Election update: What you need to know for October 10

Grading the parties’ climate plans, and support surges for NDP leader Jagmeet Singh 
By H.G. Watson - Published on Oct 10, 2019
Jagmeet Singh
Support for NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, seen here during the October 7 federal leaders’ debate in Gatineau, Quebec, jumped 10 points over the course of a few weeks. (Sean Kilpatrick/CP)

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

Latest news

  • The Globe and Mail reports that a company that is doing advertising work for the Conservative Party of Canada is also doing work for the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers — and that the company’s cofounder, Hamish Marshall, took leave to manage Andrew Scheer’s campaign. “Records filed with Elections Canada show that One Persuasion Inc. — also known as One Persuades — has received four payments totalling $15,404 from CAPP, the industry group representing Canada’s oil and gas sector. The oil-lobby group has spent $87,676 on political activities so far, almost entirely on advertising,” writes Globe reporter Bill Curry. This could potentially be an issue because of changes to the Canada Elections Act, which makes it illegal for political parties to collude with registered third parties on advertising. (According to the Globe, a spokesperson for One Persuades said that all the work for CAPP happened after Marshall had taken leave.)
  • Would any of the major parties’ climate plans do enough to avert the worst-case scenario? A new report says no. According to the Toronto Star, Stand.earth found that the climate plans put forward by the Conservatives, Liberals, Greens, and NDP wouldn’t do enough to halt the expansion of oil and gas industries in Canada. “At this moment in history, we need leaders who will put in place an exit plan to stop the expansion of the oil and gas industry, implement a just transition by scaling up cleaner and safer jobs, and diversify our economy,” Stand.earth international-program director Tzeporah Berman said in a statement.
  • Judy Sgro, a Liberal candidate in Humber River–Black Creek, has apologized for saying that people in the Black community had “more love” for Liberal leader Justin Trudeau after it had been revealed that he had worn blackface makeup. "Those in the Black community have told me how much more love they have for the prime minister, that he wanted to have a black face. That he took great pride in that, too," Sgro said on GBKM FM about two weeks ago, according to the CBC. On her Facebook page, Sgro wrote that she should have known better.
  • Yesterday, Scheer took the media to visit Roxham Road, an unofficial border crossing where almost 50,000 people have entered Canada over the last two years, to announce that he will close what he calls a legal loophole that allows asylum seekers to claim refugee status once they have entered the country. Under the Safe Third Country Agreement, a claim can’t be made from a state that is considered safe — like the United States. However, that would require renegotiating the agreement with American president Donald Trump.
  • NDP leader Jagmeet Singh is more popular than ever, but that may not translate to support for his party. A Nanos Research poll has found that support for Singh jumped 10 points over the course of a few weeks, from 36 to 46 per cent — just 2 points behind Trudeau. But the NDP has only 13 per cent support across the country.

What to watch for

  • All six major party leaders will participate in the official French-language debate tonight in Gatineau Quebec.
  • Before the debate, Singh will be in Ottawa announcing the NDP's priorities for Canadians.
  • Trudeau will visit a pumpkin patch in Manotick this morning with families and Chris Rodgers, the Liberal candidate for Carleton.
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