observations and opinion
My theory about the Liberal leadership has been that Canadians, in the main, will not take Justin Trudeau seriously. This week’s IPSOS poll bears this out, finding that 73% of Canadians – including two thirds of Liberals – agree that if he… weren’t Pierre Trudeau’s son, “nobody would be interested in his political views and he wouldn’t be seriously considered for the leadership of the Liberal party.”
However, Trudeau still enjoys a slight lead in popularity compared to Harper. So is the Liberal Party right in choosing a leader whom three quarters of the population think is unqualified? I think these numbers tell us a great deal more about boredom and dis-satisfaction with the Harper Government, than they do about Justin Trudeau’s popularity. They also tell us that people are still prepared to vote Liberal. How many would do so, I wonder, if they saw a leader who they actually thought was qualified?