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Trudeau tells Grit MPs not to expect any dramatic boost in public support until next year – Hill Times

April 29, 2024

The Tories’ double-digit lead is not so much an endorsement of Pierre Poilievre as leader, but because Canadians want a change in government, says Darrell Bricker, CEO of Ipsos Public Affairs.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told Liberal MPs at their most recent national caucus meeting in Ottawa not to expect any significant change in public opinion polls until next year, according to some politicians who attended.

“Don’t expect us to be neck and neck in two months’ time or six months’ time, even,” said a Liberal MP when describing the gist of Trudeau’s (Papineau, Que.) message to MPs at the April 17 national caucus meeting, one day after the federal budget. “He’s [Trudeau] trying to downplay expectations. It’s like treading water when you’re drowning. [He was telling us] to not freak out while you’re drowning, that you stay calm, and you can get back to the top for a lot of the Members who are below water.”

In an emailed response to The Hill Times, the Prime Minister’s Office communications team did not directly address why Trudeau told his MPs not to expect any significant uptick in national public opinion polls for the Liberals until next year.

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