Do Government Scandals Matter?

With a possible election looming and the first government in history to be found in contempt of parliament, why aren't the polls suffering? We're asking ... What makes a scandal stick? And we convene a panel of voters to find out if the scandals on Parliament Hill will affect how they vote in the next election.

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Do Government Scandals Matter? - Voters Roundtable

While the Conservatives are facing a barrage of controversies, they are also finding shelter behind the memory of previous scandals that dogged the Liberal party. Memories of the sponsorship scandal still seems to linger in the minds of many Canadians. But it's not clear if the recent bad news for the conservatives is sticking with voters in quite the same way.

Anna Maria sat down with three people from Ottawa to find out if a scandal -- or two or three -- would be enough to change their vote. Peter So operates So Good restaurant in China Town. Blake Batson is business consultant and political blogger. And Teresa Charlebois is an accountant at a Crown corporation.

Do Government Scandals Matter? - Panel

So our Ottawa residents roundtable all say that the scandals we've seen wouldn't be enough to change their vote. And according to John Wright -- the Senior Vice President of public opinion at Ipsos Reid -- a lot of Canadians would agree. We aired a clip.

A more recent poll from Nanos Research says that over the past month, Canadians' attitudes towards Prime Minister Stephen Harper's leadership have slipped somewhat. So for their thoughts on whether Prime Minister Harper's government is vulnerable on these issues and why some scandals - stick - and others don't, we were joined by two people. Lawrence Martin is a best-selling author and a columnist with the Globe and Mail. He was in Ottawa. And Donna Dasko is the Senior Vice President of Public Affairs with the Environics Research Group. She was in Toronto.

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When the next election is triggered, you will be bombarded with political advertising. And that got our friends at the CBC's Content Factory wondering if the opposition parties could learn something from a well-regarded ad campaign for a certain bank ... the one with the creepy banker who treats kids differently depending on how much he wants their business.

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