|Gordon Campbell and Glen P. Robbins -- BC Liberals and BC Conservatives are barely a match for Carole James and BC New Democrats. The Campbell label is definitely a negative--as is the BC Liberal label. Glen P. Robbins would not likely be recognizable to many to most respondents--however the BC Conservative label is known and likely positive-to the extent that the Liberal label is negative and many voters don't support the B.C. New Democrats. There is no-one in the mainstream speaking on behalf of the BC Conservatives yet, placing a ceiling on credibility and thus support from respondents at around (14% - including Undecided). On the centre right--an acceptable leader and BC Conservatives may overtake the BC Liberals in the New Year (2010), particularly if Gordon
Campbell is still around.
|The political spectrum in B.C. is tilted ideologically -- (55%) support New Democrats and Greens, while (45%) support Liberals and Conservatives--when only
these (decided) parties and leadership choices are considered.
|Respondents in this Glen P. Robbins and ZEUS poll clearly believe 'lobbying' government elected officials and public service employees ought to be banned in British
Columbia. We believe that most respondents -- have a perception of what 'lobbying' government is -- and they don't like it.
|BC Conservative and BC Liberal supporters are all over "Yes" and "No" in question 3. It's my assessment that there are some conservatives who don't like giving
up money-extra taxes and other--while there are others who take a more nationalist view of government participation. Don't sell off paid for government owned
|BC Greens were most uniform in their opposition to equalization payments--anecdotally as-- many opposed ideologically--and (in their view) pragmatically-the entire
concept. This is strange particularly when the BC New Democrats (and presumably 'the left') are more inclined to support this equalization methodology. Could it be that BC Greens are
looking for a more comprehensive equalization package that more fairly considers social cost accounting methods? Ottawa doesn't love the Greens apparently--and
I suspect from these numbers that the sentiment is mutual.
|Many BC Conservative and BC Liberal respondents who supported equalization in question Q#3--fall off--and "change their (sic) mind" Q#4 -- while BC New Democrats
hold fast in their support. How would British Columbians respond to a more robust equalization methodology -- alternative valuations for limited resources--like oil
and gas--and agreements that equalization payments would be directed to programs and not pay raises.
|The current method of allocating equalization payments in Canada is "old" to many respondents. What are we going to do now? Kick hell out of Alberta for keeping
the engines aroar? Ignore how this is gutting lasting legacies for the citizens of that province--and how do we go forward promoting new business? Should the
relationship between provinces (through the trusteeship of the federal government) continue to be zero sum--and what mutual accountability will we have to another in
|Tried out my 'running for leader' on a few Christmas celebrators. Took note of a couple of respondents. The first-- a man in his early sixties in real estate -- said "It
was a good idea so long as I (sic) did not split the vote and let the New Democrats back in". I asked him "How can you remain so loyal to Gordon Campbell and
the BC Liberals?" His response was "I agree Campbell has got to go -- and he will soon I expect --but everyone in politics lies anyhow." My last question was
"What if I was able to win it all?" The man answered "Well that's okay I guess -- because I like the Conservative party."
|Another --manager type male in his mid-fourties--responded "hey I'm sick of Campbell--and would vote Conservative in BC -- so long as you don't give away
anything more to aboriginals--that's my bottom line."
|Hope everyone had an excellent Christmas--enjoy New Year festivities--//wishing good luck to Jim Van Rassel with the new weather station at his ranch to go along with his water testing apparatus for Burke Mountain.
|I am wondering if Douglas Horne (BC Liberal MLA Westwood Burke Mountain) -- is moving to Iain Black's constituency office located in Port Moody/Coquitlam to save taxpayer's money -- as he says he is--or is the real reason -- a fear of -- acting as MLA for his constituents without support from the more experienced Iain Black. In any event -- this smells bad politically in my view -- what do you think?