Election update: What you need to know for October 3

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh encounters man who makes racist remarks, and four leaders face off in French-language debate
By H.G. Watson - Published on Oct 03, 2019
Jagmeet Singh
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh heads to the bus on the way to a campaign event in Burnaby, British Columbia, on September 29. (Andrew Vaughan/CP)

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  • Jagmeet Singh had a one-on-one encounter yesterday with a man who made racist comments. While walking through Atwater Market, in Montreal, prior to the TVA debate, Singh met a man who, according to Global News, said, “You should really cut your turban off, and you [inaudible] look like a Canadian.” In response, Singh said, “I think Canadians look like all sorts of people. That’s the beauty of Canada.”
  • Four federal-party leaders faced off in a French-language debate last night. Justin Trudeau, Jagmeet Singh, Andrew Scheer, and Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet all participated in the TVA debate. Neither Elizabeth May nor Maxime Bernier was invited, a fact May called “unfair, anti-democratic” on Twitter.  According to the CBC, Scheer and Blanchet were both challenged on their positions on abortion, with Scheer saying he would “always vote to support a woman's right to choose.” Other topics tackled included pipelines, asylum seekers, Bill 21, and drug policy.
  • Concerns have been raised about Scheer’s plan to cut foreign aid by 25 per cent. The Toronto Star reports that experts feel that the Conservative leader has misrepresented how aid funding is spent. “A lot of what he said is based on false figures … There are some false claims. I don’t know if it’s intentionally done or they don’t understand,” Nipa Banerjee, a senior fellow in the school of International Development and Global Studies at the University of Ottawa, told Toronto Star reporter Bruce Campion-Smith.
  • A Conservative MP is asking Toronto's integrity commissioner to investigate whether Trudeau violated city rules by improperly using a city facility. Peter Kent, who is running for re-election in Thornhill, made the request after Trudeau used Nathan Phillips Square to meet campaign volunteers in Toronto. City facilities and infrastructure cannot be used for election-related purposes by candidates, registered third-party advertisers, or political parties, according to city policy. Toronto's chief communications officer Brad Ross told the CBC that he “could not say if any breach of the rules may have occurred, and could not immediately say if the integrity commissioner has jurisdiction to investigate the activities of a federal campaign.”

What to watch for

  • Andrew Scheer is in New Brunswick this morning, where he will make an announcement at the Upper Kingsclear Fire Department, in Kingsclear. Later today, he’ll have a media availability in Halifax.
  • Justin Trudeau will be in Montreal this morning, where he’ll have a media availability.
  • Jagmeet Singh will be in Toronto for a televised CBC Town Hall in the evening.
  • Elizabeth May will be in her home riding of Saanich–Gulf Islands, British Columbia. She’ll participate in a live debate with other local candidates on C-FAX 1070 in the morning, then attend an all-candidates luncheon. After that, she’ll participate in 100 debates on the Environment, a non-partisan all-candidate debate on environmental issues.
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