A poll released by Angus Reid on December 15, 2017 showed that for the first time since the 2015 election, Justin Trudeau’s approval rating fell below one-half, with 49% of Canadians now saying they disapprove of the Prime Minister.
A drop of 10 percentage points was recorded across all regions and age groups, including the millennials, who make up a significant percentage of Trudeau’s supporters.
The poll was taken before the Conflict of Interest Commissioner Mary Dawson ruled that Trudeau violated multiple ethics rules when he spent over $215,000 taxpayer dollars – far more than originally disclosed – vacationing on a private Island in the Bahamas belonging to Aga Khan, the billionaire spiritual leader of Ismaili Muslims whose foundation is a registered lobbyist which has received millions in federal funding from Ottawa.
Other factors which may have contributed to Trudeau’s decreasing approval rating was the influx of more than 36,000 illegal migrants from the United States which began shortly after Trudeau’s “welcome to Canada” tweet following President Trump’s temporary ban on immigration from several Muslim-majority countries. “To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada”, Trudeau tweeted on January 28, 2017, which was re-tweeted over 400,000 times.
A national outcry over an apology and payout to convicted terrorist Omar Khadr didn’t help Trudeau’s popularity. According to an Angus Reid poll taken in July, 71% of respondents, including 61% of Canadians who said they voted Liberal in 2015, agreed the government had “done the wrong thing” by awarding Khadr $10.5 million.
Then there was the headache surrounding embattled Minister of Finance Bill Morneau who is under investigation by the Ottawa ethics commissioner over the handling of his shares in his family’s firm Morneau Shepell, which stood to benefit from a pension reform legislation introduced by Morneau.
According to TrudeauMeter, a non-partisan citizen initiative which tracks Trudeau’s performance with regard to his electoral platform, after 782 days in office, Trudeau achieved 58, broke 38 and has not yet started 58 out of 226 promises made during the election campaign. 72 promises are still in progress.
Trudeau delivered on his promise to restore the long-form census, create a gender-balanced cabinet, eliminate a two-year waiting period for foreign spouses of Canadians, give $100 million to the UN High Commission of Refugees, end Canada’s bombing mission against ISIS in Iraq, restore full health care to refugees, and scrap a legislation designating 43 countries as “safe countries”, which was introduced by the Harper government in order to reduce a disproportionately high number of refugees from Europe and other countries which normally don’t produce refugees, such as Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
Some of the broken promises include a failing to revamp the Access to Information Act, abandoning a commitment to reform the federal electoral system, failing to increase penalties for election fraud, failing to maintaining current National Defence spending levels and waiving GST for new rental-housing construction.