December 5, 2015 (Toronto, ON) – A new Mainstreet/Postmedia poll finds most Albertans oppose Bill 6, the NDP’s farm safety legislation. 60% of Albertans oppose the bill. The Mainstreet/Postmedia poll has a margin of error of +/- 1.78%, 19 times out of 20.
“It’s clear that Albertans oppose the legislation as it currently stands – but a closer look at the numbers shows strong support for legislation to protect paid agricultural workers. 67% of Albertans are telling us they do not support the legislation affecting family members who work on a farm but 60% do believe non-family workers should have protection,” said Quito Maggi, President of Mainstreet Research.
“We’ve seen many protests over the last few weeks and rightly or wrongly Albertans are responding to the message that Bill 6 unfairly targets family farms and small business with red-tape.”
The highest approval for Bill 6 is found in Edmonton where 50% back the NDP’s farm safety legislation.
“Strong support in Edmonton for the NDP’s legislation is a recurring theme of our polling,” finished Maggi.
Mainstreet is a national public research ﬁrm. With 20 years of political experience at all three levels of government, President and CEO Quito Maggi is a respected commentator on Canadian public aﬀairs.
Differentiated by its large sample sizes, Mainstreet Research has provided accurate snapshots of public opinion, having predicted a majority NDP government in Alberta, a majority Liberal government in British Columbia and a majority Liberal government in Ontario. Mainstreet has been the most accurate polling firm in several by elections and the most recent Toronto mayoral election. Most recently, Mainstreet was the only polling firm to correctly predict a Liberal majority government in the 2015 federal election.