PROVINCIAL PULSE – Horgan and Wall get top approval ratings for premiers

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December 19, 2017 – Is it candy or coal in the stockings of Canada’s premiers this December? The latest quarterly analysis of polling data from the Angus Reid Institute shows that while some provincial leaders can sleep this week before Christmas with visions of sugarplums dancing in their heads, others are feeling the pinch of a Grinchy electorate.

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Two on top, again 

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall, who announced his departure earlier this year, is back into majority approval in that province. After dropping to an all-time low of 45 per cent at the half way mark of the year, Wall has risen to a familiar place – and will leave politics as most popular premier in the country. This is a position he has held or co-held in each quarter of tracking since 2010.

The only other Canadian provincial leader approaching majority approval is the newest addition to their ranks – British Columbia’s John Horgan. The BC NDP leader has had a busy quarter, announcing a referendum on electoral reform and approving the hotly debated Site C dam. Horgan, the second-most approved of relative to his provincial peers, has the sanction of 49 per cent of residents.

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