It’s the most optimistic economic outlook for a generation, with a majority of Canadians saying the country is on the right track and there’s no reason to worry about its economic future.
The poll by the Angus Reid Institute, conducted from Nov. 14 to Nov. 21, shows the Conservatives are leading the Liberals in the country’s largest province, Alberta, by four points.
But the Tories are lagging behind in Quebec, where a majority say they are doing OK.
In Ontario, the Liberals lead the Liberals by one point, though that’s down three points from a week ago.
And in Manitoba, the Conservatives hold a two-point lead over the Liberals, while in Saskatchewan, the Tories have a three-point advantage.
All of those are pretty strong numbers for the Conservatives.
The Liberals have improved slightly in Alberta and Manitoba, but the Conservatives have lost ground in Ontario, where the NDP is leading the PCs by two points.
A majority of Ontarians say they have a lot of confidence in the leadership of the NDP, with 39 per cent saying they have “a lot of” or “a good deal” of confidence.
In Alberta, however, just 36 per cent have confidence in Premier Rachel Notley.
That’s down from 38 per cent in October, the poll found.
Notley’s party is still seen as the least trusted in Canada, with just 30 per cent having confidence in her.
In Manitoba, just 22 per cent of Ontarian adults have a good deal or fair amount of confidence that the premier is doing her job.
While the Tories continue to be viewed negatively in Ontario and Quebec, the party is holding a strong lead in Quebec.
More than four in 10 Quebecers, and two in five in Alberta, say they’re confident in the way the Liberals are handling their job as premier.
Only 13 per cent said the same in September.
Among Ontario residents, just 26 per cent say the NDP leader is doing a good job, down from 37 per cent last week.
The Tories, Liberals and NDP are each on track for record deficits of $2.4-billion over the next five years.
Not enough Canadians say the Conservatives and Liberals are doing well financially, but there’s good news for the Tories, who have a seven-point jump in public support for their economic plan.
The Conservatives are seen as having the best fiscal plan among all major parties, with 36 per.cent saying the party has the best plan.
However, the NDP has been gaining support in recent weeks, with its average of 38 per.comparison points being up from 34 in September and 33 in October.
The NDP has also improved its image in the province, which has had its economy hit hard by the downturn in the oil and gas industry.
In October, just 41 per cent viewed the NDP favourably, up from 41 per.percent in October last year.
But as the economy improves, the percentage saying the NDP’s economic plan is good is dropping to 36 per per.
percent, down two points from this month.
It’s important to note that the poll surveyed 907 people across the country, with an overall margin of error of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.
Among the 10 major parties polled, the one that has the most positive outlook is the NDP.
The party’s economic platform includes tax cuts for middle-income earners, higher taxes on the wealthy and increased investments in infrastructure.
The Conservative Party has proposed the same tax cuts and infrastructure investments.
The Liberal Party has also proposed higher taxes and more spending, and has promised to balance the budget.
The Green Party is also proposing higher taxes, more spending and more tax hikes.
And the Bloc Québécois has also called for more spending on infrastructure, but has yet to offer any details.
With files from The Canadian Press and Reuters