Stunning new polls spell big trouble for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; with new data showing the liberal darling trailing conservatives after weeks of gaffes and a disastrous state visit to India.
According to the Washington Post, the left-leaning politician saw a “sudden drop” in recent surveys, with opposition lawmakers gaining ground against the one-time star of the global political arena.
“All of a sudden, we saw this drop,” said the chief executive of Abacus Data, an Ottawa polling firm. “It’s the first time since Trudeau became prime minister that we have results showing the Conservatives slightly ahead.”
The survey suggests many Canadian voters were turned off by Trudeau’s trip to India; where he wore “traditional” attire many said was “insensitive” and “inappropriate.”
“When you have foreign media like CNN and BBC making fun of our prime minister, that was jarring for some people and made people question whether he was the best person for the job,” the analyst added.
TRUDEAU TANKS: Canadian Prime Minister SAVAGELY MOCKED for India Trip DISASTER
Canadian Prime Minister and liberal “darling” Justin Trudeau was severely mocked -and at times harshly criticized- for his recent visit to India; with his country’s Indian and Sikh community slamming the left-wing leader’s actions and clothing as “insensitive” and “stereotypical.”
The Canadian First Family’s visit was riddled with cultural and political mistakes from the start; with Trudeau’s wife unknowingly posing for a photograph with a Sikh separatist convicted of an assassination plot against a prominent Indian leader.
“Obviously we take this situation extremely seriously,” Trudeau said after the photograph. “The individual in question never should have received an invitation. As soon as we found out, we rescinded the invitation immediately.”
The criticism went from bad to worse, with many on social media mocking the Prime Minister’s choice of “traditional” clothing; saying “FYI we Indians don’t dress like this every day sir, not even in Bollywood.”
Is it just me or is this choreographed cuteness all just a bit much now? Also FYI we Indians don’t dress like this every day sir, not even in Bollywood. pic.twitter.com/xqAqfPnRoZ
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) February 21, 2018
— Mark O'Henly 🎶 Don’t Stand So Close To Me 🎵 (@SeeClickFlash) February 19, 2018
TRUMP’S TARIFF: The President Enacts HEFTY TARIFFS on Steel, Spares Canada and Mexico
President Trump announced his plan to sign into law a sweeping import tariff on all steel and aluminum goods produced outside the United States Thursday; temporarily excluding Canada and Mexico as the White House renegotiates NAFTA in the coming months.
According to Fox News, the Trump administration is placing a 25% import tax on all foreign-produced steel and a 10% tax on aluminum “across the board.”
“We have to protect & build our Steel and Aluminum Industries while at the same time showing great flexibility and cooperation toward those that are real friends and treat us fairly on both trade and the military,” the president tweeted Thursday.
The White House confirmed that both Canada and Mexico would be excluded from the international tariffs while the US and its neighbors enter renegotiations surrounding the North American Free Trade Agreement.
“If that negotiation is unsuccessful then tariffs will be applied across the board,” Peter Navarro, Director of the White House National Trade Council told Fox News. “Now, importantly, in addition to that, there is language that will allow other countries to effectively propose ways that they could get a similar dispensation in exchange for more fair and reciprocal trade with the United States.”