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Mansbridge One on One: Allan Gregg

Peter Mansbridge is considered by many to be one of the most trusted faces in Canadian news. In his half-hour interview program called Mansbridge One on One, which still airs on CBC-TV, the renowned anchor and journalist speaks with fascinating people from all walks of life. Since it began airing in 1999, Mansbridge has interviewed politicians, business leaders, authors, activists, artists, journalists, and an eclectic variety of other various notable newsmakers.

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The results of the 1999 Saskatchewan general election are in, and hold a major surprise. Despite a strong NDP lead in advance public opinion polls, an unexpected victory by the Saskatchewan Party has many asking why the research was so off target. Citing urban bias and rural under-representation, political pundit Allan Gregg sits down to discuss why the advance polls didn't match the election outcome. "Public opinion polls have never been designed to predict behaviour," he explains in this interview with CBC host Peter Mansbridge. 

• Alberta native Allan R. Gregg served as the official pollster for the Progressive Conservative Party from 1979 to 1993.

• Gregg has extensive experience in the entertainment industry. He is a founding shareholder of YTV, served as chair of the Toronto International Film Festival, and spent 13 years co-managing rock band The Tragically Hip.

• In 2006, he won the Public Affairs Association's Award of Distinction. The following year, he was honoured for his writing on cultural diversity with a National Magazine Award.

Medium: Television
Program: Mansbridge One on One
Broadcast Date: Oct. 3, 1999
Guest(s): Allan Gregg
Host: Peter Mansbridge
Duration: 22:31

Last updated: June 17, 2013

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