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Justin Trudeau facing strong challenge from Erin O`Toole

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Published: 18:38, 20 September 2021   Update: 18:46, 20 September 2021
Justin Trudeau facing strong challenge from Erin O`Toole

Canadian elections headed for a photo
finish Monday with liberal prime minister Justin Trudeau, who is seeking a
third term.

Trudeau called the snap election hoping to parlay a smooth Covid-19 vaccine
rollout -- among the best in the world -- into a new mandate to steer the
nation's pandemic exit, without having to rely on opposition party support to
pass his agenda.

But the contest, after a bumpy five weeks of campaigning, appears set for a
repeat of the close 2019 general election that resulted in the one-time
golden boy of Canadian politics clinging to power, yet losing his majority in
parliament.

A sudden surge in Covid-19 cases led by the Delta variant late in the
campaign, after the lifting of most public health measures this summer, has
also thrown a wrench into the works.

But after six years in power, his administration is showing signs of
fatigue, and it's been an uphill battle for him to convince Canadians to
stick with his Liberals after falling short of high expectations set in his
2015 landslide win.

Meanwhile, the 48-year-old O'Toole was knocked for his backing of Alberta
and two other Tory-led provinces' loosening of public health restrictions too
soon, with Covid-19 outbreaks now forcing their overwhelmed hospitals to fly
patients across Canada for care. BSS


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