Australian Prime Minister
is not the only embattled leader of a Commonwealth country who tries to use
to regain the political initiative particularly ahead of federal elections. Just recently, embattled Canadian Prime Minister
whose government is embroiled in a unexpected and certainly untimely
went down a similar road, producing a
which went far beyond any other pre-election budget, clearly signaling that the government was hoping to change the political narrative coming out of
just 7 months away from a general election. Prior to the breaking of the scandal which now causes the government such political headaches, most political observers believed that Trudeau was on-route to win a second term later this year; this certainty has vanished, and daring predictions are largely absent from political discourse at present.
If there was any hope that the political strategy employed by the government would work, recent events have dealt the Prime Minister another serious blow, making it even harder for him to overcome his political woes ahead of polling day. The
of a secret audio-recording by former Attorney General
will reinforce the negative perceptions Canadians already have regarding the inner-workings of their federal government and may compromise if not derail the entire government strategy to change the nature of the political debate before the elections. If, and I think this is still unlikely, Trudeau will be undone politically in a few months time, this audio-recording will be seen as the beginning of the end of his prime ministership. Let’s hope it doesn’t come to this, since the Liberal government deserves better than this, and Canadians surely deserve better than a return to Conservative rule after only one term of progressive politics in the country. Whatever happens, if the government falls later this year, Trudeau and his team have only themselves to blame.
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