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Unaccountability in Lotus Land (BC)
  Jul 27, 2006

A random sample of 500 respondents throughout Port Moody, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam (Tri-City) and the city of Surrey proper, between July 22-July 27, 2006. This poll features a margin of error of 3.75%, 18 times out of 20 @ 98% competency. This poll was sponsored in part by New Trend Optical of Port Coquitlam, British Columbia and proprietor Jim Van Rassel (604) 942-9300.

Question #1
At this moment in time which provincial party do you most support?
BC NDP    50 %
BC Liberals    37 %
Other    13 %
Question #2
Which of the following, in your opinion, is best suited to represent public interest and safety in terms of the legal sale of alcohol?
A facility whose employees are bonded and licensed    54 %
A facility whose employees are hired by private initiative and are not bonded or licensed    17 %
Either type of facility is satisfactory    29 %
Question #3
In your opinion which of the following statements best describes how you believe a first degree murder convict should be dealt with by government authorities in terms of his/her opportunity for parole?
I agree with BC Liberal Attorney General Wally Oppal who believes a first-degree murder convict should receive a parole hearing every two years after serving a mandatory sentence    21 %
I agree with BC NDP Solicitor General critic Mike Farnsworth, who believes a first-degree murder convict should have to wait longer than two years after serving a mandatory sentence before being eligible for parole    45 %
I believe a first-degree murder convict should spend their natural life behind bars    34 %
Question #4
Where do you prefer to buy your beer, wine and spirits?
From a BC government liquor store    29 %
From a private liquor store-    12 %
From whichever is most convenient for me-    38 %
I seldom purchase beer, wine or spirits    21 %
Question #5
Which of the following political leaders would you prefer to represent BC during the next 2010 Olympic games?
David Emerson    24 %
Gordon Campbell    23 %
Carole James    36 %
None of these    17 %
Question #6
Currently, federal laws ban donations from corporations from unions. In your opinion should the BC Liberals and BC NDP parties follow the federal law and produce bi-partisan legislation which would absolutely ban donations from corporations and unions, permitting donations only from individuals to limited amounts?
Yes    73 %
No    27 %
Question #7
In terms of public safety which of the following in your opinion is the greatest menace to society
personal alcohol abuse    82 %
personal marijuana abuse    18 %
Facts and Inferences: Respondents in Surrey and the Tri-City region of the province are moving solidly behind the BC NDP over the BC Liberal party.
Respondents in these two regions are of the opinion that government liquor stores are preferred to private liquor stores.
Nearly, 80% of respondents do not believe that first-degree murder convicts should get a parole hearing every two years.
David Emerson, Conservative MP behind the recent softwood lumber deal with the United States is slightly more popular with respondents in Surrey and Tri-City than is Premier Gordon Campbell. BC NDP leader Carole James is more popular than both of the aforementioned.
A significant majority of respondents do not accept corporate and union donations to political parties.
Personal alcohol abuse is considered a greater menace to society than personal marijuana abuse.
Commentary/Insight-This ROBBINS poll of suburbanites in Surrey and Tri-City BC reveals problems for Gordon Campbell’s BC Liberals. Among the concerns of respondents in this poll is that there seems to be no real plan emerging for dealing with transportation problems in the region. On this account the government, Translink, and or the local politicians involved all appear to be confused, without confidence or direction.
The BC Liberals have gone from a place of renewed popularity only one month ago to a fractured party, no longer buttoned down as one coalition as in the days of the former Social Credit governments under WAC Bennett, Bill Bennett, and William Vander Zalm. On policy the party appears scattered, splintered, in a state of quiet panic, with a sort of realization that three years (until the next provincial general election), is simply too long a period of time to pretend this coalition is still viable.
Respondents in Surrey and the Tri-City region of the province prefer government liquor stores to private ones. This is based primarily on the fact that BC has traditionally had government liquor stores, and the underlying reality that the sale of regulated substances like alcohol should be governed by more and not less oversight. Indeed, it doesn’t take much investigation to understand that underage drinkers will always try their luck at a private liquor store than a government one.
Indeed, one private liquor licensee in the Tri-City region, a vocal federal and BC Liberal supporter and financial contributor, drives the streets of the region on a regular basis as “drunk as a skunk” with the full knowledge of elected officials, business leaders, and local authorities. This is unaccountability in the extreme. It is disgraceful.
Speaking of ‘sociopathic’ behaviour, our research determined that former BC Liberal Deputy Premier Christy Clark, (the ‘plastic princess’ of BC politics) cited concerns on radio CKNW regarding parole hearings for serial killer Clifford Olsen. ROBBINS asks “haven’t these people got anything better to do than self-aggrandize over that piece o’ garbage? This ROBBINS poll clearly reflects the necessary amendments to the current laws and regulation, which would likely practicably satisfy this problem. Our own estimates would suggest that if first-degree murder convicts do get an opportunity for parole it should be every 3-5 years. If the federal government does not pay for families of victims to attend these hearings they should consider doing this now.
Will David Emerson run in the next federal general election? His softwood lumber deal is up for a vote in the House of Commons this fall, and Prime Minister Stephen Harper is set to call a snap election if the vote does not pass. The deal is likely to pass, however former Ontario NDP Premier and current federal Liberal leadership candidate Bob Rae has laid claim to approximately 30% of British Columbians who oppose the deal. Any federal Liberal Members of Parliament who vote against the softwood lumber deal will also go in Bob Rae’s column. Will Michael Ignatieff take a position on the softwood deal or not? BC Premier Gordon Campbell is against the softwood lumber deal and will be compelled to fight over real Liberal votes with Bob Rae and others. Whether the deal passes or fails, once the vote is concluded any bridge between the federal Conservative party and the BC Liberal coalition will be fractured beyond repair.
This creates a political situation where even the most politically naïve realize that the current BC Liberal government is trapped in lost vision, a shortage of ideas and leadership, and has been reduced to narrow control and authority only. So long as the BC Liberal party permits its members and supporters to circumvent, break or be above the law which all others are expected to adhere to, in return for economic support, the likelihood of diminished public support will be a reality they will likely confront from here to the next provincial general election. You heard it here first!

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