Ugly elections approach for Justin Trudeau

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Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes part in an interview with Maclean's journalist Paul Wells at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, September 17, 2018. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

The current prime minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, is surely preparing to face an ugly re-election campaign this October. This is said based on the exchanges with voters in the city councils this month. There he was interrogated on issues ranging from immigration to housing affordability.

It should be noted that their center-left liberals are barely ahead of their rivals. Coupled with this, supporters of the party admit in private that they could lose their majority in the House of Commons. This could undoubtedly harm the ability to continue governing. In fact, according to Darrell Bricker, who is an Ipsos public affairs pollster, “The next election will be a referendum on Justin Trudeau … and if people believe he has played”.

Likewise, it goes without saying that Trudeau is currently not at his best for Canadians. Or at least, not like during 2015, where he took over a wave of optimism.

Discontent in Canadians

There is discontent in the Canadians towards the Trudeau government, that is obvious to the naked eye and is increasing more and more. And it is that the difference between the actuality to previous years is noticed. Where the exchanges were more moderate. Being that angry citizens criticized Trudeau for being frustrated in the construction of oil pipelines, breaking promises to respect the rights of indigenous groups, ignoring the commitment to balance the budget and allowing too many migrants to enter Canada.

Added to this, due to the comments of the town halls, the assistants can write down their concerns on paper. As such, adjustments in policies are already being considered. Likewise, public unhappiness for illegal immigrants crossing the border from the United States is so great that the party will consider a promise to suppress even more. However, Ottawa considers that the matter is under control. While the widespread complaints about the lack of affordable housing do not stop. In fact, they can generate a commitment to greater spending.

It is clear that the verdict of the voters is notoriously mixed. This has been noticed during Trudeau’s experiences while traveling through the country in January answering questions from all concerned. According to Trudeau, this helps him escape from what he calls the Ottawa bubble. And likewise, apparently, the prime minister is not afraid to answer difficult questions.

However, these exchanges show that voters have more urgent concerns than issues such as gender equality, climate change and Aboriginal rights that Trudeau has been pushing at home and abroad since he took office in 2015.

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Source: David Ljunggren | Reuters

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