Election update: What you need to know for October 9

Tories see slight boost post-debate, and Scheer makes GTA transit promise
By H.G. Watson - Published on Oct 09, 2019
Liberal leader Justin Trudeau and Conservative leader Andrew Scheer debate a point during the federal leaders’ debate in Gatineau, Quebec, on October 7. (Sean Kilpatrick/CP)

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

Latest news

  • Did Monday night’s leaders’ debate shift the polls? Forum Research has found that the Conservatives got a slight boost over Monday night and Tuesday morning, polling at 35 per cent compared to the Liberals’ 28 per cent. However, according to the Toronto Star, only half the respondents actually watched the debate. “Most campaigns are about a government’s record, and it really gets focused during the debate, during those couple hours. And I think we’re seeing it in these numbers,” Lorne Bozinoff, president of Forum Research, told Star reporter Alex Boutilier.
  • Conservative leader Andrew Scheer has promised to fund two major transit projects in the Greater Toronto Area if he becomes prime minister. The priorities? The 7.4-kilometre Yonge Subway Extension and the 15-kilometre Ontario Line. "These are the types of projects that will deliver real relief to everyone who drives, takes transit in the GTA," Scheer said at a campaign stop in Thornhill, according to the CBC.
  • Justin Trudeau was the first of the major party leaders to visit northern Canada during the campaign, travelling to Iqaluit, Nunavut, to discuss his climate plan and meet with Indigenous elders and local Liberal candidate Megan Pizzo-Lyall. Global News points out that holding on to the three seats in Canada’s territories could be important for the Liberals in the case of a minority government.
  • NDP leader Jagmeet Singh clarified what he would do if he became prime minister and Quebec’s Bill 21 made it to the Supreme Court. The law, which bans public-service employees from wearing religious symbols, is currently facing a court challenge. During the debate Monday night, Singh had said that he wouldn’t interfere with the court process. At a campaign event on Tuesday, Singh said that if the challenge went before Canada’s top court, “the government has the right to review what is going on.”
  • There’s a tight race unfolding in Brampton East. The seat, which has no incumbent, has changed hands between Conservatives and Liberals over the past 20 years. However, the riding was Singh’s when he was a provincial MPP — and his brother, Gurratan, is the current MPP. "So, for the NDP, it is one of those seats that they are targeting and that they think they have a good chance of picking up," said CBC polls analyst Eric Grenier.

What to watch for

  • Scheer will be in Hemmingford, Quebec, to make an announcement.
  • Singh will address the CUPE Biennial Convention in Montreal.
  • Trudeau will hold a media availability in Markham.
  • Green party leader Elizabeth May will make two announcements in Montreal.
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