Published On: Sat, Oct 19th, 2019

Trudeau credibility at an all time low: Canada PM in survival fight after devastating poll | World | News

The once-popular pinup boy could see his grip on political power slip after Monday’s ballot as polls suggest the left-leaning New Democrats, who compete for the same voters as the Liberals, are fast gaining ground. A Nanos Research poll for the Globe and Mail, a Canadian daily newspaper, and CTV released on Saturday put the Liberals at 32.6 percent public support and the main official Conservatives at 30.3 percent. The New Democrats were at 18.4 percent. 

Other polls show the Liberals and the Conservatives in a dead heat, with neither able to capture a majority of the 338 seats in the House of Commons. 

This would leave the winner in a vulnerable position, seeking to govern with smaller parties.

The 47-year-old so-called progressive is the son of Pierre Elliott Trudeau, one of Canada’s longest-serving prime minister. 

But critics have fired numerous accusations toward the young leader, including suggestions he is out of touch, arrogant and not the progressive he claims to be. 

After surging to power in 2015 on a promise to usher in “sunny ways” for Canadians, he seemed a breath of fresh air with his desire to do politics differently. 

But four years on, his position has been tarnished by the SNC-Lavalin scandal which saw him deny having put pressure on the former justice minister to help the Quebec-based firm avoid criminal charges. 

Shortly after his denial Jody Wilson-Raybould, the country’s first indigenous cabinet minister, stepped down. 

And he was forced to apologise when dated photos showing him wearing blackface while dressed as Aladdin surfaced. 

READ MORE: Justin Trudeau failing to shake off blackface outrage

Minority governments in Canada rarely last more than two-and-a-half years. 

Mr Scheer, 40, speaking in Toronto, predicted that Mr Trudeau would spend his first 100 days negotiating a coalition with the New Democrats that would impose tax hikes.

He said: “Justin Trudeau has made it clear he will pay any price to stay in power, and he will use your money to do it.”

There has only been one coalition in Canadian history, in 1917 during World War One. 

The prime minister and his opponent have both made multiple trips to Ontario, which accounts for 108 of the 338 seats in the House of Commons, 76 which are held by the Liberals. 

On Monday voters will have their say in a federal election while campaign busses grind to a halt. 

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