Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Shocking news: Taxpayer-funded fake lakes don't poll well

If you thought $1 billion seemed like a lot to spend on security for a three day conference, and that fake lakes probably won't go over with Mike from Canmore, well, you now have polling to confirm the readily obvious:

Echoing the criticism from opposition MPs about the ballooning costs of hosting the summits, more than two-thirds of Canadians said playing host to world leaders is a waste of money, according to an Ipsos Reid online poll conducted for

"Canadians look at this and say it's not worth the disruption. It's not worth the money. It's not even worth the prestige," said John Wright of Ipsos Reid.
For some reason the Province doesn't give any numbers, but I have a few from Ipsos. They report 68 per sent say the "money spent to host G-20 a 'Waste'" while just 32 per cent say "It's worth it." And on another issue, 75 per cent of Canadians want the federal government to cover the costs of non-insurable damage to businesses and residents caused by protesters.

When you don't know whether to laugh or cry, sometimes it's better to laugh. Or sing (thanks to Jennifer):

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