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Trudeau facing ‘confluence of extremely challenging problems’ in ‘unprecedented’ situation, say pollsters

By Abbas Rana      

Stakes are ‘very high’ and any missteps to handle this ‘daunting inventory of challenges’ could potentially derail the government, says pollster Frank Graves

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured on Feb. 21, 2020, at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa, has been in self-isolation, but is still working from the Rideau Cottage on the grounds of Rideau Hall in Ottawa after his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, tested positive for the coronavirus on March 12. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The daunting set of challenges for the Trudeau government in the first few months of its second mandate—the downing of Ukrainian Flight 752 by an Iranian missile that killed all 176 onboard including 57 Canadians, the Wet’suwet’en solidarity blockades, the coronavirus pandemic crisis, the meltdown in equity markets potentially leading to a recession, the cancellation of the Teck Frontier oilsands mine, and the plunging oil prices—are “a perfect storm” that could potentially derail the government, and observers say the Trudeau government should lay out a much more detailed plan to Canadians to articulate how it will handle these “unprecedented” challenges in the next few months.

Abbas Rana

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


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