Justin Trudeau not worried about NDP Leader Jack Layton's high poll numbers in Quebec

During the CBC News "At Issue" panel, host Peter Mansbridge revealed that the New Democratic Party is leading all other parties in Quebec, according to a CROP poll.

Mansbridge didn't disclose the percentages, but said that the NDP has passed the Bloc Quebecois. The numbers will be released today (April 21).

On April 19, one of the best known Liberals in Quebec, Justin Trudeau, dropped by the Georgia Straight office with the Liberal incumbent in Vancouver South, Ujjal Dosanjh.

Trudeau represented the Montreal-area riding of Papineau in the last Parliament. At 5:25 in the videotaped interview (see below), Trudeau, the son of former prime minister Pierre Trudeau, explained how he is dealing with the rising popularity of the NDP in Quebec.

Georgia Straight editor Charlie Smith interviews Justin Trudeau and Ujjal Dosanjh at the Straight office in Vancouver on April 19.

“As you talk to the NDP and ask them questions, 'Look, the projections are showing you with five seats in Quebec. Can you name those five seats? Or can you name three of those five seats?' The reality is that other than Outremont, the NDP will not win a single seat in Quebec," Trudeau said on tape. "And Quebeckers know that. Everyone knows that."

After the taped interview ended, Trudeau emphasized that the NDP won't even win Outremont, which was held by New Democrat deputy leader Thomas Mulcair at the dissolution of Parliament.

In the taped interview with the Straight, Trudeau went on to say that Quebeckers are "parking their support with the NDP" until they see if the Liberals will become more popular in the rest of the country.

He described this decision of voters to park their support with the NDP as a "reaction against the Bloc and a wait and see if the Liberals are really going to step up in the rest of the country before they switch over to the Liberals".

"Because that’s what I’m hearing on the door," Trudeau continued. "That’s what I’m hearing on the ground."

He emphasized that he's not worried about the spike in popularity for the NDP and its leader, Jack Layton—and claimed that it's "an actually good thing in Quebec".

That's because it means to him that voters are saying they don't want to support Conservative Leader Stephen Harper and they're moving away from the Bloc.

In the meantime, they're picking the "safe not-gonna-get-elected vote" for the pollsters while they're watching the final period of the campaign.

"So I think it’s actually a pretty good sign," Trudeau insisted. "Obviously I would prefer them to switch directly to the Liberals so we can all start celebrating, but it’s going to happen at the end of the campaign."

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David AC

Apr 21, 2011 at 4:39am

Justin, you're no Pierre, that's for sure. Those comments, which completely ignore reality, make me wonder if you're actually the son of the former Iraqi Information Minister Muhammed Saeed al-Sahaf.

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Ryan M

Apr 21, 2011 at 1:47pm

you sound like a boob
He's a politician and a great one!

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Ray I

Apr 21, 2011 at 2:45pm

Just the sound of the name Trudeau makes my skin crawl. Remember the sodomization of the West's economy that Pierre perpetrated under the name the National Energy Policy? Or the Trudeau Salute? Hey Justin we don't want your kind in BC!

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glen p robbins

Apr 21, 2011 at 7:47pm

Well, whatever - "Notwithstanding" Trudeau - central Canada just took over conduct of the election - it's really quite chilling. Poll trackers were noticing a doubling of suicide attempts every time PM Harper spoke - so they are going to win it for him - the cert cheques are pouring into the media coffers from national advertisers/public relations - banks - finance for Ottawa Toronto win-----------there are probably college elections in the United States and Europe that are more credible than Canada.

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virgil hammer

Apr 21, 2011 at 10:13pm

very astute observation gpr, occasionally you hit the pin on the head and this time it rings like a bell

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Apr 22, 2011 at 11:30am

Ride the wave of popular sentiment while you can. While your still a little young it will be a few more years yet before your coronation as Liberal leader. Rather than pick on Jack, watch, wait and learn from Jack. Control the knee jerk reactions to anything you don't agree with. Be patient, your time is coming. Learn all you can while your out of the spotlight because when your in the spotlight everybody will compare you to your fathers legacy. Also, get your name down now for the Aston Martin. They take forever to get delivered.

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Barney Fife

Apr 23, 2011 at 9:08pm

Mike Duffy has one of those Astin Martins. Another fine Senate Appointee by PM Harper.

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Apr 24, 2011 at 6:15pm

Justin Trudeau's travel to BC to campaign with Ujjal is listed on Ujjal's campaign expense, not taxpayers right?

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glen p robbins

Apr 25, 2011 at 1:39pm

vh - well thanks - we did exercise our public opinion free speech of Canadians in our --pop - Higher Power poll where we first mused about Jack Layton as PM------------------------------boom it took off.

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