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BC Media Fails to Attend (re-issue) (first released Dec 16, 2003)
can we distinguish between politicians and criminals in this country?  Mar 25, 2009

The Media were invited to attend a press conference last week featuring pollster Glen Robbins.
The meeting was to announce the astonishing results of a recent poll conducted to test the attitudes of British Columbians towards six issues related to the perceived lack of fairness and transparency in the Liberal government’s privatization of BC Rail and other Crown assets in the Province of British Columbia. Events not shared by a strong majority of B.C.Citizens.

Question #1
Do you support Reform BC’s demand for the delivery and publication of any and all contracts of sale of BC RAIL between the BC Government and CN Rail?
  Liberals Reform Business
Yes 46 % 98 % 72 %
No 54 % 2 % 28 %
Question #2
According to experts, the sale of BC RAIL provides “insider” benefit to certain members of the legislature, and 379,000 public servants through pension funds.[ At the same time, 90% of BC’s population do not receive any equal benefit. In your opinion is this fair?
  Liberals Reform Business
Yes 12 % 3 % 3 %
No 88 % 97 % 97 %
Question #3
Do you support Reform BC’s demands that all “off book” secret agreements involving BC Public Assets and Liabilities be submitted to the BC Legislature for approval?
  Liberals Reform Business
Yes 62 % 100 % 92 %
No 38 % 00 % 08 %
Question #4
Do you support Reform’s demand that the BC Auditor General be authorized to prepare and present the BC Legislature with a quarterly Balance Sheet which shows BC’s Consolidated Public Assets and Liabilities, including all Assets in the Public sector under pension funds and all taxpayer supported and Crown Corporation supported debt?
  Liberals Reform Business
Yes 94 % 100 % 92 %
No 06 % 00 % 08 %
Question #5
CanWest Global which owns Global Television, the Vancouver Sun, Vancouver Province and numerous community newspapers is owned in part by the same pension fund (bcIMC) which also owns shares in CN which recently purchased BC RAIL. In your opinion, is there a clear potential for bias in news coverage by CanWest Global in favour of Gordon Campbell’s BC Liberals, owing to the millions of dollars in advertising money received by them through government funded advertising, and advertising in the media by friends of the government pension fund who own shares in large corporations?
  Liberals Reform Business
Yes 39 % 87 % 78 %
No 16 % 13 % 32 %
Question #6
Small Businesses surveyed were also asked this following question: Does the local Chamber of Commerce, or any other business organization including the Better Business Bureau speak for you on matters relating to Small Business in British Columbia?
Yes    2 %
No    98 %
Commentary
There is a large gulf of disagreement between what the BC Liberals are doing and what two-thirds of ‘free enterprisers’ think they should be doing with respect to clarity in government.
The respondents reveal an attitude of “show me don’t tell me” because other than a minority of respondents surveyed, they don’t trust Gordon Campbell and his BC Liberal government.
Gordon Campbell and the BC Liberals have only marginal support. The supporters they do have are not ready to fight for them, and Reformers, many frustrated over their federal failures are ready to look provincially for an alternative.
If there is anything discovered in the BC RAIL sale that provides a benefit to the bcIMC pension fund at the expense of the citizens, even the media won’t be able to help Gordon Campbell and his MLA’s.
A random telephone survey 150 BC Liberal supporters, 150 Reform BC supporters, and 150 independent small businesses

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