Monthly Archives : May 2016

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63% Say Donations Influenced Government Policy

May 28, 2016 (Ottawa, ON) – A new Mainstreet/Postmedia poll finds Ontarians support proposed reforms to Ontario’s campaign financing laws – with 63% saying they believe donations have influenced provincial government policy. The Mainstreet/Postmedia Poll has a margin of error of +/- 1.95%, 19 times out of 20.

“We’ve seen the provincial government in the headlines for all the wrong reasons lately,” said Quito Maggi, president of Mainstreet Research. “The Wynne government reacted swiftly once it became apparent that their fundraising practices had the potential to dominate the news cycle. Other premiers however facing similar criticism decided to do nothing at all; in British Columbia, Christy Clark stared down critics and defeated an initiative to bring in contribution limits. In Saskatchewan, Brad Wall batted away any talk of campaign financing reform.”

“The new reforms will make it tougher for third parties to advertise as they now face strict limits on what they can spend before and during election campaigns – these are moves Ontarians support. 68% support banning campaign contributions from unions and corporations (as well as establishing an individual contribution limit) and 61% approve of the limitations on third party spending before and during elections.”

“The Liberals’ per-vote subsidy has only 43% support among Ontarians with 42% opposed, a statistical tie. The per-vote subsidy has the lowest support of the campaign financing reform plan.

“Overall, 69% support the campaign reform plan. 63% of Ontarians also believe campaign contributions have influenced government policy – a claim the provincial government denies.

”Provincially we are seeing a closer race between the PCs and Liberals, with the NDP falling to 16%. The regional numbers tell a different story however. The Liberals only lead in the City of Toronto and Eastern Ontario. In Southwest, South Central and Northern Ontario the PCs lead by 9%, they also lead by 5% in the seat-rich GTA. With redistribution underway, this would set up some very tight races in Brampton, Mississauga and Durham region,” finished Maggi.

About Mainstreet Research
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.

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Mainstreet – Ontario May 2016

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CFBA Toronto Poll

The Cannabis Friendly Business Association engaged Mainstreet Research to conduct a poll in the city of Toronto. Mainstreet surveyed a random sample of 2,447 Toronto Residents by Smart IVR™ on May 24, 2016. A mixture of landlines and cell phones were surveyed. Margin of error: +/- 1.98%, 19 times out of 20. Results were weighed by geography, age and gender based on the 2011 Canadian Census.

CFBA Toronto Poll

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Don’t Damn Springbank Poll

NEW MAINSTREET POLL SHOWS CALGARIANS OVERWHELMINGLY OPPOSE SPRINGBANK DAM

For Immediate Release

Dontdamnspringbank.org is a grassroots group that represents landowners, residents and other concerned Albertans who oppose a flood mitigation project at Springbank and who believe a dam at McLean Creek is vastly better public policy.

For two years, and especially since the NDP government broke their promise not to proceed with Springbank, the group has been asking questions and demanding information on the Springbank proposal from government. Few answers have been forthcoming. What we do know is that the size, scope and cost of the project have ballooned, from 1700 acres, to a massive 6800 acres. Costs will have to go up accordingly – multiples of the original costs suggested by a cost/benefit study conducted by the former PC government. So, while Springbank was touted as the fast, cheap and easy solution for flood mitigation, we now know that it is none of these.

But dontdamnspringbank.org wanted to find out what Calgarians thought. Mainstreet Research was hired to conduct a scientific poll of Calgarians querying their preferred option of three; a Springbank dam, a dam at McLean Creek, or a tunnel from the Glenmore reservoir to the Bow River. The results are attached.

Spokesperson Lee Drewry prefaced his remarks on the poll results with, “First, our hearts and prayers go out to our fellow Albertans affected by the terrible fire situation in Fort McMurray. We stand firmly with you during this difficult time,” said Drewry.

Speaking to the poll Drewry said, “What is clear is that Calgarians now know what we know – that Springbank would be hugely expensive, and will sacrifice one community to try to save another. This has been a white elephant from the beginning. Calgarians don’t want it and neither do we. It’s time for this government to do what it promised to do; stop work on a dam that will cost vast amounts of money and not protect upstream communities, and get started on the cheaper and better solution on Crown land, namely, McLean Creek,” said Lee Drewry today. “These results echo what we have heard in conversations with our friends, neighbours and colleagues in Calgary, and at government open houses. The government has backed a losing horse. Springbank is overwhelmingly unpopular. Cancel it and move on to the better project,” concluded Drewry.

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Mainstreet – DontDamnSpringbank by Mainstreet

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National Anthem Poll

Please visit www.singallofus.ca for the full details of our recent National Anthem poll.

62% SUPPORT MAKING ANTHEM GENDER NEUTRAL

May 16, 2016 (Ottawa, ON) – A new Mainstreet Research poll commissioned by Sing All of Us, a national organization advocating for a gender neutral English national anthem, finds 62% of Canadians would support changing the anthem to be gender inclusive. With 2,027 respondents the poll has a margin of error of +/- 2.18%, 19 times out of 20. The poll was conducted May 11, 2016.

Bill C-210, a private members’ bill sponsored by the Honourable Mauril Bélanger, Member of Parliament for Ottawa-Vanier, that would make a simple change to Canada’s national anthem, will again be debated in the House of Commons on May 30, 2016.

“We can take our English National Anthem out of the historical, World War I ice box some have put it in. We can let it thaw a little, grow a little, in this new century. By officially recognizing “all of us” in place of “all thy sons” in the second line of O Canada, we are respecting the past and embracing the future,” said Senator Nancy Ruth, co-founder of Sing All of Us.

“As I said many times, there are numerous reasons we would want to sing ‘in all of us command’. We love our country and all of its people. Our anthem is important to us, and we want it to clearly include every Canadian. All of us are proud to sing ‘O Canada’, and ‘O Canada’ should embrace all of us,” said M.P. Mauril Bélanger.

“Our national anthem reflects our values as Canadians, so the words should reflect our commitment to inclusiveness. Public opinion suggests that most Canadians don’t like gender-skewed language,” finished Charlotte Gray, award-winning biographer and historian.

The numbers show solid support for this initiative: 62% of Canadians agree with this change, an increase of 4% from 2015, only 19% disagree. Most Canadians (54%) were not aware the anthem had been previously changed.

“O Canada” officially became Canada’s national anthem on July 1st, 1980, a century after it was first unofficially sung, on June 24th, 1880. The French version was written in 1880 and has remained unchanged. The English version of “O Canada” was slower to take root. The English lyrics written by Mr. Justice Robert Stanley Weir in 1908 became the most widely used. It is interesting to note that the phrase “True patriot love thou dost in us command” were in the 1908 lyrics. In 1913, in the lead-up to the Great War, this wording was replaced by “True patriot love in all thy sons command.”

About Sing All of Us
Sing All of Us is a national organization advocating for a gender neutral national anthem founded by the Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell, Sally Goddard, Hon. Dr. Vivienne Poy, Margaret Atwood and the Hon. Senator Nancy Ruth. For more information and resources visit www.singallofus.ca

About Mainstreet Research
Mainstreet is a national public research firm. Differentiated by its large sample sizes, Mainstreet Research has provided accurate snapshots of public opinion. Most recently, Mainstreet was the only polling firm to correctly predict a Liberal majority government in the 2015 federal election.

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Parents ‘Wary’ of Homolka’s Children

May 5, 2016 (Ottawa, ON) – A new Mainstreet/Postmedia poll finds Canadian Parents and Guardians would be weary of allowing their children to interact with the children of Karla Homolka (also known as Karla Leanne Teale) – despite Homolka’s children never having committed any crimes at all. The Mainstreet/Postmedia Poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.09%, 19 times out of 20.

“Homolka was involved in one of the most horrific killings in Canada” said Quito Maggi, President of Mainstreet Research. “Many still remember the trial, though others would be too young to have followed it. While Homolka, now Leanne Teale, is someone few would want to associate with, she has a family, and her children have done nothing wrong in Canadian society. Despite that, even though Canadian Parents are not especially following the news surrounding Homolka, they would not want their children to interact with her’s.”

Mainstreet surveyed only Canadian Parents and Guardians of children under the age of 18 for this survey.

“41% of Canadian Parents would exclude Homolka’s children from their own child’s birthday party,” continued Maggi. “However 71% say they would not move if they found out Homolka lived in the community while 6% say they would definitely move and another 13% would consider it.”

“Even in situations where Homolka would be unlikely to be present without supervision Parents are wary of allowing their children to interact with Homolka’s. 37% would not allow their child to attend the same school as Homolka’s children, and 55% would not allow their children to attend a sleepover if it was known Homolka’s children would be attending.”

“Homolka committed horrific crimes which will follow her for the rest of her life. It appears, through no fault of their own, her children may have to live with her sins as well”, finished Maggi.

About Mainstreet Research
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.

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Mainstreet – Homolka by Mainstreet

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Londoners Support LAV III Monument

April 30, (Ottawa, ON) – A new Mainstreet/Postmedia poll finds that 67% of Londoners support the use of the LAV III made in London to be used as a monument to the Afghanistan War. The Mainstreet/Postmedia Poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.45%, 19 times out of 20.

“It appears that there is tremendous pride in the London built LAV III vehicle used by Canadian troops in Afghanistan. Over two thirds of London residents would support it being used as part of a monument in London to the Afghanistan war,” said Quito Maggi, President of Mainstreet Research. “These numbers reflect significant support with only 19% of residents opposed to its use and another 14% not sure.”

“It’s pretty clear that London residents want something done with the Springbank Dam, 59% said to either fix it or turn it in to a footbridge, with the largest support for it being converted to a footbridge (41%) and the rest wanting it fixed. Just 7% said to decommission the Dam while 34% weren’t sure what to do with it. As costs and other details of the options for the Dam become known, it’s likely these numbers could change and a larger percentage of the population would have an opinion.”

“The priority for London residents appears to be downtown revitalization with 21% support, followed by Riverfront renewal at 13%, rapid transit at 11% and regional transit at 9%. This bears further study as 17% indicated “something else” not listed in the survey, including over 25% of seniors over 65, and almost 3 in 10 London residents weren’t sure (29%).”

“London City council has a near majority indicating support for the job it is doing with 49% approval, although that includes just 12% who strongly approve of their performance. This compares to 19% who strongly disapprove among the 40% who disapprove. This usually points to some polarizing issues or groups who feel they are not being represented. Highest strong disapproval was among those 35-49 years of age (23%), followed closely by seniors (22%) and males (21%).”

“With a council just in to year two of a four year mandate, there is certainly plenty of time to address this mediocre approval rating ahead of the next election,” finished Maggi.

About Mainstreet Research
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.

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Mainstreet – London April by Mainstreet