Thursday, October 22, 2009

Canadians Confidence in Economy, Net worth, Government Growing

National Economy Turning the Corner for Half of Canadians

Federal Liberals are denying the recovery by using selective information

Amateur Hour Extended: Most Basic Facts Wrong

Strange but true Don Martin thinks the Liberals had a good week pushing a fake scandal.

Since late June, positive views on the economy have increased by 12 points, while negative assessments have declined by 11 points.

Canadians are now four times more likely to believe that the stock market will be higher a month from now (26%) than to think it will be lower (6%).

Also, more than a third of respondents (36%) expect the Canadian economy to improve in the next three months, while less than one-in-ten (8%) foresee a decline.

A majority of Canadians (56%) rate their own personal finances as "good" or "very good" (56%), but two-in-five (40%) deem them "bad" or "very bad."

The Recession

Since the summer, Canadians have become less dramatic when assessing the current recession. While half of respondents (53%) describe the current slowdown as the worst recession in twenty years, the proportion has declined by 10 points in three months. In fact, 30 per cent of respondents—up eight points since July—now rate the current state of affairs as a "minor recession."

However, the proportion of respondents who believe Canada will get out of recession in 2011 increased this month to 52 per cent, up 10 points since July.

The Government

Almost half of Canadians (49%) believe the actions of governments across Canada will help the economy recover slowly, while 18 per cent—down six points since July—think their actions will make no difference to the economy.

It is natural for the sitting Government to benefit from the bad times as it is logical for them to take the heat for the bad times. The critics and naysayers who have been talking down the recovery, ignoring all the good news are losing support amongst Canadians. The Liberals, NDP, Bloc appear to be more interested in taking cheap shots than in helping the government move forward.

The [federal Liberals] draw conclusions based on the analysis that they’ve done,” deputy premier George Smitherman countered Thursday outside Queen’s Park.

Why are a few MSM chasing the Liberal's latest faux scandal or feuling the "invisible" outrage?

"I think the Prime Minister understands that this is not going over well with Canadians." (Bob Fife, Power Play, October 21, 2009)  Does Bob Fife has a special Poll taken in Narnia, Liberals are consistently below 30% for over four weeks since declaring an election threat.

"Now we are seeing more and more information, more and more statistics that say... if you're a Conservative voter, you're much more likely to be benefiting from the government's $61 billion stimulus effort." (James Travers, Power Play, October 21, 2009)

Without a thorough or complete review of 100% of the $ 61 billion, some suggest you can make a case for favouritism. That is simply inconsistent and borders on delusional.

A  review of the $ 61 billion requires a detailed and thorough analysis. Highlighting a specific riding or project worth $ 100 million predicts absolutely NOTHING and is a perfect example why the invisible outrage and crying wolf from the opposition will result in other representative of Provincial, municipal gov't to step up to discredit this latest smear.  I did not understand why any government would benefit from delaying release of information until this latest stunt. Opposition are being selective and trying desperately to manipulate data by being selective in what they bring forward in review of spending.


The country's prospects are actually brighter than they were in the summer. China's economy is growing faster than the Bank of Canada thought it would, lifting global growth and boosting commodity prices. Canada's labour and housing markets also continue to surprise analysts with their resilience.

Ignatieff gets his facts wrong in Arar case

UBC law professor Michael Byers said while public figures sometimes make mistakes, Ignatieff's statement was related to his own position on torture, "a matter on which he wrote extensively while a Harvard professor, with those writings having since been subject to intense scrutiny."
"For him to get the facts wrong on the highest profile case of torture involving a Canadian citizen is deeply worrying.
"It suggests a certain lack of attention to detail, and perhaps even concern, on a matter that was engaging the Canadian public, a commission of inquiry, and courts in both Canada and the United States at the very same time that he was expressing opinions on torture in The New York Times."

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