Gloves – and masks – come off as Trudeau seeks re-election

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Gloves – and masks – come off as Trudeau seeks re-election

The Canadian PM’s liberal image has taken a severe blow, leaving him in a position that was unimaginable a year ago

Steve Scherer

Canadians voted on Monday to determine whether Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who swept into office four years ago as a charismatic figure promising “sunny ways”, will remain in power after two major scandals.

Trudeau, 47, the Liberal Party leader, was endorsed by former Democratic US president Barack Obama in the final stretch of the campaign and is viewed as one of the last remaining progressive leaders among the world’s major democracies.

But he was shaken during the campaign by a blackface scandal and has been dogged by criticism of his handling of a corruption case involving a prominent Canadian construction company. Trudeau, the son of former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, has also had to overcome a sense of fatigue with his government...

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