Election update: What you need to know for October 18

NDP support on the rise, and Jody Wilson-Raybould in a neck-and-neck race
By H.G. Watson - Published on Oct 18, 2019
Jagmeet Singh and Andrea Horwath
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh and provincial NDP leader Andrea Horwath speak to supporters during a campaign stop in Welland October 17. (Nathan Denette/CP)

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

Latest news

  • Conservative leader Andrew Scheer believes that if Liberal leader Justin Trudeau doesn’t get the most seats in the House of Commons, he should resign. “What I'm saying is that the party that wins the most seats should be able to form the government and the other convention in modern Canadian politics is that a prime minister who enters into an election and comes out of that election with fewer seats than another party, resigns. That is a modern convention in Canadian politics," Scheer said at a campaign stop in Brampton, according to the CBC.
  • However, Green party leader Elizabeth May says that this isn’t actually Canada’s legislative tradition. "The convention is quite the opposite of what Mr. Scheer is telling people,” she told the CBC. “I'm not advocating it. I'm explaining what the rules are. The convention is the party that held power before the election has first crack at seeing if they can hold the confidence of the House ... Mr. Trudeau gets first crack at it."
  • The NDP is surging. A new Forum Research poll found that 20 per cent of decided voters intend to mark their ballots for the NDP. “Forum Research president Lorne Bozinoff said the numbers show the NDP is enjoying a late campaign ‘surge’ as its popularity appears to be rising significantly from the early days of the federal election campaign,” reports the Toronto Star.
  • Will Jody Wilson-Raybould return to the House of Commons? The Globe and Mail reports that Wilson-Raybould and the Liberal candidate, Taleeb Noormohamed, are currently running neck and neck in Vancouver Granville. “Taking Vancouver Granville would mark a major symbolic victory. And in a minority government, every seat counts,” writes the Globe’s Nancy Macdonald.
  • Are seniors getting the attention they need this election? Global News put out a call looking to hear from groups that have felt ignored during the campaign, and, it reports, “no group sent in more responses than seniors.” One respondent noted that there has been much talk about help for families and young people, but little about the elderly. A communications director at a senior centre in Kingston suggested that there should be a “national strategy to help seniors.”

What to watch for

  • Trudeau will be making his way across Ontario today. He’ll visit Whitby, Orillia, Barrie, and Vaughan.
  • Singh will be touring Vancouver Island, where he’ll make stops in Nanaimo, Port Alberni, and Victoria.
  • May will make an international-trade announcement in Nanaimo and an affordable-housing announcement in Victoria while she continues her Vancouver Island tour.
  • Scheer will be visiting Fredericton, St-Georges, and Drummondville.
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