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Where the rubber hits the road-What would a Prime Minister from Quebec know about WWII?
  Jun 01, 2004

A random telephone survey of 454 respondents throughout most of the lower mainland of British Columbia including Vancouver City, Burnaby City, Coquitlam City, Surrey City, and Langley City and Township. This survey was conducted between May 31, and June 2, 2004. It features a margin of error of between 3.25-4.25%, 18 times out of 20, @97% competency.

Question #1
As the ceremonies commemorating the Normandy invasion approach, we ask you to consider the following: Quebec refused to support English Canada in its quest to liberate both France and Europe. Both liberal Prime Minister Jean Chretien and Paul Martin are from Quebec. In your opinion can French-Canadian prime ministers properly represent the majority of English Canadians who died fighting in France?
Yes    77.4 %
No    19.2 %
Question #2
Which of the following federal leaders and their party in your opinion would make the best opposition?
Jack Layton and NDP    46.5 %
Stephen Harper and Conservative Party    14.1 %
Paul Martin and federal Liberal party    23.6 %
Question #3
It is entirely possible that federal liberals in combination with Quebec’s Bloc Quebecois could control the House of Commons in a minority government. In other words, Quebec would control Canada. In your opinion, does this prospect make you seriously consider voting for a party OTHER than Paul Martin’s Liberals?
Yes    81.1 %
No    18.1 %
Commentary-Respondents do not think that Paul Martin’s Quebec background should be held against him, because Quebec did not help during WW II. Respondents largely believe that NDP would make best opposition, and respondents are incensed that Quebec could be the ‘boss of Canadians’, in a minority government.
Insight- Respondents in large measure could not wait to answer ‘yes’ to question number three. Every pollster wants to identify a vein in public opinion that might foretell future events, particularly in something as important as a federal election. ROBBINS believes we have identified that.
NB. The treatment of the federal NDP party by some elements of the press and broadcasting is not consistent with the public sentiment we are finding at ground level, and ROBBINS opinion is that this is not consistent with democratic principles.

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