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Federal cabinet ratings: A happy new year for Freeland

While members of the federal cabinet prepare to escape the political and literal biting cold of Ottawa during the winter break, some will leave Parliament Hill feeling more festive than others.

The second annual public opinion survey from the Angus Reid Institute canvassing Canadian opinion on the performance of the Trudeau government’s cabinet finds some, such as Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland and Minister of Transport Marc Garneau, riding high once more.

With 49 per cent of Canadians saying she has done a ‘good job’ this year, Freeland’s performance score of +20 (the percentage of those saying “good job” less those saying “bad job”) is the highest among her peers.

Others, such as Minister of Natural Resources Amarjeet Sohi and Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Ahmed Hussen – receive far less credit from the Canadian public.

Sohi, a key figure in the TransMountain tumult of 2018, receives a -36 – ten points worse than anyone else.

More Key Findings:

  • While he has garnered far fewer headlines this year, Finance Minister Bill Morneau receives the same score this year as he did last. Just under one-quarter of Canadians say he is doing a good job (23%) and more than four-in-ten disagree (43%)
  • Morneau also holds a place as the most recognized minister in Justin Trudeau’s cabinet. More than four-in-five (83%) recognize him, followed by Freeland (79%), Harjit Sajjan (75%) and Catherine McKenna (75%)
  • Even among the Liberal base, two ministers do not have a positive performance score. Minister of Seniors Filomena Tassi receives an even rating with 2015 Trudeau supporters, and Minister of National Revenue Diane Lebouthillier receives a -3

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