Trudeau, Singh posture for "progressive" votes while Scheer fights in Quebec
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Oct 18, 2019,
Oct 18, 2019, 0:30
In 2019, breaking the cycle of Liberal-Conservative government - an objective of Jagmeet Singh and the New Democrats - starts with the NDP winning enough seats to play a key role in a minority Parliament.
Among men, the Tories (34%) have a small lead over the Liberals (29%), followed by the NDP (17%), Greens (9%), Bloc (7%), People's Party (2%) or someone else (1%).
That left Trudeau and Singh to fight for the largest slice of the federal electoral pie: voters who aren't committed Conservatives, and who are often labelled "progressive".
Tracking polls conducted by Nanos Research for The Globe and Mail and CTV found that as of Sunday, 32.1 per cent of Canadians would vote Conservative, almost identical to the 32.8 per cent when nightly tracking began September 13, two days after the campaign began. In those numbers, which captured the opinions of all 2,076 voters between October 12-14, 31.1 per cent of leaning and decided respondents said they'd vote for the Conservatives if the election was held today, while 30.7 per cent said they'd back the Liberals, and 17.2 per cent said they'd vote for the NDP.
At a campaign stop in London, Ont., Gregoire Trudeau told the audience, many of them members of visible minority communities, they are the ones working to show diversity makes Canada a better place.
On a swing through the struggling manufacturing heartland, including three ridings that have always been held by the New Democrats, Trudeau got people cheering Monday by billing his government's NAFTA rescue mission as a critical victory for Canada that his rivals would abandon if given the chance. "So whatever that means for Canada I think we're going to see more discussion, more debate, more leaders arriving at a consensus, I think it's a good thing", she said.
With less than a week until election night, the polls have the Liberal Party of Canada and the Conservative Party of Canada neck and neck.
"In terms of the NDP and the Greens, remember this: If you want progressive action, you need a progressive government, not a progressive opposition", Trudeau said during a campaign stop in Fredericton.
Trudeau, meanwhile, took aim at Scheer and Singh as he began a day of barnstorming through New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, a major portion of the region that Singh has been accused of ignoring, and that the Liberals swept in 2015.
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At this point in the race, based on polling, a majority government may not be in the forecast for either the Liberal or Conservative parties. "My focus is on electing a progressive government and stopping Conservative cuts", he said.
For the past few months, the two parties have been just above 30 per cent mark in both national support and seat projections, according to the CBC poll tracker.
Asked for his current position on the project, Singh sidestepped the question, saying only that he supports the B.C. government's plans to reduce emissions as the "most ambitious climate action plan in North America".
Scheer was in Quebec, hitting areas where the Conservatives hope to make gains.
And he portrayed Andrew Scheer's Conservatives as enemies of the agreement who urged the Liberal government to give in to the demands of U.S. President Donald Trump and the forces of American protectionism.
"I'll leave it to others, and pundits and analysts to speculate".
"We have been very positive in the approach that we take and we will remain so", he said. "We're going to win seats in Quebec, we're going to win seats in Ontario that we haven't held before".
One week out from the election, support for the NDP is rising quickly, and Leader Jagmeet Singh is spending another day campaigning in Vancouver. "Even higher taxes. Even more deficits".