The Weekly Look-Ahead

September 30, 2019

Yesterday Justin Trudeau released the Liberal campaign platform ahead of the second of four national electoral debates – TVA’s French language debate scheduled for Wednesday evening in Montreal. Topics will centre francophone affairs, as well as issues of provincial scope in Quebec, and nationwide issues like climate change and health.

The Liberal platform was released in Mississauga. The event was attended by Liberal candidates in the vote-rich highly contested 905-region, including previous Parliamentary Secretary Kamal Khera and previous Minister of Innovation, Science & Economic Development Navdeep Bains, both of whom could afford the time away from knocking on doors as they sit on fairly safe Liberal ridings. Mr. Trudeau will spend the next 24 hours in the GTA region discussing the many initiatives contained in the platform such as gun control, student loan repayment assistance and healthcare spending.

Thereafter, it is expected that the Liberal campaign plane will make its way to Quebec. Mr. Trudeau will likely spend his time leading up to the debate in the swing ridings that surround Montreal and Quebec City.

The Conservative campaign platform has not yet been released, but it is understood to be imminent. In the lead up to the debate this week, it is expected that both Andrew Scheer and Jagmeet Singh will unveil campaign promises of interest to francophone voters.

Mr. Scheer is spending today in the GTA, starting with a campaign promise announcement in Whitby, and thereafter campaign with local candidates in Toronto, Scarborough, and Brampton. The Conservative leader is also to head to Quebec to campaign in potential growth ridings in the lead-up to Wednesday’s debate.

Meanwhile, New Democrat Leader Jagmeet Singh will today drop by a Vancouver daycare to highlight his party’s pitch on “affordable childcare” across Canada alongside three local New Democrat hopefuls.