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Tory Firebrand Faces Key Barriers in His Bid to Topple Trudeau

  • Poilievre polls strongly among young men who can’t work remote
  • But he lags among women, older Canadians -- and in Quebec
Pierre Poilievre highlights the soaring price of gasoline during a campaign stop in Laval, Quebec on May 24.
Pierre Poilievre highlights the soaring price of gasoline during a campaign stop in Laval, Quebec on May 24.Photographer: Christinne Muschi/Bloomberg

Pierre Poilievre has been riding a wave of support among working class men to become front-runner in the race to lead Canada’s main opposition Conservatives, but polling suggests he faces regional and demographic barriers in his bid to defeat Justin Trudeau in a general election.

Just 17% of Canadians prefer Poilievre as prime minister, compared to 24% for Trudeau, according to a poll by Nanos Research Group for Bloomberg News. Jean Charest, the former Quebec premier who is the 43-year-old firebrand’s main rival in the Conservative race, has 13% support.