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Omnibus relating to Workers (and other) in British Columbia
  Jun 14, 2007

A random telephone sample of 520 British Columbians between June 9-12, 2007. This ROBBINS ASK, Jim Van Rassel (604) 328-5398 sponsored poll features a margin of error of 4.45%, 19 times out of 20 @95% competency (owing to some questions which demand the respondent look into the future and speculate).

Question #1
A chinese backed BC company wants to hire 400 Chinese workers to work in an underground coal mine in British Columbia. Which of the following BEST describes what in your opinion is happening here?
Chinese business wants to use BC resources and not BC workers    54% %
It's just business, and its up to the owners to hire whomever they want    28% %
Unsure/Undecided    18 %
Question #2
In your opinion, does the current recall legislation in BC work?
Yes    23 %
No    60 %
Unsure/Undecided    17 %
Question #3
If you were living in Gordon Campbell's riding of Point Grey and a recall campaign was commenced against him, would you support the recall?
Yes    52 %
No    35 %
Unsure/Undecided    17 %
Question #4
The Premier of British Columbia has received news from the Supreme Court of Canada. After denying the Health Care Workers of BC the opportunity to re-negotiate contracts, and legislating workers out of a job by ripping up contracts, the Canadian Supreme Court has Ordered that these workers be compensated within one years time. In your opinion which of these statements BEST describes what happened here?
Premier Campbell was too aggressive, got caught and he is ultimately responsible for the huge cost    74 %
The Supreme Court of Canada is exercising its judicial authority over Charter Rights    18 %
The Supreme Court of Canada got it wrong    00 %
None of these/Undecided    08 %
Question #5
BC Supreme Court Justice Bennett has provided the defendants in the BC Rail trial with a sweeping Order for all documentation, emails, and any other correspondence between anyone associated or involved in any capacity with the raid and subsequent investigation of the BC Legislature including the Premier's Office. When you consider the BC Rail Trial, PLUS the recent Supreme Court of Canada decision regarding BC health care workers, is it your opinion that Gordon Campbell's Premiership will survive until the next general provincial election in 2009?
Yes    48 %
No    44 %
Unsure/Undecided    08 %
Question #6
If an election were held tomorrow for which of the following political parties and leader would you support?
Gordon Campbell and BC Liberals    35 %
Carole James and BC NDP    34 %
Gordon Wilson and Federation of Independent Candidates of BC    19 %
Judy Tyabji and Green Party    12 %
None of these    09 %
Undecided    11 %
Question #7
When BC Premier Gordon Campbell was convicted of drunk driving in Hawaii, he was Ordered to perform 200 hours of community service, which it appears he has not performed. Which of the following statements BEST why the Premier has not lived up to the Court Order?
Gordon Campbell thinks he is above the law    72 %
Gordon Campbell is too busy as Premier    04 %
Gordon Campbell probably made other arrangements with the court    24 %
Can't Answer    14 %
Commentary
BC respondents in this poll are obviously not impressed by the prospect of a Chinese backed BC company taking on 400 Chinese workers instead of hiring BC. Only one quarter of net respondents are willing to 'accept' this.
Recall is not considered a staple of BC democratic reforms and is not considered workable. By these polling numbers Gordon Campbell may be recallable despite past failures.
British Columbians in the majority have tagged Gordon Campbell with the recent Supreme Court of Canada decision with respect to ripping up Health Care contracts. This is going to hurt him politically.
The Premier receives some better news from respondents who are split on whether or not he will survive until 2009, although it is clear that a majority either don't want him to or are beginning to think in those terms, and rationalize some ambivalence by blaming other institutions (not the courts) for why Campbell will survive. The problem, the support if it is there is getting thin. His caucus may not want Gordon Campbell to survive and even the bribe to government workers and MLA pay raises may not save him, unless of course, he knows his time is limited. (Isn't everyone's)?
Former BC Liberal leader and BC NDP Cabinet Minister Gordon Wilson may end up being the right person at the right time to sort out some of the issues which are frustrating the problem right now. The new ROBBINS Federation of Independent Candidates of BC could include people like Gordon Gibson and Raif Maier, who could along with many others, help to set a proper example for how the province should run so that we can get away from this labour/business to and fro which is wrecking our province, when there isn't as much time anymore to screw around.
Gordon Wilson also knows that the recent Forestry policies of BC Liberal Rich Coleman (also responsible for Housing) is/are full of holes. One example is that second growth hemlock harvesting is a dumb idea. Another is the numbers relating to solving low income housing are dubious to swizz.
BC Liberals are now meeting in smaller groups conspicuous with agenda. One, a fund raising for Okanagan MLA Sindy Hawkins will feature such guests as Mike de Jong, Barry Penner and Carole Taylor. CAROLE TAYLOR?? very interesting!
Sufficient co-efficients are in place to suggest that each week Premier Campbell stays on as Premier, the greater the liklihood that that the support for his party will decline.
As always, you've heard it here first at ROBBINS.
There is mainstream news, and then there is something more connected to the truth.

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