Election update: What you need to know for October 2

Trudeau rules out a national handgun ban, and the Greens promise to abolish tuition
By H.G. Watson - Published on Oct 02, 2019
Justin Trudeau
On September 30, in Toronto, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau participates in a discussion with health-care professionals about the need to end gun violence. (Ryan Remiorz/CP)

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

Latest news

  • Liberal leader Justin Trudeau has promised to pursue a ban on military-style assault rifles if he’s re-elected. But a few Greater Toronto Area mayors don’t think he’s going far enough. CBC reporter Katie Simpson asked all the mayors assembled at a press conference with Trudeau whether they would support a handgun ban. The mayors of Mississauga, Markham, Richmond Hill, Oakville, Newmarket, Whitby, and Aurora and a regional councillor from Brampton all raised their hands in agreement. "I can tell you I heard clearly from [the mayors] that many of them want us to bring a national [handgun] ban," Trudeau said after, according to the CBC. However, he rejected the idea, saying that municipalities would be able to regulate handgun availability if the Liberals were re-elected.
  • The People’s Party of Canada has lost two candidates in the last 48 hours. Chad Hudson, who was running for the PPC in the Nova Scotia riding of West Nova, said he was dropping out of the race Monday because of the “values and the choices its leadership have made,” according to the Toronto Star. In Ontario, Michelle Smith, the PPC nominee in Parry Sound–Muskoka, dropped out for personal reasons. The deadline for candidates to register to run was September 30, which means that the PPC will not be able to nominate new candidates in either riding.
  • Another candidate in the federal election has admitted to wearing blackface makeup in the past. Marty Lancaster, a Green party candidate running in Barrie, said in a Facebook post that it hadn’t been done with malicious intent. "It’s a mistake that I deeply regret and I’m furious at myself for being so irresponsible and ignorant with my actions," he wrote of the incident, which occurred about 10 years ago. "After this election, maybe we can have a conversation about systemic racism and all the issues related to it," he told the National Observer.
  • At a press conference in Toronto on Monday, Elizabeth May announced that, if elected, the Green party would abolish tuition fees and forgive the federal portion of student debt. The Parliamentary Budget Office estimates that the plan would cost about $16.4 billion in its first year. The Greens say that they would fund these changes through a series of new taxes they estimate would generate billions.

What to watch for

  • Justin Trudeau, Andrew Scheer, and Jagmeet Singh will all be participating in the TVA Leaders’ debate this evening. Before that, Trudeau will be in Montreal training with Ali Nestor, boxing champion and founder of the Les princes de la rue organisation. And Jagmeet Singh will be visiting Atwater Market with his wife to pick up snacks for his debate team.
  • Elizabeth May will be also be debating — but not in Montreal. She’ll be in participating in a local all-candidates’ debate in Saanichton, British Columbia. And tonight she’ll be appearing in conversation with Steve Paikin on The Agenda. Watch it at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. on TVO, or stream it on Twitter or Facebook.
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