poll – Williams Lake Tribune

A majority of Canadians want to see behind the curtain and examine how provincial and federal governments have handled the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a poll by Research Co., a British Columbia-based pollster, 66% of respondents said they would support a public inquiry into the federal government’s handling of the pandemic.

So far, the federal Liberals have not announced any plans to launch such an inquiry, although the poll found that 77% of Liberal voters would support an inquiry, along with 67% of Conservative voters and 66% of voters. New Democrats.

Even provinces where the public has largely supported their government’s handling of the pandemic — British Columbia, Quebec and Ontario — want an investigation into how decisions were made. The poll found that 64% of Canadians want reviews of their province’s pandemic management and 61% also want to see municipal reviews.

Last month, the provincial government of British Columbia announced that it would conduct an independent review of its response to the pandemic, although the review will not examine the impact of public health orders and economic measures. , but rather on how these decisions were made.

British Columbia has the highest reported satisfaction with the province’s handling of the pandemic at 61%. Meanwhile, Alberta is the lowest with just 37 percent support.

Most Canadians – 56% – said they were worried about the lifting of public health measures like indoor masking, social distancing and vaccine passports.

The findings are based on an online survey conducted April 16-18, 2022 of 1,000 adults in Canada. Data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census counts for age, gender and region. The margin of error, which measures the variability of the sample, is +/- 3.1 percentage points, nineteen times out of twenty.

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