Trade Minister David Emerson, who dismissed his critics Monday as "partisan zealots," has the backing of only 28 per cent of British Columbians for his decision to bolt from the Liberals to Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservatives, according to a new poll...
Emerson's assertion that he has broad grassroots backing isn't supported by a new poll of 800 British Columbians done for Global TV, said Ipsos-Reid vice-president Kyle Braid.
The poll, conducted starting the day after Emerson entered cabinet on Feb. 6 and ending Sunday, found that six out of 10 British Columbians disapproved of Emerson's defection.
And slightly more than three-quarters of British Columbians believe MPs should be forced to run in a byelection before they can switch parties.
The worst news for the Tories is that only 28 per cent approve of Harper's controversial appointment. That compares with 37 per cent of British Columbians who voted Conservative on January 23.
I guess this poll negates Emerson's "partisan zealots" defense. Next. What is more important, the opinion of a disastrous former PM like Kim Campbell, or average Canadians?