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Incumbency, ‘cooperation, and a multi-partisan approach’ electoral advantages for conservative-leaning provincial governments during pandemic, say pollsters

By Mike Lapointe      

'It’s more about leadership than partisanship, and for those provincial premiers that want to go to the polls, they’re not only banking on their response, but they're banking on the collegiality with other premiers and the federal government to get through the pandemic,' says pollster Nik Nanos.

Conservative Party Leader Erin O'Toole, Ontario Premier Doug Ford, and New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs. 'As faith in politics has diminished, the role of partisanship just seems more and more out of place for the average voter,' says Allan Gregg. Mr. Ford 'wakes up every morning and says, ‘Holy shit, this compromise stuff really works.’ Being forthright, transparent, and honest actually has some benefits.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

With a number of popular, conservative-leaning provincial leaders either heading to the polls in the near future, fresh off a recent election win, or facing pressure to call an early election while riding particularly high approval numbers, pollsters, and political insiders say incumbent provincial governments are at an advantage politically at this point in the COVID-19 pandemic and are prepared for voters to judge their handling of the crisis.

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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