Category Archives: Election 2019

Canada: Shielded From the Populist Wave No Longer

In the aftermath of the 2016 election and the rapid spread of populism around the globe, one country seemed immune: Canada. Justin Trudeau, the charismatic, dashing, and woke prime minister, sees himself as progressive liberalism’s leading light. But Canada is ripe for a populist revolt, and Trudeau may end up being its perfect catalyst.

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Ford says voters should ‘get rid of Justin Trudeau’ next year

Progressive Conservative Premier Doug Ford is urging Canadian voters to topple Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in next year’s federal election.

Introducing Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer at Queen’s Park as “the next prime minister of Canada,” Ford stepped up his attacks on Trudeau over the Liberals’ plan to put a price on carbon to tackle climate change.

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The Race to October 2019

The popular press will do anything rather than admit that Justin and his friends are in trouble:

Twelve months from now, Canadians will pass judgment on the Trudeau government and decide whether its first mandate should be its last or if it deserves another four years.

As the one-year countdown to the next federal election on Oct. 21, 2019 starts ticking, Justin Trudeau’s Liberals appear reasonably well positioned to win a second term.

But a year is a lifetime in politics and the coming one promises to be particularly challenging for the Liberals, beset by a growing phalanx of hostile conservative premiers determined to put a spoke in Trudeau’s pre-election wheel.

In particular, they’re aiming to upend the introduction of a carbon tax — one of Trudeau’s signature policies, the central pillar of the Liberal plan for combating climate change.

It’s the next big thing on the government’s agenda and it’s the pivotal issue upon which Liberal strategists privately believe the next election will turn. It’s a fight they think they can win.

 

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What Liberal losses in Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick mean for Justin Trudeau in 2019

With a looming federal election set for the fall of 2019, what do the dwindling number of Grits at the provincial level mean for Trudeau? Is it just a blip on the election radar or are mounting Liberal losses heading toward what some on social media are predicting will be a #LiberalFlush?

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Feds poised to beef up bill to prevent foreign election interference

Last spring the government introduced Bill C-76, aimed at preventing foreign interference in elections and regulating third-party advocacy groups, as well as undoing a number of controversial measures passed by the previous Conservative government.

But insiders say the Liberals now want to beef up the bill, which was being studied by the procedure and House affairs committee when Parliament broke for the summer.

Laying the groundwork to claim election tampering when Lil’ Potato loses.

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Can the Tories Win in Quebec?

On the whole, Tories could be accused of being passive, reacting more to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government than promoting Scheer as an alternative. Not so in la belle province, where a vigorous push for support is underway.

“The Bloc Québécois is failing. The NDP, it’s not going well with their new leader. And us, with our new leader, it’s going well,” Maxime Bernier, Scheer’s close rival during last year’s leadership race and arguably the party’s most visible member in Quebec, said Wednesday. “The future for us will be very bright in Quebec.”

Alain Rayes, Scheer’s Quebec deputy and the person in charge of finding candidates for the 2019 election, said he is confident about the party’s strategy and, in particular, the idea of stealing “nationalists” from the BQ who want more for Quebec but do not want to separate from Canada.

“I’m personally profoundly convinced that we will improve our showing,” he said.

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