Story 1 – Economic Troubles and Inflation
2018 began with widespread health concerns as the Omicron subspecies of COVID-19 spread, but it was largely defined by economic concerns.inflation rate is 8.1% in June is the highest in 39 years, before tapering off slightly, but has remained close to 7% for the rest of the year. For many Canadians, this meant an ongoing challenge. accomplish the purpose, cut down on streaming services, When avoid big purchases, among other behavioral changes. With the holiday season approaching, many people say they are traveling less or thinking about where they can travel. reduce the cost of christmasCost of living was dominant top issue list Pressure on provincial governments continues to mount as Canadians search for answers.
Home affordability remains as Bank of Canada continues to raise interest rates serious source of frustration For prospective owners, recent purchasers, renters and more. This will be a key focus of his 2023 research program at the Angus Reid Institute.
Story 2 – COVID Comes and Goes – Omicron Wave, ARI Predicts Infection
Unique Angus Reed Institute study We estimated the incidence of COVID-19 infection in early January and found that 1 in 5 Canadians reported a positive case in a family member since December 1 of the previous year. This was while the appetite for public health restrictions continued to fade. fading of concern A passive approach to COVID-19 and related personal health risks. By the end of the year, half of Canadians said they thought less about COVID-19, and few wore masks in public.That said, the majority heading into winter report wearing a mask. if the government mandates itsuggesting that more action is desired from governments to counter complacency.
Story 3 – Trust in healthcare is crumbling
COVID-19 has exposed and exacerbated serious problems with Canada’s healthcare system. While not obvious in his first two years of the pandemic, these challenges became more and more apparent as 2022 rolled on. Half of Canadians say they have trouble finding a family doctor (33%) or are unable to find one at all (17%). Meanwhile, as the crisis intensifies, confidence in emergency access and healthcare delivery has declined across the board.
the first minister dissatisfied with lack of funds Agreement with the federal government, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has repeatedly said: need reform For the state to receive additional money. Half of Canadians (49%) say both provincial and federal level governments are responsible for these problems, but 37% say the provinces are primarily to blame. Very few (12%) blame the federal government alone.
Learn more about the Angus Reid Institute’s 2022 three-part healthcare study here.
Story 4 – Freedom Convoy and Emergency Law
In February, Canadians and their government drew international attention as a group of truck drivers left for Ottawa to protest public health restrictions. The federal government invoked the state of emergency law after protesters refused to leave and other groups occupied Canadian and US border crossings in multiple locations. This gave the police additional powers to remove protesters and gave the government the power to freeze 200+ bank accounts Involved in funding the profession.
Canadians had little support for the protests. during February 72% said The protesters made their point and should go home. This is after about two weeks of action. That said, support for the use of the Emergency Act has been lukewarm. 46% Said it should be used to end the occupation, 34% felt the police had the necessary powers to remove the protesters themselves, and 15% said no action was needed.
Story 5 – Poilievre defeats Charest and takes leadership of CPC
Arguably the biggest political topic of the year was the search for a new leader for the official opposition. After winning the popular vote in two consecutive federal elections but failing to form a government, the CCP chose Carlton Senator Pierre Polivre to lead the next national convention.
Polivre was a divisive figure among the wider public. interrogating canadian He has commented on investing in Bitcoin, sacking the Governor of the Bank of Canada, and supporting the so-called “Freedom Convoy.” Poirivere’s main rival, former Liberal Prime Minister of Quebec Jean Chareste, showed even more. Broad growth potential Among the masses, however, failed to resonate with the CPC base, with Poilievre eventually winning the race without competition, leaving many behind. Former People’s Party supporter Back to the Conservative Party.The personal charm of Poirivre is much worse He is better than his CPC predecessor and faces considerable challenges to win the sympathy of Quebec women and residents.