If elections were held in Canada today, newly elected Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre would defeat the Liberals under Justin Trudeau by five points. According to a new poll from Abacus Data -- pollsters LifeSiteNews describes as "Liberal-inclined" -- 35% of respondents would vote for the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) under Poilievre, and only 30% would vote for the Liberal Party's Trudeau. The New Democratic Party (NDP) comes in third with 17%, with the Bloc Québécois garnering 9% of the votes and the People's Party of Canada claiming 4% support.
But while the CPC under Poilievre apparently has most of the support in all prairie provinces, Brian Rushfeldt, co-founder and former executive director of a Canadian pro-family group, does not see much changing within the government.
"When you look at those numbers – 35% [for the CPC] versus 30% for the Liberals and 17% for the NDP means that we would end up again with the same kind of government we've got now with the foolish Liberals and the leftist NDP working together in a coalition," he responds.
He points out, however, that the poll was taken before Trudeau traveled to London for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth and was caught on camera singing by a piano at the Corinthia.
"Two nights before funeral, he was at a bar, and he decided to join some guy from Quebec playing the piano. Trudeau tried to sing [Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody'] and made a fool of himself," Rushfeldt reports. "When that hit the news up here, there were a couple of stories that said [it was] very, very inappropriate behavior from a man who should have been acting like a prime minister."
Some critics have reportedly accused the prime minister of a lack of respect; others have defended him since the video found its way on social media and maintain that the incident has been exaggerated. Rushfeldt believes it could cost Trudeau's party more support in a future election.