Canadians are giving Justin Trudeau a big ‘ol barrel of crude oil for Christmas.
Which is to say, our Prime Minister will go into the holiday season with the lowest approval rating since taking office in 2015.
According to a recent survey conducted by Angus Reid, just 35 per cent of Canadians approve of Trudeau’s performance in Ottawa. Of those, only 8 per cent say they ‘strongly approve’. Meanwhile, 39 per cent of respondents say they ‘strongly disapprove’ of the PM’s ability to run the country – by far the largest contingent. A further 19 per cent merely ‘disapprove’, while the remaining 7 per cent weren’t sure or couldn’t say, presumably because they were high or too stressed about debt.
Residents of Saskatchewan and Alberta are the biggest haters, with 79 and 78 per cent of respondents, respectively, expressing their disapproval. Atlantic Canada were the most supportive, with about 50 per cent of those polled approving of Trudeau’s decisions. There was not a single region where Trudeau yielded more support than opposition.
These aren’t just trivial numbers, either. Provincial elections in October saw Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick turn from red to blue, which could be a strong indicator of what to expect during next year’s federal election. The poll also revealed that Trudeau is no longer the representative Canadians feel is most suited to be prime minister.