Yesterday, the Mustel Research Group Ltd. released a poll showing 36 percent of British Columbians support the provincial New Democrats - 15 percentage points less than the Liberals. And just 35 percent approve of party leader Carole James's performance. So how are the New Democrats responding to those latest poll numbers? Well, er...they're not. This, according to talking points distributed to legislators by caucus communications director Chris Gainor. The following is a complete copy of those talking points.
From: Gainor, Chris
Sent: Thursday, May 10, 2007 1:49 PM
Subject: Today's Mustel Poll PTN
May 10, 2007
Liberals: 51 per cent.
NDP: 36 per cent
Green : 11 per cent
Gordon Campbell: Approve 47 per cent. Disapprove 39 per cent. Undecided: 14
Carole James: Approve 35 per cent. Disapprove 19 per cent.
Undecided: 47 per cent
* In the past two weeks Gordon Campbell's government has been mired in scandal.
* We've been holding Gordon Campbell to account on special deals for friends and insiders, like Ken Dobell, alleged dirty political tricks orchestrated by his staff, and massive costs overruns on projects like the new convention centre.
* And we're keeping the pressure on Gordon Campbell.
* We say it's time to give working people a raise with an increase to the minimum wage. Gordon Campbell says no.
* We want to make life more affordable for average families. Gordon Campbell is raising rates, fees and fares.
* We are not afraid of open government. Gordon Campbell doesn't trust British Columbians to know what he knows.
* In the next election, the question will be: who will ensure average families benefit from a growing economy?
* British Columbians will choose a leader and a team that fight for the things that matter to average families.