COMPAS Poll/Survey
December 4, 2006

Québecois as Nation Resolution in Parliament: Political Games That Won’t Affect the Quebec Economy or Future of Separatism but Reduces Respect for Politicians

  A Weekly BDO Dunwoody CEO Business Leader Poll by COMPAS in the Financial Post
Policy and Opinion
Business and Finance

The Québecois as Nation Resolution in Parliament is a matter of political gameship with no net impact on business but some diminished respect for national politicians. That is the general view of the CEOs and business leaders on the COMPAS panel.

On balance, the resolution will not increase or decrease support for separatism and will not affect the prospects for business in Quebec.

At best, the resolution is seen as a tactical manouevre in response to Liberal leadership candidate Michael Ignatieff’s proposal to recognize Quebec as a nation. Ignatieff and fellow Liberal candidates Bob Rae and Gerard Kennedy earn failing grades for their performance on the issue. Along with Prime Minister Harper, Dion earns a bare passing grade.

Panelists say that they would almost certainly have advanced the resolution had they been in the position of the Bloc Québecois leader because it may conceivably help the separatist movement in some way. However, they would not have put such a resolution forward had they been in Harper’s position and certainly not in Ignatieff’s position. The latter elicits the most opprobrium while Intergovernmental Minister Michael Chong earns some respect for resigning on the matter.

These are the principal findings from the weekly business web-survey conducted by COMPAS for the Financial Post under sponsorship of BDO Dunwoody LLP. The survey was conducted immediately before the Liberal convention, which chose Stephane Dion as leader.

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