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Premiers’ Performance: Pallister and Clark climb; Wynne loses ground

Saskatchewan’s Brad Wall drops nine points to new low; but is still Canada’s most approved-of premier


September 22 – In what had been the country’s most overheated housing market, BC Premier Christy Clark’s imposition of a 15% tax on foreign buyers of Metro Vancouver homes was among other things, a political gamble, one that for now, appears to be paying off.

Not only was this policy change unequivocally popular with people living in the region when it was enacted, it has also given Clark the most drastic quarterly increase in her job performance approval since winning re-election in 2013, up 7 points (34%) since the spring.

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Despite this bounce, Clark’s ratio of disapproval to approval is still nearly two-to-one. A provincial leader enjoying not only a jump in approval but a positive view of his job performance from more than half of his provincial constituency is Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister.

A narrow majority (53%) say they approve of the way Pallister is running the province, up seven points from the last wave of this survey. While he says his relatively new Conservative government is bringing a “change in attitude” on issues of spending and accountability – it’s unclear whether his administration will continue to build goodwill over the short term as it gets down to the business of implementing promised spending cuts.

Nonetheless, Pallister is now Canada’s second-most-approved-of premier. The most-approved of remains Sasktachewan’s Brad Wall.

Link to the poll here: www.angusreid.org/premier-approval-sept2016


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