Toronto – The Council of Canadians released an Ontario Election report card today, rating the four main party platforms according to a “Key Election Issues” survey of Council supporters in Ontario.
The Council of Canadians’ online survey, conducted between April 21 and May 9, received 3,892 responses from Ontario supporters of the social justice organization. The survey asked, “Which issues are important to you and will inform how you will vote in the upcoming election?”
Fifty-two of the listed issues received more than 50 per cent support from respondents, forming the rubric for analyzing each of the main parties’ positions during the election campaign (up until May 24th). Where there was a reasonably clear commitment to a key issue identified in the survey, a checkmark was given.
Here are the results for each party:
NDP: 36/52 = 69%
Greens: 29/52 = 55%
Liberals: 21/52 = 40%
Progressive Conservatives: 6/52= 12%
95% of respondents stated they had voted in the 2014 provincial election – far higher than the province-wide voter turnout of 52% in 2014. 98% of respondents stated they will vote on June 7.
“This is the most important election Ontario has seen in decades,” said Mark Calzavara, an Organizer with the Council of Canadians. “Whichever party wins on June 7th, the Council of Canadians will endeavour to convince the new government to prioritize these key issues.”
“We have more than 60,000 supporters across Ontario and more than 3,000 supporters in several key ridings,” said Rachel Small, an Organizer with the Council of Canadians. “They are informed and engaged and they vote. They know what they want the future of Ontario to look like, and they will organize in their communities to make that happen.”
The Council of Canadians is non-partisan. We believe in active citizen involvement in the electoral process. While the Council does not endorse candidates, parties or holders of public office, the organization may support positions taken that are consistent with its goals and mission.
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