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Premier Campbell and Murray Coell-untimely vacations-PM Martin and good friend Christy Clark injured over raid
  Jan 06, 2004

A random telephone survey of 245 respondents througout the lower mainland of British Columbia was conducted between January 4-6, 2004 and features a margin of error of 4.5 per cent 17 times out of 20 @ 96% competency.

Question #1
Who did you vote for in the last provincial election in May 2001?
BC Liberals    54. %
New Democrats    25 %
Other    21 %
Question #2
Since the raid a week ago on the BC Legislature, is it your opinion that Premier Campbell has exhibited competent leadership?
Yes    29 %
No    64 %
Undecided    07 %
Question #3
In the past week, the police have raided the legislature, and Global TV and other news outlets have revealed a shortage of shelter, clothes and food for the poor. Premier Campbell has decided to stay on vacation in Maui, and Human Resources Minister Murray Coell is also away on vacation. Finance Minister Gary Collins says that "BC Liberals are taking well-deserved vacations." In your opinion should Premier Gordon Campbell and Human Resources Minister Murray Coell return from their respective vacations to deal with pressing matters at home?
Yes    62 %
No    32 %
Undecided    06 %
Question #4
The raid on the BC Legislature has implicated to some degree unelected political figures with close links to Prime Minister Paul Martin. Two of these individuals are related to Deputy Premier Christy Clark. Has this affected your opinion of either Prime Minister Paul Martin or Deputy Premier of BC, Christy Clark-Yes/No either (positively or negatively)
Yes    09 %
No    91 %
Yes-positive    0-0 %
Yes-Negative    09 %
Question #5
In your opinion is the main part of the raid on the BC Legislature story, the speculated link between organized crime and federal liberal memberships?
Yes    14 %
No    75 %
Undecided    11 %
Thirty one per cent of decided respondents questioned, believes that Premier Campbell has exhibited leadership by NOT returning from his vacation. The bad news for the Premier is that those who don't believe he has exhibited leadership are solidly against him.
Sixty-seven per cent of decided respondents believe both Premier Campbell and Murray Coell should return from vacation to deal with the "Railgate" crisis and the problems of shelter for the poor. We know Campbell is returning, but we have no word on Murray Coell, who will be instituting cuts to welfare recipients in 2004.
A nice tan for the Premier against one person seen sleeping out in the cold (and Murray Coell) on holiday, will not help Premier Campbell or his BC Liberals on the public relations front.
One respondent volunteered that he was in the Transportation business and said that Land in strategic locations was being 'bought up' by Indo-Canadians and Asians with laundered money, or applications that normally took over one year to process were being processed more quickly by the public service, for a fee.

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