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I thought the Manning Centre claimed Canada was becoming more conservative

It appears they aren’t correct – not on the abortion/maternal health front anyhow:

Canadians reject PM’s abortion stand: poll

A new poll suggests that a majority of Canadians opposes the Prime Minister’s refusal to fund safer abortions in developing countries, even as international concern grows about the state of his G8 maternal health initiative. The Canadian Press-Harris Decima poll found that 58 per cent of respondents oppose Harper’s exclusion of abortion funding in his drive to improve maternal and child health in poor countries…Only 30 per cent of respondents said they would support the government’s decision..

30 % support is not a good wedge issue for the Prime Minister or the Conservative Party to be using. It also provides evidence that the Liberals were right to bring that concern up over Harper’s initiative; even if members of their socially conservative anti-abortion wing helped to kill their own motion, it still was successful in helping to highlight the issue to the general public, who aren’t apparently liking what they’re hearing of Harper’s initiative when they get the full details.

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7 comments to I thought the Manning Centre claimed Canada was becoming more conservative

  • Lucy W.

    Harris Decima is clearly another Liberal-NDP Coup-supporting, Taliban-loving, anti-American pollster.

    Or something like that.

  • foottothefire

    It is well established by now that any drink named Manning, Reform, Alliance, Harperite comes with a twist…and lemon.

  • ridenrain,

    Talk about comparing apples and oranges. Indeed, a telephone poll is far more representative of public opinion than a planned protest.

    In comparison, the prorogation protests were multi-city, and backed by opinion polls.

    As for Harper and this poll.. he does not care. He already knows this. He is trying to wedge several Liberals out of the Liberal caucus who are anti-abortion. Harper is pleased to build a majority on wedge issues, which does not require any concern for the welfare of the majority of this country.

    He is an unfit PM.

  • ridenrain

    1000 people in a telephone survey?
    Far more than that showed up to support the government’s position:
    http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/808856–huge-anti-abortion-rally-hails-canada-s-new-foreign-aid-stand?bn=1

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