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April 13, 2009 06:01 ET

A Report Card on the Harper/Flaherty Economic Initiatives and Activi

Québec is the only Dissenting Voice

Attention: News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, ON--(Marketwire - April 13, 2009) - Toronto, ON - A majority of Canadians are giving Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Finance Minister Jim Flaherty "good marks" for the various initiatives they've taken in the last number of months to deal with the Canadian economy.

A new Ipsos Reid poll, conducted for Canwest News Service and Global Television, indicates that 59% of Canadians render "good marks" (9% an 'A' or better and 50% a 'B or C' for 'somewhat good' marks) while 31% render them a 'D' for 'somewhat bad marks'. Only 11% give them very bad marks -- an 'F' for failure.

The poll also indicates that the majority (61%) think that the Federal government and its economic initiatives have the Canadian economy on the "right track" compared with 39% who believe that the efforts to date have got the country on the "wrong track".

It would appear that while every region and demographic in the country render 'good marks' and kudos for having the economy headed in that 'Right Direction' the lone exception is Québec which render worse marks or believe that the recent initiatives and activities have the Canadian economy on the Wrong Track.

These are the findings of a poll conducted on behalf of Canwest News Service and Global National from March 30 to April 6, 2009. This online survey of 2035 Canadian adults was conducted via the Ipsos I-Say Online Panel, Ipsos Reid's national online panel. The results of these polls are based on a sample where quota sampling and weighting are employed to balance demographics and ensure that the sample's composition reflects that of the actual Canadian population according to Census data. Quota samples with weighting from the Ipsos online panel provide results that are intended to approximate a probability sample. Statistical margins of error are not applicable to online polls, however, an unweighted probability sample of this size, with a 100% response rate, would have an estimated margin of error of +/- 2.2 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, had the entire adult population of Canada been polled.

Making the Grade…

Six in 10 (59%) Canadians render "good marks" (9% an 'A' or better and 50% a 'B or C' for 'somewhat good' marks) for the federal government, led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, for the various initiatives they've taken in the last number of months to deal with the Canadian economy. This is in contrast to 31% of Canadians who give them a 'D' for 'somewhat bad marks' and 11% an 'F' for failure.

It would appear that with the exception of Québec, every other region and the demographic in the country give the Prime Minister and his Finance Minister 'good marks' for the recent term:

Alberta 72% (16% 'A' or better, 56% 'B or a C')

Saskatchewan/Manitoba 72% (9% 'A' or better, 63% 'B or a C')

British Columbia 68% (16% 'A' or better, 52% 'B or a C')

Ontario 63% (9% 'A' or better, 54% 'B or a C')

Atlantic Canada (4% 'A' or better, 50% 'B or a C')

Income: <$30,000 56% (7% 'A' or better, 49% 'B or a C')/ $30,000-<$60,000 59% (7% 'A' or better, 52% 'B or a C')/ $60,000+59% (10% 'A' or better, 49% 'B or a C')

Canadians with children 56% (7% 'A' or better, 48% 'B or a C')/Canadians without children 59% (9% 'A' or better, 50% 'B or a C')

By Age: 18-34 58% (6% 'A' or better, 52% 'B or a C')/ 35-54 54% (6% 'A' or better, 48% 'B or a C')/ 55+ 65% (14% 'A' or better, 51% 'B or a C')

Men 60% (11% 'A' or better, 49% 'B or a C')/ Women 57% (6% 'A' or better, 51% 'B or a C')

As indicated above, there is only one exception across the country where worse marks are handed out: Québec. But even there, only one in 6 (16%) give an 'F for failure' -- the highest in the country (Atlantic Canada 13%, Ontario 10%, British Columbia 8%, Alberta 6%, Saskatchewan/Manitoba 5%). In Québec only 40% hand out good marks (3% 'A' or better, 37% 'B or a C'), whereas 44% give 'somewhat bad marks-a D'.

A Majority (61%) Think The Federal Government And Its Economic Initiatives And Activities Have The Canadian Economy On The Right Track…

A majority (61%) think that the Federal government and its economic initiatives and activities have the Canadian economy on the Right Track, compared to 39% who believe that it's on the Wrong Track.

The results almost mirror much of the marking scheme above with Québec being the only region that to a majority believes the government initiatives and activities have the Canadian economy on the Wrong Track.

Saskatchewan/Manitoba 75% Right Track (7% very/68% somewhat) versus 25% Wrong Track (5% very/19% somewhat)

Alberta 72% Right Track (14% very/58% somewhat) versus 28% Wrong Track (4% very/24% somewhat)

British Columbia 71% Right Track (12% very/59% somewhat) versus 29% Wrong Track (6% very/23% somewhat)

Ontario 65% Right Track (8% very/58% somewhat) versus 35% Wrong Track (7% very/28% somewhat)>

Atlantic Canada 59% Right Track (5% very/54% somewhat) versus 41% Wrong Track (7% very/34% somewhat)

Québec 42% Right Track (2% very/40% somewhat) versus 58% Wrong Track (10% very/48% somewhat)

Income: <$30,000 61% Right Track (5% very/56% somewhat) versus 39% Wrong Track (10% very/29% somewhat)/ $30,000-<$60,000 61% Right Track (7% very/54% somewhat) versus 39% Wrong Track (5% very/34% somewhat)/ $60,000+ 61% Right Track (8% very/53% somewhat) versus 39% Wrong Track (7% very/32% somewhat)

Canadians with children 56% Right Track (5% very/51% somewhat) versus 44% Wrong Track (9% very/36% somewhat)/Canadians without children 62% Right Track (8% very/55% somewhat) versus 38% Wrong Track (7% very/31% somewhat)

Men 63% Right Track (9% very/54% somewhat) versus 37% Wrong Track (7% very/30% somewhat)/ women 59% Right Track (6% very/53% somewhat) versus 41% Wrong Track (7% very/33% somewhat)

By age: 18-34 57% Right Track (4% very/53% somewhat) versus 43% Wrong Track (7% very/35% somewhat)/ 35-54 58% Right Track (6% very/52% somewhat) versus 42% Wrong Track (8% very/34% somewhat)/ 55+ 68% Right Track (11% very/57% somewhat) versus 32% Wrong Track (7% very/25% somewhat)

For more information on this news release, please contact:

John Wright
Senior Vice President
Ipsos Reid
Public Affairs
(416) 324-2002
john.wright@ipsos-reid.com

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  • John Wright, Senior Vice President, Ipsos Reid Public Affairs
    Primary Phone: 416-324-2002
    E-mail: john.wright@ipsos.com