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Left-leaning budget ‘big problem’ for NDP, reveals Liberal fear of fleeing progressive voters, say pollsters

By Samantha Wright Allen      

The NDP must attack Liberal credibility and paint them as promise-breakers if it has any hope to pull back the progressive voters that swung red, and led to its loss of more than 50 seats to the Liberals in 2015.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and NDP leader Jagmeet Singh are going after the same progressive voters, analysts say. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade, Sam Garcia
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Last week's budget shows the Liberals are preparing to battle for left-leaning voters, trying to shore up gains made in 2015 from the NDP, who observers say should be worried as Grit policies leave little room for wedge issues to prove their progressive offer is any different. The budget is clearly aimed at taking a hold on the left as a way to cement 2015’s win, said pollster Greg Lyle, who said it's one more arc in a

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