Trudeau risks losing crucial support in final sprint – .

0
35
Trudeau risks losing crucial support in final sprint – .


The Liberal leader managed to survive the blackface saga in the last election on goodwill reserves accumulated since his childhood at 24 Sussex Drive. But the tank must be almost empty

Content of the article

MISSISSAUGA, ONT. – On the 20th anniversary of September 11, Justin Trudeau reflected on the enormity of the events that changed modern history.

Advertising

Content of the article

“Older Canadians clearly remember this amazing day. I was teaching in Vancouver and I remember talking to my ninth grade students all day, and days after, about what this meant for the future, ”he said at a press briefing. Saturday morning.

Other breaking news forced the Liberal leader to reflect on the discord closer to home – the eagerly awaited release of an excerpt from former Cabinet Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould’s memoir: “Indian ‘In The Cabinet: Speaking Truth to Power ”in the Globe and Courrier.

In the chapter, the former justice minister spoke of pressure from Trudeau’s office to grant Canadian engineering firm SNC Lavalin a deal that would allow it to avoid prosecution for alleged corruption. The Prime Minister and his team feared that without a deal SNC could cut thousands of jobs and they put pressure on Wilson-Raybould, who, as attorney general, had – or should have had – the final say.

Advertising

Content of the article

During a meeting in a Vancouver hotel room in early 2019, she said she felt the Prime Minister turn on her. “I could see it in his face, his eyes, and his manners – because he wasn’t getting what he wanted.” “

At the press conference, I asked the Liberal leader if that was how he experienced the meeting. ” No. I will always be unequivocal in doing what I think is right, in doing what I know is right for Canadians. In this case, it was to make sure that we stood up for thousands of jobs across the country. “

He said the SNC case had been examined by a parliamentary committee and the media before the last election – an unspoken suggestion that these events should not be of interest to voters this time around.

Advertising

Content of the article

Trudeau was asked if his intention was to persuade Wilson-Raybould to lie.

“No, I didn’t want her to lie. I would never ask him to do that – that’s just not true, ”he said, before trying to turn the line of questions to his advantage.

“As you work hard for Canadians over the years, you end up carrying a number of things. I can’t help but think of all the good things we have been able to accomplish together.

“It’s unfortunate when two people who believe in a similar optimistic vision for the country end up going in different directions. It’s not funny. ”

It was a lot less fun for the former justice minister, who resigned from cabinet and was subsequently kicked out of the Liberal Party, before returning to her Vancouver Granville seat as an independent candidate (she is not running for this election).

Advertising

Content of the article

Disillusion flows from every paragraph of his book. “I thought he would be a good Prime Minister and that he would create a good team… I wondered when I had decided exactly that I was wrong. ”

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau makes a campaign stop in Mississauga, Ont., On September 11.
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau makes a campaign stop in Mississauga, Ont., On September 11. Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS / Sean Kilpatrick

There was no contrition from the Liberal leader two years ago and there was none at his press conference in his backyard, which pointed out ostensibly on the Liberals’ record in matter of strengthening the middle class. “I will never apologize for standing up for what is right,” he said.

The Liberals have hit three of their own GTA ridings in a row – not the normal strategy for a campaign hoping to win seats.

For the first time, Trudeau spoke at length about his record in government, rather than what he might do in the future if re-elected. At an event in North York the night before, Trudeau spoke about how his government had cut taxes on the middle class, lifted children out of poverty and invested in a national housing strategy.

Advertising

Content of the article

This is a risky change in tactics, given that most voters are more interested in what you are going to do for them tomorrow than in what you did yesterday.

But it seems designed to blunt the attacks by the NDP and the Greens that Trudeau promises more than he keeps. Putting a price on carbon, banning single-use plastics and protecting Canada’s lands and oceans “is not nothing,” he insisted. “It’s deeply cynical trying to convince people that other guys haven’t done anything and aren’t doing anything when you yourself can’t do your homework and come up with a credible plan,” he said.

There are signs that this last-minute offer for progressive votes is turning an image in Ontario that was starting to look grim. A Liberal candidate from the Greater Toronto Area pointed to the most recent Nanos Research tracking poll which puts the Liberals four points ahead of the Conservatives with 34.4 percent support. He said he saw this change on the doorstep. “(Conservative leader Erin) O’Toole is not impressive,” he said.

Advertising

Content of the article

Maybe, but the Wilson-Raybould book will remind voters that Trudeau has his own weaknesses. His team always tells him that he is not running against perfection, but against a flawed Tory leader.

But O’Toole and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh will make a point of pointing out that Trudeau’s public figure, Mr. Nice Guy, is not acting in good faith.

The Liberal leader managed to survive the blackface saga in the last election on goodwill reserves accumulated since his childhood at 24 Sussex Drive. But the tank should be almost empty.

It may be that this portrayal of him as a petulant leader, who becomes mean if he doesn’t get what he wants, is the water drop for some voters.

[email protected]

Twitter.com/IvisonJ

Advertising



LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here