Trudeau set to loose Canada snap elections

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Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is falling behind his opponents in polls ahead of a snap election he called hoping his management of the Covid-19 crisis would drive him to easy him to victory. Trudeau called the 20 September election last month, two years ahead of schedule, Reuters reported.

At the time, his Liberals were well ahead and looked likely to regain the majority in parliament they lost in 2019. His main opponent, Conservative leader Erin O'Toole, has repeatedly attacked him for calling a vote during the pandemic. But the latest polls by Nanos, Ekos and others show Liberal fortunes have fallen as voters have grown fatigued with Trudeau, who has been in power since 2015. Liberal strategists said the early-vote call had backfired as it was seen as "wrong" and "greedy" by electors.

Also Canadian health officials released modeling showing new Covid-19 cases could surpass the peak of the third wave within the month, and warned that if vaccinations among young adults do not ramp up, the country's hospital capacity may be exceeded. The Nanos Research survey put the Conservatives on 35.7% public support, with the Liberals on 30.7% and the smaller left-leaning New Democrats on 18.3%. An Ekos poll puts the Conservatives at 35.5% versus 30.7% for the Liberals. If these numbers hold up on election day, O'Toole would most likely win a minority administration. The Conservative leader came out of a French-language leaders' debate without suffering much damage.

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