Files Trudeau government has found itself vulnerable on take toll on ministers responsible for them

by Angus Reid Institute

December 14, 2018 –  While members of the federal cabinet prepare to escape the political and literal biting cold of Ottawa during the winter break, some will leave Parliament Hill feeling more festive than others.

The second annual public opinion survey from the Angus Reid Institute canvassing Canadian opinion on the performance of the Trudeau government’s cabinet finds some, such as Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland and Minister of Transport Marc Garneau, riding high once more.

With 49 per cent of Canadians saying she has done a ‘good job’ this year, Freeland’s performance score of +20 (the percentage of those saying “good job” less those saying “bad job”) is the highest among her peers.

Others, such as Minister of Natural Resources Amarjeet Sohi and Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Ahmed Hussen – receive far less credit from the Canadian public.

Sohi, a key figure in the TransMountain tumult of 2018, receives a -36 – ten points worse than anyone else.

Liberal Cabinet Ministers are rated under these 3 headings:

  • The Recognizable Faces
  • The Middle Ministers
  • The Relative Unknowns

Burlington’s MP Karina Gould shows up in ‘The Relative Unknowns’ category (go to the bottom of the chart) with a performance rating of -13. That’s down 6 more points from 2017.

According to this Angus Reid survey, MP Gould has an awareness rating of only 32%. This is the lowest awareness rating of all Liberal Cabinet Ministers.

Read the entire Federal Cabinet Ratings article here: