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Sun News: Summer ends with three-way tie among federal party support

DAVID AKIN | PARLIAMENTARY BUREAU CHIEF After a summer of one embarrassing Senate scandal after another, Stephen Harper’s Conservatives are likely to take whatever little good news they can find these days.And, in the latest survey provided exclusively to QMI Agency by Abacus Data, there is, in fact, the tiniest nugget of good news for the ruling

52% of survey respondents didn’t know Canada is trying to secure EU trade deal

JESSICA HUME | QMI AGENCY OTTAWA – A small majority of Canadians who responded to a new survey had no idea the government is attempting to clinch a trade deal with the European Union, but those who were aware are overwhelmingly in favour.According to the Abacus Data survey, 48% of respondents knew of the government’s trade negotiations

Tory support plummets after rocky spring: Survey

DAVID AKIN | PARLIAMENTARY BUREAU CHIEF OTTAWA — After a spring full of scandal that reached into the Prime Minister’s Office, a new survey finds Stephen Harper’s Conservatives are tied for voter support across the country with Thomas Mulcair’s NDP — and both of them are looking up at Justin Trudeau’s Liberals. The Abacus Data survey done

Canadian Business: Technology Transform politics with big data

By Jeff Beer, Canadian Business Magazine Kathleen Wynne is standing at the podium, beaming out at 2,000 Ontario Liberal party delegates gathered inside Maple Leaf Gardens. After a three-ballot convention contest, she has just become the province’s new premier, and she wants to thank a few people. Wynne gives a heartfelt thanks to her campaign

Ottawa Sun: Millennial thoughts on pension reform

David Coletto, Pollster for the Sun News Network In last week’s tabling of the second budget implementation bill, the federal government announced major changes to the pension plans of MPs and federal public servants. Starting in January 2013, all federal government employees will have to make larger contributions to their pension, 50% up from 37%.

Justin Trudeau: The Millennial candidate?

BY DAVID COLETTO ,QMI AGENCY Justin Trudeau will become prime minister because young Canadians, or the Millennials, who never vote, will vote for him. Before you all reach for the barf bags, let me explain why that just might be true and why conservatives should be worried. I spend a lot of my day thinking about

CFRA: Madely in the Morning – Sept 25

David joined Steve Madely on 580 CFRA to discuss Abacus’ new political survey. Listen to the interview

Toronto Star: Unprecedented opposition may make British Columbia pipeline a non-starter

Published on Monday September 10, 2012 Les Whittington Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA—More than 1,000 Canadians have spoken out at public hearings on whether to build the Northern Gateway oil pipeline through the British Columbia wilderness. The information-gathering sessions, which resumed this week, will go on for months, with thousands of others waiting to give evidence. But,

Toronto Sun: Volatile B.C. voters could shift power in Ottawa

BY DAVID AKIN ,PARLIAMENTARY BUREAU CHIEF OTTAWA – The country’s two leading political parties are finding that pipeline politics is having a significant effect on voter’s partisan preferences, a new poll says. The federal Conservatives, strong proponents of the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline which would carry Alberta crude over the Rockies to the northern B.C. port

Ottawa Sun: Trudeau could save Liberals: Poll

BY MARK DUNN ,SENIOR NATIONAL REPORTER OTTAWA – Justin Trudeau would take the Liberals off life-support and make the sad-sack party a contender if he were leader, according to a new poll that also shows the NDP and Conservatives in a dead heat. The Abacus Data survey says the front-runners each have the support of 35% of respondents

Good decisions require good data.