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A tale of two strategies

By Gerry Nicholls      

Although New Democrats and Conservatives are different in so many ways, they both share a common dilemma: how do you beat an opponent like Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a man who’s abundantly blessed with that most important of political assets—likeability?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has hit a few bumps on the road lately, leading some to suggest 'Trudeaumania' might be waning a bit, but all things considered, the prime minister is still well-liked, still personable and still popular. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

OAKVILLE, ONT.—Although New Democrats and Conservatives are different in so many ways, they both share a common dilemma: how do you beat an opponent like Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a man who’s abundantly blessed with that most important of political assets—likeability?

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