Justin Trudeau Battles For His Political Survival As Canada Gets Ready To Vote

In Canada, campaigning for Monday’s election is going down to the wire with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau fighting the battle of his political life. His rise to power as Liberal Party leader four years ago on a message of hope and change now seems a long way off. He has since been implicated in a series of scandals that have him locked in a virtual tie with the opposition Conservative Party in a race that has some distinctly American overtones. This past Wednesday, former President Barack Obama endorsed Trudeau, writing on Twitter that “The world needs his progressive leadership now, and I hope our neighbors to the north support him for another term.” Trudeau welcomed the endorsement. “I appreciate the kind words and I’m working to keep the progress going,” he told reporters in Quebec, the Liberal power base where polls show he is losing support to the separatist Bloc Québécois party. Andrew Scheer, leader of the opposition Conservative Party, sought to brush the Obama endorsement off