New poll: Canadians not on with selling off Crown corporations
Harper government reintroduced idea in January's budget.
OTTAWA, March 6 2009 — Canadians have a message for the federal government — don't sell Crown corporations to reduce the deficit.
A poll by The Canadian Press Harris-Decima suggests all but Conservatives are firmly against selling companies like Canada Post.
The Harper government announced in November's fiscal update that it is looking at selling Crown assets — and re-introduced the idea in January's budget.
But it never said which assets — land, property or Crown corporations.
The poll focused specifically on the corporations.
Sixty per cent of respondents said it's a bad idea to privatize corporations, with the strongest opposition coming from Ontario at 66 percent.
Nationally, 48 percent of Conservatives said they favoured the concept, while 43 percent were opposed.
Seventy-five percent of New Democrats and 67 percent of Liberals opposed privatization.
"It tells me that Canadians don't want to see governments selling off assets in a panic," said Jeff Walker, vice-president of Harris-Decima. . .
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Don't sell Crown corps: poll, by Julian Beltrame, Canadian Press, March 6 2009
Posted: March 11, 2009
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