Arm your Battleships - Sept 27
Good morning and Happy Friday!
The second week of the election campaign is coming to an end and the parties are getting ready to battle. We saw a plethora of promises culminate with Andrew Scheer’s announcement that he would launch a judicial inquiry into the SNC-Lavalin scandal if they form government this fall. For a refresher on the timeline of this scandal, Global News has a great breakdown.
In addition to Scheer’s announcement, let’s find out what else is…
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Liberals getting ‘hammered’ in Ontario’s 905 region: Nanos survey https://bit.ly/2lUnYls
Jagmeet Singh Provides Relief for B.C. Renters https://bit.ly/2mUNJlD
Postmedia Exclusive: Maxime Bernier wants to abolish the Indian Act and build a border fence https://bit.ly/2n0HJrm & People's Party of Canada uses photo of Japanese Canadian internment in ad against multiculturalism https://bit.ly/2lskVAw
Liberal Party issues another ad featuring former Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair https://bit.ly/2m5YjWN
Liberal leader surprises students at Lakehead University
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s morning canoe
May, Trudeau and Singh will be attending the Climate Strike marches but…
Green Party leader unveils new campaign artwork
Where the leaders are today
Conservative leader Andrew Scheer will be returning to British Columbia for a 3 p.m. ET announcement in Coquitlam, followed by campaigning with candidates in Maple Ridge, and Richmond.
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau will be in Montreal for an announcement at 11 a.m. ET. He will then meet with Liberal supporters and deliver brief remarks in advance of participating in the climate march.
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh will spend the day on Vancouver Island by first making a Coastal Protection Announcement at 10:45 a.m. ET in Ladysmith, BC. Singh will then go to Duncan to campaign with the candidate there and then travel to Victoria to take part in the Climate Strike. He will finish the day with a town hall in Victoria beginning at 9 p.m. ET. On Saturday at 4:30 p.m. ET, Jagmeet Singh will join internationally renowned author Rupi Kaur for a conversation in Singh's riding of Burnaby South. Rupi Kaur is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of two collections of poetry. Kaur speaks to a variety of themes ranging from love, loss, trauma, healing, femininity, migration and revolution.
Green Party leader Elizabeth May will rally with candidates and supporters at 11:30 a.m. ET in Montreal prior to the climate strike. Following the rally, May will join youth climate strikers for the Global Climate Strike march.
The Bluesky observers give their thoughts on Andrew Scheer’s promise to open up a judicial inquiry into SNC-Lavalin affair if elected and will it resonate with voters.
From the desk of Geoff Turner, Senior Consultant
This story was a strategic foundation of the Conservatives campaign since it broke, and they did their best to revive it again with dressed up legal measures and a politicized call for an inquiry (very Doug Ford I must say). The fact they did a whistlestop in the PM's riding to do it shows it to be a stunt, albeit with serious weapons in hand. Is that the kind of election we're having or what?
From the desk of Cameron Holmstrom, Consultant
Through out this campaign Conservative leader Andrew Scheer has been rightly criticized for recycling old Harper era policies while bringing very little new policy to the table. But Thursday he broke from that pattern with a new promise, one that we probably should have seen coming: A Conservative Government would launch inquiry into the SNC-Lavalin scandal. They would also introduce legislation to allow the RCMP to access information protected by cabinet confidence by making an application to the Supreme Court of Canada.
The second proposal has merit. By creating a safety valve to allow trusted officers to seek this potentially vital information in a way that’s free of partisanship is a good idea, and I hope that other parties would pledge the same. But I’m more skeptical of the inquiry promise, not just for its effectiveness, but as a campaign strategy. It should be noted that Mr. Scheer isn’t breaking any new ground here, as Jagmeet Singh and the NDP called for an inquiry into this matter back in the spring. Furthermore, making this announcement in Justin Trudeau’s riding adds to my skepticism about their true belief in it. It remains to be seen if this pledge will revive the scandal that so hurt the Liberals in the spring, especially in Quebec, where the Conservatives hope to gain seatsI suspect this promise will feature prominently during the upcoming leaders debates and that might be where it makes the most impact.
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