Budget 2009 should focus on people: Rideau Institute poll

    OTTAWA, Jan. 15 /CNW Telbec/ - A Rideau Institute poll conducted by Nanos
Research has found that a significant number of Canadians believe the main
focus of Budget 2009 should be creating jobs and supporting those who have
lost their jobs in the slowing Canadian economy.
    "Of the respondents, fifty per cent indicated that the budget should be
focused on direct support for people, while thirty-five percent of respondents
preferred personal and business tax cuts," said Steven Staples, President of
the Rideau Institute. "This indicates that a majority of Canadians would
prefer to see federal investment in people-focused programs such as social and
physical infrastructure and improved EI benefits, not tax cuts which have done
nothing to avert the current economic crisis facing Canada."
    The poll conducted between January 3 and January 7, 2009, also indicates
that 10% of respondents are supportive of direct aid to troubled industries.
    "Interestingly, there was only a slight variation in the support for
people focused spending across the country, with support lowest in the west
(47.6%) and highest in Quebec (51.4%)," said Staples. "Mr. Harper should also
take note of the fact that even among self-identified Conservatives,
respondents were almost evenly split (statistically) in their preferred
choices between people-focused expenditures (45%) and tax cuts (41%)."
    "There is a clear message here for Mr. Harper and Mr. Flaherty," said
Staples. "The budget must focus on meaningful investments in people, not tax
    The results were obtained through a random telephone survey conducted by
Nanos Research with 1,003 Canadians from January 3 to January 7, 2009. The
margin of accuracy for a sample of 1,003 is 3.1%, 19 times out of 20.

    The tabulated results are available at:

    The Rideau Institute is an independent research, advocacy, and consulting
group based in Ottawa.

For further information:

For further information: Steven Staples, President, Rideau Institute,
(613) 565-9449, c. (613) 290-2695

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