Monday Motivation - Sept 16
Good Monday morning!
We hope you all had a wonderful weekend and are ready for another busy, fascinating week on the Election 2019 campaign trail.
The Bluesky Brief is here to catch you up on the news from the weekend and look ahead to what we can expect in the week ahead.
One thing we can expect is that following Jagmeet Singh's pizza party at Olivia Chow's house on Friday night, it looks like the NDP is running a B Tour with Olivia Chow. She’s off to Regina this week to campaign for Singh. What other familiar faces can we expect to see joining the leaders on the campaign?
Until then, let's find out what is...
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer promises tax cut to save average taxpayer hundreds of dollars https://bit.ly/2mhXwSy
Treaty 3 votes initiative. What the First Nations vote does this time around has been an open question, after record turn out last time. Given the importance of voter turn out to the Liberals and the NDP in this region, turnout will determine who might win there. Also the NDP has a Treaty 3 chief running for them (Rudy Turtle from Grassy Narrows). So it’s interesting to see this active campaign on their part: http://www.treaty3votes.ca/
Scheer will stand by candidates with racist, homophobic past comments as long as they apologize https://bit.ly/2lWwLTf
NDP unveils Quebec platform, promising more power on immigration and language https://bit.ly/2kNxGVV
Tory candidate Scheer defended deemed 'extremely controversial and problematic' in 2016 vetting report https://bit.ly/2klMc7i
A good follow for all on Twitter. The Liberals just created @LPCPressBox to issue war room style stuff. https://twitter.com/LPCPressBox/status/1172473786215600128
New Liberal Party of Canada Ad: Fought Tooth and Nail
Reporters travelling with the Liberal campaign go to Twitter to say that for the second day in a row, Trudeau is not taking any questions from the media.
@glen_mcgregor Liberal leader Justin Trudeau is not scheduled to take questions from the media today, for the second day in a row.
@davidakin Two days on Trudeau’s tour. Pretty pictures. Zero questions from reporters
Is Elizabeth May doing a double, double down on Nantel and separation? https://twitter.com/ElizabethMay/status/1172571714754097153
French media criticizing poor use of french in latest ad - @orfali On dirait que le PLC a demandé à une classe d’immersion française de Brampton de rédiger une chanson... https://twitter.com/JustinTrudeau/status/1173032175987503104
*** A schedule for the Conservative campaign was not made available at this time.
7:40 a.m. ET - Jagmeet Singh on CBC Daybreak Montreal with Ainslie Maclellan
8:15 a.m. ET - Jagmeet Singh on Radio-Canada Tout un matin with Patrick Masbourian
9:05 a.m.ET - An interview with Justin Trudeau will air on “The Mike Farwell Show,” 570 NEWS Kitchener.
9:20 a.m. ET - WATERLOO, ON - Liberal leader Justin Trudeau will make a policy announcement and hold a media availability. Trudeau will then head to London and Windsor.
10 a.m. ET - TORONTO - Green Party leader Elizabeth May will be announcing the Green Party of Canada’s platform. Following this, Ms. May will campaign in Guelph, Kitchener, Waterloo, and Gravenhurst.
10 a.m. ET - LONGUEUIL, QC - NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh will announce a star candidate in Quebec. Following the announcement, Singh will hold a 5 à 7 with students and youth in Montreal.
12 p.m. ET - KELOWNA, BC (Lake Country) - Conservative leader Andrew Scheer will make an announcement and hold a media availability. Following this, Scheer will head to Calgary for an event with candidate Jagdeep Sahota.
5 p.m. ET - Jagmeet Singh on Radio-Canada En direct avec Patrice Roy
The Bluesky strategists take on what we can expect this week...
From the desk of Geoff Turner, Senior Consultant
The Liberal war room has been busy dropping well timed “bozo eruption” evidence in to the mix, putting the Conservative leader and his candidates on the defensive repeatedly in the opening tour stops. Expect the red-team researchers to have more and for Scheer’s “forgive and forget” key message to get strained under further pressure. Will he be have to “show someone the door?”
And with sadly an abundance of international and economic headwinds, and strong but polarized domestic priorities and anxieties, what will catch public attention and sentiment and offer opportunity for a leader to step-up? As a suite of issues and focal-points fill this void, watch how they may set up a ballot question that will begin to crystalize in the coming weeks.
From the desk of Cameron Holmstrom, Consultant
This week I’m keenly watching for two big things; where the leaders are going and what the first set of campaign polls show. Where the leaders are going speaks to their strategy but being so early in the campaign, they should still be sticking to their original scripts. We’ll see how long that will last.
After Thursday nights debate performances (and notable absence), we’ll see if anything is moving the numbers and creating any momentum. In a short campaign, those numbers will cause parties to react to them in kind, and depending on how they do, we’ll see if strategies and tour locations start to veer off the original script.
Notes from Bluenoser country, Susan Smith, Principal
Haligonians are still cleaning up tree debris and the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian. Nature’s fury has resulted in a slight delay in the official campaigns getting underway - out of respect for the people still cleaning up. Piles of branches occupy the prime sites for campaign signs on lawns and this Bluesky-er only spotted a couple of campaign signs of any stripe in the riding of Halifax. Saturday morning, one week after the storm, is when most campaigns were having their official office openings and sending sign teams out to blitz neighbourhoods. Dorian’s aftermath had another interesting effect - voters in Halifax are citing “ the environment” and “climate change” as key issues for them in the 2019 campaign. Will be interesting to watch as it all plays out.