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RSR ROBBINS Research - Canada Politics October 10, 2007
  Oct 10, 2007

A random sample of 2,455 respondents throughout Canada including the North-Nunavut, Yukon Territory, and Northwest Territories September 22-October 8, 2007. This ROBBINS SUPERMAN poll features a margin of error of 1.9%, 19 times out of 20 times, 99% confidence. Special thanks to my Quebec friends for making it real. Thanks to Jim Van Rassel for his sponsorship, and for always thinking about the ethics of politics-knowing the difference between right and wrong, when others with too much money and too much time-will try to tell you it isn't one or the other-its just grey.

Question #1
Which federal leader and party in Canada do you currently support? (rotated)
Stephen Harper and Conservative Party of Canada    41.8 %
Stephane Dion and Liberal Party of Canada    27.4 %
Jack Layton and New Democratic Party of Canada    18.5 %
Gilles Duceppe and Bloc Quebecois Party    6.6 %
Elizabeth May and Green Party of Canada    5.5 %
Other    0.5 %
Question #2
If it becomes and election issue this fall- will your support the extension of Canada's participation in the Afghanistan conflict and reconstruction beyond February 2009?
Yes    48% %
No    44% %
Commentary
Commentary
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is on the move toward a majority government. While the mainstream press discusses The Conservative Party's ability to achieve a majority, the new improved discussion may be whether or not he can achieve 50% popular vote.
His totals throughout the great nation of Canada include (44%)-north, BC (43%); Alberta (58%); Saskatchewan (52%); Manitoba (44%); Ontario (41.5%), Quebec (34.5%), and Atlantic Provinces (37%).
Mr. Harper's decision to move Nova Scotia progressive Peter McKay into Defence was a good one. McKay is perceived outside Canada to be a diplomat, and although I personally liked Gordon O'Connor, (he is a tough dude), and after Vimy Ridge and beyond, no-one questions Canadian toughness.
No-one.
There is a greater role for Canada on the world stage, because as combat soldiers and peacekeepers, we are simply the best, (or share the distinction to some degree with the Australians and possibly the Americans, British, and Russians).
However, it is Canada's reputation among countries and regions which form the territory of conflict, and within the United Nations, NATO and other organizations which makes it clear that outside countries that aren't pulling their weight should begin to fund the Canadian military so that we might apply our tremendous skill, honesty and integrity within a greater context, particularly where it concerns peacekeeping and even more particularly, delivery of humanitarian aid.
Canadians currently have come to the decision that there is a greater role for Canada to play on the world stage, and the person they believe can deliver us in this role, is Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
It is not rocket science as to why The Conservative Party under PM Harper is beginning to increase in popularity.
Expectations for Stephen Harper were never high. We knew he was good, but like many Canadians it took a little while to find out that 'Bobby Orr' had morphed into a politician. No-one before or after Orr could so completely command a game, as a first among equals.
He is just that good. Harper I mean.
Confidence in the country is very high. It would behoove all parties concerned to ensure that the following ideals motivate their decision making. God, Country, Family, and the pursuit of personal freedoms.
Not special interests.

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