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A cross-country breakdown of what issues matter most and government performance ratings

A planned meeting between the Prime Minister and First Ministers from around the country has been cancelled, following news that Justin Trudeau would be self-quarantining after his wife Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau began to exhibit flu-like symptoms.

And while Canadian leaders will need to wait to discuss key issues with the federal government, new polling from the non-profit Angus Reid Institute confirms that against the backdrop of the COVID-19 outbreak, health care dominates as a provincial priority for across most of the country.

Indeed, Canadians in six provinces name health care as their top provincial issue. That said, they do not rate their own government’s performance on health care delivery equally.

While majorities in B.C. and Saskatchewan each say their own provincial governments are doing a “good job” on health care delivery, (58% and 56% respectively), on the other end of the spectrum, just 17 per cent of Nova Scotians say the same. This tracking survey canvassed more than 5,000 Canadians on – among several items – their provincial priorities, perceptions of service delivery on seven key aspects of provincial governance, and in Canada’s four most populous provinces, vote intention.


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