Justin Trudeau’s Popularity Plummets Amid SNC-Lavalin Corruption Scandal

Justin Trudeau and Jody Wilson-Raybould

Canadians are due to go to the polls in October but Mr Trudeau is battling to maintain his popularity after becoming embroiled in claims his aides pressured former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to ensure construction firm SNC-Lavalin avoided a corruption investigation. The 47-year-old insists there was no wrongdoing but 41 percent of Canadians disagreed with Mr Trudeau in a Leger poll for news agency The Canadian Press. Just 12 percent believed he hadn’t done anything wrong following the allegations which has left his Liberal Party in turmoil.

The poll read even worse for Mr Trudeau on a question regarding which party respondents would vote for in the autumn election.

Leger found 36 percent of people said they would vote for the opposition Conservative party while 34 percent would support Mr Trudeau’s Liberals.

It marks the first time since the 2015 general election the Conservatives have been ahead of the Liberals who were once way out in front in the polls.

The results have left Mr Trudeau’s inner team fearing he could be ousted outright or forced into a coalition government in eight months time.

Also worrying for Mr Trudeau was the response to a question on which party’s leader would make the best Prime Minister.

Despite receiving the most support, just 26 percent of respondents answered for Mr Trudeau – a seven point nosedive from a similar Leger poll conducted in November last year.

Opposition Conservative leader Andrew Scheer received 21 percent while Green leader Elizabeth May scored eight percent and the New Democratic Party’s Jagmeet Singh gained six percent.

Leger’s executive vice president Christian Bourque said the results proved Canadians were increasingly suspicious of their prime minister.

Mr Leger told Canadian media: “I think a lot of it leads back to how the prime minister himself has handled the crisis over the last week or so.

“He’s not found a way to reassure Canadians or … been clear enough about his involvement, what he said or did not say, so that a lot of Canadians right now are holding it up against him because they don’t know all the ins and outs to make up their own mind.”

However Mr Bourque added the polls do not necessarily mean Mr Scheer is destined for victory.

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SOURCE: The Express, Tom Nellist