CALGARY (CityNews) – Premiers across Canada have seen a big popularity boost during the COVID-19 pandemic, but that has not been the case for Alberta Premier Jason Kenney.
Kenney saw the smallest bump in his approval rating – just one per cent – according to a new Angus Reid poll.
“He’s never been as likeable as some of the other leaders have been,” said Lori Williams, political scientist at Mount Royal University. “His party has been more popular than he has historically.
“The Alberta economy is in the worst shape of any economy in the country. We’re looking at pretty difficult times ahead. He’s gambled on the Keystone XL pipeline. At the same (time), he isn’t really focusing on the environmental policies of the industry for the government.”
Williams says that messaging was a faux pas on Kenney’s part.
Ontario’s Doug Ford led the way in the Angus Reid poll with a 38 per cent increase of his approval rating.
“The fact that he’s out there basically fighting for the people of Ontario and being seen to do that, I think that makes a huge difference,” said Williams.
In New Brunswick, Blaine Higgs’ approval rating rose 32 per cent while Nova Scotia’s Stephen McNeil saw a 35 per cent increase.
B.C.’s John Horgan is up 25 per cent. In Quebec, Francois Legault is up 19 per cent.
“He has been trying to reassure Quebecers on a daily basis,” said Williams of Legault.