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Exploring the Views of Canada's Multicultural Communities

From May 14, 2008

When the Conservatives' Federal Accountability Act became the law of the land, it might surprise some that the Cons were already breaking it just three months later, by not publicly releasing the government opinion polling it conducted on the tax-payer's dime. The report was only made public after a request from reporters through the Access to Information Act.

The $117,000 research conducted with ethnic groups asked questions about the acceptance and knowledge of the Conservatives' five policy priorities that they had campaigned on.

Said Liberal Public Works critic Pablo Rodriguez: "They are using taxpayers' money to see if their political program is accepted or liked by cultural communities, and they're doing it while they're in government so they don't have to use their own money."

Government polling procedure bans questions that involve voting intentions and perceptions of party leaders. In the objectives statement for the research, however, it states that the research will determine "awareness of the government's agenda" and "their views on government's performance."

It seems clear the Conservatives are willing to bend and break the rules to gain every advantage.