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‘It’s definitely in the top quadrant’: election campaign one of dirtiest in recent history, say political insiders

By Abbas Rana      

There's no clear front-runner, no overarching election issue, and both major national party leaders are taking personal shots at each other in what has become ‘personal’ and ‘ugly’ between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, says pollster and Ipsos president Darrell Bricker. It's a dirty election.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured on Oct. 7, 2019, before the English-language televised debates in Gatineau, Que. The current election campaign is one of the dirtiest in recent history, say some political insiders. The prime minister was forced to wear a bulletproof vest at a crowded campaign rally in Mississauga, Ont., on Saturday night, and talked about the 'polarization' of this election campaign on Sunday in Toronto. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade

With the 2019 election in the home stretch and both parties still running neck and neck in national polls, some political insiders are describing the current campaign as one of the dirtiest in recent history, which was also predicted months in advance by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer.

Abbas Rana

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


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