By Western Standard

January 17, 2022

-Western Standard


Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is finally movin’ on up.

In the latest Angus Reid public opinion survey of Canadian premiers, Kenney’s approval rating has gone up the most of any of his colleagues at 4%, to a still-lowly rating of 26%

But it’s not all good news for Kenney as his handling of the COVID-19 crisis is still seeing rock-bottom support. Four-in-five (78%) say that he has done a poor job on the COVID-19 file, compared to 19% who approve.

That’s the lowest approval rate in the country.

“Albertans are more generous in their appraisal of the provincial government’s handling of COVID-19 vaccines. Seven-in-10 (69%) say Kenney’s UCP government has done a good job distributing vaccines, though across the country Alberta bests only Ontario on that matter,” said pollsters.

But only 30% are happy with the Kenney government’s handling of rapid test kits.

For the first time in a while, Kenney is no longer Canada’s lowest-rated premier — that honour now rests with Manitoba’s Heather Stefanson, sitting at 21% support.

“Four premiers received majority approval this quarter — Nova Scotia’s Tim Houston, Quebec’s François Legault (whose province also has an election scheduled this year), B.C.’s John Horgan, and Newfoundland and Labrador’s Andrew Furey,” said pollsters.

Ontario’s Doug Ford continues to plunge in the polls.

“Fewer than one-in-three (30%) Ontarians approve of him, marking a new low for his tenure at Queen’s Park. This, as two-thirds of Ontarians (67%) say he has handled the pandemic poorly,” said Angus Reid pollsters.