COVID pandemic has eroded Canadians’ trust in politicians, science and even their neighbors, poll finds

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People were convinced, however, that the vaccines were safe and effective and that the supply of shipments to Canada would continue.

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OTTAWA – The COVID-19 pandemic has eroded Canadians’ trust in their governments, public health officials, science and even their neighbors, according to a new poll commissioned by Postmedia.

The Léger poll also found that more than half of Canadians believe the federal government‘s border measures have been ineffective. An overwhelming 72 percent of Canadians want the mandatory three-day government hotel quarantine for air travelers extended to people crossing by land. And 63% of people say travelers who ignore mandatory quarantine should face tougher sentences, including jail time.

Polling firm Léger conducted the poll with its online panel last week, asking 1,516 Canadians if the pandemic had caused them to lose confidence in civic institutions.

When asked if the pandemic had permanently eroded their trust in provincial or federal governments, over 60% said it had eroded their trust, either a little or a lot, in both the federal government. (63%) or their provincial government (62%).

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The percentage of people who said the pandemic had significantly eroded their trust in provincial governments was highest among residents of Alberta at 47% and Ontario at 35%, and lowest among residents of the Quebec where only 15% said that and from the Atlantic. provinces at 14 percent.

Alberta also had the highest percentage of people who said their trust in the federal government had been greatly eroded, at 40 percent.

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Andrew Enns, a vice president at Léger, said the results regarding confidence were troubling as they came just as the government was trying to make a last ditch effort to wipe out the virus.

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“There are some really critical messages coming from the federal and provincial governments and various health authorities about immunization and the need to sit there for another month or two on those public health orders to try to get through this. third wave, ”he said. . “There would be difficulties in ensuring that this message is respected.”

The poll also looked at the erosion of confidence in Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, which has eroded a little or a lot among 46% of Canadians.

But provincial public health facilities, headed by chief medical officers of health, have also been affected, with nearly half of Canadians (49%) saying they have lost confidence in themselves.

People also have less confidence in the health care system (44%) and 30% of people said their confidence in science has eroded.

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Almost a third of people said they had lost confidence in their neighbors.

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On specific topics, the public appears to have the least confidence in government messages regarding measures at Canada’s border, with 26 percent scoring this low on a confidence scale. The poll also found that 21% of people had a low level of confidence in the government’s ability to enforce public health measures.

People were convinced, however, that the vaccines were safe and effective and that the supply of shipments to Canada would continue.

In recent weeks, Ontario Premier Doug Ford has said the federal government needs to do more to secure Canada’s borders, including in a recent letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in which he said domestic travelers should take COVID-19 PCR tests and people crossing the country. the border must be subjected to a compulsory hotel quarantine.

The Léger poll clearly showed that border crossings were an issue where confidence in the federal government had fallen sharply.

Enns said that while public health officials have pointed out that only a small fraction of cases come from overseas, the public is not being sold and wants stronger measures.

“Federal public health officials are sort of trying to get you to understand that they don’t really see the health evidence to support it, but from a public perspective, they make that connection between infections.

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