Canada Canadians see NDP's Singh as a better PM than Tories' O'Toole, survey suggests
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OTTAWA — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh might have reason to smile only weeks before a possible election call as a new survey suggests more Canadians believe he would make a better prime minister than the Conservatives' Erin O’Toole.
While the survey by Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies had 25 per cent of respondents picking Justin Trudeau as the best prime minister, Singh wasn’t far behind with 19 per cent while only 13 per cent chose O’Toole.
The survey also found a three per cent increase in support for the NDP among decided voters, who otherwise remained largely unchanged in their support for the Liberals and Tories.
NDP promises 1 million new jobs, better supports for workers
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says his party is committed to creating 1 million jobs — something both the Liberals and Conservatives have promised to do in the past. The NDP plan includes commitments to improve worker benefits — such as sick leave — and investments in infrastructure to build more affordable housing and retrofit buildings. "We need to invest in those areas where people lost jobs and to create more jobs," Singh told a press conference in Windsor, Ont. today.
Thirty-four per cent of decided voters said they supported the Liberals, while the Conservatives stood at 29 per cent and the NDP at 22 per cent.
The online survey, conducted July 16 to 18, polled 2,069 Canadians. It cannot be assigned a margin of error because internet-based polls are not considered random samples.
The survey could represent bad news for O’Toole and the Conservatives as they continue to bump against what Leger executive vice-president Christian Bourque described as a “30 per cent glass ceiling” under O’Toole’s leadership.
Yet it could also signal trouble for Trudeau’s chances of winning a majority Liberal government as previous election results have seen the Liberals suffer from strong support for the NDP.
Singh promises public infrastructure to be made with 'Canadian products' in jobs plan
OTTAWA — Jagmeet Singh is promising that infrastructure projects funded by a New Democratic government would use Canadian steel and other domestic goods to help get people working. "Any time we talk about big infrastructure, there has to be a commitment that the infrastructure is made with Canadian products, Canadian steel, Canadian aluminum," the NDP leader said Wednesday at a campaign-style stop in Windsor, Ont. "The Liberals have talked about a high-speed train. They've never mentioned once that they're going to use Canadian products in a high-speed train," he said.
Bourque nonetheless cautioned against overstating how the NDP’s apparent uptick in support will play out during an election, saying that the results don’t necessarily translate into additional seats for the party.
“The NDP could end up with 20 per cent of the vote and 10 seats, or 20 per cent of the vote and 30 seats,” Bourque said.
“A lot will ride on Singh’s skills and strategic voting. The more the CPC is a threat, the more the Liberals will eat into NDP support in Ontario, Quebec and, maybe, Manitoba.”
Bourque believes the time is now for Trudeau to call an election and try to ride popular support for how the Liberals handled the COVID-19 pandemic if he wants to have any chance of winning a coveted majority government.
The survey found that 55 per cent of respondents believed Trudeau had performed well or very well in managing the pandemic, the area where he had the most such positive reviews.
“For Liberal strategists, this may not be the optimal window to drop the writ, but it likely remains the least worst for the next little while,” Bourque said in an email.
“Liberals need to eat support from the NDP and Greens, but also the Bloc Quebecois. That’s why running on their COVID-19 record — and record overall — needs to work.”
This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 21, 2021.
Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press
New Brunswick getting plenty of attention from Ottawa as rumoured federal election looms .
Conservative leader Erin O'Toole spent parts of three days in the province, touring three battleground ridings as parties prepare for a possible federal election.O'Toole has spent parts of three days in New Brunswick, spending time in Saint John, Fredericton and Miramichi. During his Fredericton visit O'Toole announced, in a campaign-style promise, that a Conservative government would ensure the city received a new aquatics centre, a piece of infrastructure near the top of city council's wish-list.