News & Press: 2014

Albertans Decry Smith’s Decision to Join Progressive Conservatives

Wildrose Party falls to fourth place among decided voters, while approval for Premier Jim Prentice jumps to 52%. Calgary, AB – The recent decision from former Wildrose Party leader Danielle Smith and eight other MLAs to join the Progressive Conservatives... Read more

Government, BCTF Dispute is Top Story of 2014 for British Columbians

Premier Christy Clark is the “Newsmaker of the Year”, followed by labour negotiator Vince Ready and Trevor Linden of the Vancouver Canucks. Vancouver, BC – The labour dispute between the provincial government and the BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) is regarded... Read more

All Things Christmas: Visiting Friends and Family Top Activity Among British Columbians and Albertans

British Columbians are more likely to re-gift or exchange presents than Albertans—Albertans far more likely to believe the story of baby Jesus. Vancouver, BC – Residents of British Columbia and Alberta regard time with friends and family as the most... Read more

Two thirds of residents believe Metro Vancouver is not a leader in offering transportation choices

The majority of residents surveyed (60%) support a new, affordable sedan car service that would meet provincial regulations. Vancouver, BC – A new survey, Metro Vancouver Attitudes to Transportation Options, commissioned by Ripe, a Vancouver-based company proposing to... Read more

Confidence on Issues Eroding for British Columbia Government

Fewer residents are expressing satisfaction with how the economy and energy files are being handled. Vancouver, BC – The third Insights West “BC Government Report Card” conducted in partnership with Business in Vancouver shows that residents of the province are... Read more

Tepid Support for Yes in Metro Vancouver Transit Vote

A third of residents say they will “probably” vote Yes, while one-in-four are “definitely” voting No. Vancouver, BC – Residents of Metro Vancouver are offering lukewarm support for a Yes vote in next year’s Transportation and Transit Referendum, a new... Read more

Recovery Underway for Progressive Conservatives in Alberta

More than a third of voters are undecided, and provide nuanced views on the first few weeks of the Jim Prentice government. Calgary, AB – The Progressive Conservative Party is once again the most popular in Alberta’s political scene, a... Read more

Domestic Energy Needs a Priority for Albertans, British Columbians

British Columbians want to proceed with caution on LNG, particularly on the issue of extraction. Vancouver, BC – Western Canadians believe that the country’s own energy needs should be the most important component of any new national policy, a new... Read more

Most Metro Vancouver Voters Reject Amalgamation

The idea of electing City Council through a ward system is popular in Vancouver and Surrey. Vancouver, BC – Residents of Metro Vancouver are not enthralled with the notion of becoming a megacity like Toronto or Montreal, a new Insights... Read more

Ideas and Policies Key to Robertson Win in Vancouver

Stability a deciding factor for supporters of Hepner in Surrey. Vancouver, BC – Vancouver’s mayor has been re-elected on the strength of his ideas and policies, while Surrey voters opted to continue with the status quo after pondering other... Read more

Robertson Leads, LaPointe Gaining in Vancouver Mayoral Race

Incumbent mayor still seen as the best choice for environment and housing, but NPA challenger connecting well with voters on development and city finances. Vancouver, BC – As the Vancouver municipal campaign enters its final week, incumbent Gregor Robertson of... Read more

Extremely Tight Mayoral Race Developing in Surrey

McCallum ahead on economic management, Hepner leads on arts and the environment, and Rasode is regarded as the best person to handle crime. Vancouver, BC – The race to replace Dianne Watts as the Mayor of Surrey is exceptionally... Read more

Tri-Cities, Burnaby Get Highest Ratings in Metro Vancouver

Departing Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts is the most popular head of government. Vancouver, BC – Departing Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts holds the best approval rating across Metro Vancouver, while the municipal governments of the Tri-Cities and Burnaby get the highest... Read more

Nearly All Chinese and South Asian British Columbians Have Faced Discrimination

While most have experienced a “moderate” or “small” amount of discrimination, only 16% say they have never encountered it. Vancouver, BC – In a groundbreaking survey of 658 Chinese and South Asian British Columbians conducted by Insights West through the... Read more

McCallum Ahead of Rivals in Surrey Mayoral Campaign

Crime remains the most important issue for residents, but there is a large proportion of undecided and unengaged voters. Vancouver, BC – Safe Surrey Coalition mayoral candidate Doug McCallum holds the upper hand over Surrey First contender Linda Hepner and... Read more

Metro Vancouver Still Divided on Coal Shipping Facility

Two thirds of residents are concerned over the effect coal may have on air quality. Vancouver, BC – There is no consensus in Metro Vancouver on the recently approved coal transport facility at Fraser Surrey Docks, a new Insights... Read more

A Shocking Number of Small Business Owners in BC Do Not Have a Business Plan

  Vancouver, BC – In conjunction with the start of Small Business Month, results of a recent poll conducted among 459 small business owners in British Columbia by Insights West and Small Business BC, reveal a stunning fact that more... Read more

Chinese British Columbians Praise Weather, Political Freedom and Their Home in Comparison to Life in their Country of Origin

More than two-in-five say job opportunities, entertainment options and cost of living are worse here. Vancouver, BC – Chinese British Columbians are definitely happy with certain qualities of life in Canada, but are unimpressed by others, a new ground-breaking Insights... Read more

Insights West Launches Western Canada’s largest Multicultural Panel

First poll launched shows comparisons of life in Canada to home country Insights West is pleased to announce the launch of Your Insights Multicultural Panel—a market research online community of 2,100+ British Columbians of Chinese and South Asian ethnic heritage.... Read more

BC Prefers Arbitration, Not Legislation, To End Education Dispute

Residents are more likely to say that the BCTF has done more to end the impasse over the past two weeks than the provincial government. Vancouver, BC – As the contract dispute involving the Government of British Columbia and the... Read more