Election update: What you need to know for September 30

The Liberals unveil their election platform and call for an investigation of Andrew Scheer’s claims about his private-sector experience
By H.G. Watson - Published on Sep 30, 2019
Justin Trudeau leaving his campaign plane
Liberal leader Justin Trudeau boards his campaign plane in Ottawa on Sunday. (Ryan Remiorz/CP)

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

Latest news

  • Justin Trudeau unveiled the Liberals’ election platform on Sunday. According to Global News, the plan “boasts billions in new spending, taxes on tech giants, wealthy Canadians and large international corporations, and another four years of red ink on the federal books.” Speaking to media at the University of Toronto’s Mississauga campus, the Liberal leader highlighted the policies he would introduce for college and university students: student grants would increase 40 per cent, and graduates would have two years to start making payments on their student loans. Graduates would not have to start repaying the loans until they were making more than $35,000 a year.
  • As TVO.org’s John Michael McGrath has noted, many believe that Ontario Premier Doug Ford is trying to lie low so that he won’t damage Conservative leader Andrew Scheer’s election chances. Trudeau, though, made a point of linking the two leaders and made reference to Ford, whose approval rating remains among the lowest in the country.  “Education matters to young people across the country, of course, but it’s especially top of mind here in Ontario, as Doug Ford slashes education funding and makes it near impossible to pay for tuition,” Trudeau said.
  • After the Globe and Mail reported this weekend that Andrew Scheer has falsely claimed to be an accredited insurance broker, the Liberals are asking authorities in Saskatchewan to investigate. “The Saskatchewan Insurance Act clearly states a broker must be licensed, and that misrepresenting oneself as a licensed broker is a serious offence that could lead to serious penalties,” Marco Mendicino, the Liberal candidate for Toronto’s Eglinton–Lawrence riding, wrote in a letter to the Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan and the Insurance Councils of Saskatchewan.
  • Elizabeth May says that, if the Green party were to form the next government, it would introduce a “robot tax” that would be applied every time a company replaced a worker with a machine. “The largest companies in the world today are tech companies, not oil companies,” she said. “However, these innovative technologies must be deployed with needs of Canadian workers at the forefront of policy discussions. Without proper protections and regulations, the tech industry has the potential to take many jobs.”
  • A fight broke out outside a Maxime Bernier speaking event Sunday night in Hamilton. According to the Canadian Press, demonstrators at the event at Mohawk College clashed with People’s Party of Canada supporters. Four were arrested for breach of the peace but later released. About 100 people turned out to protest the event, which featured the PPC leader in conversation with YouTube talk-show show Dave Rubin. Joined by two of the party’s candidates, they discussed “preserving ‘freedom’ from censorship in Canada, their doubts about climate change science, keeping government small and Bernier's plan to repeal the Multiculturalism Act.”

What to watch for

  • Justin Trudeau will be at Toronto’s Sheraton Hotel this morning speaking with health-care professionals about how to tackle gun violence.
  • Andrew Scheer will be making campaign stops in Whitby, Toronto, Scarborough, and Brampton and meeting with local Conservative candidates.
  • NDP leader Jagmeet Singh will unveil the NDP's plan for affordable childcare with NDP candidates in Vancouver.
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