B.C.’s John Horgan remains third most popular premier, despite drop in support

B.C. Premier John Horgan’s approval rating has dropped a bit in recent months, though he continues to have a lot of support.

The latest polling from the Angus Reid Institute places Horgan as the third most popular premier with 48 per cent. Only Nova Scotia’s Tim Houston and Saskatchewan’s Scott Moe have more support in their respective provinces.

According to Angus Reid, Horgan’s approval rating dropped seven points since March. The pollster says he’s been on a downward trend since June 2020.

B.C. Premier John Horgan's approval rating

(Source: Angus Reid Institute)

Horgan has been under fire in recent months for deciding to spend nearly $1 billion on a new Royal BC Museum. There’s been a lot of criticism for this move, given the rise in the cost of living, shortage of family doctors, and calls to better fund education and supports for children with special needs.

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Critics have also slammed Horgan for his response to record gas prices, arguing the $110 ICBC rebate cheque, which was touted by the province as a way to offset rising fuel costs, is not enough.

The announcement was made in March, with the promise that everyone would have the rebate by May or June. Last month, ICBC amended that timeline to the end of July.

Elsewhere in Canada, the poll indicates support for Doug Ford, who was recently re-elected in Ontario, has risen two points to 45 per cent. Backing for outgoing Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has risen two points to 32 per cent.

Support in all other provinces fell. Houston lost the most points in Nova Scotia with 11, while Andrew Furey in Newfoundland and Labrador lost 10.

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