On Sunday, the leaders of Canada’s major political parties began the penultimate day of campaigning ahead of Monday’s election, with polls showing that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals had an advantage.
Trudeau, 49, called the election two years early to win popular support for his left-of-center government’s management of the COVID-19 epidemic and reclaim the majority in Parliament he lost in 2019. In 2015, he was elected president for the first time.
His initial comfortable advantage disappeared as a result of voter dissatisfaction with the early call. According to polls, neither the Liberals nor the right-wing Conservatives have the 38 percent popular support required for a majority.
According to a top Liberal campaign insider, Trudeau gave the party a boost heading into the last weekend. A series of surveys released in the last days of the campaign show the Liberals and Conservatives deadlocked at approximately 32%.
This helps the Liberals, whose support is concentrated in major cities with diverse communities. Conservative voters are concentrated in sparsely populated rural areas and the west of the country.
If Trudeau is re-elected with a minority government, he will most certainly rely on the left-leaning New Democrats of Jagmeet Singh, who want to increase spending.