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More political hits like blackface controversy might be unsustainable for Grits, say Liberals

By Abbas Rana      

Liberals say the blackface controversy has damaged morale and that Grits in close ridings may not win re-election. 'They're worried. There’s no swagger, put it that way,’ one Liberal MP told The Hill Times, describing the morale of his caucus colleagues and the party base.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, top left, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, top right, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, above right, and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, all pictured last week out on the hustings. Conservative and Liberal insiders told The Hill Times that both parties will release their 'bombshell' research on each other starting this week. Photographs courtesy of Twitter

With both leading national parties expected to unleash their best “bombshell” research on each other in the coming days, some Liberals are worried they cannot afford to take any more major hits, saying self-inflicted wounds have already damaged the Liberal brand and “crushed” the enthusiasm and morale of the rank-and-file-party members, riding executives and candidates.

Abbas Rana

Abbas Rana is the assistant deputy editor of The Hill Times.
- arana@hilltimes.com


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