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Recent surge of public trust in government hard to maintain, say experts, as Canada moves from crisis into recovery

By Mike Lapointe      

'We’re going to hit an economic wall that will probably be the equivalent of the Great Depression,' said pollster Nik Nanos, who predicts historic levels of unemployment, public debt, and disruption in the workplace. 'There’s not going to be any kind of spending that’s going to get us out of this.'

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured on May 7, 2020, during a daily media availability at Rideau Cottage in Ottawa to update Canadians about the government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Canadians’ trust in government has surged in recent weeks, according to experts, as politicians and officials have provided the public with unprecedented levels of “transparency, availability, and accessibility,” says Greg MacEachern, senior vice president of government relations at Proof Strategies.

Mike Lapointe

Mike Lapointe joined the The Hill Times in June 2019 and covers the federal public service, deputy ministers, the Privy Council Office, public service unions, the Phoenix pay system, the machinery of government, and the Parliament Hill media.
- mlapointe@hilltimes.com


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