Most Canadians say federal government has a responsibility to support economic development according to new poll

    TORONTO, Sept. 30 /CNW/ - A new poll by Nanos Research for the Rideau
Institute and the Canadian Auto Workers union (CAW) reveals that 85% of
Canadians believe the government has a responsibility to put strategies in
place for developing various sectors of the economy.
    This endorsement of government involvement to support Canadian industries
is in stark contrast to the Conservative Party's laissez faire approach to
managing the economy. Just a few months ago, Conservative Finance Minister Jim
Flaherty rejected government intervention in the economy by calling public
investments to support Canadian industries "band-Aids for individual
    "Canadians want their government to intervene in difficult economic times
to protect workers and their families," said Ken Lewenza, CAW National
President. "But given the Conservative government's track record of ignoring
our ailing manufacturing sector, can we really trust Stephen Harper to support
this and other vital sectors of the economy if re-elected?"
    Support for the idea that governments have a role to play in the economy
is strong across demographic, regional and party preference lines. That
support is highest among males (86.6%), Canadians aged 18-29 and 40-49 (87.4%
each) and Ontario (88.1%), the province hardest hit by Canada's manufacturing
crisis. Interestingly, after Bloc Quebecois supporters, Canadians supporting
the Conservative Party are most likely to approve of government intervention
in the economy (90.2% and 88.6% respectively).
    These poll results have important implications for all political parties,
particularly as Canada's economy continues to struggle. More than
200,000 manufacturing jobs have been lost since the Conservatives were elected
in January 2006 and Canada's manufacturing trade deficit has more than tripled
in just three years, from $16 billion in 2005 to over $50 billion this year.
In addition, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development
suggests in its most recent Economic Outlook that Canada is expected to have
the second-worst economic growth of all the G7 economies this year with real
GDP growing just 1.2 percent.
    "The economy is hurting," said Lewenza, "we need our next government to
have a plan to both protect and create Canadian jobs."

    The poll results are based on a random telephone survey of
1,200 Canadians from September 20th to September 22nd, 2008. The margin of
accuracy for a sample of 1,200 is +/-2.8%, 19 times out of 20. For more
details on the poll please see the attachment. For more information on polling
technique please visit

For further information:

For further information: To arrange an interview or for further
information please contact: Angelo DiCaro, Canadian Auto Workers, t. (416)
497-4110, c. (416) 606-6311, e.; Steven Staples, Rideau
Institute, t. (613) 565-9449, c. (613) 290-2695, e.; Nik Nanos, Nanos Research, t. (613) 234-4666 ext.
237, c. (613) 276-2731, e.

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