Canadians weren't supposed to have another election for two years. But Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (Liberal Party) called for new elections – which take place on Monday – believing the Canadian people will give him a parliamentary majority. According to an Ipsos poll last weekend, the Liberals and the Conservatives are in a dead heat, each with 32% of the vote.
A third party – The New Democrat Party (NDP) – is polling at 21%. Many Canadian political analysts believe that party could be potential kingmakers in a close race. Brian Rushfeldt is former executive director of Canada Family Action.
"If Trudeau was to get a minority government, then the power brokers would be the left-wing NDP socialist communists," Rushfeldt tells AFN. "That is what I think the leader of the NDP … is counting on so that he can have the power – because if the Liberals have a minority, then they need the NDP to side with them or else they would get defeated again."
Still, Rushfeldt is glad Trudeau called for the snap election. "Quite likely, it's going to cost him the election," he states. "The man is so delusional – he thinks he can do what he wants, how he wants, when he wants … because he's delusional with his power. I pray every day that he gets ousted."
And the socialist policies of Trudeau's party, he says, reflect a delusional mindset.
"They keep talking about they're going to tax the rich," Rushfeldt explains. "They want free universal health care. They want free universal education. Everything free, free, free – but [Trudeau] doesn't ever talk about how he's going to fund that [by] taxing the working people. It would an absolute disaster for this country."
As for calling the new election, the conservative spokesman contends Trudeau and his cadre misread public opinion.
"I think he figures that most Canadians agree with him on how he's handled the whole virus issue," he offers as an example. "I think because he figured that people were supportive of that he could actually gain a majority government. I think it was a total misread of the public sentiment … and I'm glad that he's taken a hit."