Most Canadians Don’t Want Elections During COVID-19: Nanos Investigation

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TORONTO – Despite imminent threats of an early election this fall following the We Charity affair, most Canadians are not interested in going to the polls during the pandemic, according to a new poll from Nanos Research. The survey, released Friday, asked 1,094 Canadians if they agreed that the Liberal government and opposition parties should do everything possible to make the minority parliament work, to avoid an election until until the pandemic has practically passed or a vaccine is available.

Fifty-one percent of respondents agreed that an election should be avoided, while 20% said they somewhat agreed. Eighteen percent disagreed, and 10 percent disagreed somewhat. Two percent weren’t sure.

The Conservatives and the Bloc Québécois have called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau to resign over the We Charity controversy, saying their apologies for not apologizing for Cabinet discussions regarding the contract of $ 900 million because of their relationship with the charity is not good enough.

Bloc Québécois leader Yves-François Blanchet said last week that if Trudeau and Morneau do not resign, his party is considering consulting Quebeckers on the possibility of tabling a motion of no confidence when the House of Commons resumes. at the end of September.

If a vote of no confidence were cast and the Liberals lost, a federal election would be called.

Nanos Research’s latest ballot tracking puts the Liberal Party of Canada three percentage points ahead of the Tories, though Trudeau still enjoys a large lead as preferred prime minister with 33.8% over the Outgoing Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer (18.8%), NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh (14%), Green Leader Elizabeth May (6.9%) and People’s Party Leader Maxime Bernier (4.7%).

While most Canadians don’t seem inclined to a fall election, there is stronger support for a proper investigation into the We Charity case.

Forty percent of respondents said they wanted Parliament to investigate the matter thoroughly, while 28 percent said Parliament should instead focus on “more important issues.” Sixteen percent said Trudeau should temporarily resign during the investigation, while 13 percent agreed with the statement: “This is how politics works, I’m not surprised.”

Liberal strategist Greg MacEachern told CTV News that many Canadians may not be focused on the We Charity controversy just yet.

“We don’t assume that all Canadians are so wrapped up in this issue when they think about the safety of their children in the fall, whether their RRSPs will come back, or whether or not their jobs will return. , ” he said.

“Perhaps now is a very good time for a cabinet reshuffle for a number of reasons.”

Trudeau told MPs on Thursday in a rare parliamentary committee appearance that he did not place himself in a conflict of interest while participating in Cabinet discussions regarding the $ 900 million contract for the program. volunteer scholarships. Trudeau also denied any direction or attempt to influence him or his office during the discussions.

As for how the $ 900 million government contract should have been handled, 42% of respondents said they preferred a competition that would force students to wait longer for financial support, and 34% said that ‘It was acceptable to outsource the contract to speed up the process. Twenty-four percent of respondents said they were not sure.

The vast majority of respondents, 80 percent, agreed that charities need to be more open and accountable to the public when it comes to details like real estate, cash flow and organizational structure. Sixteen percent somewhat agreed, three percent disagreed or somewhat disagreed.

“It’s a big black eye for the charitable sector in Canada,” pollster Nik Nanos told CTV News.

METHODOLOGY

These observations are based on a hybrid RDD (landline and cellular) dual frame hybrid telephone survey and an online random survey of 1,094 Canadians, aged 18 or older, between July 26 and July 30, 2020 as part of an omnibus survey. The margin of error for this survey is ± 3.0 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. This study was commissioned by CTV News and the research was conducted by Nanos Research.

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