If you're planning to build just about anything in Canada, get ready for a fight !

    Groundbreaking research by Saint Consulting finds the majority of
    Canadians oppose development and are distrustful of elected officials

    TORONTO, April 2 /CNW Telbec/ - In its first national survey of Canadian
attitudes toward real estate developments -- the big projects such as
hospitals, landfills and nuclear power plants -- the Saint Index found high
levels of distrust for local politicians and a fear that their often close
relationship with developers makes the planning process unfair.
    These are just two of the findings contained in the Saint Index, a
wide-ranging survey of the attitudes of Canadians on real estate development
and land use issues by the Saint Consulting Group.
    The premiere Canadian edition of the Saint Index points to tough times
ahead for almost any type of real estate development in Canada. Since 2006,
the Saint Consulting Group has commissioned the Saint Index in the United
States and the United Kingdom.
    The Canadian survey results found that 3 out of 4 respondents feel their
communities are just fine the way they are, or are already overdeveloped.
    "That number increases to over 80% in major cities," explains Patrick
Fox, President of the Saint Consulting Group. "Eighty percent levels of
opposition can spell expensive delays or even cancellation for many types of

    Hospitals most welcomed; Casinos most opposed

    When asked about which developments they would most oppose in their
communities, 80% of the respondents placed casinos at the top of their list.
Levels of opposition fell below 25% when asked about hospitals and
single-family homes being built in their communities.

    Politicians and developers distrusted

    The Saint Index also uncovered that Canadians bear a high level of
skepticism regarding relationships between elected officials and developers.
In fact, 60% of respondents expressed concern that these perceived close
relationships can compromise fairness. That number increases to as much as 70%
in Calgary.
    "These findings should send a warning to both politicians and
developers," says Fox.
    The Saint Index also reveals that 87% of respondents believe that a
political candidate's position on community growth is an important issue to
consider when casting their votes.

    Background on Saint Consulting and the Saint Index(C)

    The Saint Index(C) quantifies and tracks the politics of land use,
spotlighting who actively opposes and supports real estate-related projects
and why. It was first conducted in the US in autumn of 2005 and in the UK in
April 2006. The Canadian Saint Index is based on an independent survey of 1223
Canadians and is accurate to within 3.1% points 19 times out of 20.
    The Saint Consulting Group began operations in 1983 and today is the
global leader in land-use political consultancy. Saint Consulting has 12
offices around the US (including its headquarters near Boston), one in the UK,
and a recently opened Toronto office. Among the industries that use its
services are aggregates, casinos, grocery and retail, healthcare, landfills,
mixed-use developments, housing, and utilities.
    The Saint Consulting Group was recently named one of Consulting
Magazine's "Seven Small Jewels for 2007."

For further information:

For further information: Martin Leroux, Delta Media Inc.,
(613)-233-9191, martin@deltamedia.ca, www.saintconsulting.ca

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