Poll: 70% of Canadians think it’s time to kick Stephen Harper out

by: Obert Madondo  | Published Thur. Jul 4, 2013 @ 12:12

The Harper majority is a lie, a protester declares during a 2012 demonstration on Parliament Hill. (OBERT MADONDO/The Canadian Progressive)

The Harper majority is a lie, a protester declares during a 2012 demonstration on Parliament Hill. (OBERT MADONDO/The Canadian Progressive)

An overwhelming majority of Canadians think it’s time to kick Stephen Harper out and elect a new government, according to a new CTV News Ipsos Reid poll.

70% us are fed up with Harper and the Conservatives’ dictatorship-style assault on our democratic institutions, values, science and the environment. We’re fed up with the Conservatives’ political malfeasance, epitomized by the Third World-style Senate expenses scandal. We want Harper out. We want a new regime in Ottawa.

Most importantly, we’ve resolutely decided that the Conservatives should not be re-elected in 2015.

But not every Canadian is on board. In fact, the poll has two surprises:

First, thirty per cent still feel that Harper has done a great job. That he deserves to be re-elected. The good thing is that 30% is a monumental drop from the 44 per cent who said Harper deserved to be re-elected just before the robocalls-tainted 2011 federal election.

Second, 44% of Canadians still believe Harper is shepherding Canada in the right direction.  The good thing is that the figure represents an unstoppable decline since 2008. According to the poll:

  • In 2008, 55 per cent thought that Canada was on the right track, but the Conservatives only returned with a minority government.
  • In early 2011, 51 per cent of Canadians thought the country was on the right track. Harper and the Conservatives returned to Ottawa with a majority government.

As usual, the corporate media has tried to put a positive spin on the poll results. CTV News headlined its report on the poll: CTV poll: 30 per cent of Canadians think Harper gov’t should be re-elected. And then, in the first paragraph, made it clear they believe that “the Conservatives appear to have weathered most of the Senate scandal storm and put a halt to their declining popularity…”

To conclude: the “big numbers” for the Conservatives are all about the advantages of incumbency. Nothing else. Change is coming to Canada in 2015.

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Obert Madondo is an Ottawa-based progressive blogger, and the founder and editor of The Canadian Progressive. Follow him on Twitter.com/Obiemad 

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Obert Madondo is an Ottawa-based independent journalist and progressive political blogger. He's the publisher and editor of The Canadian Progressive.
  • kick Stephen harper out .

    • Arthur

      yes, I agree with that, conservative is same thing as republican that which it adds more federal debt while giving a tax cuts for wealthy people. take look at USA what’s happening where the conservative/republican runs the government.

      oh I’m almost forget, I’m an American 😛