Canadians appear increasingly underwhelmed by the performances of their provincial premiers, says the Angus Reid Institute in its latest poll released today (June 22, 1017).
In B.C., Premier Christy Clark’s approval was 34 per cent, third among premiers and a rating that has held steady for the past two years.
According to Angus Reid, while some premiers are taking steps back from alarmingly low approval levels, others find themselves sliding into previously unknown territory. The rest find their fortunes largely unchanged over the last quarter.
Five premiers post higher approval than last quarter in their respective provinces, up from only one in March.
Atlantic premiers are among those experiencing the largest increases in approval – Newfoundland and Labrador’s Dwight Ball and New Brunswick’s Brian Gallant are up eight points and six points respectively. In Nova Scotia, Stephen McNeil won a second straight majority government, though a slim one, in the May 30 general election. His rating increase five points. Given that three months ago all three leaders had approval levels in the 20-30 per cent range (Ball still does), this is no doubt welcome news for them.
Also in the plus column – Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. Canada’s least popular premier, Wynne rebounds slightly this quarter to 15 per cent, ending a precarious slide toward single digit approval. Facing an election about a year from now, Wynne’s government has recently introduced a plan to raise the minimum wage from $11.40 an hour to $14 an hour in 2018 and $15 in 2019. It also launched a basic income pilot project and tabled a budget that rolls back a significant and highly unpopular increase to hydro rates.
B.C.’s Christy Clark, whose party lost its majority in the May 9 general election now has the approval of one-third (34%) of British Columbians. Heading into an unprecedented legislative session today, it is unclear how much longer she will hold the job should her caucus lose the confidence of the legislature.
Link to the poll here: www.angusreid.org/premier-approval-june2017