Jump to content
BANGKOK
webfact

Canada's Trudeau, in election fight, says he needs voter support to stand up to Trump

Recommended Posts

Canada's Trudeau, in election fight, says he needs voter support to stand up to Trump

By Stephane Mahe

 

2019-10-14T203808Z_1_LYNXMPEF9D1QS_RTROPTP_4_CANADA-ELECTION.JPG

Liberal leader and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, their son Xavier and their daughter Ella-Grace attend an election campaign visit to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada October 14, 2019. REUTERS/Stephane MaheWINDSOR,

 

Ontario (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who looks set to lose his parliamentary majority after an Oct. 21 election, said on Monday he needed a strong government to keep standing up to U.S. President Donald Trump.

 

Trudeau's remarks were unusually forceful, especially since the two leaders looked to have patched up relations after Trump accused the Canadian last year of being weak and dishonest.

 

Opinion polls put Trudeau's Liberals even with the Conservatives of Andrew Scheer and suggest the ruling party will lose its majority in the House of Commons. That would leave the Liberals relying on smaller parties to govern.

 

Trudeau, campaigning on the Canadian Thanksgiving holiday, noted the Liberals had overseen the successful negotiation of a new U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement last year. The talks were tough at times and Trudeau said Scheer had favoured capitulating to the U.S. side.

 

"We need to continue to have a strong government with a clear focus on standing up for Canadians, standing up to Donald Trump, standing up to the forces of populism and chaos around the world," Trudeau told reporters in Windsor, Ontario.

 

A Nanos Research poll released on Monday put the Liberals at 32.3% support and the Conservatives at 32.1%. The left-leaning New Democrats of Jagmeet Singh, the most obvious choice of partner for a Liberal minority government, were at 19.2%.

 

Singh wants more spending on social programs and higher taxes on the wealthy.

 

Scheer called on Canadians to give him a majority, saying the alternative was a coalition between the Liberals and New Democrats that would generate massive budget deficits.

 

"(It would be) a government where Justin Trudeau may be the spokesperson, but the New Democrats are calling the shots," Scheer told reporters in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

 

Singh indicated on Sunday he was open to a coalition with the Liberals, who have struggled to open a lead since the emergence last month of photos from years ago showing Trudeau in blackface.

 

Canada has only had one formal coalition, in 1917 during World War One. The New Democrats have struck deals to keep minority Liberal governments in power, most notably from 1972 to 1974 and in 2005.

 

Asked about a possible coalition with the New Democrats, Trudeau replied: "I'm campaigning hard to stop Conservative cuts and elect a progressive government."

 

Scheer said if he won, he would present a fiscal update within 100 days to introduce a series of tax credits.

 

The Conservatives announced their platform last week and outlined tens of billions of dollars in spending reductions.

 

(Reporting by Stephane Mahe in Windsor, Ontario; Writing by David Ljunggren; Editing by Matthew Lewis and Peter Cooney)

 

reuters_logo.jpg

-- © Copyright Reuters 2019-10-15
  • Haha 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Troll posts removed.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

"About 11,000 trucks and 15,000 cars cross the border at Detroit every day, along with $1.6 million in trade every minute. "

 

A minute ?

 

At ONE border crossing ?

 

960 MILLION dollars an hour ?

 

X 24 hours ?

 

I dont think so ..

  • Like 1
  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Troll post removed.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I don't think it was trudeaus fault when the auto makers left for Mexico. And the conservatives didn't lose the election because people were happy with their performance. 

Canadas economy is doing well, the lowest unemployment rate in 4 decades.

 

  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

A post violating Fair Use Policy has been removed along with replies.   It is not permitted to quote more than 3 sentences and a link to the source.  

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

NDP & Bloc are up in all the latest polls. Liberals & Conservatives are down. Little chance either form a majority unless something breaks the last week. The 4 progressive/left parties hold 2/3rds of voter support while the 2 right/conservative parties have the other 1/3rd. Conservative leader Scheer is the least popular leader and NDP leader Singh the most popular. 

 

The OP didn't mention the 2 Liberal Mike Pearson minority governments supported by the NDP 1963-68. Those were by far the best governments in my lifetime and gave Canadians the Canadian Pension Plan and single payer universal healthcare. 

 

If I were to guess it will be a Liberal minority supported on a bill by bill basis by, in order, the NDP, Greens then Bloc. If those in the State of Alberta hated Trudeau before wait till he is forced to abandon the TransMountain expansion. Athough they will  grudgingly accept universal PharmaCare no doubt.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×
×
  • Create New...