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    CAN: FEAR OF SHIFT TO RIGHT MOTIVATED MUSLIM VOTERS, CONGRESS FINDS Mirko Petricevic, The Record, 6/30/04 http://www.therecord.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?
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      CAN: FEAR OF SHIFT TO RIGHT MOTIVATED MUSLIM VOTERS, CONGRESS FINDS
      Mirko Petricevic, The Record, 6/30/04
      http://www.therecord.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?
      pagename=record/Layout/Article_Type1&call_pageid=1024322398726&c=Artic
      le&cid=1088547025963

      While just over 60 per cent of eligible Canadian voters cast ballots
      in the federal election, the Canadian Islamic Congress estimates that
      more than 80 per cent of eligible Muslim voters did.

      "I'm not really surprised it is a big majority," said Mohamed
      Elmasry, president of the Waterloo-based congress. "Some of them
      actually never voted in their lives."

      The congress estimated fewer than 50 per cent voted in the 2000
      federal election.

      Elmasry said he's confident his 2004 estimate is accurate because he
      spoke to thousands of Muslims in the weeks leading up to the
      election. Muslims were galvanized by concerns about a Conservative
      government led by Stephen Harper, he said.

      "They're really, really scared to death that Canada will have a
      (George W.) Bush-like Conservative party."

      Elmasry made his estimate from an online poll of 1,353 people.

      Three per cent of those who said they voted supported Conservative,
      Green Party or independent candidates. Seventy-one per cent said they
      voted Liberal, 23 per cent supported the New Democratic Party and
      three per cent voted for the Bloc Quebecois.

      Elmasry estimated the voter turnout after 89 per cent cent of
      respondents to the online poll said they cast ballots. He reduced his
      estimate to 80 per cent, arguing that Canadian Muslims who didn't
      vote probably wouldn't have participated in the poll...

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