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

Lack Of Female PC Candidates In Ontario Byelections Is Unacceptable

(10) Comments | Posted September 27, 2016 | 1:05 PM

On Saturday, I woke up to the news that the former Ontario Ombudsman is going to be the candidate for the PCs in the coming byelection in my home riding of Ottawa-Vanier.

On the surface, this looks like a good move by Patrick Brown and the Ontario Progressive...

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Green Rush 2.0: Canadian Marijuana Is A Growth Industry

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2016 | 12:28 PM

Marijuana is a growth industry, yes, I said it. Back in 2014, a "green rush" began as mainstream investors started realizing the huge profits that could be made in the cannabis business when just two states had legal sales of recreational cannabis.

Since then, many more...

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We Must Remember The Mandate When Legalizing Marijuana

(9) Comments | Posted July 5, 2016 | 1:21 PM

We found out last week that Anne McLellan will be leading the new federal task force on marijuana legalization. Ms. McLellan is perfectly suited for this role as a former Minister of Health, Justice and Public Safety, she may be the only person to have held all three...

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The Simple Reason Behind Toronto's Marijuana Dispensary Crackdown

(57) Comments | Posted May 24, 2016 | 4:21 PM

"Why did the chicken cross the road?" goes the old joke, with the obvious answer being, "to get to the other side." Sadly, not all of life's questions have such simple and obvious answers.

We recently learned that the mayor of Toronto, John Tory, sent a letter to the Licensing...

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Preferential Ballot System Benefits Not Only The Liberals

(25) Comments | Posted May 17, 2016 | 12:31 PM

It has been pointed out that if the last election results had a preferential ballot system in place, it would have resulted in 50 more seats for the Liberals.

Looking at a previous election to predict the next one is what my friend Stephen Carter calls "

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Medical Marijuana Dispensary Crackdown Gets Priorities All Wrong

(7) Comments | Posted May 16, 2016 | 12:14 PM

We recently learned that Toronto Mayor John Tory has written a letter to the head of Municipal Licensing and Standards to ask for a report and recommendations for dealing with what he called the "verging on out of control" growth of medical marijuana dispensaries. He also said that...

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The New Joe Cressy Should Get His Medical Marijuana Facts Straight

(14) Comments | Posted April 21, 2016 | 11:50 AM

Joe Cressy, for those who may not be familiar with him, is a Toronto city councillor representing the downtown Ward 20, half of the riding of Trinity-Spadina.

He was the campaign manager for Mike Layton in 2010 when he ran successfully for council and also managed the...

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The NDP Lost The Manitoba Election The Day Greg Selinger Ran

(4) Comments | Posted April 18, 2016 | 1:59 PM

Years from now when people think back to this Manitoba election, what will they remember?

I like to imagine that they will remember all of the great polling done by Mainstreet, but that is just my own fantasy, my own ego.

If I really had to speculate, I think one...

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Put Medical Marijuana Patient Rights Above Profit Margins

(2) Comments | Posted April 12, 2016 | 4:44 PM

Last week we saw the Canadian Pharmacy Association weigh in on the future of medicinal cannabis distribution in Canada. They want in now, saying they should be the "front line" in dispensing the drug.

The association pointed out that pharmacisits are "medication experts" and that they have concerns...

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Protect Medical Marijuana Patient Rights In Bill 45 Debate

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2016 | 12:08 PM

The province of Ontario introduced legislation in 2015 to control the growing e-cigarette market with Bill 45, called the Making Healthier Choices Act.

As reported, the legislation had originally intended to exempt medicinal marijuana patients from the legislation, but that decision was quickly reversed amid...

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Banning Public Medical Marijuna Use Solves A Non-Existent Problem

(3) Comments | Posted March 21, 2016 | 5:59 PM

The Ontario government has a solution to a problem that doesn't exist. It is going to protect you and your children from the dangers of second-hand cannabis vapour.

We've all experienced that annoyance, maybe on the bus, at work, in parks and malls in every corner of the province. Packs...

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Segregating Medical Marijuana Patients Isn't The Answer

(48) Comments | Posted March 18, 2016 | 3:18 PM

In 1997 my father was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive cancer. He underwent treatments, both conventional and alternative, and despite a courageous fight, he passed away in the spring of 1998.

During his illness I visited with him and my mother quite often and remember how people looked...

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This One Word Makes Greg Selinger's Campaign Ad Fall Flat

(3) Comments | Posted February 19, 2016 | 3:17 PM

I watched the new Manitoba NDP ad this morning with some interest and after a few seconds I realized I have seen this ad before.

Back in 2011, then-Premier Dalton McGuinty looked like he was about to lose a looming election, the polls were bad, his approval numbers were terrible...

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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

(6) 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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