• Bluesky Team

Week Two Begins - Sept 23

Good Monday morning!

We hope you all had a wonderful weekend and are ready for another interesting week on the Election 2019 campaign trail.

Canadians are now less that one month away from election night and with that in mind, did you know that Elections Canada has made several changes, including these three:

1. Ballots have been redesigned to make them easier to read. New ballots are two inches wider than the old ones and font sizes have been increased. The background of ballots is now grey instead of black.

2. Advance polling hours have been extended. In the 2015 election, advance polls were open for eight hours (noon to 8 p.m.). In 2019, they will be open 12 hours (from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.).

3. Voting booths will be set up at more post-secondary campuses — 115 in 2019, compared with 39 in 2015.

Until voting day arrives, let’s find out what is….

Again, Jane Philpott is at the right place, at the right time. https://bit.ly/2kWSqKY

Liberals outspend Conservatives nearly three to one on social media https://bit.ly/2mtHYLx

Tweet by @AlbertaGrl - Well this didn’t age well. pic.twitter.com/NG8l9IgZmX

Is this the right move? Change to Trudeau’s twitter profile picture https://twitter.com/JustinTrudeau

Racial insensitivity in the Liberal government? https://bit.ly/2muO0vq

Green Party candidate speaks out about own past using brownface https://bit.ly/2kWzEDB

Where you will find the leaders today

Green Party leader Elizabeth May will make an announcement in Frederiction, N.B. at 12 p.m. ET and then join candidates and supporters for a rally. She will then travel to Moncton, N.B to campaign with candidate Claire Kelly (Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe). The day will end with at rally in Charlottetown, P.E.I. at 6 p.m. ET.

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau will be in Hamilton, ON to make an announcement and take reporters questions at 8:30 a.m. He will then travel down the Q.E.W. to visit local businesses with the Liberal candidate for Hamilton East-Stoney Creek, Bob Bratina and then visit a local bakery with the Liberal candidate for Niagara Falls, Andrea Kaiser.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh will also be in Fredericton, N.B. to reveal a star candidate. Following the 9:30 a.m. ET announcement, Singh will hold a town hall on health care and mainstreet in the Hydrostone with City Councillor Lindell Smith (District 8). This town hall will start at 2:35 p.m. ET. Conservative leader Andrew Scheer will be making an announcement and holding at media availability at 10 a.m. ET in Woodbridge, ON. Scheer will visit a local seniors home in Markham, ON with Conservative candidate Alex Yuan and then head to St. Catharines, ON to campaign with Conservative candidate Krystina Waler.

The Bluesky election team with their thoughts on on what the party’s need to focus on this week.

From the desk of Geoff Turner, Senior Consultant

Looking out from the moment of explosive news, my sense is there’s a 10-day horizon for a recovery plan to get off the ground and either turn things around, or not. These past 5 days have seen the right actions by Justin Trudeau to show remorse and take the blame square-on (and rightly so).

That makes this week, as the Liberals try to gracefully move the dial to the issues channel, the critical test of whether this scandal’s damage can be stemmed. The continued roll-out of major planks (watch for the big “Pharmacare” release) culminating in the platform launch before advance voting presents Liberals a chance to use these opportunities to showcase their talented and committed electoral team.

From the desk of Neil Brodie, Vice-President

Slow and steady wins the race.

Andrew Scheer will never out-cool or out-hip Mr. Trudeau.

Mr. Scheer needs to continue his steady roll out of policy and provide Canadians with a sober, steady alternative to Mr. Trudeau. At this point, Canadians may prefer sober and steady to the alternative.

From the desk of Cameron Holmstrom, Consultant 

By all measures, the NDP campaign has been off to a solid start and two weeks in, the Orange team has managed to hit the right tone. While their policy announcements have been good and their tour has been met with packed rooms wherever they've gone, the biggest factor in their success has been the performance of leader Jagmeet Singh. He has been in his element on the campaign trail, showing much of the potential that helped him to win the leadership in 2017.

For the week ahead, the Orange team doesn't need to change much. So far, their approach is working, and the more people get to know Singh, the more they are liking him. They need to continue to build towards the next two debates, which will take place next week. They also need to be prepared for new attacks that will be sent their way if this trend continues. If they continue to rise in the polls, eventually they will draw more fire from the Conservatives and Liberals, and how they respond to that will be crucial. Given how they entered this campaign, the NDP must be feeling good about where they sit today, but they also know there is a long way still to go in this race.

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