A national IPSOS poll of two weeks ago shows the Liberals of Justin Trudeau and Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives neck-and-neck with just under a year remaining before Canada votes federally.
A first term majority government should not have sufficiently disturbed the national electorate to be clinging to a mere1% point lead over a political party featuring a leader 40% of voters have little or no familiarity with, as IPSOS reports is the case with Scheer.
Why is Justin Trudeau’s stock so compromised?
After three years of occupation of the PMO Trudeau has exposed himself lacking in skills, ethical compass and national commitment.
Pipelines are mothballed, terrorists are coddled, the Prime Minister is declared to have violated parliamentary ethics, his demanded “pan-Canadian” carbon tax is rejected by a growing firewall of provinces and the Liberals signature issue of national concern, climate change, ranks a poor fifth on the scale of voter interest according to IPSOS.
This year’s India sojourn, heralded as an initiative to drum up trade with the subcontinent, resulted in what a prominent Indian journalist shared on air was open annoyance by the Modi government with Justin Trudeau as it interpreted his presence as little more than an attempt to drum up support from the Indian diaspora in Canada. Trudeau’s personal behaviour in India reduced him to an object of international ridicule.
A Prime Minister repeatedly lecturing Canadians we “can do better” as far as celebrating diversity is concerned is irritating. It’s as though he wishes to communicate he cannot trust the people of Canada to be fair and accepting. Trudeau immediately began his finger-wagging when a Muslim child claimed her hijab had been cut on the way to school. When the story proved to be false, Trudeau was silent.
There was the unforgettable moment during one of Trudeau’s meet the folks tour stops when a military veteran questioned Justin Trudeau about fighting his fellow wounded veterans in court. The Canadian Prime Minister’s reply was his government was doing so “because they (veterans) want more than we can give right now.”
That was not the case with self-confessed terrorist Omar Khadr, as Trudeau authorized a $10.5 million payment to settle Khadr’s lawsuit against Canada. Canadians weren’t to know of the payment, but a whistleblower, to the annoyance of the federal government, spilled the beans. Trudeau then lamented lamely he too was disturbed at having been forced to settle Khadr’s case, suggesting allowing the suit to proceed in court would ultimately have cost Canadians many more millions. As though this PM is in possession of prescient skillsets.
There remain the questions concerning a Justin Trudeau in his late twenties and his then behaviour toward a young female reporter in British Columbia. Meanwhile, Albertans largely appear to view this Trudeau through the lens of his father Pierre’s province-plundering National Energy Program.
These are but a few random examples of behaviours and actions by the current Prime Minister which may serve to explain why one year out from the next vote there exists a clearly lukewarm reception among the national electorate to the notion of ‘four more’