Earlier, we reported on how Decima Research Ltd.'s polling appears to have been influential in laying one of the cornerstones for the Campbell administration's climate action initiative. But how much did the Liberals splash out for that polling, you may wonder? Well, documents obtained by Public Eye via a freedom of information state the government agreed to pay a maximum of $130,500 in fees and $20,000 in expenses. Those documents also reveal the company was supposed to have submitted a "final report on qualitative findings" by the "end of week 6" - or the week of January 7, 2008. But, according to that report, Decima only got around to finishing its focus group testing "during the last 2 weeks of January, 2008." Moreover, report's .pdf is dated February 5, 2008 - just seven days before the speech from the throne announcing the government's climate action agenda.
August 11, 2008