73 percent of Canadians want women's ski jumping in 2010 Olympics, poll finds

Most Canadians believe women’s ski jumping should be included in Vancouver’s 2010 Winter Olympics, a new poll has found.

Seventy-three percent of Canadians support the inclusion of women’s ski jumping as a medal sport in the Games, according to an Angus Reid Public Opinion survey released today (December 18).

Ten percent are opposed to seeing women’s ski jumping in the Games, while 17 percent aren’t sure where they stand on the issue.

On December 1, a group of female ski jumpers asked the Supreme Court of Canada to hear its appeal of two B.C. court rulings that found the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms doesn’t apply to the selection of Olympic sports.

Those rulings determined that the International Olympic Committee made the decision to exclude women’s ski jumping from the Games, which will include men’s ski jumping.

Support for women’s ski jumping is highest in Quebec, at 79 percent. British Columbians’ level of support is the same as it is nationally, at 73 percent.

Asked if they would support cancelling the men’s ski jumping competition if the women’s event isn’t added, most Canadians (55 percent) and British Columbians (71 percent) disagreed.

However, 51 percent of Quebeckers said they’d support this move.

In addition, 63 percent of Canadians and 75 percent of British Columbians oppose moving the men’s ski jumping contest out of the country if the women’s competition isn’t included in the Olympics.

Sixty-three percent of Canadians and 62 percent of British Columbians support the female ski jumpers asking the Supreme Court to hear their case.

In a July ruling, B.C. Supreme Court justice Lauri Ann Fenlon called the exclusion of women’s ski jumping “discriminatory” but found it wasn’t a breach of the charter.

In response, the IOC issued a statement denying it had discriminated against female ski jumpers.

The IOC stated its decision was “based on technical issues, without regard to gender”.

Angus Reid polled 1,006 Canadian adults from December 7 to December 8. The results of its on-line survey have a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.

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Beth
I want to (a) watch women's ski jumping; (b) watch the worthy, internationall-renowned athlete Rick Hansen be revealed as the person to light the flame; (c) hear music actually being performed live by the musicians we're looking at and (d) be able to attend one event. Why do I have a hunch I will be disappointed on every single count? And I was born and raised here, work and play here, and pay taxes here, but the Olympics are not for me. They reek of discrimination, unfairness, deception, and elitism.
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RickW
Justice Fenlon opined that exclusion of women in ski-jumping was: “discriminatory” but found it wasn’t a breach of the charter

Isn't this "duck speak"?
http://www.newspeakdictionary.com/ns-dict.html
RickW
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Why is IOC/VANOC disobeying our laws?
23% of Canadians are either misogynists and or IOC / VANOC lackeys.
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RickW
“based on technical issues, without regard to gender”.

The only "technical issue" the IOC could come up with was the historical fact that men's ski jumping has been on the books since 1924, while the women's haven't.
That;s stretching it pretty thin, n'est pas?
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alana korek
Its rather ironic; the olympic committee funds heavily the sports that they know will be on the podium and have given little to ski jumping in Canada. Our group of women in Canada are within the top ten of the female ski jumpers in the world and would likely be on the podium. Yet, the Olympic Committee wont allow them to compete for no other reason than they are female. I believe it is called sexual descrimination. Surely ski jumping is more feminine than wrestling and hockey!! For a country that boasts equality Canada has failed miserably representing their own athletes. To think the world has stood by accepting this behaviour is absurd. Alana Korek
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Pozzi
And the remaining 27% do not use internet.. I could not be more FULLY DISGUSTED with the IOC, VANOC and the BC Liberals.
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Pink33
Our top court has now refused to hear the case.

They've been told again and again - Canada is the wrong venue. This should be taken up in The Hague, they knew that.

Instead, their stubborn behaviour just wasted a whole bunch of BC and Canadian taxpayer dollars and because of that, I am glad they lost on both counts.
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no skis in my kitchen
But if there out ski-jumping who's going to cook my dinner?
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Simply Discrimination!
enough said!
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Dan.e
"their stubborn behaviour just wasted a whole bunch of BC and Canadian taxpayer dollars and because of that, I am glad they lost on both counts"...
I thought that the liberals and vancouver's mayor were the one's wasting the taxpayers money...makes me wonder if you were supporters of these wasters, because I know I never voted for either of them so I can't help but wonder how they got in to make the decisions that they have been made regarding the owe-lympics?
WOULD LOVE TO SEE WOMAN'S SKI JUMPING IN 2010!
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Alicia Keys
Men can go screw themselves. They know they want it.
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combi
"Our group of women in Canada are within the top ten of the female ski jumpers in the world and would likely be on the podium."

Which is one of several reasons why they were disallowed by VANOC, to keep the medal counts from being padded. If there was even competition globally, it would probably exist. They also need to have competed in 2 world events in order to qualify as an Olympic event, just because that was 'sidled' once it doesn't mean that we need to change the rules, every time the Olympics is held, in order to appease people.

Next thing you know they will be pushed to allow snowball fights for people who are scared of skiing or skating, it would be discriminatory to leave them out otherwise

But of course, if a woman is involved, its sexual discrimination...as always.
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Brian2
Are you all kidding?

There are not enough Olympic level ski jumpers in the world to make a decent competition at the Olympics. There are more people that take part in this sport http://www.eukonkanto.fi/en/ than compete in Womens ski jumping yet that is not an Olympic sport, where's the lawsuit?

Look into an issue before you make judgment.
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Kara Ricard
I would like to see the womens team light the cauldron. I think that it would be a great Canadian statment of how women's and men's sports should be treated as equils! As Canadians we should show the world the way and have our hand in helping this sport into the olympics.

Heres hoping for Olympic pride and joy for all
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123123123
this is simply terrifying and discrimatory! i really detest that this could ever happen to such determined, hard-working, and kind woman! i am surprised that anyone could go so low...
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coco
it makes me mad to even think about the frustration and the feeling of rejection thats going through theyre mind. might i remind you the charter of Canadien freedoms and rights section # 5: EQUALITY TO ALL: GENDER, RACE, SIZE, RELIGION, ETC.!!! this is discriminating and once again, a government has just stopped on the life and dreams of woman by making up terrible and cruel excutions like that there is not enough girls to participate! what kind of no-hearted people are these freaks??? :( :P
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coco
we have some sick-minded people before us. people who will purposefully break your desire for this amazing sport. who will crush your dreams and hopes. watch out because we'll all meet someone like this in our life but despite the hurt and pain we must all work together; we must all stay strong and always follow our dreams no matter what... thank you for listening/reading
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coco
terrifying... simply terrifying... the government was supposed to be our friends...they have on these pour women like never before...
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