Stay or go

Stay or go


Two-week series launches Tuesday, February 25th on CBC TV, CBC Radio One and

February 25th, 2014 — Starting today, CBC News Montreal kicks off STAY OR GO, a two-week series that delves into the factors influencing Quebecers decisions to stay or leave the province. Based on results from an exclusive EKOS poll, the series provides insights into Quebec’s out-migration; the perceived state of relationship between English and French-speaking Quebecers and how people feel about their future in this province.

“Our audience has been telling us there’s something changing here in Montreal. We were hearing stories and the statistics of people leaving for Ontario, other provinces and the US,” said Shelagh Kinch, Managing Director, CBC Quebec. “We wanted to go beyond the anecdotes and numbers for a clear perspective — to find out what English and French-speaking Quebecers are thinking.”

Throughout the series, tune in to CBC News Montreal 5, 5:30, 6 and 11 with Debra Arbec and Andrew Chang, CBC Radio One Daybreak with Mike Finnerty, and all our local and provincial programs for poll results, special coverage and exclusive interviews.

During week one, we’ll have stories about what’s pushing people to seriously consider leaving the province, how integrated we all feel in Quebec society, the importance of improving the relationship between English and French-speaking Quebecers as well as views on the PQ government. Then in week two, we will focus on the proposed Charter of Values, perspectives on Montreal’s corruption, civic pride and Montreal’s place as a leading North American city.

In 2013, CBC Montreal conducted an exclusive EKOS Research poll of Anglophones for a series called LIVING ENGLISH. Some comparisons will be made between the 2013 and 2014 results.  Throughout the series, poll results will be available at The complete poll can be downloaded at the end of the series on Friday, March 7.

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About the CBC/EKOS Poll
The CBC-commissioned survey was conducted by EKOS Research and is based on a telephone survey using a random sample of 2,020 Quebec residents 18-years and older. Surveying took place between February 10th and 18th, 2014. Total results have been weighted to be reflective of age, gender and mother tongue. The total results have a margin of error of +/- 2.2 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. The margin of error on the Anglophone sample of 782 is +/- 3.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.  The margin of error on the Francophone sample of 1,009 is +/- 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. The margin of error on the Allophone sample of 223 is +/- 6.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. (Please note: the margin of error increases when the results are subdivided for sub-groups such as age, gender etc.)

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