A majority of Canadians are watching the SNC-Lavalin affair unfold and it is not looking good for the Trudeau government . If an election were held tomorrow, Trudeau would receive only 31 per cent of the decided popular vote — down three points from a couple of weeks ago — while Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer would receive 40 per cent, according to a Global News Ipsos poll of 1,000 Canadians carried out between March 1 and March 4.
That’s the biggest lead the Conservatives have had since the previous election campaign.
The national approval figures are mirrored in Canada’s largest province, Ontario, where the Conservatives sit at 40 per cent, nine points over the Liberals, who are at 31 per cent.
Not surprisingly, the Tories enjoy a comfortable lead in the 905 region.
In Quebec, Trudeau Liberals’ had a 13-point lead over the Conservatives in Canada’s second-most populous province only two weeks ago, it is now cut in half.
The polling also reveals that the ongoing SNC-Lavalin affair is directly responsible for Trudeau’s flagging support.
Fifty-five per cent of Canadians also say it’s going to influence their voting decisions in this year’s federal election. That includes nearly one in five Liberal voters.
Worryingly for Trudeau, the SNC-Lavalin affair is concerning Canadians across the political divide, with Liberal Party supporters growing increasingly disapproving of the prime minister.
Nearly a quarter of Liberal voters say they believe Trudeau should step aside while the SNC-Lavalin affair is investigated, with 73 per cent of Liberals agreeing that the RCMP should probe the issue and lay charges against politicians and bureaucrats where appropriate.
Going into the federal elections, this cannot be good for the Liberals. Meanwhile the NDP and the Conservatives could be looking at a rise in their fortunes. -CINEWS