The Ford government froze on key issues including inflation, health care, education | Daily News Byte

The Ford government froze on key issues including inflation, health care, education

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VANCOUVER – Ontarians’ relationship with their provincial government today is like the weather – frozen.

The latest data from the non-profit Angus Reid Institute finds that Premier Doug Ford’s government has been heavily criticized on all but one of the issues Ontarians consider most important.

On cost of living, health care, and affordable housing, four in five say the government is doing poorly. The only issue where the government receives more praise than condemnation is its ongoing handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This holiday bad will extends to Ford himself. Along with falling approval levels, he is also the most likely to blame for the recent spat between the government and education workers. More than two-in-five (45%) blame Ford primarily, while 41% say Education Minister Stephen Lecce is most responsible.

One-in-three (32%) say the education union is largely to blame, while 14% say all parties share equally. Importantly, those with children between the ages of five and 17 at home were equally likely to blame Ford, Lecce and the union for the whole ordeal.

While criticism of the government is significant, a fractured opposition means a continued comfortable lead vote goal for the governing Progressive Conservatives.

When asked “if there was an election today,” nearly two-in-five (37%) would support Ford’s party, while a quarter would vote for either the Ontario Liberals (25%) or the official opposition NDP ( 27%).

Three-in-five Ontario residents choose cost of living/inflation (63%) and health care (61%) as their top concerns for the province. Both priorities were significantly outweighed by housing affordability (34%).

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