Conservative candidate Kyle Seeback said Saturday some of his campaign volunteers were at the Liberal event shut down by police last night amid a tenuous security situation.
In a media statement, Seeback, the party’s candidate in Dufferin–Caledon, said a “few of my supporters attended the protest outside Justin Trudeau’s event,” and as a result they are “no longer welcome on my campaign.”
“My campaign has zero-tolerance for obscenities or threatening behaviour against any candidate,” Seeback said.
Trudeau has been dogged by protesters at many of his campaign events, but the scene in Bolton, Ont., Friday night was particularly chaotic, with hundreds of angry people on hand for a planned outdoor rally.
Among the protesters were anti-vaccination activists who shouted vulgarities at Liberal volunteers and carried anti-Trudeau signs scrawled with obscenities. The crowd was frustrated with Trudeau’s push to make vaccines mandatory in some settings and his support for provincial vaccine passports to restrict entry into some non-essential businesses.
Video footage from the event shows a handful of people with blue Conservative-branded T-shirts among the unmasked crowd assembled for the protest, which also included a strong contingent of people angry over the federal government’s ban on flavours in smoking cessation devices, such as e-cigarettes.
The raucous group outnumbered police and, after a two-hour delay, the rally was cancelled. While Trudeau has faced security threats at election events in the past, police believed it was too dangerous to proceed with this rally.
Trudeau and his campaign bus were subsequently escorted from the property by Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).
Earlier Friday, at a campaign stop at Nobleton, Ont., anti-vaccination activists also disrupted Trudeau’s visit to a local bakery. Protesters were seen banging on the bakery windows while shouting “F—you, Justin.”
A woman carrying her infant barged into the business demanding to speak to Trudeau about why he’s “funding segregation” by supporting public health tools such as vaccine passports. Another protester said “the blood of Jesus” is on Trudeau for his pro-vaccine policies.
A Liberal campaign spokesperson said security concerns were also behind a decision to move another Friday campaign event indoors. An announcement on vaccine passports was supposed to be held outside but went ahead in a tightly packed Syrian restaurant in Mississauga, Ont., instead — a place where physical distancing was non-existent.
“A determination was made by our campaign staff that it was no longer safe to hold the event outside, and so the event was moved indoors,” the spokesperson told CBC News.
Speaking to reporters after the fracas, Trudeau said he has never seen this level of anger or intensity at a campaign event.
Asked if his move to make vaccine mandates a campaign issue is partly to blame for the fervent opposition he’s now facing out on the hustings, Trudeau said he knows some people are “scared” about mandatory shots, but he won’t back down from his pro-vaccine posture.
“Science tells us that the best way through this pandemic is to get vaccinated. That’s how we end this, that’s how we get back to the normality that so many people desperately want. We have to stand strong for what we know to be true. That science is going to help us through this, is going to be the path forward out of this,” Trudeau said.
WATCH | ‘We could not guarantee the safety of the people in attendance,’ Trudeau says about cancelling campaign rally:
Speaking at an event in Fredericton on Saturday, O’Toole said he is trying to run a positive campaign, and he “strongly condemns any form of harassment” on the campaign trail.
“We should be having a healthy and respectful debate. We have no time for people who bring negativity to campaigning. I urge everyone to put the country and our democracy first — let’s have a positive debate of ideas on the future. That’s my approach, and that’s my expectation for every single member of our team.”
He said any Conservative volunteer found to have been part of the Bolton event “will no longer be involved with our campaign, full stop. I expect professionalism, I expect respect. I respect my opponents.”
WATCH | O’Toole comments on Bolton, Ont., protests:
At an event in Sudbury, Ont., NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said what happened at the Liberal rally last night was wrong.
“No one should have to cancel an event because they worry about the safety of people coming out. I just want to condemn that. Mr. Trudeau and his team should never worry about their safety,” Singh said.
Singh said this sort of anger is driven by anxiety at a time when COVID-related lockdowns and public health restrictions have upended social and economic life in this country.
The push to make vaccines mandatory in some settings has also caused unease, he said, and anti-vaccination activists need to be reassured that the COVID-19 shots are safe and effective.
“People are worried. They are in a precarious situation, and that’s why there’s tension,” Singh said.
WATCH | Singh speaks about protest that forced a Liberal event to be cancelled:
As Singh left the event in northern Ontario, his bus was briefly held up by a small group of anti-vaccination protesters. One woman with a megaphone shouted: “You’re killing humanity. Stop these vaccines.”
People’s Party Leader Maxime Bernier has been a vocal critic of public health measures like the ones the Bolton crowd were protesting against Friday night. Bernier, who is unvaccinated, has also been a fixture at “no more lockdowns” and anti-masking rallies across the country.
In a social media post, Bernier said Trudeau has been a flawed leader throughout the pandemic, calling him a “fascist psychopath” who is “the most intolerant, authoritarian and divisive prime minister in Canadian history.”
WATCH | Bernier on anti-Trudeau protest:
Asked later about the cancelled Trudeau event, Bernier said in an interview that “people have the right to express their point of view as long as they do it peacefully.”
“We are dividing the population. It’s segregation. You know, some people will have fewer rights than other ones. We don’t want to live in a country like that. It’s segregation,” Bernier said, speaking about provincial restrictions that limit some activities to people who’ve had both of their COVID-19 shots. “They do have to protest, and they’re using their words to protest.”
Green leader feels unsafe on the campaign trail
Green Party Leader Annamie Paul said she’s not surprised to hear of overzealous protesters disrupting an event.
In an interview, Paul said harassing behaviour “has been a constant for me throughout my time as leader.” Paul, who is campaigning without a full-time security detail, said she has faced “taunts” and “threats” online, and she is worried it will spill over into physical violence.
This week, she said, someone threatened to come to one of her events and intimidate her, a threat that was never carried out but one that has shaken her as she campaigns in the Toronto Centre riding.
“It’s making me very uncomfortable and making me feel very unsafe. The online hate is always there and it’s just gotten worse. It’s a time of insecurity. I just hope we can continue to maintain a safe situation,” she said.
WATCH | Green Party’s Paul says she’s felt unsafe on campaign:
In a media statement, Conservative candidate Michelle Rempel Garner said aggression like that directed at Trudeau is a “frequent occurrence” for her and other female politicians.
Rempel Garner, a candidate in Calgary Nose Hill, said she has recently been the victim of harassing behaviour on the campaign trail as men with cameras “demanding I respond to conspiracy theories” stalk her as she stumps for votes. Last night, while out for dinner, she said she was “accosted” by a “large man.”
“In the last two weeks, I have also received a death threat from someone who called my office in escalating states of verbal abuse over the course of days,” Rempel Garner said.
“This means I can’t advertise the location of my campaign office. I can’t attend public events where my attendance has been advertised. I’ve had to enhance security measures. I’m on edge and feel fear when I’m getting in and out of my car, and out in public in general,” she said.
Rempel Garner said the solution may lie in “legislation that enhances the ability to prosecute for criminal harassment” and a crackdown on phony social media accounts that are behind a “barrage of online hate and defamation” directed at female politicians.
Canada’s Trudeau hammers main election rival’s COVID-19 approach
Opinion polls show Trudeau’s center-left Liberals are tied with the right-of-center Conservatives led by Erin O’Toole and appear set to fail in their bid to win a parliamentary majority in Monday’s vote.
Trudeau, 49, noted that O’Toole, 48, had praised Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s decision earlier this year to quickly lift public health restrictions in the Western Canadian province.
Kenney, who was a minister in former Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government before the Liberals took power in 2015, backtracked this week after a surge in COVID-19 cases threatened to overload the provincial healthcare system. Kenney apologized and said he would introduce vaccine passports.
“The choices that leaders make in a crisis matter … just a few days ago Mr. O’Toole was still applauding Mr. Kenney for his management of the pandemic,” Trudeau told reporters in Montreal.
“That’s not the leadership we need in Ottawa to end this pandemic for good,” added Trudeau, who backs mandatory vaccine mandates. The Liberal leader heads a minority government that depends on the opposition to pass legislation.
A central element of Trudeau’s campaign pitch is that Canada needs a leader who is clear on the need for vaccinations to get through the pandemic.
O’Toole has repeatedly sidestepped questions about his earlier support for Kenney’s approach to COVID-19.
“As prime minister, I will work with all premiers, regardless of stripe, to fight against the pandemic,” he told reporters in Saint John, New Brunswick, saying Trudeau should not have triggered an election during a pandemic.
A fourth wave of COVID-19, driven by the Delta variant of the coronavirus, is continuing to surge mainly among the unvaccinated, Theresa Tam, the country’s chief public health officer, said in a briefing in Ottawa.
“Hospitalizations could exceed healthcare capacities in impacted areas,” she said.
Alberta and neighboring Saskatchewan have among the worst rates of COVID-19 cases per capita in Canada.
Trudeau said his government would send ventilators to Alberta. Liberal campaign organizers, citing unhappiness with Kenney, say their party could pick up three of Alberta’s 34 federal seats after being shut out in the traditionally right-leaning province.
With Saskatchewan hospitals nearing capacity, Premier Scott Moe imposed a mask requirement for indoor public spaces starting on Friday. By Oct. 1, provincial government employees must be vaccinated or submit to regular testing, and people must be inoculated or test negative to dine in restaurants.
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How to handle COVID-19 has become a challenge for O’Toole. He supports inoculations, but says he prefers rapid testing to detect the virus rather than vaccination mandates.
The Conservatives are at risk of seeing some support leak to the right-wing People’s Party of Canada (PPC), which is feeding into public anger https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/canadas-mad-max-stokes-anti-vax-rage-could-help-trudeau-2021-09-14 over vaccinations and lockdowns.
PPC leader Maxime Bernier, who also was a minister in Harper’s government, attacked Kenney over his vaccine passport announcement. Bernier tweeted that he would go to the province “to join Albertans in their fight against this despot.”
A rolling Nanos Research telephone survey of 1,200 Canadians for CTV on Thursday put public support for the Liberals at 31.9%, the Conservatives at 30.3% and the left-leaning New Democrats at 22.4%.
Such a result could produce deadlock in which no party is able to form even a stable minority government. Trudeau triggered the election two years early, seeking to benefit from his handling of the pandemic, but the Liberals have not so far been able to shrug off voter fatigue.
Trudeau, however, got a big endorsement on Thursday from former U.S. President Barack Obama, who wished his “friend” all the best in the election.
“Justin has been an effective leader and strong voice for democratic values, and I’m proud of the work we did together,” Obama wrote on Twitter.
(Reporting by Steve Scherer; Writing by David Ljunggren; additional reporting by Rod Nickel in Winnipeg; Editing by Jonathan Oatis and Paul Simao)
Politics Briefing: Post-debate Nanos poll shows the Liberals ahead in Ontario – The Globe and Mail
The travel patterns of the party leaders make one thing clear: Federal elections are won and lost in the Greater Toronto Area, Quebec and British Columbia’s Lower Mainland.
To provide a more in-depth look at those key battlegrounds, Nanos Research combined its daily polling data over the past five days to produce larger sample sizes for regional battles. The five days cover Sept. 10 to 14, meaning all surveys were conducted after the Sept. 9 English-language leaders’ debate.
The results show the Liberals are well ahead in the GTA, but are essentially tied with the Conservatives in the rest of the province. For Ontario as a whole, the Liberals hold a 10-point lead with 40 per cent support, followed by the Conservatives at 30 per cent, the NDP at 20 per cent, the People’s Party at 7 per cent and the Greens at 3 per cent. The province-wide numbers are based on a sample size of 588 and have a margin of error of 4.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
In Quebec, the Liberals are slightly in front at 32 per cent, followed by the Bloc Québécois at 28 per cent, the Conservatives at 18 per cent, the NDP at 15 per cent, the People’s Party at 4 per cent and the Greens at 3 per cent. That is based on a sample size of 447 respondents, with a margin of error of 4.6 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
In British Columbia, the Conservatives lead with 30 per cent support, followed by the Liberals at 28 per cent, the NDP at 26 per cent and the Greens and People’s Party tied at 8 per cent. That is based on a sample size of 300 respondents and has a margin of error of 5.7 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
The polling data was collected as part of a daily tracking survey commissioned by The Globe and Mail and CTV News.
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TRUDEAU, O’TOOLE, SINGH CALL FOR APOLOGY OVER BILL 21 ENGLISH DEBATE QUESTION: All three major party leaders are calling for an apology from the consortium of media broadcasters that oversees the federal election debates over a question about Quebec laws during the recent English-language debate.
The question, posed by moderator Shachi Kurl to Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet during the Sept. 9 debate, has set off a firestorm of criticism in Quebec, including a unanimous call from the provincial National Assembly for a formal apology for the “hostile” views expressed “against the Quebec nation.” A report by the Globe and Mail’s election team is here.
CHRÉTIEN APPEARS ON CAMPAIGN TRAIL: Former prime minister Jean Chrétien made an appearance in support of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau on the campaign trail, touting the Liberal government’s record as the party looks to gain ground in a competitive electoral race with less than a week to go until election day.
In a speech Tuesday evening to a packed room of about 400 supporters in Brampton, Ont., which is considered a key battleground, Mr. Chrétien spoke of the world being in turmoil and cited such issues as the impacts of climate change. The story by The Globe and Mail’s Kristy Kirkup is here.
TRUDEAU DEFENDS ONTARIO EVENT WITH 400 PEOPLE, SAYS ALL HEALTH GUIDELINES FOLLOWED: Mr. Trudeau is defending holding a packed campaign event in Brampton with 400 people on Tuesday evening, saying the event was in keeping with provincial guidelines despite criticism, including from Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole. Kristy Kirkup’s follow-up story is here.
SINGH SAYS CANDIDATES RESIGNING WAS THE ‘RIGHT DECISION’ AFTER ANTISEMITIC TWEETS SURACE: NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said that the resignations of two NDP candidates was the “right decision” after old Twitter posts recently came to light that were deemed to be antisemitic.
At a campaign stop in Windsor, Ont., on Wednesday morning, Mr. Singh was asked about Sidney Coles and Dan Osborne, two NDP candidates that were running in the ridings of Toronto-St. Paul’s and Nova Scotia’s Cumberland-Colchester, respectively. Both stepped down less than a week before election day, after old Twitter posts from each candidate resurfaced. The story by the Globe and Mail’s Menaka Raman-Wilms is here.
TRUDEAU WARNS PROGRESSIVES TO VOTE LIBERAL TO WARD OFF CONSERVATIVES, AS O’TOOLE COURTS QUEBEC: Mr. Trudeau appeared alongside the former leader of British Columbia’s Green Party on Tuesday to make a final attempt at appealing to progressive voters, arguing that the Liberals are the only party that can stop the Conservatives as election day draws near.
Meanwhile, Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole sent a letter to Quebec Premier François Legault in an effort to ease concerns about the Conservative Party’s child-care plan, as the Tory Leader looks to court Quebec voters. Story by the Globe and Mail’s election team is here.
CONSERVATIVE CANDIDATE APOLOGIZES FOR SPREADING COVID VACCINE MISINFORMATION: Manitoba Conservative candidate and incumbent Ted Falk has apologized after he was quoted in a local newspaper making the false claim that people are 13 times more likely to die from the Delta variant if they were double-vaccinated, compared to unvaccinated. The Canadian Press report can be found here.
TRUDEAU SAYS HE PLAYED NO ROLE IN DEAL WITH CHINESE GOVERNMENT PRESS THAT REPUBLISHED HIS MEMOIR: The Conservative Party is asking Canada’s federal ethics watchdog to reveal whether it scrutinized a 2016 deal where a Chinese state-owned publishing house republished Justin Trudeau’s private memoirs under the title The Legend Continues. Meanwhile, Mr. Trudeau distanced himself from the book deal and declined to explicitly say whether the ethics commissioner okayed the China book deal. Story by the Globe and Mail’s Steven Chase and Robert Fife is here.
NEW INFLATION NUMBERS SPILL INTO ELECTION CAMPAIGN: Canadian inflation surged in August at the quickest pace since 2003, jumping 4.1 per cent in August from a year earlier. The Globe and Mail’s Matt Lundy reports on the details here. Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole, who has been raising inflation concerns throughout the campaign, said in a statement that Canada “is experiencing an affordability crisis” and Liberal and NDP policies will make it worse. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau suggested the situation is temporary and said his party is offering policies on housing and child care that will help lower costs for Canadians.
Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-François Blanchet campaigns in Montreal. Longueuil, Châteauguay, Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, Varennes and Mont-Saint-Hilaire.
Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole made an announcement and held a media availability in Jonquiere, Que., and is scheduled to hold an evening event with supporters in Orford.
Green Party Leader Annamie Paul holds a press conference in Kitchener, Ont., with Mike Schreiner, the leader of the Ontario Green Party, and mainstreets in Kitchener and Toronto.
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau made an announcement and held a media availability in Halifax.
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh spoke to the media in Essex, Ont., and visited supporters in London. He was scheduled to visit supporters in Niagara Centre, Hamilton and Brampton and join a Twitch stream event with YouTuber Ryan Letourneau.
Gary Mason (The Globe and Mail) on Maxime Bernier’s disgraceful election campaign: “Election campaigns are bruising, generally thankless affairs, in which the mood of the candidates is inextricably linked to the proximity of the finish line. That is, unless you have nothing to lose, then you can often enjoy the experience and get more exposure than you ever imagined – or frankly, deserved. Welcome to Mad Max Bernier’s world.”
John Ibbitson (The Globe and Mail) on why the Peoples’ Party of Canada should be represented in Parliament: “If PPC members fail to break through in Parliament, just as Mr. Bernier was unfairly denied representation in the leaders’ debates last week – they will find another way to be heard.”
Eric Reguly (The Globe and Mail) on how Norway’s election thrust climate to the political forefront and may be a taste of elections to come: “The Norwegian election might be a foretaste of elections to come as the planet heats up. The election result – the swing to the left partly propelled by heightened environmental awareness – signaled climate issues are entering the political mainstream, at least in western Europe, and are less divisive than they used to be. Canada is not quite there yet, but give it time. Wealthy Norway has the luxury of knowing that throwing fortunes at reducing emissions won’t hurt the economy, as it might in some other countries. Cries of hypocrisy as the oil revenue continues to fill Norwegian state bank accounts will not disappear any time soon. But give that time, too.”
Erna Paris (Contributor to The Globe and Mail) on why federal leaders’ sycophantic acceptance of Quebec’s Bill 21 is dangerous for all of Canada: “To back such legislation is not only hypocrisy on the part of Canadian leaders, but an affront to the fundamental commitments we espouse in this country. During the debate, it was striking to note that in the same breath as the main party leaders refused to challenge Quebec’s right to discriminate, they simultaneously mouthed their support for the Canadian shibboleths of human rights and equality.”
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