News & Press: 2015

Trudeau’s Victory is Top Story of 2015 in British Columbia

Premier Christy Clark is Newsmaker of the Year, followed by the province’s three new federal ministers. Vancouver, BC – Most British Columbians believe the change of government in Ottawa was the most important news story of 2015, a new Insights... Read more

Albertans Regard Drop in Oil Prices as Top Story of 2015

Premier Rachel Notley selected as “Newsmaker of the Year” by large margin. Calgary, AB – Despite experiencing political shifts in Edmonton and Ottawa in a span of six months, most Albertans think the oil crisis was the top story of... Read more

Gifts and Decorations Are Top Holiday Activities in Western Canada

A majority of British Columbians and Albertans will send cards, but fewer plan to attend a religious service. Vancouver, BC – Most residents of British Columbia and Alberta have been busy buying gifts and putting up decorations, but fewer are... Read more

Only One-in-Four Canadians Support the Seal Harvest

Just 9% are in favour of “hunting animals for sport”—the issue of zoos and aquariums is the most divisive. Vancouver, BC – Most Canadians are opposed to the seal harvest that takes place in Atlantic Canada, Quebec and the... Read more

Poll shows public support for French booming in BC

  Vancouver, BC — It has taken four decades and sometimes argument and bitter feelings, but according to a new poll commissioned by Canadian Parents for French BC & YK in association with La Fédération des francophones de la Colombie-Britannique... Read more

Wide Support for New Physician-Assisted Suicide Law in Canada

Only 11% of Canadians think physician-assisted suicide should not be allowed under any circumstances. Vancouver, BC – Most Canadians are in favour of enacting physician-assisted suicide legislation that matches this year’s Supreme Court ruling, a new Canada-wide Insights West poll... Read more

Black Friday Evokes Mixed Feelings in British Columbia and Alberta

More than two-thirds of residents say the deals are “not that great”, but those aged 18-to-34 are more likely to make purchases this Friday. Vancouver, BC – While most residents of British Columbia and Alberta are not planning to take... Read more

Almost Half of British Columbians Dissatisfied with Government on LNG

TransLink and foreign ownership in housing are among Victoria’s lowest-ranked files. Vancouver, BC – The year-end Insights West “BC Government Report Card” conducted in partnership with Business in Vancouver shows that the public’s perception of the government’s push for the... Read more

Sizeable Majority of Albertans Concerned About Economic Issues

The public’s reception of the latest budget is markedly better than in March 2015. Calgary, AB – The new Government of Alberta gets good marks on its handling of education and government accountability, but almost half of residents are dissatisfied... Read more

Future of Viaducts Splits Views in Metro Vancouver

Seven-in-ten residents believe the decision only benefits developers and not the average resident. Vancouver, BC – The recent decision by Vancouver City Council to remove the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts remains contentious for residents of Metro Vancouver, a new Insights... Read more

Change, Leader Appeal Propelled Liberals in British Columbia

Exit poll shows that “strategic voting” was more successful in Vancouver Island than in other areas of the province. Vancouver, BC – Canada’s federal Liberal Party finished ahead of all rivals in British Columbia for the first time in this... Read more

Conservatism Alive, Harperism Not So Much in Alberta

Exit poll reveals that more than a third of Conservative voters thought it was time to replace Stephen Harper. Calgary, AB – While most voters in Alberta supported the Conservative Party in the Canadian federal election, a sizeable proportion of... Read more

Trudeau Makes Liberals Competitive in British Columbia

New Democrats lose support as Justin Trudeau emerges as the top choice for Prime Minister. Vancouver, BC – The Liberal Party has dramatically increased its standing in British Columbia as the Canadian federal election looms, a new Insights West... Read more

Most Albertans Ready to Vote Conservative in Federal Election

Liberal momentum pushes New Democrats to third place, but Stephen Harper is still seen as the best option for the top political job. Calgary, AB – The Conservative Party remains the most popular option as Albertans prepare to cast their... Read more

Federal B.C. Battleground Ridings Too Close to Call

New results released in seven British Columbia ridings. Burnaby, BC – With days left in the federal election campaign, riding-level telephone polls conducted by Insights West for Dogwood Initiative show races getting tighter in the Lower Mainland, North Island and... Read more

Metro Vancouver’s Multicultural Voters Gravitate Towards Liberals

Voters of East Asian, South Asian and South East Asian descent regard Justin Trudeau as the best option for Prime Minister. Vancouver, BC – Metro Vancouver’s multicultural population is looking at the federal Liberal Party as the best option to... Read more

British Columbians and Albertans Condemn Trophy Hunting

Residents of the two provinces hold differing views on rodeos, zoos and aquariums. Vancouver, BC – British Columbians and Albertans are equally dismayed by trophy hunting, a new Insights West poll has found. In the online survey of representative provincial samples,... Read more

Users and Non-Users Across Canada Support Marijuana Legalization

More than half of those who have never tried cannabis are in favour of legalization, and regard it as a good revenue generator for governments. Vancouver, BC – Most Canadians believe it is time to legalize marijuana, including many who... Read more

Half of British Columbians Say Tories Have Been Bad Economic Managers

No federal political party manages to get a substantial lead on six economic issues. Vancouver, BC – Canada’s Conservative government is regarded as a poor economic manager by a majority of British Columbians, a new Insights West poll conducted for... Read more

Conservatives Hold on to Sizeable Lead in Alberta

The New Democrats dropped four points since August, while the Liberals gained six points. Calgary, AB – The governing Conservative Party is still ahead of all rivals a month before Albertans take part in the Canadian federal election, a new... Read more