72% of Canadians want Trudeau gone: poll

More than 165,000 Canadians have signed a petition for a vote of non-confidence in the House of Commons against the minority Liberal government.


Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in political free-fall. 

In the latest Ipsos poll, 72 percent of Canadians want Trudeau to exit federal politics and leave as leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. 

Ipsos says that number is up from 60 percent in September. Even within his own party, 33 percent of Liberal supporters would like Trudeau to resign. 

That's consistent with other recent polls that show the Conservative Party of Canada, under its leader Pierre Poilievre, 19 percentage points ahead of the Liberals and headed for one of the larger majority governments in Canadian history.

Nanos Research founder Nik Nanos described what the Liberals need to stand a chance in the next federal election is a "complete reboot."

"Either with a new leader or… Justin Trudeau with a renewed vision of why he believes that he should deserve another mandate," Nanos said in a recent episode of CTV News Trend Line.

Canadians have even taken to the internet to try to remove Trudeau from office through the traditional legislative process. 

As of Monday morning, more than 175,000 Canadians have signed a petition for a vote of non-confidence in the House of Commons against the minority Liberal government.

The petition is sponsored by MP Michelle Ferreri (CPC-Peterborough-Kawartha) and reads:

 "The policies of this government aren't aligning with the crisis Canada is facing: housing costs, infringement of civil liberties, highest inflation in history, unbalanced immigration policies, taxation to the point of poverty, weakening of our economy by importing natural resources that Canada already has and under-utilizes; and based on the past eight years of this Prime Minister, Canadians do not have confidence in this Prime Minister, after five ethics investigations and Canada's reputation being tarnished on a global scale under his leadership. To the extent that Canada is being discluded from participating in statements regarding important geopolitical events."

Sen. Percy Downe, a Liberal who was chief of staff to former Prime Minister Jean Chretien, recently wrote that it is time Trudeau left office.

Trudeau laughed off the appeal. There is considerable doubt that his departure would save the Liberals' fortunes in the next federal election. 

Trudeau's father, Pierre Trudeau, who was prime minister of Canada from 1968-1984 with the exception of a nine-month period in 1979 when a minority Progressive Conservative government was in power, famously took "a walk in the snow" on Feb. 28, 1984 when he decided to leave politics.  

He announced his resignation the following day, Feb. 29 – a date that only occurs on a leap year. 

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