Canada’s golden boy Trudeau sinks in polls as scandal takes toll
OTTAWA: When Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took office in late 2015, he was a political golden boy who seemed destined to build on the legend of his father, who led the country for more than 15 years.
But six months ahead of an October election, polls suggest 47-year-old politician with broad smile and a penchant for colourful socks could become first prime minister to lose power after a single majority mandate since the 1930s.
Trudeau is mired in a relentless scandal over alleged interference in a corporate corruption case that has led to resignations of two Cabinet members, his top advisor, and the head of federal civil service.
Ruling Liberals have lost six percentage points since start of the year, ceding lead to the rival Conservatives, according to a Nanos Research poll published on Tuesday.
If an election were held now, Conservatives would win 34.9 percent of the vote, Liberals 32.8 percent and the left-leaning New Democratic Party 16.6 percent. The poll suggests the result would be deadlock or a fragile minority government.
“The Liberals have taken a hit, but they’re still competitive,” said pollster Nik Nanos. “The most significant effect has been the negative impact on the prime minister’s personal brand.”
An Ipsos poll from last month put the Conservatives at 40 percent, 10 points ahead of the Liberals.