget which would have denied Quebec the significant federal monies it received. How can he succeed if he is on soft ground in Quebec, while being virtually ignored in Ontario?
Will Quebec’s apparent delight and BC’s apparent unhappiness with the 2007 Federal Budget translate into greater popularity for Stephane Dion in BC? (Now that I’ve said it, it likely already has). Will the press put pressure on the Kelowna Accord to help former Liberal Prime Minister Paul Martin assist Stephane Dion?
Will the Prime Minister follow the Bill and let the Opposition have the extra 5 billion for aboriginals, and than remind the voters that it was the Opposition’s will and not his, OR would he prefer to ignore anything the Bloc does, (including supporting his Budget), arguing that his party cannot accept such cynicism in the Canadian House of Commons, creating the ground for an election call, and placing the last bad Quebec ‘tird’ in Gilles Duceppe’s pocket?

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