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Gamble or mistake?

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Published on October 01, 2021 with No Comments

“Prime Minister Trudeau will face tough questions on what exactly did he gain by calling a snap election. Twenty odd seats at the cost of burden on the exchequer and the tax payers,” 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau  called the federal election on Aug. 15, two years before the schedule time in an attempt to put an end to his minority Parliament, in search of a majority win.  He launched the country into elections when the fourth wave of the pandemic was knocking at the door. However, his good work in handling the pandemic and providing relief to those affected was at the back of this mind.  Trudeau set up his re-election bid as a chance for Canadians to have their voices heard about who they want to lead the country out of the COVID-19 crisis, and into a new era of considerable change. Called as “an unnecessary election”, some of his opponents even called him as self-interested or power-hungry to the point of putting major policies. After a bumpy few weeks where anti-vaccine protesters became increasingly aggressive and Canadians appeared to be questioning why the election was called at all, it appeared to be a tough fight for Liberals.   The difference in approach between the Liberals and their main opponent on vaccines was brought back to centre stage on the final days on the campaign as Trudeau marched across Canada in a final push.

As the luck would have it, the day Prime Minister Trudeau announced elections, the same day the government in Afghanistan was uprooted and the Taliban’s rot came back.  Since Canada has had a major role in fight against terrorism, Prime Minister Trudeau faced uneasy questions on the situation in Afghanistan and Canada’s further course of action. Liberals have been able to gain considerable number of seats, though two of its cabinet ministers  have been unseated, with Bernadette Jordan in South Shore–St. Margarets, N.S. and Maryam Monsef in bellwether Peterborough-Kawartha both losing to their Conservative opponents.

NDP has been able to make a marginal increase in its position. It held 24 when Trudeau called the snap election on Aug. 15.  This may not be able to increase their influence in the Parliament, beyond what it already carried before the snap polls. NDP budgeted more than twice as much money for this campaign as the $10.5 million it spent in 2019, releasing TV commercials made and its leader Jagmeet Singh  travelling more with a chartered plane to tour the country and visit 51 ridings along the way — and several of them more than once. Jagmeet Singh worked on the theory “Trudeau has faile”d and can’t be trusted to do better, while the NDP would actually enact progressive policies that the party argued are in the best interest of most Canadians. Using the slogan that “better is possible,” Singh’s pitch to voters was that the NDP would be different.  However, the numbers haven’t made any difference for the party.  

People’s Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernier failed to win the seat in his riding of Beauce, Que. for the second election in a row. Only saving grace for the People’s Party has been growing support.  While it didn’t win any seats, the growth in popular support is an improvement for a party that appeared on the brink of extinction after it failed to win a seat in the 2019 election, gaining 1.6 per cent of the popular vote. Bernier’s party has run a campaign that has been largely focused on opposition to COVID-19 lockdowns and vaccine mandates. The PPC’s party is also against policies related to multiculturalism, promising to substantially reduce the number of immigrants and refugees accepted into Canada. The party had also promised to withdraw government interventions related to climate change, saying “climate change alarmism is based on flawed models.” 

Conservative Party Leader Erin O’Toole, whose pitch for change appears not to have resonated in the way his party hoped, has suffered the most and the taking away its voters by People’s Party has affected it the most. Liberals have gained ground, NDP has maintained its seats, People’s Party has increased its vote share and Conservatives have a lot of introspection to do.

Liberals will once again form a minority government, despite making just incremental gains. Prime Minister Trudeau will face tough questions on what exactly did he gain by calling a snap election. Twenty odd seats at the cost of burden on the exchequer and the tax payers.    Trudeau may have been hoping to be rewarded for his leadership over the past six years, but the snap elections have only given a limited reward to him.

Yahoo News Canada


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