New poll on the economy and federal budget: Canadians want more investment in public services that support families



    New national survey by Nanos Research underlines that Canadians are ready
    for an economic stimulus package that should include support, not cuts,
    to government services

    OTTAWA, Jan. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - As Prime Minister Stephen Harper prepares
to meet with Canada's First Ministers this week to discuss the economic
downturn and the next federal budget, a new Nanos Research poll suggests
Canadians want to see a stimulus package that invests in public services at
the top of the agenda.
    Commissioned by the National Union of Public and General Employees
(NUPGE), the poll asked Canadians about their attitudes towards how the
government is handling the economy, running a deficit during the current
economic crisis, whether cutting government services will make the economic
crisis better or worse, and about the importance Canadians place on services
like health care, social services, education, and justice in the current
economic climate.
    "The numbers clearly show that Canadians are united behind the idea that
we need a stimulus package that invests in the public services that people
depend on, even if that means running a deficit," said NUPGE President James
Clancy. "We're also seeing a rather lukewarm response here to how the
government is handling the current economic crisis. It's not all about tax
cuts and bailouts in the minds of Canadians. It's about people, jobs, and
protecting our social safety net during tough times."
    When asked how important it is for the government to increase investment
in public services like health care, education, social services, and the
justice system during an economic downturn, 70 percent of respondents ranked
it important (25.3%) or very important (44.5%) compared with nine percent who
felt it was not important. In addition, a majority of Canadians also said that
cutting government services would make the economic downturn worse.
    "The research indicates that regardless of one's political stripe, there
was a significant body of opinion which supported the notion that we have to
protect our social safety net during tough times," said pollster Nik Nanos of
Nanos Research. Nanos said he felt that the results underline that Canadians
are ready for an economic stimulus package that should include support, not
cuts, to government services."
    The Harper government should redouble its efforts to work with the
provinces to deliver the kinds of public services Canadians have identified as
important, said Clancy.
    "As the federal government prepares what will be a very important budget,
I think the message from Canadians right across the country is clear: they
value the public sector and want to see those services and jobs protected and
strengthened as we look ahead."

    The research was part of the Nanos national random telephone omnibus
survey. It was conducted among 1,003 adults from January 3-7, 2009, and is
considered accurate to within plus/minus 3.1%, 19 times out of 20. Full poll
results and tabulations can be seen at www.nupge.ca or www.nanosresearch.com.




For further information:

For further information: or media requests: Mike Luff, Director of
Communications and Research, NUPGE, (613) 228-9800; Nik Nanos, President and
CEO, Nanos Research, (613) 234-4666 ext. 237

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