Media bus hits Justin Trudeau's campaign plane

Media bus hits Justin Trudeau's campaign plane

May has participated in federal election leaders' debates before, but this will be the first showing for Scheer and Singh, who will be looking to woo voters with their campaign pitches.

Justin Trudeau kicked off his election campaign in Vancouver Wednesday just hours after asking the Governor General to dissolve Parliament.

"Canadians have an important choice to make", Trudeau said.

It was unclear whether Trudeau's campaign would be able to resume flying on the same jet, and whether the schedule for Day 2 would change as a result.

Though the Canadian economy has strengthened - posting second-quarter growth of 3.7% and almost half a million new jobs created in the previous year - the economic gains have not been felt by the wider Canadian public, who have expressed growing concern about an increasing cost of living.

Liberal cabinet minister Carolyn Bennett, who is running in another Toronto riding, released a video earlier in the day that shows Willson discussing her desire to end abortion through "pro-life legislation".


Trudeau will have to defend his record, including his handling this year of an ethics crisis that proved politically costly.

After the meeting, Mr Trudeau faced a barrage of questions from journalists about the SNC-Lavalin story.

He took his campaign to his home riding of Beauce, in Quebec, the lone seat his party now holds.

National polls indicate they are in a dead heat, with both on just over 30% support.

Trudeau is to continue campaigning in British Columbia this morning, where there is a four-way fight among the major parties.

"I do not engage in personal attacks but I will be very, very sharp on distinctions around policy", he said on Wednesday.


Singh will be on stage Thursday night at the Macleans/CityTV debate in Toronto alongside Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and Green Leader Elizabeth May.

"He gave a sense of poise, policy ambition and cocksure readiness to spar with any of the other leaders", wrote Maclean's Paul Wells back in 2015 of Trudeau's performance.

Scheer, 40, formerly the youngest-ever speaker in Canada's House of Commons, took the helm of the right-leaning party in 2017.

When asked directly if he thought the law infringed on religious freedom, a cause Scheer has championed in the past, the Conservative leader did not answer directly.

The Rhinoceros Party's Bernier has made a mandatory vasectomy for men 16 years of age or older one of his campaign promises so that "Canada will be a world leader in the fight against climate change", according to the website. A Forum poll conducted Wednesday found that 36.3 per cent of respondents would support the Conservatives if an election were held today, compared to 32.4 per cent who'd vote Liberal.


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