It will be a tough slog for the Liberals in the coming months, as the SNC-Lavalin scandal has devastated their post-partisan feminist brand and demotivated their base, say pollsters and Grit insiders. It’s not yet clear how far the scandal will resonate with the general public, but any new revelations—for example, if the government does award the Montreal company the deferred prosecution agreement it has sought—could prove extremely damaging, as could other aggrieved government insiders taking similar cases of PMO pressure to the public. Insiders and pollsters say the Liberals should apologize for their ethical failures, get on the road, and run on their record and protecting jobs.
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