This year’s election will test populism’s allure in Canada like no other
By Les WhittingtonFeb. 27, 2019
The populist convulsion seen in the Trump-led United States and across Europe will be a factor in the October federal election here. The only question is how much.
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer speaks to United We Roll protesters on Parliament Hill on Feb. 19. His Senator, David Tkachuk, told the same crowd of truckers to ‘roll over every Liberal left in the country.’ The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
OTTAWA—To get a glimpse of the state of politics in 2019, it isn’t necessary to witness the months of violence and vandalism in Paris or the plots in the United States by would-be killers intent on murdering prominent members of an opposing party.
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