Tuesday, April 05, 2016
Is Justin Trudeau's Political Honeymoon Finally Over?
Oh well, I suppose it couldn't last forever.
Justin Trudeau couldn't continue to reach new heights of popularity.
Without having to wear an oxygen mask.
So it seems that his long political honeymoon may finally be over.
And that according to this EKOS poll, he's falling gently back to earth.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s hold on the Canadian psyche appears to be returning to more normal levels, an EKOS poll suggests.
EKOS found the percentage of respondents who felt the Liberal government was headed in the right direction had dropped from 68 per cent near the beginning the year to 56 per cent. While the number of people who felt the government is headed in the wrong direction rose from 32 per cent to 44 per cent, it was still outweighed by the number of respondents who felt Trudeau’s government was headed in the right direction.
But then who can be surprised that his popularity would dip slightly, when he was up so high, and the poll was taken after the budget.
When Rona Ambrose and her Con zombies were trying to make the deficit they helped create, sound like a monster...
And so were their stooges in the Con media...
Especially those like Andrew Coyne, who work for Postmedia.
Or old hacks like Emma Teitel, who seems to have been driven crazy by Trudeau's ability to do yoga poses.
Yes, Justin Trudeau is handsome, and, presumably, a nice guy who stands, as progressives like to say, on “the right side of history” (most recently, he tweeted his support for transgender Canadians and abortion access in P.E.I.). But he is also a Canadian.
And by the fact that so many admire him...
It is hard to fault the content-hungry Canadian press for jumping at every opportunity to exploit the PM’s popularity. Trudeau is to mainstream media what kittens are to memes: click gold. But this trend, which appears to show no sign of letting up, is frankly a little undignified and more than a little tired.
And would like us all to be as grim, and as tired, and as dreadfully boring as she is.
When I for one really enjoy the way the world now seems to admire us and our new prime minister.
In just over four months, the media-friendly, question-taking and selfies-giving Trudeau has managed to seemingly make Canada cool on the world stage, using the increased spotlight to highlight the merits of diplomacy and engagement, including on issues such as climate change, respect for diversity and human rights and international peace.
After the way the last one shamed us...
And if Saturday Night Live finds the yoga pose entertaining...
All the better. Because I'd rather we were seen as cool rather than losers. Like Emma.
Or those old Jabbas in the blogosphere, who as you know are always finding any excuse to attack Justin Trudeau...
Because their lives are so pathetic, they can't stand seeing anyone having a good time after such a long nightmare.
And would drag us all into their misery.
And the good news?
They're all going to be disappointed, for these numbers are still extraordinary.
The decline in the number of people questioning the direction Trudeau is taking Canada doesn’t seem to have had a big impact on the level of support for his party. If a federal election had been held between March 24 and 29 when the poll was conducted, 42.1 per cent of respondents said they would have voted for the Liberals, 31.7 per cent for the Conservatives, 11.7 per cent for the NDP, 6.4 per cent for the Green Party and 4.8 per cent for the Bloc Québécois.
And with the NDP numbers so low, would almost certainly deliver an even bigger majority than Trudeau presently enjoys.
As for me, I like the way he keeps destroying Stephen Harper's legacy.
And the way that unlike his zombie critics, he keeps demonstrating his down to earth humanity.
And when you're admired and loved like that, and inspire so many young people.
My guess is that Justin Trudeau is the future.
And that his love affair with the Canadian people is going to last a long long time...
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