Skip to comments.Canadians Call for New Election; Harper Would Win Big Majority
Posted on 12/05/2008 12:12:04 PM PST by Catholic Canadian
December 5, 2008 View / Download complete poll in PDF
Canadians Call for New Election; Harper Would Win Big Majority, Sweep Seat-Rich Ontario and Overtake Liberals in Quebec A Canadian Business/COMPAS Poll
Canadians Call for an Election
Below are highlights from a new Canada-wide, COMPAS Research poll on the recent turmoil in the House of Commons. Permission is granted to publish or broadcast results provided COMPAS Inc. is appropriately cited.
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By a more than 2:1 margin, Canadians call for another election if the choice faced by the Governor-General were between inviting Stephane Dion to form a government and hold a fresh general election weeks after the most recent one. That is the key finding from a national representative poll completed December 4, 2008. If an election were held today, Stephen Harper would win a large majority based on nation-wide support of 51% compared to 20% for the Liberals, 10% for the NDP, 6% for the Greens, and 8% for the Bloc. Harper would sweep seat-rich Ontario with 53% of the vote compared to 24% for the Liberals and 10% for the NDP in that province and would surpass Dion in Quebec with 32% of the vote compared to 19% for the Liberals and 35% for the Bloc.
Key factors in this lightening speed transformation of public opinion:
66% of Canadians oppose the Bloc Quebecois having a say in who forms the government;
48% have confidence in Stephen Harper as Prime Minister in the current economic climate compared to 14% for Michael Ignatieff in second place, 11% for NDP leader Jack Layton, 8% for Stephane Dion, 4% for Bob Rae, and 3% for Gilles Duceppe;
58% believe that the Coalition's real or main motivation was a power grab while 28% perceive the Opposition as honestly believing that Harper is a poor manager of the economy;
61% believe that the Liberals, following their drop in support in the October election, should not be trying to form a government.
I thought they just HAD an election?............
Whew. Although I usually don’t look at polls, this one is very reassuring. LET THE VOTING BEGIN!!! GO HARPER!
They did. This is a Westminster Parliamentary System.
We’re going to demolish the left. We’re going to send the bastards back to the bowels of hell!
They did....and that is what led to the current problems.
After a few months of him, the GOP will get a clean sweep, I’m sure of it!
the difference is that Canadians have already experienced socialism unlike most Americans.
BUT WE WILL BECOMING FOR HARPER.
Best Prime Minister in my lifetime, I was very distraught at the possibility of losing him, for the first time ever (except perhaps Mulroney’s first term) I am proud of our leader.
But I honestly feel bad for the Liberal Party. Forest Dion Gump brought this on, and it shows - in a lineup of political party leaders, he is being beaten out in public support by a FUTURE leadership CANDIDATE who nominally "supports" him. The Liberal Party got stuck with possibly the worst candidate that ran (Rae makes me hesitate in saying that). He and his insiders have inflicted a serious wound upon the body of the party - linking them to the unpopular NDP and Bloc, cementing connotations that first sprang up with Dion's "Green Shift" scam. Are the Liberals going to be the European equivalent of a "socialist democrat" party? That won't fly in more than a handful of area codes. It will destroy the party, and that is not good for Canada (as it brings that country one step closer to making the NDP and Greens politically relevant).
If Harper pulls a majority out of this, he will cement his reputation as the most adept political leader in North America in a century. I would have never advised such a reckless approach, and was enraged when I saw the budget that was proposed (not that I disagree with any of the items - I just did not think that an important budget was the right place to antagonize the political opposition and give the public an image of childish antics). I'm impressed by the public's reaction. There has been a lot of rage leveled at the Liberals by their supporters...and to think that Harper calculatingly backed Dion into that corner, just wow.
Should Harper make all this work out with a sensible budget in January, and an opposition in disarray, he will be PM for another decade, and may preside over the reconstitution of the best darn Dominion on the planet!
Seriously, this is truly good news.
If you have any of that left, we can use some down here.
Bumping your excellent post!
“Just wow”, indeed.
Dion is personally in debt over $600,000, so you can be he's crapping himself. Because Harper forced their hand so soon after he was elected democratically, Canadians are now viewing this as a) a naked power grab and b) treasonous seeing as the Libs were so desparate that they turned to the separatists, their sworn enemy, for support.
This is just one more thing to incense Canadians, who were already fed up with the Liberals endless stream of scandals.
Harper is coming out of this looking like a real leader people can trust, his enemies look like second rate losers throwing temper tantrums in parliament and displaying their complete ineptitude.
Harper is a genius!
Why don’t you just let Quebec secede and thereby guarantee conservative governments for the years and decades to come?
I have long been a fan of Canadians, knowing full well your countrymen’s sacrifices during WWII (including the invasion at Juno) and having visited your WWII memorial in Ottawa. We also have great friends living in Oakville.
Howdie fanfan, put me on your Canada ping list. Thanks.