Canada set to elect Parliament in vote seen as threat to Trudeau

Monday - 21/10/2019 10:59
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a campaign rally in Ontario on Oct. 19, 2019.Sean Kilpatrick / The Canadian Press via AP
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a campaign rally in Ontario on Oct. 19, 2019.Sean Kilpatrick / The Canadian Press via AP
Marred by corruption and blackface scandals, Trudeau's Liberal Party could lose to the Conservatives, or win but fail to get a majority in Parliament.

By The Associated Press

TORONTO — Canadians are electing a new Parliament on Monday after a tight election campaign that has raised the threat of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau being knocked from power after one term.

The 47-year-old Trudeau channeled the star power of his father, the liberal icon and late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, when he won in 2015 but a combination of scandal and high expectations have damaged his prospects.

Polls indicate Trudeau's Liberal Party could lose to the rival Conservatives, or perhaps win but still fail to get a majority of seats in Parliament and have to rely on an opposition party to remain in power.

Not in 84 years has a first-term Canadian prime minister with a parliamentary majority lost a bid for re-election.

Trudeau reasserted liberalism in 2015 after almost 10 years of Conservative Party government in Canada, and is seen by some as one of the few remaining progressive leaders in the world. He has been viewed as a beacon for liberals in the Trump era, even appearing on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine under the headline "Why Can't He Be Our President?"

Perhaps sensing Trudeau is in trouble, Barack Obama made an unprecedented endorsement by a former American president in urging Canadians to re-elect Trudeau and saying the world needs his progressive leadership now.

But old photos of Trudeau in blackface and brownface surfaced last month, casting doubt on his judgment.

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