The Liberals drew more attention than the Conservatives for racist incidents, but most voters approved of the way they handled the blackface controversy and don’t feel it raises broader questions, according to a poll from Greg Lyle's Innovative Research.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized on board his campaign aircraft on Sept. 18 after news broke that he had worn brownface at a party for a school where he was working as a teacher in 2001. Screen-capture of the CBC
The Liberals have made it through the blackface controversy with their lead intact. There is no significant change in Liberal support at the national or regional level.
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'If the 10 MPs are articulating the position for Nova Scotia, I would like to think the government would consider that as a strong indicator of what's happening on the ground,' says Liberal MP Darrell Samson says.
House leaders continue to hold talks over the summer, but whether an agreement can be struck to get Conservatives on side with a recent call to allow remote voting in ‘exceptional circumstances’ remains to be seen.
Though late and largely unconvincing, the PM's testimony helps ensure the government’s points, rather than mere speculation, are litigated in the public square instead, says Garry Keller of StrategyCorp.
As the epidemic reshapes everything, it’s time for the country to put aside traditional convictions and economic frameworks and try to pull together to build a future better suited to a changing, endangered world.
Furey’s greatest challenge will not be enthusiasm or passion, but rather the provincial political system that has rarely rewarded disruption and provides benefits for ward keepers who do not shake things up.