The polls are coming fast and furious today, folks:
The recent prorogation of Parliament does not sit well with a majority of Canadians..a new Angus Reid Public Opinion poll
conducted in partnership with the Toronto Star has found…53 per cent of respondents disagree with the decision to
prorogue Parliament. Conversely, only 19 per cent agree with the move. Almost three-in-ten Canadians (28%) are undecided.
That is a substantial number, folks – not just the majority support, but the gap between those who agree and disagree. Even Conservative supporters don’t give Harper majority support in their own group: only 46% of them support it, while 35% disagree. If you’re wondering why the normally media-averse Harper is suddenly doing a flurry of interviews the past few days (he even went on CBC!) this might be a hint why.
Furthermore, Canadians aren’t buying Harper and the Conservative government’s reasons/justifications for prorogue:
About two-in-five Canadians (38%) side with the view of opposition parties, and believe prorogation was invoked in order to curtail an inquiry into the treatment of Afghan detainees. About one quarter of respondents (23%) agree with the federal government’s position that prorogation was necessary to recalibrate, consult and deliver the next stage of the economic plan.
Will some media commentators now concede that yes, maybe the Canadians Against Parliament’s Prorogue FaceBook group and its growing membership IS a sampling of the public’s discontent with this move (as evidenced by this one, and the slump in Conservative support as shown by Ekos)?