Is the honeymoon over?
Kathleen Wynne’s numbers in Ontario can’t be helping. They’ve have never been worse. As the provincial election machine starts to rev up, Wynne has already conceded that she’s responsible for the hydro mess — and most recently has admitted concern for our economy.
And now political analysts are asking whether the honeymoon is officially over with the sunny way and sunny days JT love-in.
After a year in power, the Trudeau government is seeing its first dip in the popularity polls.
This survey, conducted by Ipsos on behalf of Global News reveals that 2 in 3 Canadians (67 per cent) agree strongly or somewhat that “the Trudeau government is more style than substance.”
That’s up (or down, depending how you look at it) 8% since the government’s one-year anniversary, just over a month ago.
A third of respondents (33 per cent) disagreed with that statement, down eight points.
Meanwhile, 6 in 10 Canadians still approved (13 per cent strongly and 49 per cent somewhat) of “the performance of the Liberal Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau,” which is down only three points since October.
4 in 10 disapproved of the government’s performance under Trudeau’s leadership.
My theory is that JT has made the mistake of not distancing himself from the ‘cash for access’ fund-raising scourge which, to be fair, most parties participate in.
However, as Trudeau has presented himself as an agent of change, not so good. This looks sleazy on him.
And not to forget that there is the little issue of the left leaning Liberals (also known as NDP’ers) and that lot not being happy with him approving a couple of pipelines.
All this to say, that anyone that is doing anything, can’t be popular with everyone.
But his biggest challenges are yet to come. I’ll be watching with interest.