B.C.’s Christy Clark is the second-least popular premier in Canada, while the B.C. NDP’s Adrian Dix tied as the most popular Opposition leader in the country.
Angus Reid Public Opinion released the results of a poll on Monday that asked 6,657 Canadians in nine provinces about the leaders’ performances.
About 28 per cent of respondents in B.C. said they were satisfied with Clark’s leadership. Only Nova Scotia Premier Darrel Dexter ranked lower at 26 per cent.
Saskatchewan’s Brad Wall remains Mr. Popular with a 65 per cent approval rating, according to the study. Alberta’s Alison Redford, who came in second, was the only other premier to surpass the 50 per cent mark.
In contrast, Dix, B.C.’s Opposition leader, raked in a 53 per cent approval rating, which tied with NDP Opposition Leader Lorraine Michael in Newfoundland and Labrador.
The online survey was conducted between Aug. 21 and 27 during the Quebec provincial election campaign. The margin of error is plus or minus 1.2 per cent, 19 times out of 20.
BEST APPROVAL RATINGS
1. Brad Wall in Saskatchewan (65%)
2. Alison Redford in Alberta (55%)
3. Greg Selinger in Manitoba (48%)
4. David Alward in New Brunswick (47%)
5. Kathy Dunderdale in Newfoundland and Labrador (39%)
6. Jean Charest in Quebec (at the time) (32%)
7. Dalton McGuinty in Ontario (32%)
8. Christy Clark in B.C. (28%)
9. Darrel Dexter in Nova Scotia (26%)
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Who Was Canada's Best Premier?
Policy Options magazine asked 30 historians, political scientists, economists, journalists and policy advisers from across Canada to pick their top five choices for best provincial premier since 1972. Here are the answers. (CP)
5. Robert Bourassa
Bourassa served as premier of Quebec from 1970 - 1976 and then from 1985 - 1994. (CP)
4. Frank McKenna
McKenna served as premier of New Brunswick from 1987 to 1997. (CP)
3. Allan Blakeney
Blakeney served as premier of Saskatchewan from 1971 - 1982. (CP)
2. William Davis
Davis served as premier of Ontario from 1971 - 1985. (CP)
1. Peter Lougheed
Lougheed served as premier of Alberta from 1971 - 1985.<br><br> The magnitude of support for Lougheed in the survey spanned the country, with first-place votes in all regions Jury members were also asked to rate premiers according to nine questions pertaining to various aspects of leadership, such as vision and communications, fiscal and economic management, intergovernmental relations and other important files. Lougheed's ratings were higher than the others on all questions, and ranged from 4.23 on interprovincial relations to 4.77 on ability to win over voters and elections. (CP)
Alison Redford on insisting Alberta wont's see a PST
“Gosh, my goodness. Today is Thursday. Did I say it yesterday? Did I say it on Tuesday? Did I say it on Friday?” “We are not introducing a provincial sales tax, period. I’ll say it again tomorrow if you like." February 2013.
Alison Redford's Christmas Greeting
In a tongue-in-cheek greeting on This Hour Has 22 Minutes 2012 holiday special, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/12/07/alison-redford-funny-christmas-greeting_n_2258800.html?1354906380">Redford shared the following message to Canada</a> - "Christmas is my favourite time of year in Alberta. Most people spend their time with family and friends. I choose to spend the bulk of my time the way I do the rest of the year - having a scotch with my friends from the oil and gas industry; talking about how to relax environmental regulations." Looks like another mild winter. You're welcome, Canada."
Ed Stelmach On U.S.
"A good neighbour lends you a cup of sugar. A great neighbour supplies you with 1.4 million barrels of oil per day." -- <a href="http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/831381--don-t-tread-on-ed-premier-stelmach-defends-alberta-oilsands-in-washington-post" target="_hplink">In an ad in <em>The Washington Post.</em></a> (CP)
Redford On B.C. Premier Clark
"We have every other premier across the country understanding the importance of the energy economy and understanding that it's important for all Canadians that we do work together." -- <a href="http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/alberta/Debate+over+Northern+Gateway+pipeline+entirely+appropriate/7088360/story.html" target="_hplink">Taking a jab at B.C. Premier Christy Clark.</a> (CP)
Ralph Klein on Evolution
"Dinosaur farts." -- On what may have brought about the <a href="http://www.edmontonsun.com/news/alberta/2010/12/14/16554851.html" target="_hplink">Ice Age.</a> (CP)
Ralph Klein On Belinda Stronach
"I wasn't surprised that she crossed over to the Liberals. I don't think she ever did have a Conservative bone in her body. Well, maybe one." -- Speaking at a charity roast in 2006, <a href="http://www.edmontonsun.com/news/alberta/2010/12/14/16554851.html" target="_hplink">Klein comments on MP Belinda Stronach</a>, who used to date fellow Tory MP Peter McKay, crossing the floor to join the Liberal Party. (CP)
Ralph Klein takes on Dalton McGuinty
"I'm no doctor, but I think that Mr. McGuinty's got a case of premature speculation," said Klein, reacting to comments made in March 2006 by Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty opposing any two-tiered health care system in Ontario that Klein has proposed in Alberta, which was believed would allow quicker access to surgery for those who pay.
Peter Lougheed On Oilsands Development
"Would somebody please outline to me the advantages of our doing it this way? For me, an Albertan? What are they? Can you give me a couple of them? What do I as an Albertan gain by this mad rush up there?" -- <a href="http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/rob-magazine/the-second-coming-of-peter-lougheed/article659021/?page=all" target="_hplink">He asks in <em>The Globe And Mail</em></a>. (CP)
Ralph Klein On Mad Cow Disease
"I guess any self-respecting rancher would have shot, shovelled and shut up, but he didn't do that. Instead he took it to an abattoir." -- At the discovery of mad cow disease <a href="http://ca.m.yahoo.com/w/legobpengine/news/blogs/former-alberta-premier-ralph-klein-finally-getting-order-223011036.html?.b=entertainment&.ts=1340325348&.intl=ca&.lang=en-ca&.ysid=yXfXSNumJYMPRMtsjsr3kcZ6" target="_hplink">on an Alberta ranch.</a> (CP)
Ralph Klein On Edmonton
A fine city with too many socialists and mosquitoes. At least you can spray the mosquitoes." -- In 1990 as a <a href="http://www.edmontonsun.com/news/alberta/2010/12/14/16554851.html" target="_hplink">Tory MLA from Calgary.</a> (CP)
Peter Lougheed On NEP
"Let them freeze in the dark." -- Lougheed takes on Trudeau regarding the NEP in the 70s. The quote is also cited as the more contentious bumper sticker fodder, 'Let the eastern bastards freeze in the dark.'