Premier Brad Wall has just over one month before his tenure as leader of the Sask. Party and premier of Saskatchewan is over.
Brad Wall announced his retirement in August, saying he was going to step away from politics altogether.
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But some interesting numbers emerge on the eve of Wall’s retirement.
The latest quarterly analysis of polling data from the Angus Reid Institute shows Brad Wall is back into majority approval in the province.
After dropping to an all-time low of 45 per cent at the halfway mark of the year, Wall will leave politics as most-popular premier in the country.
This is a position he has held or co-held in each quarter of tracking since 2010.
The only other Canadian provincial leader approaching majority approval is the newest addition to their ranks – British Columbia’s John Horgan.
According to the Angus Reid release, there are several premiers who hold the approval of a nearly identical number of their constituents.
Manitoba’s Brian Pallister (34%), Quebec’s Philippe Couillard (32%), and Alberta’s Rachel Notley (32%) are all approved of by one-in-three. Each was within three points of this mark last quarter as well.
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne remains the least popular provincial leader in the country, though the picture is not as dire as it was earlier in the year.
Wynne hit a low point of just 12 per cent approval in March, but appears to be climbing out of the depths. Wynne faces re-election in 2018.