Sep 01, 2021

By Jane Brown

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While Justin Trudeau’s support among voters nationwide has been slipping, he is still a solid first choice for voters in the Greater Toronto Area.

A Nanos Research poll suggests the Liberals have the support of 44-percent of decided voters in the city of Toronto, compared with 32-percent for the Conservatives and 19-percent for the New Democrats. The Green Party and the People’s Party of Canada have the support of 2-percent and 3-percent.

In the 905 region, the race is a bit tighter, but Trudeau’s re-election bid has the support of 41-percent of decided voters with the Conservatives at 33-percent and the NDP a distant third at 15-percent.

As for who GTA voters think would make the best prime minister, 38-percent pick Trudeau, 28 percent like Conservative leader Erin O’Toole and 16 percent favour Jagmeet Singh.

Meantime, the federal leaders may want to tweak their campaigns to focus more on the number one issue for voters in the GTA; housing affordability.

Even as a worsening fourth wave of the COVID pandemic puts the healthcare system and broader economy under increasing strain, 41-percent of respondents to a Nanos Research survey identified affordable housing as the biggest issue, followed by transit at 17.5-percent and COVID related issues at just under 14-percent.

Justin Trudeau says his party, if re-elected, plans to spend a billion dollars on a rent to own initiative.

The Erin O’Toole Conservatives have promised to build one million homes in the next three years as part of a multi point plan to address affordability.

And NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says he will crack down on “big-money” house flippers by increasing the taxable amount of capital gains profits from 50 to 75-percent.

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