CORRECTING and REPLACING Alberta Doesn’t Like Kenney’s Handling of Health Care and COVID-19: Poll

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ALBERTA DOESN’T LIKE KENNEY’S HANDLING OF HEALTH CARE AND COVID-19: POLL

A new poll of Albertans by Environics Research paints a picture of a population deeply unhappy with Premier Jason Kenney’s handling of the health care system and the COVID-19 pandemic, and supportive of health care workers fighting for their jobs.

The poll, commissioned by the Canadian Union of Public Employees, surveyed 1,200 Albertans online between the dates of November 10-23, 2020.

CUPE Alberta President Rory Gill said he wasn’t surprised by the results.

"Alberta has the second highest COVID-19 levels in Canada, and instead of taking action to fight the pandemic, Jason Kenney is picking fights with doctors and firing health care workers," said Gill. "That’s not good for anyone."

The poll asked Albertans’ opinions of the Kenney government handling of COVID-19, health care, and the recent one-day strike by health care workers.

Gill said the poll shows the UCP on the wrong track when it comes to health care, with 69 per cent opposed to outsourcing of 11,000 health care workers.

"Albertans understand that outsourcing is code for cutbacks, lower quality of care, and health care chaos, and they’re not buying it," said Gill.

Gill noted that 69 per cent of Albertans supported health care workers striking for their jobs, a number that only dropped slightly when respondents were reminded the strike was illegal.

Results:

Q: To what extent do you approve or disapprove of the way the UCP provincial government under Jason Kenney has managed and handled each of the following issues?

The COVID-19 pandemic

The health care system

Strongly approve

8%

7%

Somewhat approve

33%

23%

Total approve

41%

30%

Somewhat disapprove

25%

23%

Strongly disapprove

27%

40%

Total disapprove

52%

63%

Q: As you may know, the Alberta government has announced it will lay-off 11,000 employees of Alberta Health Services and contract out those services to private sector employers. To what extent do you support or oppose this move?

Strongly approve

8%

Somewhat approve

12%

Total approve

20%

Somewhat disapprove

20%

Strongly disapprove

54%

Total disapprove

74%

Q: Recently, Alberta hospital workers went on a one-day strike to protest against the contracting out of 11,000 health care related jobs. To what extent do you support or oppose the workers doing this as part of their effort to keep their jobs in-house?

Strongly support

41%

Somewhat support

28%

Total approve

69%

Somewhat oppose

12%

Strongly oppose

12%

Total oppose

24%

The recent one-day strike by Alberta hospital workers to protest the contracting out of jobs was considered an illegal "wildcat" strike. Knowing that, to what extent do you support or oppose the workers going on strike for one day as part of their effort to keep their jobs in house?

Strongly support

37%

Somewhat support

26%

Total approve

63%

Somewhat oppose

14%

Strongly oppose

13%

Total oppose

27%

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Contacts

Rory Gill, President CUPE Alberta
780.918.3061

Derek Leebosh, Environics Research
416.820.1963