Smack my gob. A revealing CBC investigation has exposed an
electoral arithmetical travesty, hitherto unseen.
two-fifths of Canadians support key CPC policies, whilst a clear
majority of people oppose them and don’t want them implemented:
Key Conservative policies lack clear support
A majority of Canadians don’t support corporate
tax cuts and are opposed to buying the F-35 fighter jets, two major
pieces of the Conservative government’s plan for the country, a new poll
In a new poll conducted for CBC News following the May 2 federal
election, 53 per cent of people surveyed said they were opposed to
dropping the corporate tax rate from 16.5 per cent to 15 per cent. About
two-fifths—39 per cent—agreed with the cut and eight per cent
Just more than half—52 per cent—said Canada should not
go ahead with the purchase of 65 F-35 fighter jets, while 37 per cent
polled said the government should buy the planes. Twelve per cent said
they didn’t know.
So, roughly the same number of people who voted Conservative support
Conservative policies. While roughly the same number of people who
didn’t vote Conservative don’t support Conservative policies.
The mystery clearly doesn’t lie here. Indeed, there’s a weird relief
in seeing that, in the absence of a sitting parliament, voters’ views
haven’t done a lot of capricious shifting.
No, the mystery is why we tolerate a voting system that generates majority governments with less than 2/5 popular support.
I’d like to “blame Canada” and say, well, you got what you voted for. But you didn’t, did you?
Liam Roberts is a Canadian writer, photographer and all-round
Renaissance Man based in Brixton, London. "Quebec's NDP Revolution"
appears on his blog, Polygonic.