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Canada Canada's Trudeau, his 'sunny ways' darkened by scandals, seeks to retain power in election

10:15  21 october  2019
10:15  21 october  2019 Source:   reuters.com

In likely tight Canadian vote, deciding who governs could take weeks

  In likely tight Canadian vote, deciding who governs could take weeks In likely tight Canadian vote, deciding who governs could take weeksOTTAWA (Reuters) - Opinion polls suggest no party will gain a majority of seats in the Canadian election on Oct. 21. That leaves the two frontrunners - Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Conservative opposition leader Andrew Scheer - trying to govern with a minority. Six parties are contesting the election.

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadians vote on Monday to determine whether Prime Minister Justin Trudeau , who swept into office four years ago as a charismatic figure promising " sunny ways ," will remain in power after two major scandals . Trudeau , 47, the Liberal Party leader, was endorsed by former

The 2019 Canadian federal election (formally the 43rd Canadian general election ) is scheduled to The 40-day campaign will see the incumbent Liberals attempt to retain the majority they won in the 2015 In June 2015, Trudeau pledged to reform the electoral system if elected , saying, "We are

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OTTAWA, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Canadians vote on Monday to determine whether Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who swept into office four years ago as a charismatic figure promising "sunny ways," will remain in power after two major scandals.

Trudeau, 47, the Liberal Party leader, was endorsed by former Democratic U.S. President Barack Obama in the final stretch of the campaign and is viewed as one of the last remaining progressive leaders among the world's major democracies.

But he was shaken during the campaign by a blackface scandal and has been dogged by criticism of his handling of a corruption case involving a major Canadian construction company. Trudeau, the son of former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, has also had to overcome a sense of fatigue with his government.

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  Mike Smyth: With minority government, Trudeau will have to tread carefully Now that one of Canada’s nastiest political battles is over, a new one is about to begin: the fight to maintain minority power in Ottawa. For Justin Trudeau, the loss of his majority government on Monday night could have been a lot worse. In the aftermath of the SNC-Lavalin scandal and the shocking “blackface” humiliation, Trudeau was ripe for the plucking in the federal election. Fortunately for him, though, chief rival Andrew Scheer was never able to take full advantage. Even the surprising rise of the NDP under leader Jagmeet Singh raised the possibility of some tantalizing vote splits that might have helped Scheer and the Conservatives in some close ridings.

Trudeau came to power in 2015 promising " sunny ways " and a new way of doing politics but saw his popularity drop earlier this year amid an ethics scandal . This would leave the winner in a vulnerable position, seeking to govern with smaller parties. "I am very excited and confident about the choice

Ahead of Canada ’ s general election on Monday, Trudeau has been robbed of the many tools he effectively deployed in his last campaign. But the strategy – a far cry from his previous “ sunny ways ” campaign – could alienate the young voters, warned Shachi Kurl, executive director at the polling firm

His Liberals and the main opposition Conservatives led by Andrew Scheer are in a neck-and-neck race, according to opinion polls.

"The truth is it's a coin toss right now," said Ipsos pollster Darrell Bricker.

A year ago, no one would have predicted that Trudeau risked being the first prime minister since the 1930s to secure a parliamentary majority and then fail to win a second term.

The latest opinion polls suggest he may narrowly avert that result and could return to office with a minority in the 338-seat House of Commons. That would still leave Trudeau in a weakened position and needing the support of left-leaning opposition parties Five parties are contesting Canada’s federal election to push through key pieces of legislation.

His victory speech barely over, Trudeau hits the métro for selfies, handshakes

  His victory speech barely over, Trudeau hits the métro for selfies, handshakes Continuing a practice begun four years ago when his Liberal Party formed a majority government, Prime minister Justin Trudeau returned to the Jarry métro Tuesday morning to thank constituents for their support. Though he had been giving a victory speech in downtown Montreal just a few hours before — after a vote that was finally counted well after midnight — the smiling Trudeau seemed energetic as he stood by the subway station escalator to shake hands and take selfies with early morning commuters. Métro riders were delighted to see him. “I am so happy you won,” one man said.

Darkening sunny ways ? Wilson-Raybould resignation could hurt Trudeau Liberals in federal Conservative strategist and vice-chair of Summa Strategies Tim Powers said this latest episode “It’ s overcast in Justin Trudeau ’ s Canada now. The question is whether there will be a storm of fierce

With the campaign for Canada ’ s Monday, October 21 federal election in its final days, opinion polls strongly suggest that no party will win a parliamentary Prime Minister Trudeau has responded to the tightening of the election race by amplifying his claims that voting Liberal is the only way to deliver a

Despite Scheer's dimpled smile, Trudeau's main rival has proven to be a determined opponent. One of the defining moments of the campaign was when Scheer attacked Trudeau during the English-language debate.

"He can't even remember how many times he put blackface on, because the fact of the matter is he's always wearing a mask," Scheer said. "Mr. Trudeau, you are a phony and you are a fraud and you do not deserve to govern this country."

In his bid to unseat Trudeau, Scheer is also promising to balance the federal budget and eliminate a "carbon tax" on fossil fuels. Scheer, 40, although a career politician, is running his first campaign as party leader after winning a bitter Conservative leadership fight in 2017.

BUMPY CAMPAIGN RIDE

The six-week official campaign period has been a rough and meandering ride with dirty tactics on both sides.

The liberal image of Trudeau, who has championed diversity as prime minister and whose father opened up the country to mass immigration, took a severe blow when pictures emerged early in the campaign of him wearing blackface in the early 1990s and in 2001.

Fire burning in Western Canada following election: Saskatchewan premier

  Fire burning in Western Canada following election: Saskatchewan premier REGINA — Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe says Monday's election results confirm there's a fire of frustration burning in Western Canada. Moe is renewing his calls for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to cancel the federal carbon tax and to rework the equalization formula. The premier has signed a letter to Trudeau with the demands from Saskatchewan and Alberta. The Liberals did not retain a single seat in the two provinces in the election that endedMoe is renewing his calls for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to cancel the federal carbon tax and to rework the equalization formula.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appears set to retain power in a close election Monday but lose his parliamentary majority, forcing him to rely on a left-leaning party to survive a second term. A Trudeau victory would avert an historic collapse for the Liberal leader who was elected four years

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau , trying to retain power after scandals dimmed his image, on Friday said Polls show Mr Trudeau could lose to his Conservative Party rival in Monday’ s election or fail to win a majority of seats in parliament and have to rely on an opposition party to remain in power .

Trudeau had already been wrestling with the fallout from accusations he pressured his justice minister to help shield engineering firm SNC-Lavalin Lavalin Group Inc from corruption charges. In August, a top watchdog said Trudeau breached ethics rules.

Given the fact that neither of the front-runners could come away with a parliamentary majority, it is the smaller left-leaning New Democratic Party (NDP) or the separatist Bloc Quebecois that could end up holding the balance of power.

Only six weeks ago, both those parties looked like they were heading toward electoral disaster. But NDP leader Jagmeet Singh and the Bloc's Yves-Francois Blanchet have won praise for campaigns in which they cast themselves as alternatives to the leaders of the big parties.

"I am a lifelong Liberal voter and I am stumped on this one, mostly because I am really concerned about a Conservative win and just trying to figure out how to vote strategically," said Kristin Street, 33, a strategy manager at a computer games company, in Port Moody, British Columbia.

Polls open in the Atlantic province of Newfoundland at 8:30 a.m. (1100 GMT) and voting ends in the Pacific Coast province of British Columbia at 7 p.m. (0200 GMT on Tuesday).

EKOS Research pollster Frank Graves said Liberals needed turnout to be similar to four years ago or otherwise the Conservatives may have an edge.

"We may well be waiting until the final vote tallies in British Columbia to see who will win on Monday," Graves said. (Reporting by Steve Scherer; Additional reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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