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Canada’s Trudeau Struggles for survival in tight election race

Trudeau, 47 is seen among the last remaining progressive leaders in the world.

He had been supported by former Democratic US President Barack Obama at the last stretch of this campaign.

Trudeau’s picture tainted by scandals

Trudeau had been wrestling with all the fallout from accusations that he forced his justice ministry to assist protect engineering company SNC-Lavalin Lavalin Group Inc from corruption charges. In August, a leading watchdog stated Trudeau breached ethics principles.

Neck-and-neck race

His Liberals and the main opposition Conservatives headed by Andrew Scheer have been at a neck-and-neck race, based on opinion polls.

“The fact is that it’s a coin toss at this time,” said Ipsos pollster Darrell Bricker.

EKOS Research pollster Frank Graves said Liberals needed turn out to be much like four years back or the Conservatives might have an advantage.

“We might well be waiting before the last vote tallies from British Columbia to find out who’ll win on Monday,” Graves explained.

Scheer, Trudeau’s Most Important rival

Scheer, 40, even though a career fighter, is conducting his first effort as party leader after winning a bitter Conservative leadership struggle in 2017.

Among those defining moments of this effort was once Scheer attacked Trudeau through the English-language debate.

“He can not even recall How Often he place blackface on since the Simple Fact of the matter is he is always wearing a mask,”

Scheer said. “Mr. Trudeau, you’re a fake and you’re a fraud and you don’t need to govern this nation.”

Minority authorities a possible result

The most recent opinion polls indicate Trudeau may narrowly go back to office with a minority at the 338-seat House of Commons.

That would still leave Trudeau at a weakened position and requiring assistance from left-leaning resistance parties. Five parties are contesting Canada’s national election to push through key parts of legislation.

Given that neither of those front-runners could come off with a parliamentary majority, it’s the bigger left-leaning New Democratic Party (NDP) or even the separatist Bloc Quebecois which might wind up holding the balance of power.

Just six months ago, those parties seemed like they had been going toward electoral catastrophe. However, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh along with the Bloc’s Yves-Francois Blanchet has won praise for campaigns where they throw themselves as options to the leaders of those large parties.

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