Opinion: Jagmeet Singh needs the Trudeau scandal to be the turning point

Chris Campbell

Every summer, I see people comment about how the BC Lions and the Vancouver Whitecaps need to capitalize on how much the Canucks suck.

And each year, both teams fail to make any hay while our local hockey team stinks up the standings.

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You need to take advantage when your competitors are weak.

Right now, based on today’s news, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is as weak as ever.

Trudeau violated the Conflict of Interest Act by improperly pressuring former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to halt the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin, Canada’s ethics watchdog declared Wednesday.

Burnaby South MP and federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh – whose party has been mired in third place in the polls with the Greens gaining – needs to turn this ship around and capitalize.

“It's even more clear now that Justin Trudeau is more interested in helping his wealthy and well-connected friends, at the expense of Canadians,” Singh tweeted Wednesday morning. “People expect government to actually work for us, instead of serving the interests of the rich & powerful.”

There is already a lot of noise as political foes scramble to take advantage of this scandal.

Singh needs to use his much-touted communications skills to rise above this and be the one voters turn to on Oct. 21. He must do more than just criticize what Trudeau did, but convince voters he is someone they can trust to not do this kind of thing.

The time is now. The situation is desperate for the NDP, who are also struggling to raise money with just over two months to go. We’ll see what Singh does with this opportunity.

Follow Chris Campbell on Twitter @shinebox44.

- with files from the Canadian Press

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