Approval for Canadian premiers is on the rise - except in Nova Scotia and Ontario - 2019-03-26
HALIFAX—Nova Scotia's premier has reached a new low in approval ratings to sit in last place amongst provincial leaders across Canada, according to new numbers. Public opinion data released Tuesday by the Angus Reid Institute through a quarterly survey on premiers' performances, finds a slight warming towards many leaders — besides Premier Stephen McNeil of Nova Scotia and Ontario's Doug Ford.
Stephen McNeil has the lowest approval rating of all Canadian premiers, according to a new poll released on Tuesday. ( Darren Calabrese / The Canadian Pres ) Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is fighting to reelection in Alberta and polled higher in the survey. ( Dave Chidley / The Canadian Press )
McNeil, currently also Canada's longest-serving premier, has the lowest approval of any premier at 24 per cent. That's a drop of six points from last quarter, when he sat at 30 per cent. The Liberal leader has faced criticism in Nova Scotia in past years in the government's treatment of teachers, the film industry, and more recently their handling of what nurses, paramedics, health-care unions and more have called a "crisis" in hospitals across the province.