EMERGENCIES ACT BACKLASH: Conservatives Surge, Liberals Trail By Eight Points, & Majority Want Restrictions Ended As Backlash Against Trudeau grows

Canadians are proud of our nation as a free and democratic place. Trudeau’s attack on Canada’s foundation of freedom and democracy is generating a significant backlash.

A new poll by Mainstreet Research shows a growing backlash against Justin Trudeau and the Liberals following their decision to inflame tensions, refuse to meet with protestors, and invoke the Emergencies Act.

Last month, the Liberals and Conservatives were tied in the polls.

Both parties were at 29% among decided & leaning voters. The NDP was at 17%, and the PPC was at 13%. The Bloc had 6%, and the Greens were at 3%.

When combining the Liberal & NDP votes, 46% of Canadians said they were voting for ‘progressive’ parties (assuming the Liberals can be called progressive at all), while the CPC & PPC combined were at 42%.

But now, the latest Mainstreet Research survey – conducted between February 16-17 (thus taking place after the Liberals imposed the Emergencies Act) – shows the situation has changed dramatically, and Canada has moved to the right.

The Liberals are up 2 points, now at 31%. But the backlash against the Emergencies Act has consolidated support for the Conservatives, who are up 10 points to 39%.

Since replacing Erin O’Toole with Candice Bergen – who is taking a hardline in terms of opposing restrictions & mandates – and who publicly supported the Truckers, the CPC now leads the Liberals by 8 points.

The NDP appears to be paying a price for their support of the Emergencies Act (something they can still reverse), as they have fallen to 15%.

Now, here’s where it gets interesting.

A nation moving to the right

As I said above, last month the combined left-wing vote was 4 points ahead of the combined right-wing vote.

Now, the combined right-wing vote is 45%, while the left-wing vote has stayed stagnant at 46%.

The nation is now split right down the middle between right & left, which would be a surprise to the many establishment pundits who constantly claim Canada is a progressive-dominated country.

The results are even more dramatic when we consider the change since the election to now.

The combined Liberal-NDP vote on election day was 51%, while the combined CPC-PPC vote was 39%. At the time, the CPC wasn’t even fully against restrictions as they are now.

Since then, the left is down 6 points, and the right is up 6 points, a net swing of 12 points.

So, if we are defining opposition to restrictions as ‘right,’ and support for restrictions as ‘left,’ Canada has clearly moved more in the pro-freedom, right-wing direction.

Now, let’s consider the Bloc.

The Bloc is a mix of different aspects of the political spectrum, often left-wing on many economic measures, while being nationalistic and in favour of the devolution of power from the federal government to provincial jurisdictions.

Notably, they have announced that they oppose the Emergencies Act.

Combined, the CPC, PPC, and Bloc now comprise 51% of the country, a majority.

When looking at other aspects of the poll, this makes sense.

Liberals trail among all groups except triple-vaxxed Canadians

Among Canadians who have one dose of a vaccine, the Liberals trail the Conservatives by 23 points.

Among Canadians who have two doses of a vaccine, the Liberals trail the Conservatives by 36 points.

Among Canadians who have not been vaccinated, the Liberals trail the Conservatives by 54 points.

The Liberals lead only among Canadians who have received two doses, and a booster shot, where they lead the Conservatives by 16 points.

It’s notable that even in the one group among which the Liberals lead, they have the smallest lead.

Canadians divided on Emergencies Act

Justin Trudeau has repeatedly made the false claim that ‘Canadians are united’. When he says that, he is attempting to claim that 90% of Canadians having at least one dose of a vaccine somehow equals support for his actions.

Yet, as we saw above, the Liberals trail among Canadians with one dose, and two doses.

And when it comes to the Emergencies Act, Canadians are heavily divided.

Among those who feel the strongest about it, opposition slightly outstrips support.

39% strongly oppose the government invoking the Emergencies Act, while 38% strongly support it.

Among those with more muted feelings, 13% somewhat support it, and 5% somewhat oppose it.

4% say they aren’t sure.

There is a huge gender gap on the question, with 53% of men opposing the act, while 59% of women support it.

Further divisions break out among age groups, with a majority of Canadians aged 18-34 and 35-49 opposing the Emergencies Act, while a majority of Canadians 50 and above support it.

Support for protests much higher than government and establishment media will admit

As we’ve seen in recent days, the government and establishment media has attempted to make people think that the protests have been nothing but a foreign funded extremist movement.

Yet, the actual facts show otherwise.

According to the Mainstreet Research survey, 30% of Canadians strongly support the truckers protests, while 13% somewhat support it. 41% strongly oppose it, while 11% somewhat oppose it. 5% say they aren’t sure of their opinion.

43% of the country supporting the protests means many millions of Canadians support it, completely countering the narrative being pushed by the Trudeau government.

It also means that the attempts by the Liberal government to demonize the protests are actually an attempt to demonize all those who disagree with the Trudeau Liberals.

And as noted in previous surveys, a majority of Canadians between the age of 18-34 support the truckers protests, showing a significant political realignment among young Canadians as they increasingly identify with right-wing sentiment and opposition to restrictions.

Majority want restrictions to end

Let’s consider this fact:

Following the protests, there are far fewer restrictions in Canadian provinces than there were before.

Restrictions are being lifted in many parts of the country, and nearly every provincial government has either ended restrictions, or laid out a timetable for ending restrictions relatively soon.

That’s a huge sign of success.

The only level of government that has really opposed lifting restrictions has been Justin Trudeau and the Liberals.

Not only did they fail to remove restrictions, but they talked about imposing an interprovincial vaccine mandate on truckers, in what was obviously an attempt to further inflame and escalate the situation.

So, where do Canadians stand on this?

A clear majority want restrictions lifted.

The Mainstreet poll asked ‘which of the following statements is closer to your view?’ “It is time to bring an end to COVID-19-related restrictions”, or “We should keep COVID-19-related restrictions in place for the time being.”

55% say it is time to end restrictions, compared to just 36% who want restrictions to remain in place.

This explains why the Conservatives are surging.

The Liberals have taken a few points from the NDP, consolidating the authoritarian left. But the Conservatives have surged, as the backlash against Trudeau’s refusal to lift restrictions, and his imposition of authoritarian power grows.

This is what a backlash looks like. Canadians looked around and saw the CPC opposing Trudeau’s authoritarian power-grab, and support for the CPC surged.

That’s why all of us who value freedom need to keep speaking out against what Justin Trudeau is doing.

His actions are deeply anti-Canadian, and completely antithetical to our nation’s heritage of freedom.

With the backlash against Trudeau growing, advocating for our rights & freedoms in a positive and peaceful way is the path forward to preserving our country.

Spencer Fernando

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