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B.C. Premier John Horgan among most popular leaders in Canada

Last Updated Jun 9, 2021 at 11:28 am PDT

British Columbia Premier John Horgan arrives before the budget speech from the legislative assembly at Legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, April 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

B.C. Premier John Horgan's approval rating sits at 63 per cent, the second highest nationally: Angus Reid

Quebec premier's approval rating is the highest in Canada, poll finds

Premiers of Ontario, Manitoba, and Alberta sit at bottom of popularity ranking

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – B.C.’s John Horgan continues to be one of the most popular premiers in Canada

A new Angus Reid Institute poll shows Horgan’s approval rating is 63 per cent, second nationally.

The pollster says the province’s dropping COVID-19 case counts and its reopening plan have helped boost Horgan’s popularity, though his rating did drop three points from the last quarter.

“The B.C. government shines when respondents rate its handling of COVID-19 as well as health care more broadly,” the Angus Reid Institute said.

However, it notes there are still challenges that persist. B.C. continues to see the worst ratings in Canada when it comes to housing affordability and the handling of the overdose crisis.

The only premier to have rated higher than Horgan is Quebec’s François Legault, who has seen 66 per cent support. That’s up four points since the last quarter, and the second highest since he became premier in 2018.

The premiers in Ontario, Manitoba, and Alberta haven’t fared as well. Their approval ratings have continued to take hits throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, hovering just over 30 per cent.

Ontario’s Doug Ford’s approval rating (35 per cent) comes only ahead of Manitoba’s Brian Pallister (33 per cent), with Alberta Premier Jason Kenney recording the lowest rating nationally at 31 per cent.

Both Ford and Kenney have been criticized for months for their handling of pandemic restrictions. The Angus Reid Institute says Kenney’s approval rating dropped from 39 per cent to 31 per cent over a three-month span.

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“Critics have pointed to Alberta’s relatively relaxed approach to restrictions which contributed to the province having the worst COVID-19 outbreak in North America in May,” the pollster said, noting Kenney more recently was forced to apologize for breaking public health rules during a dinner with party members.

This update from the Angus Reid Institute comes after many premiers saw their ratings take a hit in April.

That was amid a rise in COVID-19 cases nationally. At the time, Horgan’s approval rating dropped from 88 per cent to 55 per cent.