Campbell is Canada’s least favorite premier; Williams, Wall the favorites

Fri Dec 3, 12:03 AM

OTTAWA — Soon-to-be-retired Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams is still Canada’s most popular provincial leader, followed closely by Saskatchewan’s Brad Wall, according to an Angus Reid poll of approval ratings released Thursday.

Ontario’s Dalton McGuinty and British Columbia’s Gordon Campbell, who last month announced his resignation amid plummeting support, both polled at a mere 16-per-cent support, suggesting the Harmonized Sales Tax adopted by both provinces this year hasn’t sat well with constituents.

Quebec’s Jean Charest, whose Liberals have been mired in corruption allegations throughout the year, rounded out the bottom three at 14 per cent.

Williams, who is set to leave office Friday after seven years of unwavering popularity, led all leaders with 67-per-cent approval, while Wall was the only other premier to attain a majority of support, with 60 per cent of respondents answering favourably.

New Brunswick Premier David Alward, who led his Progressive Conservatives to a landslide over the incumbent Liberals in an October election, had the third-highest rating, at 32 per cent, while Manitoba’s Greg Selinger garnered 28 per cent of respondents’ approval.

Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach, who in last year’s poll had just a 14-per-cent approval rating, climbed seven points this year to 21 per cent, one point ahead of Nova Scotia’s Darrell Dexter.

The online poll of 6,000 respondents didn’t track numbers for Prince Edward Island’s Premier Robert Ghiz or the premiers of the territories — Eva Aariak of Nunavut, Dennis Fentie of Yukon, and Floyd Roland of the Northwest Territories.

The margin of error was 3.1 per cent for Ontario, 3.5 per cent for B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Quebec, and 5.7 per cent for New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador.



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