Quito Maggi
Quito Maggi is President and CEO of Mainstreet Research, a Canadian public research firm with offices in Montreal, Calgary and headquarters in Toronto. As President of Mainstreet Research, Quito Maggi has been credited by media as a consistently accurate pollster of political public opinion including recent elections in Alberta, Ontario, British Columbia and a number of Municipalities and by-elections across Canada.

Quito has advised numerous politicians over his 20 year career in politics and public policy, including Councillors, Mayors, MPPs, MLAs, MPs and Ministers.

Entries by Quito Maggi

A Cannabis Tax Can Help Cities Pay For New Infrastructure

(29) Comments | Posted December 17, 2015 | 5:49 PM

Back in 2004, our prime minister Paul Martin promised municipalities a share of the federal gas tax as part of the "New Deal for Cities". Less than a year later, with the passage of Budget 2015, that promise was kept and the Federal Gas Tax Fund was born....

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For Electorate, Strategic Voting a Decision of Biblical Proportions

(12) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 1:35 PM

As we enter the final four weeks of this election, we find ourselves in a prolonged stalemate in the polls. All three parties are within a handful of points, well within the margin of error, and vote splits in dozens of ridings could determine the outcome. Strategic voting has been...

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Why Election 43 Already Matters

(2) Comments | Posted September 10, 2015 | 6:20 PM

Alice Funke (Pundits Guide) wrote earlier this summer about how changes to the Elections Act made under Bill C-23 (the Fair Elections Act) were custom made to suit the governing Conservatives and spelled out how increased spending limits would benefit the party with the most money....

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Canada Needs More Political Parties

(5) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 1:51 PM

Jamey Heath argues that "Liberals are an obstacle to progressive policies" and likens the splintered progressive groups in Canada (parties, activist organizations, etc) to the famous Monty Python "splitters" sketch, pitting the People's Front of Judea against the Judean People's Front.

His point is well made, and...

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Why Election Campaigns Are Like Shark Week

(9) Comments | Posted July 10, 2015 | 6:36 PM

I have an outrageous theory about the next federal election: it won't be the last one. It certainly isn't the first, but it will likely feel that way if you listen to the candidates and pundits who will insist this is THE pivotal moment in Canadian history.

What most...

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Why Alberta Will Vote

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 1:12 PM

I have been reading a lot about the Alberta election in recent weeks and one thing has been bothering me, why people are saying that voter turnout will be down. Pundit after pundit has suggested this since the earliest days of the campaign, some have even...

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Online Polls: Good for Lifestyle Quizzes, Not for Politics

(1) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 6:54 PM

I have been reading with great interest why online polling is misunderstood and unfairly maligned in response to the recent article, "A voters guide to political polling."

Both articles raise good points about the polling industry in Canada, and why it seems the majority of polls...

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Ford Nation Has Good Reason To Celebrate After Wednesday's Debate

(30) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 1:29 PM

I attended last night's infamous debate, and have been reading about it all day. I just finished reading this piece in the Citizen which makes excuses for John Tory's lacklustre performance at the debate.

Ms. Blatchford is right about one thing, the spotlight, both literally and figuratively was...

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What to Watch For in Doug Ford's First Mayoral Debate

(2) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 9:24 AM

Tomorrow is the first appearance at a debate of mayoral candidate Doug Ford, not to be confused with councillor Doug Ford, or Rob Ford's campaign manager Doug Ford. This is a whole new ballgame. By now, the other leading candidates have taken part in 9000 debates, I may be a...

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It's Becoming Clear That Rob Ford Will Win Again

(50) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 9:05 AM

I know this post won't be popular with most of my peers in the political world, or with the media in Toronto, but the sad fact is that if 2014 continues in the same direction it has started, Rob Ford will almost certainly win again.

I have been involved in...

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What Winnipeg Will Look Like in 2015

(5) Comments | Posted November 30, 2013 | 9:17 AM

On Monday voters went to the polls in two Manitoba ridings: Provencher and Brandon-Souris. Provencher is a riding that is largely rural. Its largest community is Steinbach, population: 13,000. Brandon-Souris meanwhile is home to Brandon, Manitoba's second largest city. Approximately 46,000 Brandonites live in the riding (not all of them...

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The Unsexy Truth About Diana Burke's Comments

(3) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 6:44 PM

Much has been written and said about the Liberal nomination race in Toronto-Centre, most of it negative and surrounding the intentions of Liberal leader Justin Trudeau. As someone who has been involved in this process from the beginning, I think it's important that people know the truth.

There are...

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Why Justin Trudeau Has Already Won

(5) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 1:36 PM

The 2012/2013 Liberal Leadership has been a tremendous success both for Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party of Canada. Some media have dubbed it a "fiasco" or "colossal failure." Many pundits are calling it a coronation, a term I would argue isn't appropriate for the leader of Canada's third place...

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What Harper Needs to Do for Veterans

(7) Comments | Posted November 16, 2012 | 11:44 AM

It's the never the wrong time to do the right thing

A few days ago I was on Sun News' Charles Adler show having been invited to appear to talk about Grant Humes' campaign to bring national attention to the plight of our Veterans.

As Grant's...

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