Jul 26, 2019

By Jane Brown

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It appears the SNC Lavalin scandal is fading as an election issue for Canadian voters.

A new Leger poll gives the opposition Conservatives 36 percent voter support nationwide, while the Liberals are at 33 percent support. In one month, the Conservatives have dipped 2 percent in support, while the Liberals have gained 4 percent.

Early this week, we learned that former Trudeau senior advisor Gerald Butts has returned to join the prime minister’s re-election team. Butts resigned during the SNC Lavalin affair, after he and others in the PMO were accused of pressuring former Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to ease up on the engineering giant over bribery accusations.

Political Strategist Aleem Kanji told Zoomer Radio’s Fight Back with Libby Znaimer, he thinks the opposition leaders will focus on the SNC scandal and Butts to try to steal votes from the Liberals.

“The Conservatives, the NDP, and I think the Greens, who I think are going to have a phenomenal run this October, I would be surprised if they didn’t use the whole issue of ethics, trust and accountability as their issue to define this election on,” Kamji explained.

And Kanji says he thinks the Liberals will run on the economy, and what they’ve achieved over the last four years – from health and education to infrastructure spending.

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