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CanadaLiberals target NDP seats in opening phase of election campaign

11:20  14 september  2019
11:20  14 september  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

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+ TORONTO – NDP Leader Andrea Horwath responded to calls from the Liberals to adjust their Horwath was joined by federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh on Monday’s rally, with more than 50 Campaigning from a Mexican restaurant in Toronto on Monday, Wynne said she doesn’t see how the

The Liberals started the campaign with a mere 37 seats in the House of Commons and were polling in third place. Stephen Harper and the Conservatives won the 2011 election with 166 seats , while the NDP finished with 103 — and, for the first time, status as the Official Opposition.

Liberals target NDP seats in opening phase of election campaign© David Cochrane/CBC Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau shakes hands with supporters in Saint-Hubert, Que. at the campaign headquarters of candidate Rejean Hebert, a former provincial cabinet minister for the Parti Quebecois. Justin Trudeau's election bus rolled into Saint-Hubert, Que. on Friday as he sought to woo NDP voters in a riding where even the sitting MP has abandoned the New Democrats.

The New Democrats' sliding fortunes in Quebec prompted the incumbent here, Pierre Nantel, to defect to the Greens on the eve of the election call. The riding of Longueuil-Saint-Hubert is just one of a long list of NDP-held seats that the Liberals have targeted.

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"All Canadians have a clear choice to make," Trudeau told a crowd of supporters at candidate Rejean Hebert's campaign office Friday. "Do we continue to move forward? Do we continue to do the hard work together? Or do we go backwards? Do we go back to the Stephen Harper approach?"

Harper isn't on the ballot of course. But Trudeau wants Canadians to think of Harper when they see Andrew Scheer.

The opening days of this campaign saw Trudeau repeat that message at rallies in NDP-held ridings in Vancouver and Edmonton and on the doorstep of the Montreal-area riding held for the NDP by Hélène Laverdière, who isn't running again. Trudeau was introduced at the Montreal rally by environmentalist Stephen Guilbeault, a prime spot for the Liberals' high-profile candidate.

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Justin Trudeau's Liberals and Andrew Scheer's Conservatives were running neck-and-neck during warm-up laps for the start of the 40-day federal election campaign Both were in the range needed to pick up seats in the province. The Liberals were also leading comfortably in Atlantic Canada, with 53

Trudeau rolled out his policy announcements in Esquimalt, B.C. and Trois-Rivieres, Que. — where New Democrats are the incumbents.

But at nearly each of these stops, there have been signs of the challenges Trudeau faces in wooing enough progressive voters to swing these seats.

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Trudeau's rally speech in Vancouver Kingsway drew a crowd of more than a thousand supporters. But amidst the cheering, the Liberal leader was interrupted by a shouting Harrison Johnston. The 19-year-old Johnston is one of many opponents of the TMX pipeline in the greater Vancouver area.

Johnston will vote for the first time in this election — his shouted question to Trudeau made it clear it won't be for the Liberals.

"In 11 years, when it's going to be the tipping point whether climate change becomes irreversible or not, will he be able to look his kids in the eye and tell them he did everything he could?" Johnston said after the rally.

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When the campaign moved on to Alberta, it encountered the other side of that problem.

The Liberals held a rally in Edmonton Strathcona because New Democrat Linda Duncan isn't running again and they see a rare chance for a pick-up in Alberta. But Liberal staff and security had to remove an angry heckler from the crowd as Trudeau was speaking.

Liberals target NDP seats in opening phase of election campaign© David Cochrane/CBC Harrison Johnston, 19, and Maya Mersereau-Liem, 17, went to Justin Trudeau's Vancouver rally to protest Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019 to protest his government's purchase of the TMX pipeline.

Outside the Westbury Theatre that housed the rally, a crowd led by the United We Roll convoy organizer Patrick King voiced their displeasure with Trudeau's approach to the oil sector.

A man driving by the scene rolled down his car window and shouted "f--k Trudeau."

'Truth' has a price

In Quebec, Trudeau was asked repeatedly about difficult political issues such as Bill 21, the province's controversial secularism bill.

Trudeau has condemned the bill as discriminatory, but said the federal government wouldn't intervene in the legal challenges.

In Trois-Rivieres, though, Trudeau said he wouldn't rule out intervening in the future — as Conservative leader Scheer has done — calling it "irresponsible" to do so because Bill 21 deals with fundamental rights and freedoms

His candidate in Longueuil-Saint-Hubert says that position could come with a cost.

"You know telling the truth has always a price," Hebert told reporters. "But we have to take positions. We have to take clear positions."

The Liberals' clear position, at least in the first 72 hours of this campaign, is that their path to a second majority relies heavily on gains at the NDP's expense.

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