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Canadians feel Trudeau’s image on the world stage is his biggest asset: Poll

Insights West probes Trudeau’s weak spots, too, and asks what Canadians expect from the Liberals in the next two years

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks at a Global Compact Luncheon at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Monday, Sept. 19, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks at a Global Compact Luncheon at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Monday, Sept. 19, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

At the midway point of the four-year mandate his Liberal government won in the 2015 election, Justin Trudeau’s international image has emerged as his strongest suit with the Canadian public, according to an Insights West poll for Maclean’s.

The online survey found that 67 per cent think Trudeau and the Liberals have done a “very good” or “good” job representing Canada internationally. Mario Canseco, vice-present of public affairs for Vancouver-based Insights West, said the levels of approval for Trudeau and his government when it comes to projecting Canada’s image and interests in the world is extraordinary.

“We never saw anything like this for Stephen Harper, we never saw anything like this for Paul Martin, or for Jean Chrétien, for that matter,” Canseco said. “I mean, 67 per cent—those are obscenely high numbers.”

LISTEN: Insights West’s Mario Canseco on the new poll

      Mario Canseco, vice-present of public affairs for Insights West on Justin Trudeau


By comparison, the poll found that 50 per cent are content with the Liberal government’s handling of relations with First Nations, 50 per cent like the way they are taking action to reduce Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions, and 49 per cent approve of the way the government is starting its process to legalize and regulate marijuana next year.

Still, even those less stellar issue-by-issue approval numbers show the Liberals’ handling of specific files is viewed favourably by many Canadians who don’t actually plan to vote for them. If an election were held tomorrow, the Insights West poll found the Liberals would get 35 per cent of the vote, followed by the Conservatives with 33 per cent, and the New Democratic Party with 20 per cent.

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Canseco saw some reason for NDP optimism in the demographics behind that 20 per cent score, pointing to signs that younger votes might be taking a fresh look at the third party. “There’s definitely a little bit of that competition between the Liberals and the NDP for the millennial vote, which we didn’t really see in the final stages of the last election,” he said.

Jagmeet Singh, the new NDP leader, showed the best momentum score among the national leaders: 21 per cent of Canadians said they have a better opinion of him than they did six months ago. For Trudeau, 38 per cent said their opinion of him has worsened in the same period. Still, the Prime Minister continues to outstrip his rivals in overall approval, with 51 per cent approving of his performance, compared to 40 per cent for Singh and 37 per cent for Conservative leader Andrew Scheer.

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Perhaps not surprisingly, Trudeau and his Liberal government are struggling to win over the public on some contentious, polarizing issues. Only about 36 per cent of Canadians are satisfied with their proposed tax reforms. Only 33 per cent think they made the right decisions in abandoning their promise to bring in electoral reform that would change the way Canadians vote. Just 29 per cent approve of the government’s efforts in dealing with pipeline projects.

Despite all that, however, 47 per cent expect the Trudeau government to pick up momentum and achieve more in the final two years of its mandate, well above the 39 per cent who guess the Liberals will lose momentum and achieve less between now and 2019.

Results are based on an online study conducted by Insights West from October 24 to October 26, 2017, among 1,005 Canadian adults. The data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age, gender and region. The margin of error—which measures sample variability—is +/- 3.1 percentage points for the entire sample, nineteen times out of twenty.



Canadians feel Trudeau’s image on the world stage is his biggest asset: Poll

  1. Agreed. The rest is the trivia of everyday political grubbing.

  2. Truthfully, this “little” man has no presence internationally, except as a big mouth, “party hardy” on the tax funded open bar. An embarrassing clown with nothing to say and no solutions to offer. A hypocrite that blames Canada on the world stage, for our government’s failures to help our indigenous peoples. Trudeau$ only skill set is talk. Pay off Syrian prisoners to gain votes, but nothing for Canadians.

    How many international trips has Trudeau and his entourage participated in? Not one idea, nor projects nor accomplishments!
    We pay and pay and pay for leaders to come to Canada and Trudeau and family and entourage to enjoy a spring tour of Europe, under the “guise” of some European trade deal that was to be announced on Canada day, and we get nothing.

    How much has the NAFTA negots cost us? How much has terrorist pay offs cost us?
    Trump and the world in general, wipe their feet on Trudeau, and consequently our nation!

    We do not even have to read his press releases! We know every word that he uses to blame the previous government. A conceited and greedy man-child who only knows how to throw money around and party.

    • I know you’re jealous and bitter, but there’s no need to lie.

      Just check the polls.

      • Why do you ignore the ELEPHANT in the room?
        The fact is that JT bought his way into the hearts of the world stage.
        Billions were handed over to the UN when Trudeau took office.

  3. This strikes me as an article that is trying very hard to find something positive to say about Trudeau after his disasters of recent weeks. Our highly biased national media still has his back.

    • You are right Kerry MacLean’s is the print version of TrudeauVision® (CBC) Stalin and Hitler would have been SOOO Proud…

  4. Trudeau’s image is like a tourist in Mexico, “This gringo is an easy mark, let’s take him for all we can get.” Every special interest group has taken him for all they can get, terrorists have grabbed up millions. Trudeau is the consummate mark and THAT is his world reputation.

  5. We had such high hopes.
    He still has time, but the time to pull out the hard choices was at the early
    part of his administration, and he’s now going into the re-election phase.

    If he intends to have the Asians or the Europeans vote for his party,
    he has put himself in a good position,
    BUT he is actually going to be facing an election by Canadians, and the only ones that
    he ( or the Liberal Party) can count on, are new Canadians ( immigrants),
    who are primarily citizens of enemy countries.

    He has, so far, acted as a front ( a stooge) for an unelected background leadership.

    He has a great name, great hair ( unlike that of Gerald Butts), and he promotes funny socks.

    Admittedly, he stammers a lot when he has to respond to an unplanned question, but we
    accept that. But if Butts and Telford want to run the country, which they are, I insist upon the right to
    have a say in their involvement, which I definitely do not.

    So, Justin is a very nice, very pleasant puppet, and I wish him well,
    but I won’t vote Liberal while I’m aware of the involvement of subversive influences.

  6. It’s a short list…..