A recent poll on the mood of the country shows Brad Wall’s refusal to sign on to the federal government’s carbon tax has had an effect on how people in Saskatchewan view provincial-federal relations.
In a poll conducted by Nanos and the Institute for Research on Public Policy, nearly half of Canadians believe the relationship between the federal government and the provincial governments has improved over the past year.
However, in Alberta and Saskatchewan, only 32-percent believe the relationship has improved between the two.
Chairman of the Nanos Research Group Nik Nanos says “when Wall is advocating for the province and the province’s interests and says flatly that the federal policy on many energy issues is counter to Saskatchewan’s interests, people see that the tension between Saskatchewan and the federal government is there”.
The poll also asked Canadians if they like where the country is headed.
54-percent of Canadians believed it was heading in the right direction, down 9-points from last year, and similar to the year following the Conservative party’s re-election in 2011.