A recent survey conducted by Ipsos Reid poll, on behalf of Postmedia News and Global Television, found out that Harper government’s announcement of cutting $5.2 billion in expenses, and renewing the public sector pension plan, is the top political story of the year for Canadians. The survey acknowledged that results show that all politics was local, as top stories clearly varied by region because of which only one in five Canadians, i.e. 21 per cent, voted for the Conservatives’ statement budget overall.
Among other choices, one of the top news was the XL Foods beef recall, noticeably the largest in Canadian history, and the Quebec student protests. Whereas, the least voted choices was the choice of F-35 jets issue, voted by eight per cent respondents, whereas even less than three per cent voted for robocall controversy as the top political story of the year.
Province wise, majority of Quebecers voted for the student and teachers’ protests to be the biggest political news of the year. Highlighting that protests amplified considerably after the provincial Liberals passed the contentious Bill 78, restricting the right to protest in Quebec. Ontarians voted the news of Premier Dalton McGuinty’s resignation to be the top story. Meanwhile the majority voters from the British Columbia and Alberta voted for Nexen’s takeover by Chinese state-owned energy giant CNOOC. As they did not consider the XL Foods recall, conservatives budget cuts, teachers’ protest or any other news to be the top political story of 2012.
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