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Justin Trudeau. Photo: CIJnews

Majority of Canadians believe Trudeau government has “more style than substance”

According to a December 20, 2016 Ipsos poll conducted for Global News, 67% of Canadians “agree” or “agree somewhat” that the Trudeau government is more style than substance. 54% agree that the Trudeau government has a clear plan for the future of Canada (a 1-point decrease), while 46% disagree that it has a clear plan.

A new “Mood of Canada Survey” conducted by Nanos for the Institute for Research on Public Policy, found that a majority of Canadians believe that under Prime Minister Trudeau Canada’s global reputation has improved, with 37% saying it has improved and 26% saying it has somewhat improved. Only 9% of those polled believe it has not improved.

54% of Canadians believe the country is moving in the right direction (a 9-point decrease since 2015) and 31% think Canada is moving in the wrong direction.

According to a December 15, 2016 Angus Reid poll, the number of Canadians who say they approve of the job Justin Trudeau is doing has dropped on average by 10 points to 55%, the lowest approval rating since the Liberals won a majority mandate in last October’s election, with the most significant drop recorded in Ontario, where Trudeau’s approval dropped by 16 points.

Trudeau and the government have been plagued by gaffes and controversies in the last few months, including walking back electoral reform, the “cash-for-access” controversy and reaction to Trudeau’s praise for Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, which had an impact on about half of Canadians who were disappointed by his statement.

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About Ilana Shneider

Ilana Shneider
Ilana Shneider is the co-editor of CIJnews and the founding executive director of Canada-Israel Friendship Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the mutually beneficial, long-standing diplomatic, economic and cultural ties between Canada and Israel. She can be reached at


  1. I don’t care for his so-called style and his substance is zero … he likes to rob the taxpayer , he gives their monies to other nations. He should be helping those in need here in Canada ….. stop bring in so- called refugees !

  2. Agreed. 100% style, 0% substance.

  3. They off on the poll. Liberal polls suck.

  4. With the 2019 federal election still a long time away, PM Justin Trudeau calls on Muslims to run for the Conservative party leadership.

    Trudeau still doesn’t want to lose the 2019 election, but instead of running against the current conservative leaders Trudeau calls on conservative Muslims to run and compete against him, literally begging them.

    From CIJ News: When asked by Galloway“When someone like a candidate for the Conservative leadership says: we need to be screening for anti Canadian values. What is your reaction to that?”, Trudeau said the following (December 5, 2016):

    “A few weeks ago, I was meeting a group of Muslim Canadians, and they were very happy to see me, very supportive of me, that particular group, and I said: ok, I’m glad you are all supportive of me, but I have a request. You all have friends, family members who disagree with me on this or that or other things, may be little more conservative economically or a little more environmentally, you know, out there than I am. The other two political parties have leadership races right now.

  5. But like uhhhh he is so uhhhh hot and look at that uhhhh Six pack like oh my gosh uhhhh. BTW, he says uhhhh in his speeches more than a high schooler.

  6. Totally and I don’t like his style


    GET Justin True Dope out of office ASAP. Creating jobs in many countrys with our TAX DOLLARS. BRINGING IN TERRRIST AND RAPPIST AND WELL FARE FOR LIFE PEOPLE IN NOT HELPING.

  8. Ask that 54% who believe liberals have a clear plan to explain what that plan is. D-uh…

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