Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, trying to retain power after scandals dimmed his image, said he was fighting for every vote in an election next week and conceded his main rival could win.
Four years since his election, the excitement surrounding the prime minister hasmatured into frustration and apathy. The Guardian reports that ahead of Canada’s general election on Monday, Trudeau has been robbed of the many tools he effectively deployed in his last campaign.
As the incumbent prime minister, he’s no longer the underdog promising to shake up Canada for the better, nor is he even the youngest party leader. And the stunning rise of Jagmeet Singh, leader of the New Democratic party, threatens to steal away young voters at a time when Trudeau needs them most.
Trudeau’s progressive shine is looking tarnished and shop-worn, and – despite a surprise last-minute endorsement from Barack Obama – the prime minister is now in the fight of his political life.
Polls show Trudeau’s Liberals are locked in a tie with the opposition Conservatives ahead of the vote on Monday and will not capture enough seats for a majority. That would leave them in a weakened position, reliant on smaller parties to govern.
Trudeau has spent much of the campaign in Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, which accounts for 108 of the 338 seats in the House of Commons. The Liberals hold 76 of those seats and need to retain them to stand a chance of winning.
“I’m not taking any vote for granted. I know Canadians are reflecting on the kind of future they want,” he told reporters in the town of Whitby east of Toronto.
Via Reuters / The Guardian