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Tri-City, BC is provinces microcosm on Transportation issues-ROBBINS
  Mar 27, 2006

A random telephone survey of 484 respondents in the Cities of Port Moody, Port Coquitlam, and Coquitlam (collectively Tri-City B.C.,) between March 16-25, 2006. (No person with a surname the same as any city councillor or Mayor in any of these cities was permitted to be solicited for a response, and if this occurred it was a ‘slip’.) This survey features a margin of error of 4.0% 19 times out of 20, @99% competency and is a fair and legal depiction (evidence) of public opinion relative to the questions asked in the cities of Port Moody, Port Coquitlam, and Coquitlam through this time period.

Question #1
In your opinion should Translink be abolished?
Yes    62.5 %
No    37.5 %
Question #2
BC Liberal Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon has been ‘showing’ signs’ that he is not happy with Translink. Which one of the following choices in your opinion BEST depicts why Kevin Falcon might be unhappy with Translink despite the fact the NDP created Translink and the BC Liberals have used it for five years?
(i)Translink is unelected, unaccountable and I say good for Kevin Falcon    66 %
(ii)Kevin Falcon wants to get rid of Translink for purely political reasons    34 %
Question #3
In your opinion is it right for the government to change Air Care policy, which currently exempts motor vehicles 3 years old or less to exempt motor vehicles 7 years old or less from Air Care testing?
Yes, it’s right    72 %
No, it’s not right    28 %
Question #4
Are you in favour of twinning the Port Mann Bridge if tolls are expected to be $5.50 each crossing or $11.00 over and back?
Yes, I am in favour of twinning the bridge and paying the $11.00 return toll-    17.5 %
No, I am not in favour of twinning the bridge and paying the $11.00 return toll    82.5 %
Question #5
Liberal Coquitlam city councillor Lou Sekora believes that Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody should combine to form one amalgamated city known as Tri-City British Columbia to reduce costs of politician’s wages and salaries, and create other efficiencies in municipal government including one unified police force. New Democrat House Leader Mike Farnsworth does not agree with amalgamation because each city and town has its own distinct identity, which might be lost with amalgamation. Do you agree with Lou Sekora or Mike Farnsworth?
Liberal Lou Sekora    41 %
New Democrat Mike Farnsworth    59 %
Question #6
The city of Coquitlam has the Great Canadian Casino, which provides millions in additional revenues to the City. There are suggestions that these revenues should be split along population lines with Port Coquitlam and Port Moody considering that residents of these latter two cities support the Casino. In your opinion should Coquitlam’s casino revenues be shared with Port Coquitlam and Port Moody without amalgamation?
Yes    43.5 %
No    54.5 %
Question #7
Federally, Canada has had minority governments under former Prime Minister Paul Martin and now under Prime Minister Stephen Harper. In your opinion would a minority government be good for British Columbia?
Yes    58 %
No    42 %
Question #8
Some local Real Estate agents in the Tri-City have been advertising properties as just sold or give the appearance of just being sold, when in fact these properties were sold in some cases two years prior. In your opinion does this misleading advertising constitute fraud?
Yes    72 %
No    28 %
Question #9
In your opinion what is the appropriate penalty for realtors who purposefully mislead the public?
Criminal Prosecution    02 %
Heavy Fines    70 %
A warning    28 %
Question #10
Most homeowners in British Columbia have a threshold of around $780,000 of property value under which they receive a homeowner grant. Whistler’s threshold based on a two-part formula for grants is around $2,000,000. In your opinion, should the practice of one rule for Whistler and another for everyone else continue?
Yes    28 %
No    72 %
Question #11
In your opinion if the new Port Mann Bridge is to be a tolled bridge, should the new Sea-to-Sky Highway be tolled as well?
Yes    70 %
No    30 %
Commentary
Translink has a serious PR problem, which is made worse by BC Liberal Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon suggesting that he isn’t happy with the controversial organization. Respondents in the Tri-City region are solidly behind Minister Falcon on this account. Respondents who doubt Mr. Falcon’s motivations believe he is being political. Those who are for keeping Translink in some instances support Kevin Falcon in Question #2.
The Green Party has some political wind in its sails as AirCare policy could provide older vehicles (7 years) exemption status from testing. Coquitlam and Port Moody residents are more inclined against AirCare changes than are residents from Port Coquitlam, but the vast majority of Tri-City BC respondents believe that vehicles seven years old are sufficiently well equipped with emissions technology to make AirCare “another form of taxation.”
Environmentalists might have something to say about this.
Transportation Minister Falcon may be a winner on the Translink questions (#1 +#2) in this poll but his ‘secret’ $11.00 return toll charge proposed for the new Port Mann Bridge (#4) is a major loser in this ROBBINS poll.
Although only (42%) of Tri-City respondents support amalgamation nearly one out of every two Coquitlam residents support it. In fact an even greater number of Coquitlam residents are ready to split gambling proceeds with their neighbours in order to induce them to join.
Tri-City residents are in favour of a minority government in British Columbia. The federal experience has made respondents realize that politicians have to work harder with a minority government. Respondents note that majority governments rarely if ever follow the mandate they promised voters during the Writ period, so why not keep them on a shorter leash?
Local media has reported that the average price of a lower mainland home could hit $1,000,000. (Yikes!) This is all the more reason to punish greedy real estate brokers and agents who might be looking to cheat to win.
Professionals in other jurisdictions like the U.S. are watched much more carefully than they are here in BC. Lawyer, doctors, stockbrokers, and real estate agents to name a few get ‘wacked’ when caught cheating. In BC if it’s labour friendly government the special interests can do as they please. In business, if you donate to the BC Liberals you can get away with most ‘white collar’ crime if you want to. The Attorney General’s office won’t do anything, the Better Business Bureau is only a cosmetic organization, and the public is beginning to understand that the criminals in the neighbourhood don’t all wear ski masks.
Most Tri-City respondents are mortified that ‘relief’ and ‘assistance’ would be offered to rich property owners in Whistler BC over homeowner grants. Whistler properties are owned over (40%) by property owners from Vancouver City and another (20%) from the North Shore, however Whistler property owners must be residents to secure the additional homeowner grant. How tough do you think that’s monitored? Vancouver and North Shore residents have it worked with the BC Liberals so that for every $4.00 of property equity they can anticipate everyone else in the province can anticipate 50 cents to $1.00.
This is simply another example of ‘Two Worlds’ British Columbia.
It also appears that rock solid support for the Olympics here in the suburbs is around 22-25%. (Gross 'no toll' minus two wrongs doesn’t make a right). These Tri-City residents don’t want the cost of skiing at Whistler to become any more expensive than it already is.
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