Election update: What you need to know for October 7

Leaders prepare for tonight’s debate, and the RCMP monitor a spike in online threats
By H.G. Watson - Published on Oct 07, 2019
Federal party leaders
Bloc Québécois leader Yves-Francois Blanchet Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, TVA host Pierre Bruneau, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, and NDP leader Jagmeet Singh at the TVA French-language debate on October 2 in Montreal. (Joel Lemay/Pool/Agence QMI/CP

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Here’s our daily look at what’s happening on the federal campaign trail.

Latest news

  • It’s debate night in Canada. All six party leaders will participate in the English-language debate in Gatineau tonight. It will be the first time that all the leaders have debated one other — Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, People's Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernier, and Bloc Québécois leader Yves-François Blanchet did not participate in the first debate of the election, and neither Green leader Elizabeth May nor Bernier participated in the TVA French-language debate.
  • On the campaign trail yesterday, Trudeau criticized Conservative leader Andrew Scheer for not having released a full platform ahead of the debate. According to the Canadian Press, Scheer has not yet indicated when the platform will be released: he has said only that it will be released “with plenty of time for Canadians to make decisions, to go through it.”
  • The RCMP are keeping a close eye on online hate during the election campaign. The CBC reports that there has been an increase in posts advocating for violence against politicians and that Trudeau is often the target. Also of concern is the increase in anti-immigration posts on social media. “Sources said officers already have tracked down and spoken with people who have written death threats online against party leaders,” the CBC report adds.
  • The Conservatives may make a substantial commitment to supporting people with autism. The Toronto Star reports that the Conservative Party of Canada platform will include $50 million to create a national autism strategy over the next five years. “The party will promise to put the money towards working with autistic Canadians, their families and provincial governments towards a strategy that will be people-oriented, culturally appropriate and make sure to include remote, northern and Indigenous communities,” writes Heather Scoffield, the Star’s economics columnist.
  • Trudeau will not remove a Liberal candidate in Nova Scotia who made offensive social-media posts. According to Global News, Jaime Battiste, candidate for Sydney–Victoria, made crude posts on Facebook between 2012 and 2013 that were uncovered by the Toronto Sun. Trudeau said that the posts were unacceptable but added that Battiste had apologized unreservedly. 

What to watch for

  • There’s one thing on every leader’s agenda tonight: the English-language debate. All six party leaders will participate in the first debate of the week in Gatineau this evening.
  • Scheer will also make an announcement in Ottawa this morning.
  • Trudeau will meet with teachers and Mona Fortier, the Liberal candidate for Ottawa–Vanier, this morning at the Boys and Girls Club in Ottawa.

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