Trudeau's honeymoon is about to end

Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON

My Dear Prime Minister:

I hate to be the one to break the bad news, but someone has to do it.

Sir, the honeymoon is about to end.

No, no, I am not referring to your wife Sophie, the beautiful lady with the crazy hats – long may that honeymoon last. I am referring to your honeymoon with the Canadian public.

It’s been grand hasn’t it? You’ve done a high-speed pirouette on the world stage – Antalya in Turkey, Manila, London, Malta, Paris. You’ve met the President and the Queen. You’ve talked global economics and climate change with world leaders. You’ve been mobbed by women who think you are the sexiest thing since your late father. And while you’ve been away, your popularity has gone up, up and up in the polls.

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Election Post Mortem 2015

LISPOP has been in the practice of providing a post mortem of its seat projection since it went online for the 2004 election. It consists of two tables, the first comparing our final pre-election seat projection of October 18 with the results reported on October 20, and the projection with the actual vote results. The second table compares the aggregate regional splits in late polls used for the final projection with the popular vote totals by region.