In another sign of trouble for the Trudeau government, a fresh poll has suggested that well over 50 percent of Canadians believe that the country needs a new government.
This poll, conducted by Ipsos, shows that 56 percent of those surveyed think that it is "time for a new party to take over" government.
Only 44 percent of Canadians feel strongly enough to say that the prime minister "has done a good job and deserves re-election." The poll was conducted on April 9th.
This news follows Campaign Research's earlier poll that showed a Conservative surge in Ontario. This showed the Conservative Party leading in multiple regions like Eastern Ontario, Northern Ontario, and the Hamilton-Niagara area.
The CPC is also on top in O'Toole's home region of Durham. Trudeau's Liberals, on the other hand, are on top in Ottawa and Toronto.
This will come as welcome news to O'Toole's Conservatives, who have recently suffered through a bundle of negative polling reports. The CPC will be particularly pleased that they're gaining ground in Ontario, a province that is vital to the party's election strategy.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Trudeau's Liberals have enjoyed a comfortable lead as the public gathered around their leader. As a result of this, it's been a difficult time to be an opposition leader: politicizing a pandemic seems crass to most Canadians.
O'Toole's strategy over this past year has been to introduce himself to Canadians and present himself as a viable alternative to Justin Trudeau's Liberals. In other words, he is biding his time until the real mud-slinging can start.