COMPAS Poll/Survey
August 28, 2006

Report Card on Federal Economic Policy: Strong Scores on U.S. Trade Relations and GST, Middling on Home Security Spending, Poor to Failing Grades in Eight Other Areas

  A Weekly BDO Dunwoody CEO Business Leader Poll by COMPAS in the Financial Post
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With seven months in office, the minority Conservative government was given its first report card on economic policy. Stephen Harper’s cabinet scores high on Canada-U.S. trade relations and the GST. It earns a middling report card for spending on home security. It earns low to failing grades in eight other areas ranging from transfer payments and aid to farmers to the environment and personal taxation.

On all non-taxation issues, the government earns lower scores for its efforts to explain policy than for its actual policy. At the top, its performance earns 70% on U.S.-Canada trade relations while its efforts to explain the policy earns 65%.

The volunteered responses of members of the CEO and business leader panel suggest that panelists remain favourable to the Conservative government because of perceptions of its integrity and the lack thereof in the case of the Liberals rather than because of exceptional confidence in the government’s actual performance. Some panelists say that it is too early to tell.

On the specific matter of the general state of federal finances, panelists are divided as to whether the government will end up with more or less wiggle room than anticipated.

These are the key findings from this week’s survey of the COMPAS panel of CEOs and business leaders undertaken for The National Post under sponsorship of BDO Dunwoody LLP.

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