The Liberal Party's significant lead in the polls is beginning to descend over the ongoing WE scandal that has rocked the Trudeau government over the last two weeks.
In a new poll conducted by Abacus Data, Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party is shown to have the support of 36 percent of Canadians poll. The Conservative Party are polling at 31 percent.
Having said that, the last poll that Abacus Data conducted showed the Liberals to have 40 percent support amongst those polled. This becomes more worrying for the Liberals when you take into account the Conservative Party's leadership election: even without a leader, the tories are catching up.
The WE Charity scandal has damaged the government considerably. Some pundits have even asked whether it may bring down the government. Trudeau's Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland's name has made some particularly aggressive comments.
Justin Trudeau's personal approval ratings have also been affected by the scandal, causing the prime minister to drop from 47 percent approval to 31 percent over the course of a month.
Trudeau has recently been dogged by the WE scandal since he announced his intention to award the charity a contract worth over $900 million. This immediately attracted attention as it was unclear why the civil service could not perform the task allocated to the charity.
After this, the relationship between the WE organization and the Trudeau government was brought to the public's attention. Trudeau, it turns out, was personal friends with the co-founders. His wife hosted a podcast for the organization; his close family had received money from the charity, and he had appeared at multiple events hosted by the organization.
It didn't stop at Trudeau. The Finance Minister Bill Morneau, for instance, had two children who either worked for the charity or were promoted by it. Katie Telford (who works as Trudeau's chief of staff) created a charity that fundraised on behalf of WE. Minister O'Regan served as that charity's honorary head.
Neither Trudeau, O'Regan, Morneau or Telford recused themselves from the decision to award the charity this contract—leading to an investigation by the Ethics Commissioner. If Trudeau is found guilty, this would be his third violation.
The Conservative Party may continue to gain on the Liberal Party in August—after the party's leadership election.