Justin Trudeau’s “honeymoon with Canadians” could last a long time

Andy Radia
Politics Reporter
Canada Politics

The Trudeau Liberals are riding high.

According to a Canadian Press Harris-Decima poll released on Thursday, Parliament's third party can boast a support level of 35 per cent while the Conservatives and the NDP fall to 28 per cent and 22 per cent respectively.

The Canadian Press suggests that the numbers reflect Trudeau's "honeymoon with Canadians."

If that's the case, this honeymoon could last a very long time.

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Aside from a few references to "tariffs" and "the middle class" in the House, Trudeau still hasn't really talked about policy.

Instead, his handlers have him crisscrossing the country acting more like a celebrity than a politician. On Thursday, for example, Trudeau made an appearance at a Winnipeg food court spending almost an hour chatting with patrons and posing for a lot of pictures.

If the polls are any indication, the sizzle sans the steak is working for him.

The anti-Stephen Harper crowd is looking for someone to rally behind. This is a big chunk of the sixty to seventy percent of Canadians who are tiring of a 7 year old government or who will never vote Conservative no matter what. Thomas Mulcair isn't wowing this group and the Greens have a long way to go. So, for now, Trudeau is this group's 'saviour.'

Meanwhile, the Conservative Party's record of late is helping to buoy the 'anti-Harper' numbers closer to seventy per cent than sixty per cent. It's been a tough couple of weeks for the Tory brand.

The Auditor General's report, released earlier this week, slammed the government for losing track of $3.1 billion that was supposed to be earmarked for national security. The party also continues to be maligned for mismanagement of military procurement projects.

And then on Thursday, the Harper government embarrassed itself for apparently not inviting former astronaut and Liberal MP Marc Garneau to the opening of a Canadarm exhibit. Snubbing Canada's first man to space isn't going to win you a lot of support.

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At this point in time Trudeau is doing all the right things; Harper is not.

And, for that reason, Trudeau's sizzle may not fizzle any time soon.

(Photo courtesy of the Canadian Press)

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