Canadians Want Harper to Consult Broadly on Budget 2009: Rideau Institute Poll

    OTTAWA, Jan. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - Today, the Rideau Institute released a
poll conducted by Nanos Research which indicated that Canadians expect the
Harper government to consult broadly - beyond the business community - as they
prepare the 2009 Budget.
    "Of the respondents, only one in four indicated that the business
community was the most important group for the Harper government to consult in
its budgetary preparations," said Steven Staples, President of the Rideau
    The poll conducted between January 3 and January 7, 2009, offered
respondents six options of consultation by the federal government, as it
prepared the 2009 Budget. These included: businesses and financial
institutions; labour unions; environmental and social groups; other levels of
government; opposition parties; and "the government does not need to consult
other groups."
    "Given the diverse options offered to respondents in the poll, it is
noteworthy that respondents' second most preferred choice was that of
consulting opposition parties," said Staples.
    "The variance among respondents in this poll represents a diversity of
views among Canadians with respect to whom the government should consult, but
does signify a majority view that the government must consult broadly as it
prepares its budget," said Staples. "Irrespective of the individual
preferences of Canadians, the message is clear: consult broadly Mr. Prime
    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
complete poll is attached.

    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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