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RSR ROBBINS Research - Canada Politics April 21, 2010
  Apr 21, 2010

Question #1
Do you support renewing the contract-- of Canada’s Governor General Michaelle Jean--- for a second five year term?
Yes    39 %
No    32 %
Question #2
The "Site C" hydroelectric dam concept is a proposed addition to a series of dams currently on the Peace River in northern British Columbia. Critics complain of losses of thousands of hectares of land, either some or much of it fertile, problems with aboriginal land claims, not to mention environmental damage that such a massive project might cause. In your opinion is it reasonable for Gordon Campbell to put the province into further debt at a rate of 2 billion per year at point of construction start --to build this dam?
Yes    26 %
No    70 %
Commentary
From Governor General question
Canada’s Governor General Michaelle Jean is popular with a majority of City of Vancouver voters.
(55%) of decided respondents support renewing Ms. Jean’s contract for another five year term.
At this rate -- if Prime Minister Harper were to propose -- one more go around for the handsome couple of different political mix -- let people know -- their happiness should be placed above politics.
The People -- if residents in The City of Vancouver are a good example -- a majority of Canadians would support another five year term for Michaelle Jean as Canada’s Governor General.
From Site C (push) question
Nearly 3 of 4 Vancouver City residents are of the opinion that it is not reasonable for “Gordon Campbell to put the province into further debt at a rate of 2 billion per year at point of construction start-- to build the Site C dam.”
In early March 2010 ZEUS asked the question this way:
The "Site C" hydroelectric dam concept is a proposed addition to a series of dams currently on the Peace River in northern British Columbia. Many experts agree that this dam, at a cost of 6-8 billion dollars could make the province energy self sufficient for decades to come. Are you willing to invest 6-8 billion dollars in return for energy self sufficiency for a lifetime?
Of 606 respondents in Greater Vancouver 47% answered “Yes”, 35% answered “No”, and 18% were “Undecided”.
Two different polls -- two different Site C question methodologies--one superficially ‘positive’ and one superficially ‘negative’ -- two ‘like’ strategic calling environments - Greater Vancouver -- and Vancouver City proper - equals - two different results, the average of which is: (“Yes” - 40%), (“No” - 58%) to Site C -- better than the mid-to high twenty percent Gordon Campbell and the BC Liberal Party possess in public support in the province--and a certain squeeze back against the BC New Democrats -- who suggest the Site C dam proposal coming from a premier short on political credibility---and with full on media backing him again--is a desperate attempt to mask the pain and suffering the anti-HST backlash--brings to bear on the Campbell government
The Site C announcement is primarily a political announcement rather than a truly substantive energy or economic announcement, given the hurdles---it must follow-- and problems with lack of proper oversight with regularity bodies -- likely to eventually hit the BC courts.
The local BC Liberal Cabinet Minister in the Site C region is Blair Lekstrom who is under massive political siege in his own back yard-- from no less than “Atilla” Vander Zalm -- and his band of Fight HST renegades. There is evidence that many people living in the region of the proposed dam -- will dog pile on Bad Boy Blair -- is he far enough way to be safe -- from media which may secretly hope he does well//--?//and can he explain the more realistic future value of the dam at 15 billion and not the 6 the premier is claiming (where have he witnessed this before -- you ?-- no don’t remember-- how about you---? -- no, not you either---.
Is it all political premier’s or is just those from the City of Vancouver who can’t seem to tell us the truth about the costs of things they want the public to pay for?
A targeted ZEUS survey of 611 'voters' from the City of Vancouver conducted between April 16-21, 2010. Sample size and other internal information suggest a Margin of Error of 3.4%-4% up and down.

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