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The Week to Watch - Oct 7


Good Monday morning!


There are now officially two weeks left in the 2019 Election Campaign.


Tonight, and Thursday are the nights for voters from coast to coast to coast to hear what Trudeau, Scheer, Singh, May and Bernier have to offer as leaders of their political party and what sets them apart. More importantly, Canadians will get the chance to see how each leader handles the tough questions.


The debate will feature the six federal party leaders on stage at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, QC. Tomorrow night's debate will cover a variety of topics under the following themes: affordability and economic insecurity; environment and energy; Indigenous issues; leadership in Canada and on the global stage; and polarization, human rights and immigration. Make sure to get all the details you need about where and how to watch the debate across multiple platforms.


So, until the English debate starts at 7pm, let’s find out what is…

For the 1st time, millennial voters will make up the biggest voting bloc in a federal election https://bit.ly/2oHhZ4x


Trudeau won't remove Liberal candidate for racist, sexist social media posts https://bit.ly/2LSECMk

John Ivison: This doesn't look like reconciliation, it looks like self-interest https://bit.ly/2LRiX75

Trudeau says Scheer is keeping platform and costing a secret https://bit.ly/2AK4kwf


Canada’s Conservatives announce plan to support fisheries https://bit.ly/30Q5i4K

Scheer stands by party’s vetting process after Conservatives drop B.C. candidate over ‘offensive’ comments https://tgam.ca/2OwtTsR

Scheer's relationship with Indigenous people is being tested in this election https://bit.ly/2ojJTn9


Greens promise to end colonial oppression and phase out the Indian Act https://bit.ly/337G4Ab

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh’s appearance on the Grassy Narrows First Nations and pledging the $1.8B needed for clean water in First Nations communities https://t.co/roxOkrYY8H

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer showing up at Newcastle Harvest Festival after organizers asked that candidates not to come and do political "stunts.

Where you will find the leaders today before the debate happens at 7 p.m. ET

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau will meet with teachers, along with Liberal candidate for Vanier, Mona Fortier at the Boys and Girls Club in Ottawa at 9:15 a.m.

Green Party leader Elizabeth May will be in debate prep before arriving at the Canadian Museum of History at 4:30 pm E.T.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh will also be in debate prep before the evening’s debate.

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer will make an announcement at 9 a.m. ET in Ottawa in advance of preparing for the debate later in the evening.

The Bluesky election observers give their thoughts on what strategy the leaders need to use in tonight's debate.

From Tim Barber, Principal

Prime Minister Trudeau had a strong performance at last week's TVA debate. Tonight's debate will be in English with additional players.


The dynamic will be different, but he should be taking the exact same tact as last week - come out aggressively with Mr. Scheer and point out the lack of fiscal reality in the Green Party and NDP platforms. Ignore Bernier, but don't get in the way of him challenging Scheer. Leave Mr. Blanchet for Thursday French debate.


From Neil Brodie, Vice President

Debate day disappointment.


Since the media has decided that it will not report on the Parties' policies and is only interested in moving from one sensational story to the next, Mr. Scheer should recap the highlights of Mr. Trudeau's time in office.


Because it's 2015 (bye-bye Judy Wilson-Reybould), diversity is our strength (hello blackface), doing politics differently (2 ethics violations), balanced budget (tax hikes and ever increasing deficits), establish a new “nation-to-nation” relationship between First Nations and the federal government (MMIW report sitting on the bookshelf), government open by default (blocking RCMP inquiries).


Is this the "real change" Mr. Trudeau promised? I'd say he's been a disappointment.


From Cameron Holmstrom, Consultant

Tonight's English Leader's Commission Debate is the last big chance for all the leaders to make a big impact to an English audience and with six leaders on the stage, it will not be easy to make that impact.


For New Democrat Jagmeet Singh, I believe his strategy should be two-fold for this debate. Firstly, just keep doing what he's been doing. He's been performing strongly through out this campaign and continues to impress Canadians with his tone, his care and his "happy warrior" nature. He's found his footing in this race and continues to grow, so he needs to keep that going. Secondly, he needs to keep his focus on Justin Trudeau and Andrew Scheer and do his best to not engage with Elizabeth May and to a lesser extent, Maxime Bernier. If Mr. Singh wants to continue to be the top alternative for progressive voters, he needs to focus his comments at the two leaders ahead of him, not the ones behind him. That won't be easy, as both May and Bernier will be trying to pull him back down to their level, but he needs to avoid that. He needs to show he's running for the job that he wants, which is Prime Minister, not the one that he already has. Engaging Trudeau and Scheer is how he will achieve that and that will be a sign of how well his debate will go.

Where the Bluesky team can be seen and heard:

Principal Susan Smith as part of The Strategy Session on CTV’s Power Play with Don Martin https://www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1797351


Be sure to hear what Neil Brodie, Cameron Holmstrom & Tim Barber have to say about the stories that ruled the airwaves in #Elxn43 last week in the latest version of A #CdnPolicast - What you need to Know?


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