Election update: What you need to know for October 15

Turnout increases for advance polls, and Trudeau faces security threat
By H.G. Watson - Published on Oct 15, 2019
Liberal leader Justin Trudeau leaves an event at St. Clair College in Windsor on October 14.
Liberal leader Justin Trudeau leaves an event at St. Clair College in Windsor on October 14. (Sean Kilpatrick/CP)

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

Latest News

  • While voting day is still six days away, advance polls opened over the Thanksgiving weekend. Global News reports that turnout is up 25 per cent over 2015 so far. According to Elections Canada, about 2 million people cast a vote during the first two days. Voting has also been up at Canadian university and college campuses. The full turnout numbers from the four-day advance-voting period will be available on later this week.
  • Liberal leader Justin Trudeau wore a bulletproof vest and appeared with “uniformed tactical officers” at a campaign stop in Mississauga over the weekend as a result of a security threat. Neither Trudeau nor the Liberal campaign explained what the threat had been, but RCMP sources who spoke to the CBC said that it was unprecedented for a politician to wear body armour or to have visible security detail at an event in Canada. The RCMP has been tracking daily threats against all the party leaders and has found an increase in online posts during the campaign. Trudeau, for his part, says that this won’t change how he campaigns.
  • Could Canada end up with a coalition government? If the Conservatives were to win a minority government, as some pollsters are predicting, a Liberal-NDP coalition could control the House of Commons. NDP leader Jagmeet Singh did initially say that he would be willing to work on a coalition with the Liberals, though the CBC reports that he has since walked those comments back. Meanwhile, Trudeau dodged questions about a potential coalition while on the campaign trail this weekend. In September, Elizabeth May said that the Greens wouldn’t support any party in favour of building the Trans Mountain Pipeline.
  • The Conservatives have been distributing flyers in Scarborough in English and Chinese that claim Trudeau “has a plan to legalize hard drugs.” The Globe and Mail reports that similar ads have also been published online. “If Justin Trudeau tells us precisely when he is going to legalize dangerous drugs, we will amend our [ads] to reflect this new information,” Conservative spokesperson Simon Jefferies told the Globe. Trudeau says that the Liberals would not decriminalize any drugs beyond cannabis.

What to watch for

  • Conservative leader Andrew Scheer will spend the day in Quebec, where he’ll make an announcement in Quebec City and visit Trois-Rivières, Saint-Marc-sur-Richelieu, and La Prairie.
  • Trudeau will be the Maritimes today, where he’ll visit Fredericton and Riverview in New Brunswick, and Cumberland-Colchester, Masstown, and New Glasgow in Nova Scotia.
  • Singh will be in Toronto, where this morning he’ll greet commuters at Broadview station. Later today, he’ll visit the Parkdale–High Park campaign office.
  • May will be in Kamloops, British Columbia, where she’ll make an announcement later this afternoon and then attend a rally.
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