Poll Says Canadians Want To Keep The True North Strong And Free

Posted on Monday, April 14 at 22:14 by sthompson
The council opposes the secrecy surrounding the high-level talks. In fact, probably the best way for Canadians to learn about what’s on the table in negotiations — which cover everything from greater energy integration to harmonization of health and product regulations — is to research U.S. government websites.

“It’s been four years since the launch of the SPP and while corporations have been given a seat at the negotiating table, the Canadian government has never asked the public how they feel about it,” said council chair Maude Barlow.

Percentages in favour of a more nationalist policy were high almost across the board, according to the poll:
>> 89 per cent want an energy policy guaranteeing Canadian supply and protecting the environment.
>> 88 per cent of Canadians want a comprehensive national water policy that bans bulk export of fresh water and recognizes water as a basic human right.
>> 87 per cent of Canadians agree Canada should set its own independent environmental, health and safety standards.
>> 86 per cent agree the SPP should be debated in the House of Commons and submitted to a parliamentary vote.

A total of 1,007 people were interviewed for the poll, resulting in a margin of error of 3.09 per cent, 19 times out of 20, Environics said.

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  1. by avatar Nanuq
    Mon Apr 14, 2008 7:20 pm
    The only reason U.S. government websites may have more information on the SPP - and it's not certain they do, especially when it comes to what's actually at issue in the negotiations - is that the so-called partnership is almost unknown and rarely mentioned here in the States. If you want to change that, I suggest running ads describing what's at stake and substituting "Americans" for "Canadians." Sometimes, the best global view is the one right outside your window.

  2. Tue Apr 15, 2008 6:47 pm
    So we should have to run ads to inform our own MPs that this thing is happening? Because a lot of them have no idea.

  3. Tue Apr 15, 2008 8:20 pm
    So we should have to run ads to inform our own MPs that this thing is happening? Because a lot of them have no idea.


    Use whatever means necessary, they are in you/our employ. Are they not?

    "A total of 1,007 people were interviewed for the poll, resulting in a margin of error of 3.09 per cent, 19 times out of 20, Environics said"

    1,007 people? now translates in to big number percentages of Canadians?
    Neat trick

  4. Wed Apr 16, 2008 1:10 am
    Diogenes

    "A total of 1,007 people were interviewed for the poll, resulting in a margin of error of 3.09 per cent, 19 times out of 20, Environics said"

    1,007 people? now translates in to big number percentages of Canadians?
    Neat trick

    Is that like the LIBRANOs policy announcement that begin:

    "The vast majority of Canadians agree......."

  5. by Arrow
    Mon Apr 21, 2008 8:41 pm
    "Diogenes" said
    Use whatever means necessary, they are in you/our employ. Are they not?

    "A total of 1,007 people were interviewed for the poll, resulting in a margin of error of 3.09 per cent, 19 times out of 20, Environics said"

    1,007 people? now translates in to big number percentages of Canadians?
    Neat trick


    It's that twentieth poll that I'd like to see.

  6. Tue Apr 22, 2008 2:47 am
    A margin of error of 3.09 percent is very decent for a poll, and as long as the sample size creates a decent margin of error, the poll is valid. The size of the entire population doesn't matter here. You could have a nation of 250,000 people or 250 million and that won't affect how big your sample needs to be to come within your desired margin of error. The Math Gods just don't care. So criticisms based on the sample size being 1007 aren't really valid.



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