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Trudeau abandons sunny roads and ventures into dangerous territory – .


Does anyone remember a time when the Prime Minister of a country demonized and delegitimized so many of his fellow citizens?

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What is Justin Trudeau doing for a recall?

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Much of his media presence in Welland, Ont. On Monday was devoted to belittling Erin O’Toole.

It’s a sign of how shaken the Liberals are that Trudeau has invoked the trifecta of progressive hobgoblins – anti-vaxxers, anti-choicers and climate deniers, who Trudeau says are pulling the strings of O’Toole.

“He can’t even convince his party that climate change is real,” Trudeau said, referring to the vote at the Conservative political convention in March, where delegates rejected the statement that “climate change is real” and that the party is “ready to act.” “

“Canadians are starting to see that the future that Erin O’Toole offers is a future of weak and bland leadership – he doesn’t stand up for what he really believes in,” Trudeau said, referring to the Tory leader’s turnaround. -flop on the platform’s pledge to overturn the Liberals’ ban on semi-automatic weapons, pending a classification review.

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“He is trying to say all he can to Canadians to get elected,” said the Liberal leader.

The problem with political attacks is that they are ineffective when they come from someone who is less valued than the target.

Conservative Party Leader Erin O’Toole leaves an election campaign event at Canada Place in Vancouver on September 5, 2021. Photo de REUTERS/Jennifer Gauthier

Canadians are just getting to know O’Toole. He has proven to be pragmatic or unscrupulous (take your pick) on gun control. But he made it clear he was in favor of immunization, women’s right to choose and action on climate change. It is becoming evident that pre-campaign polls suggesting the Tory leader is unpopular were misleading – he had (and has) a recognition problem, not a popularity problem.

Given the limited number of people who can alternate between Liberals and Conservatives, the real battle is over progressive voters who might be persuaded to vote Liberal or NDP.

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Despite Trudeau’s best efforts to draw dragons and sea monsters on the unknown map of an O’Toole government, there is little in the Tory plan that will frighten New Democrats on the Liberal side.

The promise to overturn the ban on semi-automatic weapons was a stupid holdover from O’Toole’s “true blue” leadership campaign. It was clear that it would alienate urban voters, particularly in Quebec, and it should never have seen the light of day. This stalled O’Toole’s progress for three days, but at his press conference on Monday he was again asked about things he wanted to talk about, like the pledge to double the Canada Workers Benefit. .

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O’Toole said the pledge is worth up to $ 2,800 per year for low-wage workers, an increase of $ 1 per hour. “This is a victory for workers, families and the Canadian economy,” said O’Toole.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh probably wishes he had thought of the idea first.

O’Toole has continued to rebuild his party in his image, that is, a traditional Red Conservative.

In doing so, he takes the bet not to lose the voters he needs in close races against the Popular Party of Maxime Bernier. The gun control flip-flop probably did wonders for CPP recruiting.

A man holds a Canadian flag upside down in protest against vaccination, during the election campaign tour of Liberal Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau in Brantford, Ontario, Canada, September 6, 2021.
A man holds a Canadian flag upside down in protest against vaccination, during the election campaign tour of Liberal Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau in Brantford, Ontario, Canada, September 6, 2021. Photo by REUTERS / Carlos Osorio

But the math seems to be that the bleeding is worth it, if new blood can be recruited from other parties or from non-partisans.

In response, Trudeau sounded frantic and sounded shrill. The leader who offered “sunny paths” and the hopeful narrative was reduced to accusing his rival of anything to get elected. Let’s not forget, it was Justin Trudeau who promised electoral reform, the return of peacekeeping, drug insurance, drinking water on reserves, access to information in ministerial offices. , two years of deficits before a return to a balanced budget etc, etc.

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This is dangerous territory for the Liberal leader, as is the politicization of vaccination. His stance on those who haven’t been vaccinated hardens, as he tries to link the “anti-vaccine mobs” that stalk his campaign events to O’Toole.

“The vague position taken by Mr. O’Toole is a problem. It will not require people taking a plane or train to be vaccinated. He won’t demand that the federal civil service be vaccinated and he doesn’t even expect his candidates to be fully vaccinated – and that shows that, yes, he’s trying to get votes from anti-vaccines, ”he said. he declared.

Does anyone remember a time when the Prime Minister of a country demonized and delegitimized so many of his fellow citizens?

O’Toole said on Saturday his goal is to get 90 percent of Canadians vaccinated twice, but by persuading holdouts, not by forcing them.

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“The big difference between Justin Trudeau and me is that I respect people, even though we have differences, to make personal decisions,” he said. “Now is not the time to create an ‘us versus them’ approach. “

Trudeau’s success hinges on authenticity – in successive elections, a plurality of voters have been won over by his empathy and positivity.

This time, Trudeau is counting on Project Fear to scare the progressives and push them to rally around the Liberal flag. But this sour campaign isn’t really him, and we don’t know what he has in store if it doesn’t work out.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has a photo taken with a supporter during a campaign stop in London, Ont.  Monday, September 6, 2021.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has a photo taken with a supporter during a campaign stop in London, Ont. Monday, September 6, 2021. Photo de Derek Ruttan/The London Free Press/Postmedia Network

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