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Poll shows Horgan and Moe doing well, Kenney and Pallister not so much

While Jason Kenney only had 42 per cent support, John Horgan came in at a whopping 69 per cent.

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A new poll released Monday shows Alberta Premier Jason Kenney sitting nearly dead last in approval amongst Canada’s premiers.

But the Angus Reid poll tells a different story for his B.C. counterpart John Horgan – he is on top of the list.

“Response to the coronavirus pandemic continues to be a key metric by which Canadians rate their political leaders in 2020. The issue consistently supersedes all others in terms of importance. But new data from the non-profit Angus Reid Institute indicates approval ratings for Canada’s premiers does not necessarily correlate with the number of cases or severity of outbreak province to province,” the polling company said.

Angus Reid poll on popularity of Canadian premiers

While Kenney only had 42 per cent support, Horgan came in at a whopping 69 per cent.

“British Columbia’s John Horgan receives high approval for the work he has done this quarter. Despite rising numbers of cases, which reached record levels last week, Horgan’s approval is highest in the country at 69 per cent, suggesting that low (though increasing) hospitalization rates may be calming the public to some extent,” the poll said.

“Horgan recently reached out to B.C-born celebrities Ryan Reynolds and Seth Rogen in an effort to change the message. The popularity of the Premier has led to speculation that a fall election may be called.”

Saskatchewan’s Scott Moe also did well at 59 per cent and Manitoba’s Brian Pallister only garnered 44 per cent.

The lowest rated premier was Newfoundland’s Andrew Furey at only 34%

“Kenney is facing a number of challenges. Albertans have grown increasing critical of his government’s response to the coronavirus and the province’s finances are in historically poor shape with oil revenues plummeting and pandemic-related economic shocks persisting,” pollsters said.

“COVID-19 cases began rising in mid-July to an average of more than 100 per day and remain above that mark. Two-in-five Albertans (42%) approve of Kenney, the lowest number recorded since his United Conservative Party formed government in 2019.”

As for Pallister “cases in that province have risen in recent weeks and the premier has faced criticism over a government decision to promote Manitoba as a tourism destination during the pandemic.”

The poll noted Moe and his party holds a considerable lead in vote intention as he heads into an election in November.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
TWITTER: Twitter.com/nobby7694

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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Kenney says Albertans may get ‘multi-issues’ referendum

The government has already committed to hold a referendum on equalization payments next October at the same time as municipal elections

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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says the UCP could have multiple referendum questions for voters next year.

The government has already committed to hold a referendum on equalization payments next October at the same time as municipal elections.

Speaking virtually to the UCP’s AGM on Saturday, Kenney said the party is also looking at adding other issues.

“I believe on the big consequential issues it’s right to go to the public,” kenney told 1,400 delegates who had signed up for the virtual convention.

He said a decision to get rid of Daylight Savings Time, a Senate election, constitutionally changing property rights and a provincial pension plan are some of the things Albertans may have a chance to vote on.

Kenney spent most of his speech hi-lighting UCP policies they have brought in, including scrapping the carbon tax and repealing Bill 6.

“We are one-third through our mandate and we have implemented two-thirds of our 261 election promises,” said Kenney.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
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TWITTER: Twitter.com/nobby7694

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RCMP able to save ice-bound calf in northern B.C.

The on-duty police officer responded to the area and was able to locate the calf clearly in distress

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For a B.C. Mountie, it was a very moo-ving rescue.

On Tuesday morning, RCMP were told about a young calf that had fallen through ice, into a slough along Farrell Creek Road, north east of Hudson’s Hope, in northeastern B.C.

The on-duty police officer responded to the area and was able to locate the calf clearly in distress, said the RCMP in a release.

“It was obvious that the calf had been doing its best to stay afloat and was getting tired, however could not move forward or backwards due to the surrounding ice,” said the release.

“Thinking quickly, and using any means available to the officer, and some locals that had stopped to assist, the ice around the calf was broken. The very tired calf was able to be lassoed and brought to the edge and out of the slough to rest.”

When we suit up and start our shifts each day, we really never have any idea what our day on the front line will entail,” said Cpl. Rob Gardner.

The front line officer, who responded to the scene, did a great job thinking quickly and outside the box to work with some locals to break the ice and free the small calf. We’d like to thank all those who stopped to assist with this rescue.

The wet calf, who seemed un-injured during the ordeal.

Rescued calf. Courtesy RCMP

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
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O’Toole says party unity is the only way to beat Trudeau

“Conservatives only win when we are united. We lose when we are divided,” said the Durham, Ont. M.P.

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The only way the Tories will beat the Justin Trudeau Liberals in the next election is to stay united, says the party’s new leader.

“Five years ago if you had said “Wexit”, people would have looked at you funnily,” said Erin O’Toole, at the UCP’s 2020 virtual AGM.

Speaking from an Ottawa backyard, O’Toole said Trudeau’s policies are sharply dividing the country but the only way to defeat him if for Conservatives to focus and stay united.

“Conservatives only win when we are united. We lose when we are divided,” said the Durham, Ont. M.P.

“In unity, there is victory.”

O’Toole said the party must increase it’s seat count in Ontario and pointed out the Tories have their first leader from that province “in about 60 years.”

O’Toole also lambasted Trudeau’s reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic currently sweeping the country.

“Canada is light years behind our allies (in terms of health care,)” said O’Toole, adding the government’s environmental regulations are “a national travesty.”

When asked about his support for the Paris accord on climate change, O’Toole said Canada can “lower emissions in a responsible way.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
TWITTER: Twitter.com/nobby7694

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