When it was discovered recently that the Harper government spent 100 million dollars on public opinion polls, they justified it by saying that they need the public's opinion so they can set policy.
And yet, they do not base their policies on public opinion.
The public wants the mandatory long-form census. It's being scrapped.
The public wants the gun registry and despite a vote in the House of Commons, Stephen Harper is still playing games with it.
The public wants marijuana legalized. Harper is making the laws tougher.
The public wants the Prison Farms kept open. They are being closed.
The public doesn't want more prisons. We are getting more prisons.
The public wants action on climate change. The Harper government has spent billions convincing us we don't need it.
The public opposes more corporate tax cuts. Corporations are getting billions more.
When exactly will public opinion matter?
As one of my readers pointed out, when I blogged on this before, the polls that this government conducts are an attempt to change public opinion, so that the wording of the question itself is more important than the answers.
And yet public opinion continues to run contra to Harper's policies.
I think he owes us one hundred million bucks.