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Sunday, December 7, 2008

Polls side with Tory government

Recent polls indicate Canadians are not buying the rhetoric of the Liberal-NDP coalition. Despite the hysteria being whipped up by Stéphane DionOttawa, Bob Rae, Jack Layton, Gilles Duceppe and former NDP  leader Ed Broadbent, COMPAS and Ipsos polls indicate that Canadians support Governor General Michaëlle Jean in her decision to agree to Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s request to prorogue Parliament until Jan. 26, and are dead set against the prospect of Stéphane Dion forming a coalition government without facing a general election.

According to a COMPAS poll completed Dec. 4:

quote-left-red-beige-bgIf 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.quote-right-red-beige-bg

The majority (68%) of Canadians from every part of the country supports Governor General’s decision to prorogue Parliament.

The Liberal-NDP coalition fares no better in this Ipsos News Center report of Dec. 5:

quote-left-red-beige-bg…a majority (68%) of Canadians from every part of the country (including 55% in Quebec), believe that Parliament should be ended now, but the Harper Conservatives remain in power until the government is possibly defeated by the coalition in January, 2009. This compares with only 29% who believe that the Conservatives should accept defeat in Parliament now and turn power over to the Coalition.quote-right-red-beige-bg

It is heartening to see that Canadians are standing firm against what they see as an end-run around their decision in the Oct. 14 federal election.

This has never been about what is or is not legal and constitutional, rather it has been about what is moral and right for Canada.

And this despite the unbalanced coverage by the Parliamentary Press Gallery in particular and the main stream media in general, who with rare exceptions seem to dislike Stephen Harper intensively.

Only after Dion embarrassed himself and his coalition with his televised rebuttal of the PM’s recent address to the nation, and doubts about a Liberal alliance with the Bloc were voiced by prominent Grits, have the mainstream media moderated their coverage.smleaf

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