Poll shows lack of familiarity with market watchdog

As politicians debate establishing a national securities regulator, recent polling suggests most British Columbians might not miss our own market watchdog if it were to disappear. A survey conducted between July 20-27, 2009 by Ipsos-Reid Corp. shows just 29 percent are familiar with the British Columbia Securities Commission. That poll was commissioned by the Canadian Securities Administrators investor education committee and referenced in the commission's service plan. But the commission instead focused on another aspect of the survey: that 46 percent of Canadian investors are aware of provincial securities regulators. It has committed to keep that number above 45 percent in future years.

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