National Newswatch

Federal Politics: Trudeau approval sinks over vaccination rollout delays, but national political picture remains static

Feb 22 2021 — — Criticism, uncertainty and delays have beset Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout and bedevilled the Trudeau government since the beginning of the year. Now, new data from the non-profit Angus Reid Institute sees these factors also suppressing positive views of the prime minister. Justin Trudeau’s personal approval has dropped five points from where it stood in both […]

Canadians to Ottawa: In hiring next GG, cut pay, review job description, take final decision out of PM’s hands

Feb 18 2021 — — Plurality would eliminate the position, as long-term support for Canada as constitutional monarchy wanes. Julie Payette’s unprecedented resignation under a cloud from her role as governor general is prompting more than the usual, predictable questions about who should replace her. It is also setting off a debate among Canadians about the future of a job […]

Vaccine Vexation: Confidence in Trudeau government’s procurement, distribution of COVID-19 vaccine plummets

Jan 29 2021 — — Number of Canadians saying Liberals doing a “poor job” procuring vaccine near doubles since December. Is now the winter of our vaccine distribution discontent? As questions and criticism over the federal government’s decisions and handling of its COVID-19 vaccine rollout intensify, new data from the non-profit Angus Reid Institute find faltering confidence and souring moods. […]

Federal Politics: Liberals hold lead in vote intention as unfavourable views of CPC leader intensify

Jan 27 2021 — — As the prime minister hints at the probability of a 2021 election, the leaders of both front-running parties find themselves under ever-increasing scrutiny. Justin Trudeau finds his conduct on COVID-19 management – especially vaccine rollout – under the microscope, but Canadians are also evaluating the performance of Conservative leader Erin O’Toole. And while the Liberal […]

Pipe(line) dream? Albertans want Ottawa to keep fighting for Keystone XL; but most Canadians say it’s time to “move on”

Jan 26 2021 — — U.S. President Joe Biden’s early executive order to scrap Keystone XL, an eight-billion-dollar pipeline project to move oil from Alberta to Nebraska, represents an early test for Canada-U.S. relations, and an even more critical test domestically. The decision has once again plunged Alberta into crisis mode economically. The province has already invested roughly $1.5 billion […]

Questions over vaccine rollout drive negative perceptions of Trudeau government’s crisis management

Dec 3 2020 — — PM’s own political fortunes untouched by worsening views of federal COVID-19 management. As Canadians watch Britons and New Yorkers roll up their sleeves – literally – in preparation to receive much-coveted first doses of COVID-19 vaccines, lingering questions over when they themselves will be immunized are having a negative impact on how they perceive the […]

Premiers’ Performance: The year of COVID-19 draws to a close with most, but not all holding majority approval

Dec 1 2020 — — Amid worsening situations in their provinces, Jason Kenney, Brian Pallister receive worst approval ratings. Canada’s second wave of the coronavirus continues to challenge Canadians – and their premiers – from coast to coast. With infections on the rise, more deaths are recorded daily, restrictions continue to hamper the economy and families are making difficult choices […]

Most say Trudeau government handling COVID-19 crisis well, but Liberals, CPC remain in virtual tie on vote intent

Nov 10 2020 — — Canadians equally divided over whether they approve or disapprove of prime minister. Promising news about a COVID-19 vaccine produced by Pfizer, of which Canada has already purchased 20 million doses, has been met with ebullience on Bay Street and cautious enthusiasm in Ottawa. While Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called the development a potential “light […]

Saskatchewan Election: Voters lean heavily toward re-electing Sask Party, disenchanted by lack of third option

Oct 15 2020 — — Advanced voting begins next week in Saskatchewan, with voters heading to the polls to elect their provincial government during a period of immense challenge for many, brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak. A new study from the non-profit Angus Reid Institute finds residents leaning heavily toward the Saskatchewan Party, which holds a considerable 27-point vote […]