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RSR ROBBINS Research - Canada Politics October 30, 2007
  Oct 30, 2007

A random poll of 1,020 Canadians between October 23-29, 2007. This ROBBINS poll features a margin of error of 3.3%, 19 times out of 20 @99% competency/confidence level.
This poll was sponsored in part by Jim Van Rassel, a member of the Conservative Party of Canada.

Question #1
Which leader and party in federal politics do you currently support?
Stephen Harper and Conservative Party of Canada    40.1 %
Stephan Dion and Liberal Party of Canada    25.3 %
Jack Layton and New Democratic Party of Canada    20.6 %
Gilles Duceppe and Bloc Quebecois    8.1 %
Elizabeth May and Green Party of Canada    5.9 %
Question #2
In your opinion should the Canadian Constitution be properly amended to include entrenched private property rights for owners of land, and other chattel and intellectual property?
Yes    67 %
No    33 %
Question #3
(For those who answered “Yes” in Q#2)Which choice BEST describes how in your opinion property right can BEST be integrated into the Canadian Constitution:
Everyone has the right to life, liberty, security of the person and enjoyment of property and the right not to be deprived thereof except in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice    87 %
......the right of the individual to the use and enjoyment of property, and the right not to be deprived thereof except in accordance with law    13 %
Question #4
In European countries such as Holland new citizens are expected to follow an international standard of learning 500 words of the official language of the country they are emigrating to. English and French are Canada’s two Official languages. In your opinion should people emigrating to Canada, including those seeking refuge status be expected to achieve the International standard of 500 words of either Official language before they are accepted into the country?
Yes    72 %
No    28 %
Commentary
Observations/Commentary:
Canadians are approaching issues very differently than they did ten years ago, and to a significant extent from even one year ago.
The majority of them are of the opinion that private property rights are important. Over one half of ALL respondents in this poll are of the opinion that these rights should be possessed by Canadians with the exception being based on principles of justice and NOT based so much on law.
Most Canadians who selected principles of justice appeared to do so because they believe the standard of principles of justice favours the property owner over the government, (the law). The number of New Democrats, Bloc Quebecois, and Green Party supporters who support private property within the Constitution of Canada is rather conspicuous, with a large percentage of New Democrats supporting private property entrenchment pursuant to principles of justice, and NOT to the law. On this accounting of the question New Democrats and Conservatives have much in common.
The vast majority of Canadians are of the opinion that learning 500 words of either Official language of Canada is a reasonable standard for persons desirous of residing here, NO MATTER THEIR STATUS. Canadians are of the opinion that even refugees who want to come here for a better life, should make the effort to learn the language of the country whose support and protection they hope for.
Many respondents are of the opinion that this new strategy for newcomers is not mean spirited or but in fact represents a reasonable accommodation for potential newcomers who are coming to a better place. Canadians believe that if higher standards on all aspect of immigration policy prevail, both the people coming to Canada, and the people already living in the country will be better off.
Stephen Harper’s Conservative Party continue at just over 40% popular support which they have achieved before and after the Throne Speech. The highest averages are from the Prairie provinces (52%), Nunavut, NWT and Yukon (44%) BC (42%), Ontario (40%). The lowest are in Quebec and the Atlantic Provinces (33%). The PM and his Conservative Party also have the highest rating Q#1 (out of 10-10 highest-1 lowest-half points) with a 9.25. The NDP is 8.5, Liberals are 8.
Stephane Dion’s best numbers are in the Atlantic Provinces (34%) and Ontario (32%). He and is party are lowest in Quebec (09%). Jack Layton and the NDP have overtaken the Liberals in Quebec with (15%) popular support. His party’s highest numbers are in British Columbia (32%).
Private property rights in this ROBBINS poll are supported most on the Prairies (79%), BC (76%), Ontario (70%), and in Quebec (58%).
The reasonable accommodation of immigrants to be able to speak either of Canada’s two official languages as a condition of residence is highest in Quebec (77%), and lowest in Ontario (60%). Astonishingly, EOFFL respondents are not significantly more inclined than ESL to be of this opinion. EOFFL (74%), while ESL (66%).
The media has misread the reasonable accommodation issue, and they are spinning it in terms of tolerance, or in some instances racism. The fact is that Canadians are of the opinion that to function in the country people coming here need to be able to communicate in one of the two Official languages. The inability to do so, is perceived as an inability to properly function in the Canadian culture, not as a denial of religious freedoms. This is an issue of practical function, not as an emotional one as is often improperly portrayed.
The other side of this is that many Canadians (particularly near urban centres) perceive many immigrants as 'well to do'. These immigrants are able to purchase property, while younger Canadians (particularly) are not able to do so.
There are many working poor in the country, or in the alternative, a large segment of Canadians middle class which is strained to make it month to month, and their concerns are with their families, and less so with the plight, and indeed the cost of the plight of immigrants.
The mainstream press continues to apply the lens of liberal Canadian values on their portrayal of Canadians, and their views on immigration to the country. This 'standard' of values represents a flawed premise from which to begin any assessment of Canadian values. We have transgressed the liberal time in our history for now, and our embarking on a new adventure. One that is more unified, one that is more functional, but is not any less forgiving or compassionate.
The first and strongest personality of Canadians is their desire to live and let live. The second is their desire to help one another. The third is their desire to see others help themselves to be functional Canadians, and not to put upon Canadians to accommodate their cultures, whatever the culture may be, but rather those from other culture to properly integrate into ours.
Essentially, bring the good points of your culture to our country, and leave the rest behind.
Glen P. Robbins

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