Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been in his current office since November 2015.
Now, technically in his third term as the country’s leader, Trudeau has faced much criticism for his actions and inactions over the past eight years.
In 2019, he requested the Governor General dissolve government and forced a vote, but wound up losing 20 seats in the House of Commons.
He would retain a minority government for the next two years when he would once again request the Governor General dissolve the government and force a vote.
In the 2021 federal election, he would keep his minority government, even gaining three seats in the House of Commons; however, the Liberal party would win the lowest popular vote ever recorded in Canada at 32.6%.
It is now 2023 and Prime Minister Trudeau’s term is halfway through with the next federal election being forecasted for October 2025.
According to Research Co., a BC-based statistics and survey firm, if an election were to take place right now, the Conservative party would likely beat out the current Liberal government and Prime Minister Trudeau’s term would come to an end.
In fact, when just looking at the leaders of the six major parties in Canada, Trudeau has the third lowest approval rating in BC.
According to the recent Research Co. poll, the federal party leaders hold the following as approval ratings with in BC alone:
- Conservative party leader Pierre Poilievre – 51%
- NDP leader Jagmeet Singh – 43%
- Liberal party leader Justin Trudeau – 35%
- local MP and Green Party leader Elizabeth May – 27%
- People’s Party leader Maxime Bernier – 20%
- Bloc Québécois leader Yves-François Blanchet – 15%
Within Canada as a whole, the poll found the results to be quite starkly different with Singh leading the pack with a 48% approval, Trudeau and Poilievre being tied with a 41%, May holding 32% approval and Bernier and Blanchet bringing up the rear being tied at a 20% approval.
When it comes to how people feel about how the economy is being run in Canada, the Canadian versus British Columbian consensus was surprising.
When asked if respondents would be more comfortable with Trudeau or Poilievre in charge of the economy, across Canada, Trudeau had 44% approval, while Poilievre had 42%.
Meanwhile in BC, when asked the same questions British Columbian respondents said they’d rather have Poilievre in charge of the economy with a 49% approval rating while Trudeau only received a 35%.
In BC the biggest three issues to most voters are housing/homelessness/poverty (29%), health care (21%) and the economy/jobs (18%). The next highest rating issue was a tie between the environment, and “other” with a mere 8% of respondents believing the issue was a priority.
What issues do you think matter most to British Columbians come the next election in October 2025 now that Trudeau’s latest term is halfway done? Let us know in the comments!