News & Press: 2017

Divisive Election Leaves British Columbians Pondering Options

Balanced budgets, a ministry for mental health and addictions and a ban on grizzly bear trophy hunting are the most popular campaign promises. Vancouver, BC – The extremely close provincial election in British Columbia has left a large proportion of... Read more

Outcome Uncertain as a Divided British Columbia Prepares to Vote

Weaver is the best rated leader, Clark preferred on finances and Horgan still ahead on health care, education and housing. Vancouver, BC – Age, gender and regional differences have pushed the two main contending parties in the British Columbia provincial... Read more

British Columbians Split on Government’s Economic Record

More than a third think the BC NDP would do worse than the BC Liberals on job creation. Vancouver, BC – Research conducted by Insights West for CTV Vancouver reviewed the sentiments of British Columbians on issues related to finances. Economic... Read more

Horgan Connecting With British Columbians, But Clark Ahead on Economy

Most residents support banning political donations from corporations and unions, and just one-in-five think the LNG industry will benefit the entire province. Vancouver, BC – Research conducted by Insights West for CTV Vancouver reviewed the sentiments of British Columbians on... Read more

Northwest BC Residents Want a Revenue Sharing Agreement

Three-in-four residents believe provincial government financial support for their communities is worse than in the Lower Mainland. Terrace, BC – Eighty-five per cent of Northern B.C. residents believe it is important to have a revenue sharing agreement under which a... Read more

Long Waiting Times is Biggest Health Care Concern for British Columbians

Metro Vancouverites support ride-hailing services, and few parents of K-12 children have confidence in the provincial government to handle education. Vancouver, BC – Research conducted by Insights West for CTV Vancouver analyzed the views of British Columbians on the health... Read more

Canadians Employed Full-Time Struggling with Work-Life Balance

France’s proposal to allow employees to “disconnect” on evenings and weekends is supported by four-in-five Canadians who are working full-time. Vancouver, BC – A majority of Canadians who are working full time say they had to stay late at work... Read more

Clark Drops, Horgan Stable, Weaver Surges in British Columbia

Green Party leader gains points on approval and momentum, but the BC Liberals and BC NDP dominate on issues. Vancouver, BC – Fewer British Columbians are satisfied with the performance of the incumbent head of government as the provincial electoral... Read more

Canadian Economy Viewed Favourably, But Regional Disparities Persist

Seven-in-ten Canadians expect to pay more for groceries and gasoline in the next six months. Vancouver, BC – While most Canadians believe the national economy is currently in good shape, residents of Ontario and Alberta are unmistakably more fretful about... Read more

Rural British Columbians Oppose Trophy Hunting of Grizzly Bears

Practically three-in-four voters in five rural British Columbia constituencies are opposed to the practice. Vancouver, BC – The majority of British Columbians living in rural ridings oppose trophy hunting of grizzly bears, a poll conducted by Insights West on behalf... Read more

British Columbians Still Getting to Know Political Leaders

There are no clear favourites on “authenticity” and “trustworthiness”, but more than half believe the incumbent premier would “say anything to get elected”. Vancouver, BC – As British Columbians prepare for the 41st provincial election, an Insights West poll conducted... Read more

One Third of British Columbians Leave No Tip for Bad Service

Good service at a sit-down restaurant bumps most tips in the province to the 15% to 19% threshold. Vancouver, BC – A third of British Columbians refuse to tip at restaurants where they perceive to have received bad service, but... Read more

Housing and Jobs Are Key Election Issues for BC’s Post-Secondary Students

No party has a decisive advantage when it comes to representing the “views and interests” of post-secondary students. Vancouver, BC – Post-secondary students in British Columbia are primarily concerned with two issues as the provincial election looms, a new Insights... Read more

Four-in-five “Visible Minority” British Columbians Have Experienced Discrimination or Racism

A majority of residents think immigration levels should either increase or stay at the current levels. Vancouver, B.C. – Despite support for multiculturalism by the vast majority of British Columbians, a new report by Vancity credit union indicates 82 per... Read more

Almost Half of Canadians Are Likely to Boycott Trump Products

Canadians are spending more time discussing American politics with their family, friends and co-workers than domestic issues. Vancouver, BC – As the sons of the President of the United States arrive in Vancouver for the opening of a new hotel... Read more

B.C. Kids at Risk from Second-Hand Child Car Seats and Installation Mistakes

Only one-in-four drivers have had their child car seat checked by a certified expert. Burnaby, BC – A new BCAA survey reveals many parents in British Columbia take risks when transporting their kids, such as using a second-hand child car... Read more

Most Canadians Still Happy After Four Years Without the Penny

Getting rid of the nickel is not a popular idea among Baby Boomers and Generation X, but Millennials are divided. Vancouver, BC – Most Canadians are happy with the disappearance of the one-cent coin from their currency, a new nationwide... Read more

Four-in-Five Canadians Support Legislation to Ban Trophy Hunting

The level of rejection to hunting animals for sport is higher among Aboriginal Canadians. Vancouver, BC – Most Canadians believe it is time to end the practice of hunting animals for sport, a new nationwide Insights West poll conducted on... Read more

Albertans Support Banning Door-to-Door Sales of Home Energy Products

Only a third of residents have not dealt with salespeople at their doorstep in the past four years. Calgary, AB – Residents of Alberta are decidedly on side with the provincial government’s decision to ban door-to-door sales of home energy... Read more

British Columbians Have Higher Economic Confidence in 2017

The proportion of British Columbians who expect higher gasoline prices has doubled (from 39% to 81%) since January 2016. Vancouver, BC – Three-in-five British Columbians believe the provincial economy is doing well, but four-in-five are expecting higher costs for groceries... Read more