Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faces a tough fight on Monday against his Conservative Party rival Erin O’Toole in Canada’s election.
Trudeau has called for early elections in the hope of securing a majority in parliament, but has faced criticism for having voted during the pandemic to tighten his grip on power. Here’s a guide to Monday’s poll:
what’s at stake?
Trudeau and his Liberal Party could lose power to the Conservative Party after six years in office. Trudeau has struggled to explain why he is rushing elections amid the pandemic, and the opposition has been relentless in accusing him of doing so for his own personal ambition. But Trudeau is betting that Canadians will reward him for navigating the coronavirus crisis better than most countries.
Canada has seen far fewer cases and deaths than many other countries, and Trudeau’s government has spent hundreds of billions of dollars to prop up the economy amid the lockdown. After a slow start, Canada is now one of the most vaccinated countries in the world and leads the G-7 in vaccination rates. Trudeau recently reopened the border, but only for vaccinations.
If elected, O’Toole says he will close the borders to prevent dangerous forms from coming in. In addition, O’Toole has drawn his Conservative Party to the center to win power and is now calling himself a progressive.
Trudeau argues that it is not wise to have conservatives in power during a pandemic, adding that the Canadian people need a government that follows science. O’Toole is not required to vaccinate his party’s candidates and would not say how many are unaffiliated. He describes vaccination as a personal health decision.
Trudeau supports making vaccines mandatory for Canadians to travel by air or rail, which conservatives oppose. Trudeau points to the dire situation in Alberta, run by a Conservative provincial government. Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says the province could run short of beds and staff for intensive care units within a few days. Kenny has apologized for the crisis and is now reluctantly offering a vaccine passport and implementing a mandatory work-from-home order, two months after nearly all restrictions were lifted.
Liberals, in turn, are running an attack ad, with O’Toole praising Kenny for his handling of the pandemic, saying it is better than Trudeau’s federal government.
Trudeau tried to capitalize on his government’s handling of the pandemic, but was accused of calling the election early for selfish, political reasons.
Tall and short, Trudeau channeled the star power of his father, the late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, when he was first elected in 2015. He has appeared on the covers of Rolling Stone and Vogue magazine, but analysts say the high expectations and overexposure have contributed to some irritation with him. Pictures of Trudeau appearing in black and brown when he was younger also surfaced in the last 2019 election, casting doubt on his decision.
What does O’Toole stand for?
The son of a longtime politician, O’Toole advertised himself as a “true blue conservative” who vowed to “take Canada back!” When he won the leadership of his party just a year ago. Now he finds himself progressive and rejecting the social and financial policies that made him the leader of his party. Polls show that O’Toole can defeat Trudeau’s Liberal Party, despite criticism he will say and do anything to get elected.
O’Toole now supports a carbon tax he promised to kill and the Conservatives scorned. O’Toole reversed the party’s position on guns three weeks into the campaign, contradicting the Conservative platform he pledged last month to maintain the Liberals’ prohibited firearms list.
too far effect?
A politician who lost leadership of the Conservative Party in 2017, now leads a far-right party that opposes vaccines and lockdowns. Polls suggest 5% to 10% support for Maxim Bernier and his People’s Party of Canada, which could bleed support from the Conservative Party and help the Liberals retain power. Concerned O’Toole said Friday that while there are other parties, there is only one party that has a chance to defeat Trudeau – the Conservatives.
Anti-vaccine supporters of the People’s Party have tried to disrupt Trudeau’s election rallies. A party member was arrested for throwing gravel and stones at Trudeau, and there have been protests outside hospitals.
The growing number of Canadians who are vaccinated from those who refuse to vaccinate is becoming increasingly distressing. This has been the biggest wage issue for Trudeau.
Canadians do not directly elect a prime minister. Instead, the position goes to the leader of the party that either wins the majority of seats in the House of Commons or can form an alliance with another party to reach a majority. Trudeau called for early elections in the hope of securing a majority, but polls show that no party is likely to win a majority in parliament’s 338 seats, so passing legislation may require a coalition. .
If the Conservatives win the most seats – but not the majority – they are expected to seek an arrangement with the separatist bloc Quebec party in Quebec. Trudeau’s liberals will likely rely on left-wing New Democrats. The Liberals entered this election with 155 seats, the Conservatives 119, the Bloc Québécois 32 and the left-wing New Democrats 24. The People’s Party had none.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk /