Barely Three Weeks to Election Day, What Does Trudeau Need to Do to Win?
Truth is there's not one of them I want to win. Not one of them has a compelling policy to fight our worsening climate breakdown and, yes, that goes for the Greens too. That said, I don't want the Conservatives to form the next government. Despite O'Toole's progressive facade, there remains too much Manning and too much Harper in the Tory ranks to trust the Conservatives.
Blame Justin. Why not? He couldn't resist the polls that showed him easily winning at least a minority and with almost even odds of bagging another majority. Canada didn't need an election in the midst of 4th wave Covid. Trudeau already had one majority and did little with it. He did, however, use his majority to renege on a couple of solemn campaign promises that, if he had implemented them, would have cemented his legacy and bolstered his party's fortunes.
The Liberals, six years in power, still haven't released a campaign platform. That's not expected until just before the September debates. With the voting public already turning away from the Liberals it's hard to see what an 11th hour unveil will accomplish. You would have thought the party calling the tunes would know better. Apparently not.
Mr. Trudeau is simply not up to the job. He won a majority because Canadians had their fill of Stephen Harper. The next time out Canadians returned the Liberals with a well-deserved minority. Scheer got more votes than Trudeau but not where they were needed. That setback should have been the Liberals' wake-up call.
Is there a way for the Liberals to win that doesn't involve a coalition with the New Democrats on humbling terms? Justin might have to do a bit of groveling. For now, however, he has to stop the slide.
Two emails from the Libs today, both begging for donations. One was eager to tell me about the bold new actions the party is planning. Wait a second. They've been in power for six years. It would be better if they just told us about the bold actions they've already taken. Oh, never mind.