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The Art of the Deal? Canadians split along political lines over NDP-Liberal confidence-and-supply agreement

Mar 28 2022 — — PM Trudeau seen as biggest political beneficiary; early tests may include increased defence spending. The NDP-Liberal confidence-and-supply agreement that would see major New Democratic policy planks adopted in exchange for security on confidence and money votes in Parliament may have united Canada’s left of centre political parties, but it has also left the country divided […]

Blockade Backlash: Three-in-four Canadians tell convoy protesters, ‘Go Home Now’

Feb 14 2022 — — Two-thirds say Justin Trudeau’s conduct has “worsened” situation; several public figures condemned. If the goal of the Freedom Convoy was to capture the attention of millions of people in Canada and around the globe – mission accomplished. If, however, the goal was to build support for their demands to end pandemic-related restrictions – it has […]

Spotlight on Provincial Politics: NDP edge PCPO in vote among Ontario voters, CAQ leads comfortably in Quebec

Jan 20 2022 — — One-quarter of past Liberal voters in Ontario would currently vote for NDP. As the pandemic precludes shaking hands and kissing babies in an election year, Premier Doug Ford turned to digging out vehicles and giving constituents rides home this week amid a snowstorm that buried southern Ontario. The political imperative to re-ingratiate himself with Ontarians […]

O’Toole’s Blue Christmas: CPC leader’s popularity plummets post-election as party’s fortunes run flat

Dec 10 2021 — — Ottawa can be a cold place throughout much of the year. For Conservative Party leader Erin O’Toole, the chill is being exacerbated by changes in the political climate. New data from the non-profit Angus Reid Institute show Canadians – including those who supported the CPC in September’s federal election – have cooled on O’Toole significantly. […]

With two weeks remaining in campaign, CPC holds three-point advantage over Liberals

Sep 7 2021 — — Debate looms as fewer than two-in-five view Trudeau (36%), O’Toole (37%) favourably. The fourth week of Canada’s 44th federal election campaign begins against the backdrop of gravel-throwing protestors targeting one party leader, while another made what may amount to a campaign-saving reversal over his stance on military-style assault rifles. The leaders now hunker down in […]

Trudeau’s Troubles: Loss of traditional support among women boosts O’Toole; CPC lead Liberals in vote intent

Aug 30 2021 — — Trudeau now the most unfavourably viewed major party leader in the country. Are Justin Trudeau’s days of enjoying unmatched political rock god status well and truly over? The party leader whose personal appeal and political momentum spurred a third-place-to-majority victory for the Liberals in 2015 now finds himself in a place far from the halcyon […]

The Head vs. the Heart: In campaign’s 2nd week, O’Toole is voters’ intellectual choice, shares ‘gut’ preference with Singh

Aug 26 2021 — — In an election that may be decided by small segments of moveable voters migrating between parties, leadership matters. A new study from the non-profit Angus Reid Institute finds that, while the Liberals continue to hang on to a small advantage in vote intent, party chief Justin Trudeau is neither the most attractive leader when voters […]