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Trudeau in trouble? Latest polls as Canadian leader’s popularity PLUMMETS

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The Liberal Party and the Conservatives are now in a dead heat for the top spot according to the latest polls. Justin Trudeau called the election, taking place on September 20, in an attempt to bolster the majority he lost in the 2019 Canadian election.

Campaigning for the September 20 election is well underway following Mr Trudeau’s request to dissolve Parliament on August 15.

He currently presides over a minority Government, following dismal election results in 2019.

Mr Trudeau’s popularity plummeted following the emergence of photos of the Canadian leader dressed in blackface.

To add insult to injury, the first week of Mr Trudeau’s campaign was marred with criticism over the slow evacuation of Canadians and refugees from Afghanistan following the takeover by the Taliban.

Mr Trudeau has said he needs a stronger mandate to be the one to take Canada through the end of the coronavirus pandemic.

But his opponents have labelled it a selfish power grab that comes as a fourth wave of infections grips the country.

Most recent polls show Mr Trudeau and Conservative party leader Erin O’Toole neck and neck for the top role, with the Liberal Party leader losing a considerable amount of support in recent days.

The polling aggregator 338Canada gives the Liberals a 14 percent chance of winning a majority, well below the 34 percent chance of a Conservative minority Government.

Mr Trudeau has said he needs a stronger mandate to be the one to take Canada through the end of the coronavirus pandemic.

But his opponents have labelled it a selfish power grab that comes as a fourth wave of infections grips the country.

Most recent polls show Mr Trudeau and Conservative party leader Erin O’Toole neck and neck for the top role, with the Liberal Party leader losing a considerable amount of support in recent days.

The polling aggregator 338Canada gives the Liberals a 14 percent chance of winning a majority, well below the 34 percent chance of a Conservative minority Government.

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Stéphanie Chouinard, a politics professor at the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario, said: “[The Liberals’] first week was definitely a bad one, and considering the length of the campaign they won’t have much time to change this momentum.”

There is also concern over how the Liberals have been conducting their campaign.

A recent video posted by finance minister Chrystia Freeland was tabled as “manipulated media” by Twitter on Sunday.

The video showed opposition leader Mr O’Toole saying he would be supportive of “for-profit” healthcare, but omitted that he said universal access to healthcare would remain paramount.

Kate Harrison, a Conservative strategist and vice-chairwoman of Summa Strategies, said: “They have tried and trotted out a lot of these very typical wedges and they don’t seem to be sticking.”

She predicted the tactics were likely “going to get worse before it gets better”.

The new Tory leader is also a far cry from his predecessor Andrew Scheer, who had very right-wing social views, making O’Toole much more palatable to the Canadian electorate.

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