Liberals have 37%, while the Conservatives are close behind at 33.8% according to poll from Nanos Research
A new Nanos Poll – which usually shows the Liberals with a wide-lead – has the Conservatives within the margin for error.
The poll shows the Liberals at 37%, the Conservatives 33.8%, with the NDP far behind at 20%.
Early reaction to the poll was a mix of surprise and skepticism, considering the fact that the Liberals had a 10% lead just last week in the same Nanos Poll.
However, the poll comes in the wake of numerous ethics scandals, including the Ethics Commissioner report into Justin Trudeau’s trip to the Aga Khan’s private island.
As many have pointed out, Trudeau becoming the first PM found to have violated federal ethics rules while in office is the complete opposite of the kind of government he pledged to lead, and could put a serious dent in his carefully crafted media image.
There is also a lot of anger towards the lack of real consequences for Trudeau, who isn’t even being fined for his ethics breach. It confirms in the minds of millions of Canadians that Trudeau and the elites feel entitled to exempt themselves from the same rules that apply to the rest of us.
Conservatives lead in Ontario
The poll shows the Conservatives leading in Ontario by four, which represents a big drop for the Liberals.
Of note, if this poll is the beginning of a trend, it has much more to do with Liberal troubles than an increase in Scheer’s image. Trudeau still has a large lead in the “preferred Prime Minister” category, though this is slowly narrowing as well.
However, the Conservatives have a strong core base of support, and have kept hammering Trudeau and the Liberals for their numerous failures and scandals, and this has dented Liberal support.
So, for all those who say that “positivity wins,” it seems clear that toughness and a relentless effort on holding the government accountable are effective in persuading many Canadians of the need for a change in government.
After all, Scheer will never be able to be more “nice” than Trudeau, but he can be more competent and credible as a leader.
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