Political pundits in Atlantic Canada say the Liberal campaign is in trouble, as Trudeau has failed to explain the need for a vote on September 20th causing many party faithful to look elsewhere.
At the start of the election campaign, the polls were suggesting the Librerals could hold most of the 32 seats in Atlantic Canada after they won every riding in the region in 2015 and lost only six seats in 2019.
However, poor campaign tactics and unanswered questions surrounding the election call during the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic have left Trudeau in a disastrous predicament.
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“It’s almost as if Justin Trudeau himself is trying to figure out why we’re in an election campaign,” Tom Urbaniak, a political science professor at Cape Breton University in Sydney, Nova Scotia, said in a recent interview. “I’m starting to get the sense that the Liberals are realizing they may be vulnerable, at least in certain seats.”
Don Desserud, a political science professor at the University of Prince Edward Island, also pointed out the unfocused nature of the Liberal Party campaign:
“It’s bizarre that there is no coherent message,” he said. “The ministers are all over the place. Their hearts are not in it.”
Desserud also continued the note that the Liberals’ big-spending campaign appears aimed at capitalizing on Trudeau’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the strategy isn’t working.
“I think Liberal support is ebbing, and I don’t think Trudeau is going to get a pandemic bump.”
If the Nova Scotia provincial election race is something to go by, Trudeau is in for a rough ride in Atlantic Canada.
Maybe we’re bias, but at the same time, it just appears that people are now seeing straight through the Liberal Party strategy of “say whatever sounds good and people will vote for the good-looking drama teacher”. Canadians are angry that Trudeau has called an election during the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the more he avoids explaining his actions to the public and the press, the more angered they become.
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