Canadian elections: Can Justin Trudeau hold on to power?


[Leyland Cecco] What you had was this
Prime Minister who was a self-proclaimed feminist,
he was– he was woke. He’s handing out jackets
to Syrian refugees who arrived in the dead of winter.
He would mend, you know, the incredibly fractured
relationship that Canada has with its indigenous peoples.
He would make a show of the importance of diversity,
the inclusion in politics by making not just a gender-balanced
but you know, an ethnically diverse cabinet.
[Justin Trudeau] A cabinet that looks like Canada. He captured this kind of very, very new and exciting
celebrity in Canadian politics. But you know there’s that
old adage, ‘You live by the sword, you die by the sword’.
and he became increasingly over his tenure as Prime Minister
embroiled in a number of scandals. [TV host] Canadian Prime Minister
Justin Trudeau is dealing with a growing scandal
tonight. It involves what he allegedly told a top official to do
about a major company involved in a corruption investigation. [Leyland Cecco]
Trudeau had been improperly pressuring his Attorney General
to cut out a sweetheart deal for a large construction company
that was accused of bribery and corruption in Libya in 2011.
[Trudeau] I and my staff always acted appropriately.
I completely disagree with the characterization
of the former Attorney General. [Music and chants] [TV reporter]
Pipeline protesters came to confront Prime Minister
Justin Trudeau and his cabinet, angry over the Liberal government’s
decision to buy the Trans Mountain Pipeline. [Leyland Cecco]
He said that Canada would be an ally in the fight against
the climate crisis. You call yourself a climate leader
and you buy a pipeline. [TV host] There is a major
development this hour, another image of Trudeau
wearing what appears to be blackface.
His arms and legs are darkened too. [Leyland Cecco]
It’s pretty optically damaging when the Prime Minister admits
that he also can’t recall how many times he’s done it in his past.
[Trudeau] This is something that I deeply, deeply regret. [Leyland Cecco]
If you’re a Liberal voter, you’re probably not going
to go Conservative because of this. It’s not each individual scandal,
it’s the sum of all the parts of the last four years for him.
If you’re a young voter who sees a Prime Minister buy a pipeline,
dress up in blackface, fire two key women in the party, chance are you
are probably not going to be that motivated to come
out and vote for him. We’ve got Andrew Scheer
in the Conservative party… [Andrew Scheer]
So we can put money back in your pocket
so you can get ahead. We’ve got Jagmeet Singh,
of the New Democratic Party. [Jagmeet Singh]
Canadians are feeling the impact of the climate crisis
and we have to fight it. I think he’s got a lot
to answer for. He mocked the people.
[Scheer] He can’t even remember how many times
he put blackface on. He’s always wearing a mask.
You are a phony, and you are a fraud. [Leyland Cecco]
Even if the Conservatives, you know, win a majority
or a minority government, this is not a conservative movement
of the kind of far-right populist politics. But if you care about the environment
and the Conservatives win, you’ll be frustrated. [Greta Thunberg]
Do your part instead of leaving that responsibility to us. [Crowd cheers] [Leyland Cecco]
He always said, you know, ‘We’re going to keep
fighting climate change’. [Trudeau] Climate change
is the challenge of our generation and the time to act is now. [Leyland Cecco]
But the Trudeau government’s not on the pace to meet their
Paris targets. The left, you know the Green Party,
the New Democratic Party can really say ‘Your house is
on fire and you’re now throwing gasoline on it, this is not
how a climate leader acts, by buying a pipeline’. Justin Trudeau by and large will probably be the Prime Minister
on Tuesday. What we are going to see is Trudeau, who had a
pretty clear majority in 2015, give up a lot of that majority
and probably have a minority government but I don’t
think you’re going to see a fundamental reshaping of Canada, no matter
who wins the election. It’s not going to be a far-right populist
government seizing power in Canada. It’s not going to be a radical leftist,
environmentally-conscious government. You know, the ship may turn 10 degrees
to the right or the left but we’re not going to see that fundamental
reshaping of Canadian politics that we might see in other countries
in an election like this.

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