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Where the federal leaders are Wednesday, Oct. 16

OTTAWA — The party leaders' scheduled public appearances on Wednesday, Oct. 16. All times are local.   Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau Montreal, Que. 8 a.m. — Montreal Botanical Garden, 4101 Sherbrooke St. E. (speech, availability) Greenfield Park, Que. 1:30 p.m. — Royal Canadian Legion, 205 Rue Empire (campaign stop with candidate Sherry Romanado) Chambly, Que. Afternoon — No location specified (campaign stop with seniors, with candidate Marie-Chantal...

Re-elected Liberal government would stand up for abortion rights in NB: Trudeau

FREDERICTON — Justin Trudeau is promising that a re-elected Liberal government would come to the rescue of an abortion clinic in Fredericton that could be forced to shut down without provincial funding, even as critics argue his own refusal to act more quickly helped create the problem. The Liberal leader said he would sit down with New Brunswick Premier Blaine...

Winnipeg teen with terminal cancer encourages people to get out to vote

WINNIPEG — Maddison Yetman had been looking forward to voting in her first federal election since junior high school, but she never expected it to be her last. The 18-year-old from Winnipeg recently received a cancer diagnosis and was told she has days or weeks to live. She decided to use some of her precious last moments to encourage others to head...

Gun-control activists say Liberal party has best platform on gun control

MONTREAL — The families of people killed in mass shootings in Quebec warned Tuesday that a vote for the Conservative party next Monday is a vote for the gun lobby. "That's what we are telling Canadians," gun-control activist Heidi Rathjen told reporters. "If the Conservatives get in, the gun lobby will have won." Rathjen is with PolySeSouvient, a gun-control group formed following the...

Some disabled Canadians feeling left out of discussion during election campaign

Amy Amantea tuned in to the English-language federal leaders' debate with modest hope there would be at least some discussion of issues relevant to disabled Canadians. The first half of the campaign had passed with barely a reference, even from the party that had delivered a historic achievement in national disability policy. Earlier this year, the Liberals made good on a...

Four Green nominees in Quebec made Islamophobic comments, party says

OTTAWA — The Green party said Tuesday it recently learned of Islamophobic social-media posts by four of its Quebec candidates. The candidates will make public statements of apology and commit to learning more about Islam by working with the National Council of Canadian Muslims, the party said. One of the four, Katherine Turgeon, posted a note Tuesday on Facebook suggesting she was simply making a joke in...

Bloc’s Yves-Francois Blanchet eyes Conservative, Liberal ridings in Quebec City

LEVIS, Que. — A confident Yves-Francois Blanchet brought his Bloc Quebecois campaign to the Quebec City area Tuesday, hoping his party's recent momentum will lead to a breakthrough in the provincial capital. Speaking at a shipyard in the riding of former Conservative cabinet minister Steven Blaney, Blanchet argued that successive Liberal and Conservative governments have done little to advance the area's interests. He took aim at...

Trudeau, Singh jockey for ‘progressive’ votes while Scheer fights in Quebec

OTTAWA — As Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and New Democrat opponent Jagmeet Singh fought Tuesday for the hearts and minds of "progressive" voters, hope sprung eternal for Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer — who predicted he'd win a majority government. Scheer's optimism contrasted with several polls that suggested his party was deadlocked with the Liberals in minority-government territory, and with the NDP...

Singh says abolishing the Senate would see Canadians better represented

TORONTO — Abolishing the Senate would give Canadians better representation, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said Tuesday, doubling down on his party's long-standing pledge to ditch Parliament's chamber of sober second thought. "The reality is the Senate doesn't really represent people," he told reporters during a campaign stop in the Toronto riding that former NDP leader Jack Layton once held. "They represent the Liberal party, they...

Scheer makes play for reworked federation in bid to thwart rise of Bloc

QUEBEC — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer warned Tuesday that Canadian national unity is at risk without a change in government. The federation must be reimagined for the 21st century, Scheer said as he made a direct pitch to Quebec voters, who polls suggest are increasingly supporting the separatist Bloc Quebecois. Scheer quoted Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada's first prime minister, as...

Where the federal leaders are Tuesday, Oct. 15

OTTAWA — The party leaders' scheduled public appearances on Tuesday, Oct. 15. All times are local. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau Fredericton 8:30 a.m. — Campaign stop to talk about health care, and media availability. Studholm and Lynhaven streets. Riverview, N.B. Campaigning in a park with candidate Alaina Lockhart. No timing or location details provided. Cumberland-Colchester, N.S. Campaigning at a restaurant with candidate Lenore Zann. No timing or location...

Some facts and figures about the federal riding of Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill

Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill Voters in this riding north of Toronto will face an interesting choice this election. In 2015, they narrowly elected retired Air Force captain Leona Alleslev as a Liberal MP. But in September 2018 she crossed the floor to join the Conservative caucus, saying she felt her questions about the Liberal government's performance on crucial files such as...

Some facts and figures about the federal riding of Guelph

Guelph If any Ontario riding sees a boost in Green votes, it may well be Guelph, where provincial party Leader Mike Schreiner became the first representative in the province's legislature last year. Population: 131,794, according to the 2016 census Major communities: Guelph Incumbent: Lloyd Longfield, Liberal Main challengers: Conservative Ashish Sachan, chief science officer at a green technology company; Steve Dyck, founder and president of a solar company, for...

Scheer’s Winnipeg stop in midst of storm recovery efforts raises frustrations

WINNIPEG — First Nations residents forced to evacuate their Manitoba homes after a recent snowstorm expressed frustration Monday that Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer was campaigning in the area instead of helping out. Though NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said he'd changed his own travel plans to avoid the province, Scheer's itinerary was not adjusted, and he dodged questions about whether he...

As Liberals, NDP skirmish, Scheer sets sights on Prime Minister’s Office

OTTAWA — Election day is now just a week away — and talk has turned to what the House of Commons is going to look like when the dust finally settles. With polls warning of a minority Parliament, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh — who insists he's running to be prime minister — is spelling out his conditions for working with his political rivals, including Liberal Leader...

Scheer’s Winnipeg stop in midst of storm recover efforts raises frustrations

WINNIPEG — First Nations residents forced to evacuate their Manitoba homes after a recent snowstrom expressed frustration Monday that Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer was campaigning in the area instead of helping out. Though NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said he'd changed his own travel plans to avoid the province, Scheer's itinerary was not adjusted, and he dodged questions about whether he...

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh trying to capitalize on newfound momentum

VANCOUVER — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is campaigning in Vancouver today, trying to capitalize on the upswing his party has seen in the polls. Singh has spent the last two days campaigning in British Columbia to shore up votes in ridings that polls suggest are tight three- and four-way races in the lower mainland of his home province. The New Democratic leader...

Scheer says Conservative government would quickly implement promised tax credits

WINNIPEG — Andrew Scheer says an elected Conservative government would implement some of its proposed tax credits within 100 days of convening Parliament. The Conservatives say they would table a fiscal update within 45 days of forming government that would include implementing tax credits for green home renovations, public transit and children's arts and fitness programs by Jan. 1, 2020. Scheer is making the announcement in Winnipeg. The...

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