The Confederation of Tomorrow Survey of Canadians has released a report on the status of federal–provincial and inter-regional tensions within Canada and the factors that shape them. The Brian Mulroney Institute of Government is a proud partner in the study along with the Institute for Research on Public Policy, the Canada-West Foundation, the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, and the Centre D’Analyse Politique – Constitution et Fédéralisme. The survey was conducted by the Environics Institute for Survey Research.
This year’s exercise was unique in that it took place in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and asked how the pandemic experience impacted attitudes toward the federation. The Confederation of Tomorrow surveyed Canadians regarding their opinions on the project’s core themes, though through the lens of COVID-19. The survey was completed between January and March 2021. It covered multiple topics, including respect and influence, fairness and the sharing of resources, regional alienation, and trust in federal and provincial/territorial governments.