Canada's Tight Election Heads Into Final Stretch
Sumaira FH 1 month ago Fri 17th September 2021 | 03:51 AM
Montreal, Sept 16 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 17th Sep, 2021 ) :Tensions are mounting four days ahead of Canada's legislative elections as Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called on citizens to "vote strategically" to block a Conservative surge as he faces a potential defeat at the hands of rookie Tory leader Erin O'Toole.
According to polls, the two major parties that have ruled Canada since its 1867 confederation are in a statistical dead heat, each garnering the support of 32 percent of respondents, while the leftist New Democratic Party trails far behind.
"The fight is escalating between the two political parties," pollster Jean-Marc Leger told AFP.
And the nation's Covid vaccine rollout was going well, despite initial missteps.
It seemed a good time to try to regain a majority in a third term.
Trudeau remains Canadians' top choice for prime minister, but scandals and ethics lapses have tarnished his golden boy image, while his administration is showing signs of wear after six years in office.
- 'Taking Canada back' - Looking to break the deadlock, Trudeau has made a last-ditch appeal to voters who are considering supporting the New Democratic Party and its leader, Jagmeet Singh, to instead vote Liberal in order to avoid splitting progressives and giving rise to a Tory government.
He assailed the Tories over their rejection of mandatory vaccines, and on their proposed climate plan, which Trudeau said is far less ambitious than his own.
Singh, meanwhile, berated Trudeau for pushing strategic voting, saying "Mr. Trudeau has shown again and again that he is not the progressive option." "Don't be afraid" to vote your conscience, he told Canadians, while challenging Trudeau's climate record by noting that Canada is the only G7 nation to see its carbon emissions rise over the past six years.
Campaigning in vote-rich Quebec province, O'Toole held back no punches on Wednesday.
"It's time for a change," he told a rally. "After six years of inaction, incompetence and corruption with Mr. Trudeau, Canadians deserve better." According to Hugo Cyr, a professor at the University of Quebec in Montreal, the final days of any campaign are "risky for politicians, with the stakes high and no time to make up for any possible blunders." Due to the pandemic, a significant number of mail-in ballots are expected, which could mean the results of the election may not be known Monday evening.