While it is not unusual for party leaders to take a day off on Saturday, as it is traditionally the day that parties return to base to regroup, the current election has opened Trudeau to criticism for have launched a campaign as the fourth wave of COVID- 19 pandemics are unfolding. So NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh did not need to be spurred on when reminded of Trudeau’s virgin route as he started his day in Toronto.
“I don’t know what his schedule is and why he isn’t campaigning… I can just say, for myself, on housing in particular and a lot of other things, Trudeau is missing in action,” Singh said. , as he promised. a supplement of up to $ 5,000 for those struggling to pay their rent; and a crackdown on so-called “renovations”. .
“He’s gone when it comes to helping people who have difficulty finding accommodation to rent (and) with people who have difficulty finding accommodation to buy. “
Trudeau called the election last Sunday, sparking a campaign that will send voters to the polls on September 20.
During a campaign stop in Edmonton, Conservative leader Erin O’Toole was asked about his own team’s decision to spend the first few days at a downtown Ottawa hotel campaigning on a newly built set for television.
O’Toole said his “town hall meetings” had enabled him to reach more Canadians “than all the other leaders combined” in southwestern Ontario, New Brunswick and Quebec. O’Toole said he learned as a “leader of the COVID era” how to connect with Canadians and expose the flaws of his liberal opponent.
“I want to connect with as many Canadians as possible who are worried about more years of division under Mr. Trudeau, more cover-ups, more ethical lapses,” he said on the occasion. from a campaign stop in Edmonton.
O’Toole also pledged to work better with premiers “because our country fractured under Mr. Trudeau, in part because there is always the best approach in Ottawa.” That, he said, would include Nova Scotia’s new Progressive Conservative premier, Tim Houston, who toppled the ruling Liberals earlier this week.
“There was a change with the Liberal government trying to call a snap election in the event of a pandemic,” O’Toole joked.
The war rooms of the Conservatives and the Liberals have also attacked each other on several occasions.
The Conservative campaign said it wrote to the Federal Ethics Commissioner about former Liberal cabinet minister Judy Sgro, a candidate for the riding of Humber River – Black Creek. A party statement raises concerns about a reported trip she made to Italy in 2017, which was allegedly funded by the Basilicata Cultural Society of Canada.
“According to proactive disclosures on the Ethics (Commissioner) website, Sgro never publicly disclosed the name of the third party who sponsored his trip to Italy,” the statement read.
Sponsored trips are allowed, but MPs must disclose who paid for them, the statement said.
The Liberals did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Liberals, meanwhile, highlighted a press release from anti-abortion group Right Now targeting O’Toole. Group asks O’Toole to say he will not ask healthcare professionals to refer patients seeking services such as abortion or assisted dying to another provider if they object to the execution of these procedures themselves.
“Erin O’Toole promised pro-lifers during the Conservative Party of Canada’s leadership race in 2020 that he would protect the conscientious rights of healthcare professionals across Canada,” said Scott Hayward, co-founder and president of RightNow, in Saturday’s release.
Hayward and his group want O’Toole to honor that pledge, the statement said.