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Toxic fallout from SNC-Lavalin scandal causing ‘enduring’ damage to Trudeau’s brand, but don’t count Liberals out just yet, say pollsters

By Abbas Rana      

'The biggest problem they’ve got is that they’re really getting hurt in places where they need to win to make up seats where they were probably going to lose,' says Darrell Bricker.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses the Liberal caucus at an emergency meeting on April 2, 2019 to announce the spectacular expulsion of Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott from the Liberal caucus after more than two months of controversy. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The toxic fallout from the SNC-Lavalin affair has shaken the government to its core, but it’s still not a foregone conclusion the Liberals will lose the next election because the issue alone is not enough for the opposition parties to win in October and opponents will have to prove they are a government in waiting and have an attractive vision for the future, say pollsters.

Abbas Rana

Abbas Rana is the assistant deputy editor of The Hill Times. He reports on the Parliamentary caucuses, nomination contests, political leadership campaigns, Elections Act laws, and the Senate. Abbas loves to chat with sources on-the-record or on not-for- attribution basis especially when they have verifiable story tips that could be followed as news stories. Brown envelopes are also always a lot of interest to him. Born and raised in Pakistan, Abbas speaks Punjabi, Urdu and Hindi. When not chasing politicians down on the Hill, he likes to watch cricket and movies.
- arana@hilltimes.com


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