As Canadians cast their ballot across the country today, polls from this past weekend have the Liberals and Conservatives in a close race.
According to the poll from Research.Co, the Conservatives are dominating in Saskatchewan and Manitoba (43%, with the NDP at 23%) and Alberta (50%, with the NDP at 21%), while the Liberals are polling strong in Atlantic Canada (42%, with the Conservatives at 27%), Quebec (34%, with the Bloc at 31%) and Ontario (37%, with the Conservatives at 30%).
When Canadians were asked which of the five leaders would make the best Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau remained ahead of Conservative leader Erin O’Toole, but NDP leader Jagmeet Singh had the highest approval rating of all the leaders.
Since the start of the campaign, one-in-four Canadians reported having an improved opinion of both Singh (26%) and O’Toole (25%). The proportions were significantly lower for Trudeau (16%).
Recently, former President Barack Obama endorsed Justin Trudeau while popular senator, Bernie Sanders, endorsed NDP leader Jagmeet Singh.
Wishing my friend @JustinTrudeau the best in Canada’s upcoming election. Justin has been an effective leader and strong voice for democratic values, and I’m proud of the work we did together.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 16, 2021
Canada goes to the polls Monday.
There's one party that stood up for working people in the pandemic.
One leader who has the courage to make the wealthy pay their fair share so everyone gets the medication they need.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) September 17, 2021
Meanwhile, the Greens, who are seeing their popularity dwindle, are still seeing their stronghold here in BC (6%) and Vancouver Island (14%).
Fringe right-wing party, The People’s Party, is particularly prevalent in Saskatchewan and Manitoba (10%) and Alberta (8%).
The main issues Canadians are focused on this election are climate change, housing and homelessness, and the economy and jobs.
The COVID-19 pandemic is the most important election issue according to Canadians polled.