Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau described his country as the “best in the world” and said his government was always taking “serious” and “responsible” decisions, even as his approval rankings dipped to an all-time low in the run-up to next year’s federal election.
“We know we are facing challenging times in the world. We have a government that continues to roll up its sleeves and take serious, responsible and steady decisions. We are there to support Canadians and to build a strong and prosperous future for them,” Trudeau said in a video statement posted on his X handle.
Asserting that Canadians needed a “government with a plan”, Trudeau said his administration had the capacity to continue delivering in such challenging times.
“Canada is the best country in the world. And it’s up to all of us to work hard and make it even better. That is what we’re focused on and that is what we’ll continue to do,” he further said.
According to a survey conducted by Leger, a Canadian research and strategic marketing firm, 63 per cent of the people said they were dissatisfied with the Trudeau government compared to just 30 per cent.
Over one-quarter of Canadians (27 per cent) believe that opposition leader Pierre Poilievre of the Conservative Party would make the best Prime Minister, putting him well ahead of Justin Trudeau (17 per cent) and his ruling Liberal Party, the survey noted.
According to the survey, 51 per cent of people wanted Trudeau to resign before the next election to make way for a new leader. 72 per cent of Canadian voters believed they wanted to see a new Prime Minister with Justin Trudeau in office for the past nine years.
Trudeau has been in power since 2015, leading the ruling Liberal Party with a majority. However, in the 2019 and 2021 federal elections, the Canadian Prime Minister lost his majority and popular vote share as well.
The 52-year-old leader has faced criticism for his handling of the housing affordability crisis, which his government blames on an influx of migrants and international students, fuelling demand for homes. Recently, the Trudeau government announced a two-year cap on international student permits as part of efforts to address a severe housing crunch.
Since last year, Trudeau has also been in the eye of the storm for his allegations that India was involved in the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar on Canadian soil, sparking angry reactions from New Delhi and triggering a diplomatic row.