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17 September 2021

Canada snap election: why Justin Trudeau’s gamble could backfire

Voting intention is swinging towards the Conservatives in Canada.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called a snap election. He claims his minority government needs to win a majority to push through his Covid-19 recovery plans. Critics, however, say the move is a cynical power play.

In this episode of World Review, Emily Tamkin in Washington, DC and Ido Vock in Berlin are joined from London by Canadian journalist Megan Gibson, the New Statesman’s new senior editor, international. They discuss the politics behind Trudeau’s decision, and why polls are showing a swing towards the Conservatives led by Erin O’Toole.

Then, in You Ask Us, they answer a listener question on whether the far-right People’s Party of Canada (PPC) will win enough votes to cause problems for the Conservative Party.

Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau makes a speech
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau campaigns ahead of the Canadian federal election, which will be held on 20 September. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)

Further Reading

Luke Savage writes on why Justin Trudeau’s snap election is backfiring

Megan Gibson profiles Jagmeet Singh, the leader of the New Democratic Party

Ido Vock explains the new Australian, UK and US alliance known as Aukus

Rory Medcalf explores why the Aukus deal has sparked outrage in France

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Jeremy Cliffe has profiled Angela Merkel, as the German chancellor prepares to leave office

Jeremy will also be co-hosting a webinar with Michelle Kosinski of the One Decision podcast, discussing the question: “Where does the transatlantic relationship stand after Afghanistan?” It’s on on 21 September at 4:30pm BST. Register for free here.

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