Erin O’Toole is asking disgruntled voters to channel their anger and frustration towards Justin Trudeau by supporting his party, while the Liberal leader tries to appeal to progressives to stop conservatives from being able to rule. Of.
Moving into the final weekend of the federal election campaign, the two front-runners in the race are painting themselves as the only plausible option to form a government to prevent a split of votes on either side of the political spectrum. Monday.
The right-wing People’s Party of Canada, led by former Conservative leadership contender Maxim Bernier, is threatening to steal Tory votes from Mr O’Toole’s more mainstream party, while the New Democrats are pushing against Trudeau’s party. Huh. Traces of broken promises after six years of government.
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Meanwhile, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh called both Liberal and Conservative leaders “bad for Canada” as he wants to send more lawmakers to Ottawa. In the previous parliament, the NDP played an influential role in shaping policy as the liberals had to work closely with them in the minority. And bloc Québécois leader Yves-François Blanchett said on Friday that if Monday’s election leads to the creation of another minority parliament, he would like to sit down with the leader of each party to find a way to make it work.
Neither Mr Trudeau nor Mr O’Toole would comment on Friday on how they would work with other parties in the face of a minority government.
Mr O’Toole has given speeches in recent days that personally criticize Trudeau and portray him as a selfish and hypocritical politician who called the election a pandemic for his own benefit. Mr Trudeau, on the other hand, has gone after the conservative leader as an environmental, social and scientific backward, who refuses to make COVID-19 vaccination mandatory even for his own caucus.
Speaking on Friday in London, Ont., Mr. O’Toole urged voters not to “reward” Trudeau for calling the election two years ahead of schedule at an estimated cost of $600 million. He mentioned protesters who attended some of Mr Trudeau’s rallies, many of whom openly supported Mr Bernier’s party, but did not name them.
“There are a lot of people in this country who are angry with Mr Trudeau. He only wants to talk about the protesters because it suits him. But there are millions more who are upset by that,” Mr. O’Toole said. “And if they allow that frustration to be anything but vote Conservative, they are voting for Mr. Trudeau.”
He said he expected to win more seats in Ontario and across the country. “We will see the results on Monday, and will always put the country first,” he said, when asked if he would work with Mr Trudeau’s liberals to pass legislation in the event of a minority government.
Mr O’Toole was also asked this week about his support for former Progressive Conservative prime minister Brian Mulroney – but not Stephen Harper.
Mr. O’Toole said, “I was very proud to serve in the Harper government and I was the last cabinet minister of that period to address Veterans Affairs concerns.” “I am fortunate to call upon the advice of all our past leaders and ensure that we devise a plan to get this country back on track.”
He said he spoke to Mr. Harper this week.
Meanwhile, at a campaign stop in Windsor, Ont., on Friday, Trudeau focused on his party’s climate change policy, which he said was the only serious plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create jobs.
He called on progressives on Monday to vote for his party.
“You don’t have to make an impossible choice and vote strategically. You can actually vote for the party that’s going to stop the Conservatives and move forward with the strongest plan to get things done, Mr Trudeau said.
He also warned that the NDP, the Bloc Québécois and the Green Party “could not stop” Mr O’Toole from ruling.
“The only progressive option for doing big things in government is the Liberal Party of Canada,” he said.
Mr Trudeau was beset with questions throughout his campaign, however, as to why he decided to launch the election during the fourth wave of the pandemic. He has responded by saying that he has absolutely no regrets and that now is an important time for Canadians to have their say about the way forward. He also said that they need to choose a “way to end the fight against COVID-19 and build better”.
Mr Trudeau on Friday faced questions about his party’s chances of forming another minority government, while polls indicate liberals and conservatives remain in a tight election race. During the election campaign, he has not explicitly sought a mandate for a majority, although a party veteran and cabinet minister, Dominique LeBlanc, has expressed confidence this week about the prospects of creating one.
Speaking at the federal riding of Windsor West, which is currently held by the NDP, Mr Trudeau would not speak about the hypothetical.
Meanwhile, some US politicians weighed in on Canada’s election this week. On Friday, a day after former US President Barack Obama, former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton endorsed Mr Trudeau. US Senator Bernie Sanders on Friday pitched his support behind Mr Singh.
At a stop in Sherbrooke on Thursday, Mr Singh was asked if he would work with other parties within the minority government. Instead of answering the question directly, he talked about the role of the NDP in the previous Parliament.
“What we have done for you in the minority government helps you more,” he said, referring to things like the party’s push to increase wage subsidies during the pandemic.
“We think Mr Trudeau is bad for Canada,” he said, adding that they are things the liberals promised to do, but never followed through. “They have made things worse, not better.”
He later said, “Mr. O’Toole is bad for Canada too,” because he doesn’t want to tax the rich, one of the main promises of the NDP.
Blanchett, the bloc’s Quebecois leader, has said issues such as increased provincial transfers to health and higher pay to seniors will be a priority for the bloc, which had 32 seats in Quebec upon dissolution. On Friday, he was asked whether he wanted to be the one who forces early elections if those demands are not met.
“I don’t and there are many ways to avoid it. The first is to act responsibly for a future prime minister,” he said at a news conference in Saint-tienne-des-Grace, Ky., near Trois-Rivires.
“If Canadians and Quebecers decide for a second term for a minority parliament, it means that the prime minister has a responsibility to ensure that we will have the necessary votes to move forward with the budget, and the speech from the throne and which So I’m sure it’s something that can be achieved.”
With reports from Maneka Raman-Wills in Sherbrooke and Bill Curry in Ottawa
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