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They’ve been part of the Canadian political scene for years. But when the election campaign began, many Canadians still didn’t know all that much about some of the party leaders vying to be prime minister.

With this in mind, CBC podcast, Front Burner, did a deep dive into each of the six main party leaders beginning back in  August, just before the campaign began.

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)

Canadians are most familiar with Justin Trudeau, of course. Many would probably say he’s a feminist, and that they know about his “sunny ways.” They also know the controversies he has faced in his four years in power.

So is Trudeau running on his record or is it best to focus on the future? And why is he so prone to shooting himself in the foot?

Elected on a campaign of “sunny ways” and “real change,” the expectations were high for Justin Trudeau when he came into power in 2015. But after a series of scandals, the public perception of Canada’s prime minister might be shifting ahead of the fall election. Today, we continue our series on the federal party leaders by speaking to CBC News political reporter Aaron Wherry. He has a new book out called Promise and Peril: Justin Trudeau in Power. 28:22

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Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press)

Even though he has been on the Canadian political scene for decades, many Canadians still say they don’t know who Andrew Scheer is. He wasn’t even the front-runner in the race to lead his Conservative Party.

So how did he wind up campaigning to be prime minister?

He’s called, “the smiling Stephen Harper,” and he’s known for his knack of bringing people together. But beyond his dimples, what do you really know about Andrew Scheer? Today, with the federal election fast approaching, we talk to Maclean’s Ottawa bureau chief, John Geddes about the leader of the Conservative Party. We’ll get insight into how he became such a unifier (hint: his favourite book is the self-help classic How to Win Friends and Influence People) and how that squares with his more divisive moments, such as his hardline stance on the United Nations migration pact. This is the first in a series of pre-election profiles we’ll do about Canada’s federal party leaders. 29:43

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NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press)

He made history when he was chosen to lead the NDP. And while many saw Jagmeet Singh‘s victory as a positive comment on race and religious acceptance in Canada, it also brought the ugly truths about hate and discrimination in this country to the surface.

It was nothing new for Singh.

When Jagmeet Singh became the leader of the NDP in 2017, he was the first person of colour to lead a major Canadian political party. There was a great deal of excitement around Singh, who is known for his ability to communicate genuinely and effectively – as demonstrated last week in the aftermath of Justin Trudeau’s brownface controversy. But the NDP leader has also been criticized for being ill-prepared for the job.Today, as part of our federal election profile series, Front Burner digs into the life and political career of Jagmeet Singh with the CBC’s Hannah Thibedeau. 25:07

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Green Party Leader Elizabeth May. (Cole Burston/Canadian Press)

As the leader of what some Canadians might consider a fringe party, Elizabeth May has never received the same level of scrutiny as her fellow federal leaders. But she would argue that in her 13 years at the helm, she has grown the Greens to more than just a one-issue party.

And though she is often seen as being an open book and very accessible, there is a big part of May’s life that very few Canadians are aware of.

With the next federal election just around the corner, and environmental issues top of mind for many Canadian voters, the Green Party is riding high on a rise in support. With this momentum comes a lot of pressure on the party’s long-time leader to deliver gains at the polls. Today, as part of our federal election profile series, we’re digging into the life and political legacy of Elizabeth May with Mia Rabson, an energy and environment reporter for The Canadian Press. 25:28

Bloc Québécois leader Yves-François Blanchet. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)

He’s definitely not as familiar outside of Quebec as he is in his home province. But the Bloc Québécois has been the official opposition in the past and so it’s important to know what Yves-François Blanchet stands for and what he would fight for on behalf of Quebec.

If nothing else, listen to learn Blanchet’s nickname — and how he earned it.

The Bloc Québécois was once a powerful federal political party, forming the official opposition in 1993 and holding around fifty seats in the House in the mid to late 2000’s. But the last two elections have nearly wiped the Bloc from existence, and the party has had a revolving door of leaders. This year, Yves-François Blanchet took over the reins. Today on Front Burner, as part of our series on the federal party leaders, we take a look at who Blanchet is and what he stands for with Martin Patriquin, a freelance political journalist based in Montreal. 21:28

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People’s Party Leader Maxime Bernier. (Stephane Mahe/Reuters)

He has been a separatist, a Conservative cabinet minister, even ran for the leadership of the Conservative Party. So how did Maxime Bernier wind up leading a brand new party in this election campaign?

And when did some of his more controversial positions take hold?

In the sixth and final Canadian leadership profile, Jayme Poisson speaks to the CBC’s Jonathan Montpetit about Maxime Bernier, the controversial head of the People’s Party of Canada. 28:05

Face to Face

Once the campaign was underway, The National decided to try something a little different. The result was Face to Face — an opportunity for undecided Canadians to be in the driver’s seat and spend five minutes with a leader. And the leaders were grilled.

You can watch all four episodes below.

Undecided voters go one-on-one with Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau ahead of the 2019 federal election. 45:19

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer sits down one-on-one with undecided voters to talk about the issues that matter most to them. 45:15

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh sits down one-on-one with five undecided voters to talk about the issues that matter most to them. 45:20

Green Leader Elizabeth May sits down one-on-one with five undecided voters to talk about the issues that matter most to them. 45:19

By the way, Bernier was invited to take part in Face to Face but declined, citing scheduling issues. Blanchet was not invited as the Bloc Québécois is only running candidates in one province.

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Numbers show 25% increase in advance voting over 2015




New numbers provided by Elections Canada say voter turnout during the first two days of advanced polling is up 25 per cent over numbers recorded during the same period in 2015.

According to Elections Canada, preliminary figures show approximately two million people cast their ballots across Canada on Friday and Saturday.

During the 2015 election 1.6 million Canadians cast their ballots during the first two days.

Over the four-day early voting period during the previous election, a total of 3.65 million Canadians voted, representing 20.8 per cent of all votes cast.

In a statement emailed to Global News, Elections Canada spokeswoman Diane Benson said this year’s increase shows that “more Canadians are taking advantage of early voting opportunities to cast their ballots.”

While the increase is large, Elections Canada says the figure does not include those who voted in local offices, on campus, in additional service points or by special ballot.

It also does not include the number of voters who cast their ballot on Sunday. The agency says that number, as well as national totals and riding-by-riding-totals will be available later this week.

Federal Election 2019: Advance polling hours to be extended

Advance voting began on Friday, and those still interested in casting their ballot early have until Monday at 9 p.m. to do so.

Voters can find out the location of advance polling stations by looking at their voter identification cards, the Elections Canada website or by calling 1-800-463-6868.

In order to vote, individuals must prove their identity and address.

For more information on when, where and how to vote, Global News has created this handy voters guide.

Canada’s federal election will take place on Oct. 21.

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Singh downplays prospect of a coalition




TORONTO — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh appeared to be walking back his comments on Monday, a day after he said he would “absolutely” work with the other parties to form a coalition government in the event of the Conservatives winning a minority next week.

Speaking to reporters on Sunday in Surrey, B.C., Singh said he would do “whatever it takes” to avoid a Conservative government, including working with Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau if the Conservatives win.

“We’re not going to support a Conservative government,” Singh said on Sunday. “We’re going to fight a Conservative government, we’re going to fight it all the way.”

On Monday, Singh backed off those comments and urged Canadians to vote NDP in order to receive the best services.

“It’s not a question of coalition, it’s a question of our priorities,” Singh told reporters in French. “What I say for all Canadians is if you want to have someone who is working for you for climate change, it’s the New Democrats, if you vote for us, we’re going to fight for you.”

A spokesperson for the NDP clarified Singh’s stance later Monday, noting that he is running to be prime minister and a coalition government is just one of the options he would accept to ensure the Conservatives are not in power.

“Jagmeet will work with people who are willing to take the same priorities as his. As PM, as opposition, in coalition, in a minority agreement, in vote to vote,” said spokesperson Melanie Richer in an email.

While Trudeau has been pushing the idea that a vote for the Liberals is the only way to avoid Conservatives, Singh made it clear he hopes Canadians know there are more options.

“I reject that analysis,” he said. “Vote for a New Democrat, wherever you are, vote for a New Democrat. They’re going to make sure that your priorities are put front and centre. We can win and we can make sure that your life is better.”

Singh would not respond to whether he’d require any NDP MPs to sit in cabinet under a coalition, but has previously said he would require climate change action, national pharmacare, interest-free student loans, cuts to cell phone plans, affordable housing investments and additional taxes of the wealthiest Canadians to support any party’s minority government.

When asked about the prospect of forming a coalition with the NDP, Trudeau dodged the question and suggested the NDP would rip up the new NAFTA deal under this proposal.

Singh called that claim a “lie” and added his party would only require some of the trade protections in the agreement to be enforceable as a way of protecting Canadian workers.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer told reporters on Monday that a coalition with the Liberals and NDP would “lead to higher taxes, less jobs, more deficits and bigger household bills.”

“It’s the coalition Canadians can’t afford,” he said. “Only a Conservative majority government can prevent a government with Justin Trudeau as a spokesman, but the NDP calling the shots.”

Singh said the Conservatives will not fight for every day Canadians and are instead focused on offering tax breaks for the richest people in the country.

“With Conservatives what you get are folks that are going to offer you a couple dollars in your pocket, but what they’re really going to do is cost you more in the long run,” Singh said.

“That’s not what Canadians need right now. They need investments in housing, they need someone who’s going to take on the big cell phone companies and make sure that cell phone and internet prices are more affordable. That’s what you get when you vote New Democrat.”

According to the latest polling from Nanos research, the Liberals and Conservatives are deadlocked with around 32 per cent support with just a week to go before the election. The NDP sit comfortably in third with 19.2 per cent support.

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Conservatives defend ads that accuse Liberals of planning to legalize hard drugs




Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer was not campaigning on Sunday, but defended the online ads when asked about them on Saturday.


The Conservatives are standing by their use of ads that falsely say the Liberals plan to legalize hard drugs, as another example of the Tory-endorsed claim has surfaced.

The Globe obtained a copy of a flier sent out in the Scarborough area of Toronto that says “Justin Trudeau has a plan to legalize hard drugs.” The flier has English and Chinese languages on both sides with the same message.

A picture of someone shooting up is accompanied by the question: “Do you want Justin Trudeau to legalize hard drugs in your community?”

At a campaign event in Toronto on Sunday, Mr. Trudeau called the ads “reprehensible” and a “lie.”

The flier goes on to say: “Only Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives will stop Trudeau’s hard drug legalization plan and keep our kids safe.”

Mr. Trudeau said during the French language TVA debate on Oct. 2 that a re-elected Liberal government would not legalize or decriminalize hard drugs “right now,” but clarified with reporters immediately afterwards that he has no plans to do so if he wins a second mandate.

“We will not be further decriminalizing any drugs other than cannabis,” Mr. Trudeau told reporters after the debate.

The Conservatives are defending their ads, accusing the Liberal Leader of being unclear.

“If Justin Trudeau tells us precisely when he is going to legalize dangerous drugs, we will amend our [ads] to reflect this new information,” Conservative spokesperson Simon Jefferies said on Sunday when asked about the fliers.

On Friday, The Globe reported that the party was also pushing similar ads on its Chinese-language Facebook page.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer was not campaigning on Sunday, but defended the online ads when asked about them on Saturday.

“We’ve called attention to the Liberals’ inability to come clear on this,” he said. “This is something that Canadians have a right to know about: whether or not they’re going to give Justin Trudeau a second mandate where he will continue to go down this road of making drugs more accessible.”

Mr. Trudeau said the ads are a distraction from the Conservative platform, which outlines $53-billion in cuts over five years to balance the budget while also introducing an across-the-board income tax cut.

“The Conservative Party is continuing to mislead and even lie to Canadians,” Mr. Trudeau said.

“I think it is reprehensible. We have been very clear, we will not be legalizing hard drugs. We will continue with the approach that we have that has been working on fighting this terrible opioid epidemic.”

Parts of the country have been dealing in recent years with a surge in deaths from overdoses linked to illicit opioids.

Mr. Trudeau has said his approach to combating the opioid crisis will be “grounded in science, in harm reduction, in safe consumption, in giving more tools to our medical professionals.”

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