Just two days ago I said that very recent polling from the Angus Reid Institute was bad news for Erin O’Toole. The polling data wasn’t exactly good news for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: the polls put him in minority territory and his “negatives” were approaching 50%, but it was worse for Mr O’Toole.
The one thing I mentioned was that the poling was done before the vaccine supply fiasco became a big deal … well, between 20 and 24 January, around a week ago, the Angus Reid Institute asked Canadians what they thought. The news is bad for Justin Trudeau. The report says that “while just six weeks ago a firm majority of Canadians (58%) said they were confident in the federal government’s ability to circulate the vaccine throughout the country, just 45 per cent hold this view now.” That’s a HUGE shift. “Just over one-in-three Canadians (36%) say that the recently announced delay in Pfizer vaccine delivery is a major setback. Half (48%) view it as a minor setback to be overcome … [but] … Those who see the Pfizer delay as a major setback appear to place some of the blame on the Trudeau government: three-quarters of them (73%) say the federal government has done a poor job of securing doses.“
Is this the shift, the real change in opinion, that Erin O’Tool’s Conservatives need to win in Ontario? It’s too soon to tell, but it is a step in the right direction and the news, for Justin Trudeau, is not getting any better, is it?