- May 19, 2007
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Growing desire in Canada for politician willing to ‘break the rules’: Ipsos poll
A growing number of Canadians are ready for a leader that is willing to break the rules, according to a recent poll conducted by Ipsos.
The organization’s “Beyond Populism? Revisited” poll asked residents of 26 countries about their trust in leaders, institutions and their views on how their nation should move forward.
In Canada, 46 per cent said they want a leader who is open to skirting rules. That’s an increase of five per cent over the results of the same survey conducted in 2016.
Ipsos vice-president Sean Simpson explained to Global News much of that is because people are losing faith in traditional leaders and political parties.
“That’s why in Ontario we have Doug Ford, and he’s emboldened to call out the court and to use the notwithstanding clause,” he said, noting the premier’s latest move in cutting down Toronto city council’s size.
“That’s what his base and a significant number of people in the province want — somebody who will challenge institutions and mix things up.”
While Canadians seem more open to an unconventional leader who may break rules, approval of leaders who are outspoken tumbled in the country.
Fifty-one per cent of Canadians said they support politicians who “say what’s on their mind regardless of what anyone else thinks.” In 2016, support for that kind of attitude was higher at 57 per cent.
“Let’s call it organized chaos. If we’re going to throw a grenade in the system and elect somebody who will break the rules, you still need to be mindful of the civility and decorum of Canadians.”
Interestingly, only 19 per cent of Canadian respondents said the country should “stick to parties and leaders who have been in power before.”
https://globalnews.ca/news/4484433/politicians-institutions-ipsos-poll/“We can’t blame everything on Donald Trump,” he said. “These populist, anti-establishment sentiments have been brewing now for the better part of a decade.”