OTTAWA – Although Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has always stated his intention to abide by the fixed-date election law, which is scheduled for October 21, the opposition in Ottawa wonders if the Liberal leader will wait until then before call Canadians to the polls.
Next fall, the Ethics Commissioner will have completed his investigation into allegations of interference by the Prime Minister’s Office in the SNC-Lavalin case, the report of which may be made public over the summer.
The government will also be blamed in mid-August when the trial of Vice Admiral Mike Norman, accused of breach of trust for passing secrets from the Cabinet, begins. These lawyers denounce the interference of the Prime Minister’s Office and the former President of the Treasury Board, Scott Bryson, is also singled out.
“If Mr. Trudeau’s political calculation is to run an election in the spring because he thinks he has blame for himself and his team, it will be up to him to pay the political price,” said Conservative MP Pierre Paul-Hus .
Opposition parties say they are ready for any eventuality.
“Of course they are embroiled in scandals at the moment and they could try to cut short with early elections,” said NDP MP Alexandre Boulerice.
In the opposition, some believe that the current environment may not be favorable to the Liberals, but the polls still give the Liberal Party of Canada a slight lead over Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives.