'Every pollster, any campaign strategist, everybody is watching the same thing which is how those ridings go,’ says Ipsos Public Affairs CEO Darrell Bricker.
Opposition leaders are likely to go after Justin Trudeau for his past use of blackface in the leaders' debates to come, which 'could get interesting,' says Greg Lyle, depending on how the Liberal leader reacts.
'They're worried. There’s no swagger, put it that way,’ says a Liberal MP to describe the morale of his caucus colleagues, and the party base.
The Daily Telegraph story 'shows how much of an international figure Trudeau has become,' says the senior reporter and editor who wrote a second story exploring the controversy on Sept. 21.
An Innovative Research poll suggested 26 per cent of Canadians say they experience discrimination in their daily life, and a plurality of them are Liberal Party supporters.
It's only week two of the campaign and already the Liberals, Conservatives, NDP, and the Greens have all had to drop candidates over offensive or controversial past remarks.
The SNC-Lavalin controversy is back making national headlines and this means bad news for Justin Trudeau's Liberals because it pushes them off their campaign messaging, say pollsters.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is relying on the same senior strategists who helped him win a majority government in 2015. But it's a whole new ball game this time after four years in power.