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View from Canada: Justin Trudeau is mired in scandal—can he survive?

With an election looming, the Liberal Party is hoping voters have short attention spans

By Nelson Wiseman   May 2019

Justin Trudeau looks dejected. Photo: Shutterstock

When Justin Trudeau was elected prime minister of Canada in 2015, he swiftly gained international attention as a young, attractive, and progressive face; soon after his victory, hundreds of shrieking fans mobbed him at the APEC summit in Manila in a scene more fitting a rock star than a politician. The election of Donald Trump only raised his stature; as recently as February this year, a New York Times columnist cheered Trudeau and proclaimed Canada as “a moral leader of the free world.”

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