Trudeau and Poilievre face a similar challenge in attracting voters

Trudeau and Poilievre face a similar challenge in attracting voters

By Shachi Kurl, President

Plus ça change. It should not come as a surprise to any Canadian political watcher worth their salt that the Conservative Party of Canada appears to have a little wind in its sails after the election (well, coronation really) of leader Pierre Poilievre. After years of being essentially locked in a statistical tie with the governing Liberals when it comes to voter intention, several public opinion polls (including our own from the Angus Reid Institute) reflect growing daylight between the parties — with the CPC ahead.

What remains the same, for now anyway, is the inability of Poilievre and his rival, Justin Trudeau, to overcome an unlikability factor outside their own support bases that leaves both incapable of impressing a broader segment of the population.

Without change, the result will most certainly be continued frustration for the actors involved. Those bearing witness to an increasingly polarized political climate aren’t likely to fare much better if they are looking for leadership that unites rather than divides.

Read more from the article in the Ottawa Citizen here.

Image – Adam Scotti/PMO and Pierre Poilievre/Facebook


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