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SNC Lavalin controversy hurting Liberals in the polls

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stands during question period in the House of Commons in the West Block of Parliament Hill in Ottawa on January 30, 2019. The opposition parties are charging back into the House of Commons today, loaded with questions for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about what his office did to try to help the embattled Montreal engineering company SNC-Lavalin in its corruption case. Before MPs left for a week in their ridings, Jody Wilson-Raybould was veterans affairs minister and Gerald Butts was Trudeau's principal secretary, his closest adviser. Now they've both quit and it's still not clear what Butts or anyone else in the Prime Minister's Office might have done to push Wilson-Raybould on SNC-Lavalin when she was attorney general and had a say over the charges the company faces. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

OTTAWA (660 NEWS) – The saga involving SNC and a former member of cabinet is hurting the Trudeau government in the eyes of voters.

According to a new poll by Angus Reid, the federal Liberals trail the Conservative Party by seven points among decided and leaning voters.

The poll shows the Tories at 38 per cent, Liberals at 31 per cent, and the NDP far behind at 14 per cent.

“(It’s) not necessarily especially surprising to us given the SNC Lavalin affair,” said research analyst with Angus Reid, Ian Holliday. “It’s been a tumultuous couple of weeks for the Trudeau government, and that seems to be taking a toll.”

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The poll also showed nearly two-thirds of those who responded have an unfavourable view of Justin Trudeau and a similar number say opinions of the Prime Minister have worsened in the past month.

Holliday did point out, though, that 54 per cent of respondents have an unfavourable view of Andrew Scheer with 64 per cent not favouring NDP leader Jagmeet Singh.

Those numbers are a far cry from the lead up to the 2015 election.

“When we’re looking at Harper versus Trudeau and Mulcair in 2015, we tended to find more favourable or at least more neutral numbers for the opposition leaders than we are finding right now in this poll,” said Holliday.

Holliday said that with the SNC Lavalin case still unfolding and the election just a few months away, more research and polls are expected to come.

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