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Most British Columbians are against the $789M museum upgrade, poll reveals

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Key takeaways: 

  • Only 1 in 5 respondents said they were in approval of the museum upgrade.
  • The number of individuals who feel optimistic toward the B.C. According to a new poll from the Angus Reid Institute, the NDP government has fallen to some of the party’s lowest levels since 2020.

A new ballot by the Angus Reid Institute has seen that 69 percent of British Columbians fight the $789-million plan to overhaul the Royal B.C. Museum, and while backing for the B.C. NDP government appears to be lagging; the party persists in holding a solid lead over the opposition B.C. Liberals.

The museum upgrade, reported in May, has plans to destroy and reconstruct the museum in Victoria over nearly a decade.

Critics battered the government on the high upgrade price, meaning that B.C. is dealing with a family doctor shortage, soaring gas prices, and an affordability problem.

The poll shows that 27 percent of respondents are “opposed” to the plan, and 42 percent are “strongly opposed.” Only 22 percent revealed they were in support of the project.

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A new ballot by the Angus Reid Institute has seen that 69 percent of British Columbians fight the $789-million plan to overhaul the Royal B.C

“It’s pretty amazing in consensus,” stated Angus Reid president Schachi Kurl. “There’s a fantastic deal of opposition to this particular project.”

The poll also shows that most respondents feel the government has done a shoddy job addressing housing affordability, cost of living, homelessness, and the toxic drug problem.

Housing and cost of living are more significant concerns

Following criticism over projects to reconstruct the museum, the region released more than 2,300 partly redacted pages of reports and appendices supporting the contentious project to illustrate why a complete rebuild is required.

But Kurl said that hasn’t worked to persuade British Columbians, who essentially don’t see the project as a focus, and question why the government does.

Source – cbc.ca

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