Just days before he called the byelection, Trudeau tried tilting the scales by promising $60 million in federal spending for the area.
The crushing defeat suffered by the Trudeau Liberals in the Chicoutimi – Le Fjord byelection is important for two reasons.
First, the riding is home to a large portion of Canada’s aluminum industry, a sign that the trade fight between Trudeau and Trump isn’t translating into increased votes for the Liberals.
Secondly, and related to the first point, is that the Liberals got crushed despite the fact that Justin Trudeau had promised $60 million in federal funding to boost aluminum smelting, just days before the byelection was called.
Trudeau had been criticized heavily for the clear pre-election ‘bribe.’
As Conservative MP Gerard Deltell said at the time, “It’s not a coincidence that suddenly the prime minister and the Liberal government are paying a lot of attention to this riding when he did absolutely nothing in the last two and a half years. People realize that and recognize that, and you just have to speak to people about that. They will not be fooled by the prime minister.”
Deltell was proven correct, as the Liberals got crushed in the byelection, winning just 29% of the vote compared to 53% for the Conservatives.
More and more people are seeing through Trudeau’s deceptive and cynical tactics, and aren’t buying the lies he’s trying to sell.
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