Log in
E-mail
Password
Show password
Remember
Forgot password ?
Become a member for free
Sign up
Sign up
New member
Sign up for FREE
New customer
Discover our services
Settings
Settings
Dynamic quotes 
OFFON
News: Latest News
Latest NewsCompaniesMarketsEconomy & ForexCommoditiesInterest RatesBusiness LeadersFinance Pro.CalendarSectors 
All NewsEconomyCurrencies & ForexEconomic EventsCryptocurrenciesCybersecurityPress Releases

Canada PM Trudeau portrays main rival as weak in key leaders' debate

09/09/2021 | 12:38pm EDT

OTTAWA, Sept 9 (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, facing potential defeat in a Sept. 20 election, on Thursday used a key leaders' debate to take aim at his main rival, portraying him as weak and ineffective.

Polls show Erin O'Toole's Conservative Party has a chance of winning the election and ending six years of Liberal rule. Trudeau called the vote two years early as a referendum on his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trudeau, sometimes looking agitated, rounded several times on O'Toole, who has had trouble making himself known to Canadians since taking over his party a year ago.

O'Toole says he will offer serious leadership to clean up after what he calls a corrupt, incompetent and spendthrift Trudeau government.

Trudeau accuses O'Toole of harboring an extremist agenda and not being serious on topics such as climate change. Trudeau also favors mandates to ensure people are inoculated against COVID-19, a move O'Toole says goes too far.

"The problem with Mr O'Toole and his principles is, he says all the right sounding things and he's working on reassuring everyone that he's right there as a strong leader, but he can't convince his candidates to get vaccinated," said Trudeau.

Polls show O'Toole with a slight lead amid voter unhappiness with Trudeau's decision to call the election early. (nL1N2Q20YW])

The leadership debate was the only one of three in English, spoken by two-thirds of Canada's 38 million people, and is traditionally seen as a key means of influencing voters.

However, Nanos Research pollster Nik Nanos said by email "there were no major gaffes nor any knock-out punches from any of the parties ... this wasn't a game changer".

Trudeau spoke over the other four party chiefs several times, forcing the moderator to cut him off.

Darrell Bricker, chief executive officer of Ipsos Public Affairs, said he did not see anything from Trudeau or O'Toole that would change the direction of their campaigns.

"When he (Trudeau) did try to go at O'Toole it came off as very hot and frantic. O'Toole wasn't a huge factor tonight but that's OK," he said by email.

Trudeau is fond of noting that earlier this year most Conservative lawmakers voted in favor of draft legislation that would have banned some abortions. The initiative failed.

O'Toole insisted he was in charge and would not bow to the views of legislators with hard line social views.

"I am driving the bus to make sure we get this country back on track. And I'm here to defend the rights of all Canadians, women, members of the LGBTQ community," he said.

O'Toole conceded that in the past, Conservatives had not done enough to combat emissions of greenhouse gases and needed to win back public trust.

A three-day rolling Ekos phone poll of 1,365 adults released on Thursday showed the Conservatives at 33.6% public support, versus 30.7% for the Liberals and 15.7% for the smaller left-leaning New Democrats. The poll had a margin of error of 2.7 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. (Reporting by David Ljunggren and Steve Scherer; Additional reporting by Allison Lampert in Montreal; Editing by Dan Grebler, Peter Cooney and Jane Wardell)


© Reuters 2021
Latest news "Economy & Forex"
01:56aBase metals fall as China pledges to bring down coal prices
RE
01:51aAutoStore, Norway's biggest IPO in two decades, valued at $12.4 billion
RE
01:50a'THEY'LL HAVE TO PAY' : Malaysia chip crunch triggers new era in supply deals
RE
01:50aFoxconn sets sights on making EVs in Europe, India, Latin America
RE
01:33aRoche lifts 2021 outlook as Delta variant spurs COVID-19 test demand
RE
01:24aNESTLE S A : raises outlook to 6-7% organic growth this year
RE
01:24aJapanese volcano spews plumes of ash, people warned away
RE
01:17aChina's automobiles index up more than 3%
RE
01:16aOil dips as China considers intervention to ease coal crunch
RE
01:16aOil dips as China considers intervention to ease coal crunch
RE
Latest news "Economy & Forex"