Welcome to Friday - Oct 4th
Since the Conservative war room uncovered the two Liberal campaign planes, there has been a lot of focus on how “green” Liberal leader Justin Trudeau really is and if the carbon offsets purchased by the campaign really help the environment.
It will be interesting to see if the two Trudeau planes continue to take flight on the campaign trail today.
Until then, let’s find out what is…
Conservative leader holds dual Canadian-American citizenship https://tgam.ca/358cGvI
Scheer says he is personally 'pro-life,' but would not reopen abortion debate https://bit.ly/2oSotgF
Scheer says he'd seek 'judicial review' of First Nation child welfare compensation https://bit.ly/2ndMu1l
IFSD re-assesses Green platform and gives them a pass https://bit.ly/355eYvi
Green Media Release https://bit.ly/2OiMFUr
Clean Energy Canada report about the economy and clean energy https://bit.ly/2pE6Vp2
Manning Centre a primary backer for series of 'Proud' Facebook pages https://bit.ly/2OjeETQ
Federal election deadlocked as leaders prepare for debate week, poll shows https://bit.ly/31Kdtki
The second Liberal campaign plane gets a Twitter account & #TwoPlaneTrudeau trends
A social media win for the Orange team today: Singer Rihanna followed Jagmeet Singh on Instagram https://bit.ly/2LN3tRT
Reaction in Quebec media to Andrew Scheer following the debate
Green candidate says women should have to get permission from "medical professionals or family members" to have an abortion https://bit.ly/2oKEUMi
Opinion: Video shows Burnaby Conservative claiming ‘homosexuals recruit’ kids https://bit.ly/31LLZuv
2 PPC candidates tweet cartoon of Jagmeet Singh wearing turban with bomb on it https://bit.ly/2oORDO1
Edmonton Police investigating lawn sign showing target on foreheads of Trudeau, Sohi https://bit.ly/332IC2I
Where you will find the leaders today.
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh will address the need for strong public services in the face of cuts in Saskatoon and Thunder Bay. Singh will share the NDP's plan to make life better for people, including universal drug coverage, dental coverage, and affordable housing.
Green Party leader Elizabeth May will make an announcement at 12:30 p.m. ET in Victoria regarding tree planting, within the context of the Green Party’s Mission: Possible climate plan. David Merner, candidate for Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke, will also be in attendance. Starting at 5 p.m. ET, Ms. May will participate in an all-candidates debate on Saturna Island, B.C. and then participate in an all-candidates debate hosted by the North Saanich Residents Association starting at 10 p.m. ET.
Liberal leader Justin Trudeau will visit families at a local restaurant in Quebec City along with candidates from the region. A media availability will follow around 10:30 a.m. ET. Following this event, Trudeau will head to Saint-Anaclet, Quebec to plant a tree with families, and participate in a roundtable discussion with community leaders, and candidate for Rimouski-Neigette–Témiscouata–Les Basques, Chantal Pilon. On Sunday, Trudeau will appear on Tout le Monde en Parle.
Conservative leader Andrew Scheer will be in Etobicoke (Doug Ford’s riding) for a 10:30 a.m. ET announcement and then in North York for a 7:30 p.m. ET event with the Conservative team gathered at Black Creek Pioneer Village.
The Bluesky observers give their take on what the shining moment was for each leader.
At this week’s TVA debate, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was just that, prime ministerial. Trudeau nailed it the debate, showing the poise and experience of a global leader and Prime Minister.
Comfortable and nimble in French, he fended off attacks from the other leaders, and landed a few of his own. He needed to emerge standing and did more than that.
Trudeau demonstrated en français, as a Prime Minister should, knowledge and comfort on all of the files and a connection to Quebecers’ values. His clear, passionate defence of women’s rights and minority rights backed Scheer into a corner and carried the night and the next day’s headlines.
Bottom line, Prime Minister Trudeau is finishing the week on offence while his principal opponent is once again, back on his heels.
The highlight of Mr. Scheer’s week was his speech in Edmonton proposing a great national project. A coast-to-coast energy corridor.
Oil, gas, electricity and telecom infrastructure would run unimpeded, opening new markets for producers and new access for Canadians. This would reduce approval red tape, increase investment, increase employment and continue very responsible resource development in Canada.
Tens of thousands of Canadians have been hurt by the anti-resource position of Mr. Trudeau. He should remember how our public services are paid for in our resource economy.
If you haven’t heard it, take 7 minutes out of your day and listen. “The journey will be difficult, but the destination will be worth it.. https://www.facebook.com/AndrewScheerMP/videos/987372144947626/
From the desk of Cameron Holmstrom
The campaign for Jagmeet Singh continues to be a good one, with many positive moments to point to with few slip ups. This has been a great start for the Orange team and the fact that it has continued for this long bodes well for it continuing longer. Mr. Singh has had many good moments that one could point to, which is something that the other leaders can’t necessarily say.
But if I had to pick on one moment this week for Jagmeet, it would have to be the moment he was approached in the Atwater Market in Montreal on Wednesday and was told that he should remove his turban to “look Canadian”. As Singh said later in the day, this wasn’t the first time that something like that had happened to him, but his reaction to this moment was calm, caring and genuine. Instead of fighting with this man, he stayed positive and spoke about how great Canada is by allowing us all to be ourselves. And when you place that in contrast with the Bloc Quebecois tweet after the TVA debate about voting for people who “look like us”, it’s hard to ignore just how impressive Singh was in that moment. He is running a national campaign while facing challenges that no leader has faced in Canada since Kim Campbell, Audrey McLaughlin and Alexa McDonough, and he’s doing it with grace, love and in keeping with his principles. He continues to rise to the moment and these challenges, and the more that he does this, the more Canadians like what they see. The question will be if that “like” will translate to more by October 21st.
Don't forget that a new episode of A #CdnPolicast - What You Need to Know is out later today!