Yesterday, Harris-Decima released a poll of Canadian opinion, as it relates to the American Presidential race. These results are quite telling:
A new poll suggests Canadians so massively favour the U.S. Democratic party that they'd back any of its leading candidates in a presidential race against a Republican.
The Harris-Decima survey suggests the Democrats would trounce the Republicans by a four-to-one margin if the voters were Canadian.
U.S. President George W. Bush's Republican party would get creamed even in a hypothetical election in which only Canadian Conservatives voted.
The survey, provided exclusively to The Canadian Press, says 49 per cent of Canadians expressed a preference for Democrats while only 12 per cent did the same for Republicans.
Even self-described Conservatives — who are supposedly more ideologically in tune with the right-leaning Republicans — favoured the Democrats by a 47-23 margin.
What does the above tell us about Canadians, and how should that translate to our newscasts? In my mind, the above proves a basic truth, Canada is a center, center-left country, and true conservatism is really a fringe player in our discourse. With that reality in mind, why is that Conservative bloggers rail against outlets like the CBC, when it would appear they merely reflect the politics of the people? What we have here is a vocal minority, playing the martyr card, who can't stand the fact that they are basically out of touch with mainstream Canada.
Canadians actually like David Suzuki, for the most part. Canadians don't see a show like The Nature Of Things as a vehicle for the CBC to project it's socialist agenda. Canadians do believe in global warming, Canadians don't support capital punishment, Canadians do believe the state has some role to play in our lives..... The CBC, our network, merely reflects the majority perspective.
We can all pick out items and point to bias. For myself, I wonder how a CBC political roundtable can call itself fair when it includes a known Dion hater, the former guru of the National Post and a pollster who worked for Mulroney. If I was a conservative, I would extrapolate this simple fact to the entire network. However, when you step back, you see a balance elsewhere and it becomes more acceptable.
Our current government feeds the conservative rallying cry, with its paranoid and hands off approach to the media. Is that because the media is biased against them, or is it more correctly an acknowledgement, through the reactions, that this government's core belief system is out of step with mainstream Canada? Is the paranoia really a shrewd calculation, the need to hide?
A gigantic yawn, the unwashed will be heard.