PM Justin Trudeau says he won’t lean on divisive issues to score votes in this year’s election. However, that doesn’t include the Ontario premier who he is periodically going after by saying the middle class can’t “afford another Doug Ford,” although Ford isn’t running in the upcoming federal elections.
“I’m not going to be looking for wedge issues. I’m not going to be looking for ways to play off one region against another for immediate gain,” Trudeau said in an interview to a media outlet.
“I don’t want this election to be polarized. I’m going to make sharp contrasts with the policy positions of my opponents, but I’m not going to go around insulting voters who won’t vote for me.”
However, it isn’t clear what is or isn’t a wedge issue. Is immigration a wedge issue? It certainly is and previously Trudeau has previously criticized Conservatives for using hot button issues to rile up its base.
One issue Liberals have been lambasted on is their use of women’s rights, specifically access to abortions to draw “sharp contrasts” between their party and Conservatives. Perhaps this is a wedge issue we won’t see brought up by Canada’s feminist PM?
In a speech to Liberal candidates gathered in Ottawa Wednesday, Trudeau charged that a Conservative government would mean cuts to health, municipalities, childcare and “the services Canadians rely on most.”
Nothing is fair in love and politics and despite PM Trudeau insisting he won’t go near divisive issues, voters would like our political parties to stake out their positions on well, divisive issues. -CINEWS