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RSR ROBBINS Research - British Columbia Politics January 18, 2014
  Jan 18, 2014

BC men support a universal toll on lower mainland bridges at a rate of 2 to 1 (decided), while women do not support it at a rate of nearly 7 in 10 (decided).
Six in ten (decided) men support the Enbridge pipeline while nearly two thirds of (decided) women do not support it. The majority of undecided respondents from question 2 are women.
British Columbians are unequivocally unified in their desire that BC receive compensation should the Enbridge-Northern Gateway be given a permit for construction (including insurance surety in the event of disaster).
British Columbia Premier Christy Clark attracts double the affirmation from British Columbians as Prime Minister Stephen Harper does on the question of "trust" on the economy and environment in BC. The total achieved by both politicians is less than the number of British Columbians' who do not trust either of them.
A Vancouver lawyer who breached the professional and legal standard expected of him/her by filing false documents on behalf of his client at the Vancouver Smithe Street registry is seen as most responsible by a total of 60% respondents while the remaining 40% blame the registry for accepting the documents.

Question #1
Would you support a universal toll on all bridges in the lower mainland of British Columbia including (but not limited to) the Knight Street, Second Narrows, Lions Gate, and Arthur Lang bridges so long as the toll amount is not more than $1.50 for each crossing?
Yes    46.5 %
No    51 %
Question #2
Do you support the construction of the Enbridge pipeline for the purpose of transporting crude oil from Alberta to the BC coast for shipment 'abroad'?
Yes    38.5 %
No    43 %
Question #3
Should the Province of British Columbia be compensated by Enbridge (who wants to build the pipleline), the oil companies in Alberta and elsewhere, the Government of Alberta and/or the Government of Canada (insurance-sureties) if oil is permitted to be shipped from Alberta to the BC coast for shipment 'abroad'.
Yes    93 %
No    1 %
Question #4
Which of the following two political actors do you trust more to look after BOTH British Columbia's economic and environmental interests?
BC Premier Christy Clark    34 %
Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper    15 %
Neither of these two    51 %
Question #5
(Entertainment question) A BC lawyer knowingly files a document which is known to contain false information which provides that lawyer's client with an advantage over his client's opponents who do not have a lawyer. Who is most responsible for this?
The BC lawyer who acted in a deceptive way    50.5 %
The BC Supreme Court registry for not properly checking the court filing    36 %
Both the lawyer and the registry    13.5 %
Commentary
A majority of respondents in the lower mainland of British Columbia support tolling bridges at $1.50 cost per crossing. What is noteworthy is the number of respondents willing to change their mind from "No" to "Yes" if the amount per crossing were dropped to "around a $1.00".
At RSR we believe that the collection arm for existing toll crossings appears to possess some early administrative problems in what they are suggesting will produce reduced crossing rates - and how these promises are actually achieved by consumers. Suggestions that ICBC collections should collect overdue amounts is poorly conceived in our opinion owing to the administrative law concerns presented.
At RSR we believe a referendum on raising fees for Translink is a waste of valuable time and money. The prospect of a universal toll is easy to understand and already nears 50% acceptance from British Columbians' residing in the lower mainland of the province.
The Enbridge pipeline once on death row with British Columbians' has some 'life' with lower mainland residents who started thinking about cars and transit in question 1 and gave the Enbridge pipeline a near split decision (after factoring for M.O.E.). For many months support for Enbridge has been mired (20%) and more behind the "No" response in ROBBINS surveys. However, women respondents who dominate the "No" force have been slightly divided in their opposition by a minority of those women who are now undecided on the subject.
Most of the recent surveys conducted by "RSR" have been based on lists of voters, while this poll is a random telephone sample of residents in the more populous lower mainland of the province. This is somewhat noteworthy given that most voters in past RSR surveys have repeatedly suggested they are against the Enbridge pipline. What has changed - the respondent or British Columbians on the issue itself?
Those forces against the pipeline had better get to the airways and to the streets to move the large group of undecided back to the "No" column. New advertising for Enbridge aka Northern Gateway is much improved and if it isn't challenged and soon what once was a sharp incline for the pipeline WILL turn to its favour as British Columbians come to expect the new prosperity as promised by Premier Clark.
This RSR poll suggests that those respondents who "trust" Christy Clark on the economy and environment are slightly less inclined to support Enbridge.
British Columbians in this RSR poll do not "trust" Prime Minister Harper on looking after the interests of BOTH the economy and environment of the province, supporting him much less so than Christy Clark. Stephen Harper's support comes mostly from men who support tolls and Enbridge.
Christy Clark's numbers in support appear to be based on the fact that she based her premiership on getting these energy deals done to BC's favour, which sentiment is duly acknowledged by one Indo Canadian male respondent who clearly defined his support for her as being contingent on the perceived reality that "she (Premier Clark) has everything to lose". This respondent has luke warm support for both tolls and Enbridge.
At RSR we believe that if the BC Liberal government does not take the province well out of the shadow of the 2008 recession in the coming years with bona fide evidence of LNG deals, and a clear deal for (serious) compensation from the oil, pipeline and Alberta - federal governments (cash royalties and insurance surety in the billions) then expect another party to take control of government following the next provincial election.
British Columbians are watching these deals over Alberta oil and the interests of their province very closely and are "a breath away" from turning against all oil pipelines and other energy projects completely if they make "one wrong move". Undecided women express anecdote such as "Every time I see birds on television covered in oil - I hate the oil companies all over again."
Every stakeholder who supports the Enbridge pipeline from the builders of the pipeline to the oil companies and government stake holders had better articulate what BC is precisely expected to receive in royalties and surety compensation because there is unanimity among British Columbians in the expectation of receipt of these in return to access to our province.
In our entertainment question the lawyer (on behalf of his client) and BC Supreme Court registry involved are being blamed by both men and women equally. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia has issued a clear directive to registry staff that all court filings be checked, yet the supervisor at the registry says that no documents are checked "we do not police the system" because (a) they can't possibly do it; and (b) "lawyers are officers of the court and are thus responsible for what they file."
Academic literature such as "The Canadian Legal System" by Gerald Gall of Ontario and Alberta Law reveals that "One current issue of some controversy relates to whether the function of judicial administration should remain in the hands of the chief judge or chief justice of very bench in Canada, or alternatively, whether that function should reside in the hands of the professionally trained court administrators. Generally speaking, the response of the courts to this suggestion of reform has been somewhat negative. Specifically, that concern is that withdrawal of the judicial administration function into the hands of a civil servant might effectively do harm to the notion of judicial independence."
Apparently the judicial oversight in British Columbia is not existent.
Obviously in the BC Supreme Court the chief justice is producing directives that no one is listening to, while the "professionally trained" bureaucrats are doing "nothing" and expecting justices to catch the errors. It's a wild west show in the BC judicial system with lawyers apparently doing as they please and the court registry turning a blind eye to the abuse or unable to do anything about it while dealing with the line up of self litigants filing documents or asking questions to registry staff that "cannot give out legal advice".
This background sets the stage for further disaster the the number of persons who do not engage the services of legal counsel and attend the courts on their own is rapidly increasing with these totals of self litigants set to reach U.S. total of well over 50% in the coming years.
The begs the question - Will the Supreme Court of Canada be able to evolve from a court of last resort that in its short history deals primarily with criminal cases, being confronted with administrative cases produced in the superior courts of the provinces, and the civil complaints to its registry that result?
Against the apparent inability of British Columbia's administrative systems involving major crown corporations such as BC Hydro or ICBC to act in a responsive way to consumers and the inability of an inept court system and justice ministry, in conjunction with a finance ministry that distorts budgets and spending numbers in part based on claw backs from crown corporation profits it is our hypothesis that the likelihood of a bona fide infrastructure agencies or organizations being properly in place to guard The Province of British Columbia against the potential ravages or the province's environmental interests is in reality less than or equal to slim and none, despite the rising expectations of British Columbians in light of Christy Clark's lofty goals for future prosperity.
Methodology: This is a random RSR telephone poll of 652 British Columbians residing throughout the lower mainland of the province. This poll was conducted October 7-12, 2013. The Margin of Error is (3.8%) plus or minus, 19 times out of 20 at 95% confidence. We expected results within the margin of error to proximate to 50% response distribution.

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