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‘Clock ticking fast’ to next election, but Liberal support headed in ‘wrong direction at the wrong time,’ say veteran political analysts

By Abbas Rana      

'It’s never over until it’s over,’ but Liberal strategists should be ‘very concerned’ the general polling trends do not favour the governing Liberals, says Shachi Kurl, executive director of the Angus Reid Institute.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured May 2, 2019, with Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, in the Prime Minister's Office on the Hill. Mr. Trudeau's Liberals have been trailing the Conservatives in recent public opinion polls. Pollsters are saying Liberals should be very concerned about this trend as the starting line of the election campaign approaches. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

With the “clock ticking and ticking fast” to the next election, support for the federal Liberals is headed in the “wrong direction at the wrong time,” bleeding a significant chunk of their support across the country, say veteran pollsters, and the governing party should be “very concerned” that they control the national agenda, get the maximum media coverage, and yet they are still consistently behind the Conservatives this close to the October vote.

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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