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May, Singh attack Scheer as he targets Liberal record at leaders’ debate

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer pushed back against aggressive attacks from the NDP and Green Party leaders who are fighting for the same left-of-centre votes, while Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau skipped the first televised election debate.

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Andrew Scheer faced a barrage of attacks from his leftist opponents and it was due to the void created by Justin Trudeau's decision to skip the debates. Scheer tried to stay on message and go after Trudeau's record but Elizabeth May and Jagmeet Singh were focused on Scheer and highlighting his policy proposals.

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Party leaders square off at the first federal election debate without Trudeau

Opposition leaders Elizabeth May, Jagmeet Singh and Andrew Scheer traded barbs and focused on a missing Justin Trudeau in the first federal election debate.

September 12, 2019
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RCMP interviews Jody Wilson-Raybould to discuss political interference in SNC criminal prosecution

Former justice minister and attorney-general Jody W Exilson-Raybould met with RCMP investigators this week to discuss political interference in the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., and is calling on the Trudeau government to waive cabinet confidentiality for her and all other witnesses to allow a thorough probe into potential obstruction of justice.

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What was supposed to be an energetic and grandiose start to the federal election campaign, turned into what some observers are calling a 'disaster' for PMJT and his Liberal team. The day began with the RCMP looming over Trudeau's campaign kick-off and ended with the news that JWR had been interviewed by the mounted police. Expect Trudeau to face a barrage of questions on Day 2 of the federal election campaign.

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Green Party's Pierre Nantel calls for Quebec independence 'as fast as possible'

A prominent federal Green Party candidate told an internet radio show Tuesday he wants Quebec to separate from Canada as soon as possible. Pierre Nantel, who won his riding south of Montreal for the NDP in 2011 and in 2015, said if a Quebec independence referendum were held, he would vote yes. The NDP expelled him in August after they learned he was courting at least one other party.

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Hot-button issues continue to plague the Green Party. Elizabeth May's stance last week was that as leader, she cannot and should not whip votes because a thorough vetting process will ween out candidates on issues such as abortion. But on Quebec separatism, the Green Party says that although it does not support the sovereigntist movement, individual MPs will be allowed to express their own opinions.

Globe and Mail

Ottawa blocks RCMP on SNC-Lavalin inquiry

The RCMP has been looking into potential obstruction of justice in the handling of the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., but its examination has been stymied by the federal government’s refusal to lift cabinet confidentiality for all witnesses, The Globe and Mail has learned.

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On day the Prime Minister will ask the Governor General to dissolve Parliament and kickstart the federal election campaign, the latest bombshell in the SNC-Lavalin saga continues. Polling indicates that the Ethics Commissioner's report did litte to change the mind of Canadians.

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Federal election campaign will begin on Wednesday

The Canadian federal election will get underway on Wednesday. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to ask Governor General Julie Payette to dissolve Parliament and issue the writs required to hold elections in each of Canada’s 338 ridings.

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Observers are questioning why the Liberals would officially begin the 2019 campaign on September 11, a date that carries so much historical and emotional significance. Make of that what you will. This will be a 41-day long campaign, much shorter than the 78-day marathon Canadians endured in 2015.

Global News

Taxpayers footed bill for $4.5M in trips by MP spouses, partners over last four years

Canadian taxpayers footed the bill for $4.5 million worth of travel across the country for the spouses of members of Parliament over the last four years. Global News dug into the data made public through Members’ Expenditure Reports, which detail how much each member of Parliament claimed in travel expenses for their designated traveller over the last four fiscal years.

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This in-depth reporting by Global News highlights how MP expenditures are being footed by us, the taxpayers. It is also interesting that five of the six top claimants were Conservatives from Western Canada. The other MP in the top six? Jody Wilson-Raybould.

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Former premiers lay out key election issues

Former premiers discuss the key issues they are watching as the federal election campaign gets underway.

Airdate: Sep 11, 2019

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Polls suggest a tight race on eve of election call

Polls suggest Andrew Scheer's Conservatives are in a tight race with Justin Trudeau's Liberals ahead of the official launch of the federal election campaign.

Airdate: Sep 10, 2019

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Morneau explains why Liberals dug up another old video of Andrew Scheer

Finance Minister Bill Morneau tweeted a 2016 video of Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer in which he talks about how the Conservative Party needs to be careful in how it communicates public spending cuts. Morneau then compared Scheer to Ontario Premier Doug Ford.

Airdate: Sep 09, 2019

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Parties targeting young voters ahead of election

Political parties are targeting young voters ahead of the federal election as millennials will make up the largest voting block.

Airdate: Sep 06, 2019
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Friday, September 13th

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The Conservatives and Greens both lost candidates yesterday after anti-immigrant and Islamophobic social media posts resurfaced. Press Progress dug up Winnipeg North candidate Cameron Ogilvie's social media past and Green hopeful Erik Schomann took himself off the ballot in Simcoe North due to a 2007 post in which he joked that he had “sent the left-overs” from a pig roast “to Denmark in support of the protesters of the Muhammed comic.”

Today on the campaign trail: Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau starts with a policy announcement at a Trois-Rivières electric vehicle sales centre and caps off his day tonight in Montreal. Andrew Scheer will be in Mississauga for a policy reveal at GO Transit's Streetsville bus depot. Meanwhile, Elizabeth May will head back to B.C. for her husband's official opening of his Mission-area campaign office. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh remains in Toronto as he is set to join Olivia Chow and a contingent of youth supporters. Finally, PPC Leader Maxime Bernier will be in Beauce to formally submit his paperwork to be added to the ballot.

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