Report Provides Demographic Roadmap for Increasing Conservative Election
CALGARY, Sept. 13, 2011 /CNW/ - Preston Manning, CEO of the Manning
Centre for Building Democracy, is pleased to release the 2011 State of
Canada's Conservative Movement report. The Report builds on the
results of a national opinion poll conducted after the federal election
with fresh analysis that sheds new light on the conservative landscape.
The analysis examines a shift in Canadians' perception of the role of
government. "Rather than seeing government as the sole provider of big
solutions to big problems," said Manning, "increasing numbers of
Canadians see government playing more of a 'facilitating role,'
partnering with other stakeholders to achieve shared goals."
The report also analyzes Canada's electoral map, focusing on the numbers
of provincial and federal seats held by the various political parties.
According to Manning, conservative-oriented parties, loosely defined,
currently hold about 47% of those seats. "And if upcoming provincial
elections were to see a net gain of 31 seats, conservative-oriented
parties would then hold a majority of electoral seats across the
In further analyzing untapped pools of "near supporters" for
conservative parties, the report's demographic analysis shows that
these include blue-collar and trades people, conservative-oriented
Greens, non-ideological "bread-and-butter" Canadians, and "disgruntled
For example, research comparing support for the Conservative Party of
Canada in the 2008 and 2011 federal elections with support for Rob Ford
in Toronto's most recent municipal election finds a significant number
of voters who voted for Mayor Ford but did not generally vote for the
Conservative Party of Canada. These voters tend to have large
households, lower-than-average income, a high school or trades
certificate, work in manufacturing, construction, transportation and
are often visible minorities.
The Report also cautions conservatives not to "rest on their laurels."
The Report analyses conservative democratic infrastructure - the
strengths and weaknesses of conservative-oriented think tanks, training
programs, and communications vehicles - and identifies several major
deficiencies that limit conservative influence on Canada's political
culture. "There is much work to be done to address several weaknesses
in conservative intellectual capital through expanded think tank
activity, to raise the knowledge and skill levels of conservative
political practitioners through more effective training programs, and
to increase conservative communications capacity particularly via the
social media," concluded Manning.
The report can be found by going to www.manningcentre.ca/content/2nd-annual-state-canadas-conservative-movement
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