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British Columbia survey of social issues and CA + Reform BC
  Jul 27, 2003

see big Western Survey of this date for size of sample

Question #1
(Supporters of Alliance) were asked: In your opinion, should the current Canadian Alliance MP’s in British Columbia align them selves with:
a) The BC Reform Party, www.reformbc.net which supports the traditional definition of marriage;    86. %
b) Gordon Campbell’s BC Liberal government, www.bcliberals.com that supports the legalization of same-sex marriages.    14. %
Question #2
In your opinion, should lawyers be authorized to investigate and pass judgement upon complaints made against other lawyers by members of the public?
Yes    28. %
No    72. %
Question #3
In your opinion, should doctors be authorized to investigate and pass judgement on complaints made against other doctors by members of the public?
No    64. %
Yes    36 %
Question #4
In your opinion should police officers be authorized to investigate and pass judgement on complaints made against other police officers by members of the public?
No    56. %
Yes    44. %
Question #5
In your opinion, should members of the clergy be authorized to investigate and pass judgement on complaints made against other members of the clergy by members of the public?
No    82. %
Yes    18. %
Question #6
The BC provincial government has featured six Premiers in little over one decade. In your opinion, has the current government earned the right to be deemed legitimate and credible in your opinion?
No    77. %
Yes    23. %
Commentary
The responses in the BC Survey signify a number of interesting considerations. First of all, The Canadian Alliance Party must reconsider its political affiliations in the province of BC. In order to ‘shore up’ its position in the Western Provinces, Alliance MP’s are compelled to ‘purify’ their most western flank in BC, and wherever possible rid itself of BC Liberal partisans. Our internal research indicates that The Canadian Alliance Party will not find success in Ontario, and have not yet satisfied their ambitions in Manitoba. The Alliance Party cannot lose it’s western flank in British Columbia, which will pinch Alberta and Saskatchewan between Manitoba-Ontario and BC, thus neutralizing an essential component of the identity of the party consistent with it’s reformation “roots”.
There are many Alliance supporters who still long for the heady days of Reform. 86% of Alliance supporters agree that the Reform Party is the natural counterpart to the Alliance Party. It is a heritage that should be embraced; to abandon it. Will expose the Alliance Party as new, and allow the Progressive Conservative Party to speak to it’s much longer history, not simply a Mulroney past. The Reform name is a reminder to Alliance Members why a new type of conservatism was necessary in the first place. Isolated, without a proper sense of its history, the Alliance exists in the abstract, without a sense of historical significance.
Questions 2 through 6 signify that British Columbians do not trust professionals to investigate complaints against their own. Respondents were often quick to answer “No” to this question. The public lacks confidence in the established bodies that regulate their respective professions
The Church also has a real credibility problem according to respondents in this survey. British Columbians do not have confidence in established religious institutions.
In a exclusive interview with CNN and the Reverend Gene Robinson priest of the diocese of New Hampshire on his nomination for the title of Bishop, the following question was asked. “What would you say to people who never the less feel uncomfortable with the notion of an openly gay priest becoming a Bishop?” Mr. Robinson’s response was “several things, one is I’m not the first gay Bishop. Their have always been gay Bishops throughout the church and in every denomination…"
While the BC Liberals continue to assume that they hold public trust polls clearly show otherwise. This survey also reveals a rapidly decreasing public confidence in all sectors of public service including current government.
Polls indicate a loss of public confidence in Premier Campbell’s ability to represent public opinion

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