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(06/22/07) -

Canadians Want Greens in Parliament

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Many adults in Canada would like the Green party to have representation in the House of Commons, according to a poll by Angus Reid Strategies. 58 per cent of respondents think it is important for the country to have a Green party member of Parliament.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Many adults in Canada would like the Green party to have representation in the House of Commons, according to a poll by Angus Reid Strategies. 58 per cent of respondents think it is important for the country to have a Green party member of Parliament.

Canadians renewed the House of Commons in January 2006. The Conservative party—led by Stephen Harper—received 36.3 per cent of the vote, and secured 124 seats in the 308-member lower house. Harper leads a minority administration after more than 12 years of government by the Liberal party.

In the January 2006 ballot, the Greens received 4.5 per cent of the vote but secured no seats in the House of Commons. In August 2006, Sierra Club of Canada head Elizabeth May became the new leader of the Greens. Only 16 per cent of respondents think May would make a good prime minister.

In April, Liberal leader St├ęphane Dion and May announced an agreement in a joint statement, which read: “Out of respect for each other and out of our shared commitment to a greener Canada, we are not running candidates in each other’s ridings.” 25 per cent of respondents would definitely or probably consider voting for the Greens in the next election to the House of Commons.

Earlier this month, May discussed her party’s strengths, saying, “We are drawing support away from the Liberals, the Conservatives and I’d say some from the NDP as well. Our base of support is not left or right. We appeal to many former Conservatives and NDPers on social justice and environmental issues and I expect we appeal to disgruntled Liberals as well. We take a lot of support from all parties.” 67 per cent of respondents think the Green party cares more about the environment than any other federal party, but 49 per cent say they do not have a clear idea of what they stand for.

Polling Data

In the next federal election, would you consider voting for the Green candidate in your riding?

Definitely / Probably consider

25%

Definitely / Probably not

60%

Do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

Agree

Disagree

Elizabeth May would make a good
prime minister of Canada

16%

50%

It is important for Canada to have a
Green party member of Parliament

58%

30%

The Green party cares more about the
environment than any other federal party

67%

18%

I do not have a clear idea of what
the Green party stands for

49%

45%

Source: Angus Reid Strategies
Methodology: Online interviews with a representative national sample of 1,079 Canadian adults, conducted on Jun. 14 and Jun. 15, 2007. Margin of error is 3.0 per cent.

Complete Poll (PDF)