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Who should make the laws in Canada
  Sep 21, 2003

A random telephone survey by Robbins SCE Research,between September 17 to 20th, 2003 asked 1,250 respondents in British Columbia and Ontario questions relating to the popularity of Jean Chrétien, appointment/election of Supreme Court Judges, and who should be making laws in Canada

Question #1
If Prime Minister Jean Chrétien were to change his mind and run for Prime Minister for a fourth term, would you support him?
Yes    29. %
No    71. %
Question #2
In your opinion should the Supreme Court Judges be:
Appointed    24. %
Elected    76. %
Question #3
In your opinion, who should be making laws in Canada?
The Federal and Provincial Courts    02 %
The MP's, MPP's and MLA's    44. %
The Citizens through Referenda    54. %
Commentary
Respondents reveal that Federal Liberal Leader, Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, could not win a fourth term, and should step down as soon as Paul Martin becomes Leader. This will give Mr. Martin time to re-build the Liberal Party.
1 out of 2 (50%) of Respondents believe that courts are primarily accountable to those who appoint them and do not want Courts ‘making laws’. Respondents have lost confidence in the power of elected representatives and look to Citizens' referenda for solution. How many years will it be before the people demand the right to referenda? Canadians are much better informed on issues, and the exact nature of politics, than they were even one decade ago.
This survey was undertaken in the Lower Mainland of Vancouver and the city of Toronto and surrounding areas. ‘Rural’ areas in both Provinces were not called. This survey features a margin of error of plus or minus 4.0% 18 times out of 20 @97% competency. Numbers have been adjusted to reflect disparity between percentage of voters from British Columbia and Ontario relative to the Canadian total in the last Federal Election in 2000.

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