Kathleen Wynne and the Liberal Party face a tough provincial election ahead against the Conservatives, as a new poll indicates a shift in public approval.
According to an Ipsos poll conducted on behalf of Global News, only 24 per cent of Ontarians believe that Wynne and the Liberals have done a good job and should be re-elected, while as many as 76 per cent of Ontarians want a change in government.
Of the latter, 39 per cent said they would vote for the PCs instead, versus 32 per cent for the Liberals and 22 per cent for the New Democrats.
The Liberals have been in power for the past 14 years, with Wynne replacing former Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty in 2013. But a slew of controversial policies, from hydro problems to a proposed increase in minimum wage, have affected Wynne's approval rating.
Only 22 per cent of those polled said Wynne would be best as premier and should be re-elected, with only 6 per cent strongly approving of her leadership of the provincial government. NDP leader Andrea Horwath and PC leader Patrick Brown received higher approval ratings than Wynne in the Ipsos poll, with 42 per cent and 36 per cent support respectively.
The suburbs may be the game changer for next year's election. Though the Liberals are in good favour with most Torontonians and northern Ontario residents, the PCs showed leads in the GTA, as well as in central, eastern and southwestern Ontario.
The provincial election will be held on June 7, 2018. Read more on this story on Global News.