The first Liberal federal budget has twisted the Trudeau knife further in the wounded New Democratic Party. The first budget of the new government is a big hit with elite centre left voters, a moderate success with populist or struggling groups, and leaves conservative groups infuriated. As a result, the Liberals are up, the NDP has declined even further from their election night result, while the Conservatives are treading water. Despite more short term pain for the NDP, the party still retains a slightly larger pool of available voters than the Conservatives. The challenge is to find issues that have both a populist and a left-wing appeal.