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Canada Scheer says platform will help unify Canada, in contrast to divisive Liberals

01:10  20 october  2019
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Scheer, Singh make confident pitch to voters as polls move to favour Conservatives

  Scheer, Singh make confident pitch to voters as polls move to favour Conservatives Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is asking for a mandate to govern with increasing confidence as shifting polls favour his party to win the most seats for the first time in this campaign. Meanwhile, Jagmeet Singh is urging voters to park their votes with the NDP, despite poor polling numbers."I believe that Canadians are going to be very happy with that choice to vote Conservative," he told supporters on Saturday in B.C.

Scheer pledged last week to fund two major transit projects, including one that would link Toronto to suburbs like Markham and Vaughn. Singh echoes the NDP party leader in his pitch to progressive Canadians against strategic voting, hitting both Liberals and Conservatives.

Canadians should elect Andrew Scheer and a Conservative majority government. Fundamentally, in stark contrast to the incumbent Liberals , the Conservatives Life is good in Canada . But we cannot accept as a given that it always will be. The world does not owe us our prosperity and security.

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BRAMPTON, Ont. — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer campaigned through some of the hottest battlegrounds in this election Saturday, facing questions about how far he's willing to go to win.

He batted back the suggestion that in a bid to get votes, his platform favours Quebec over all other provinces, and flat out refused to address a report that his party hired an outside firm to "destroy" the other conservative party running in this election.

And as he repeated unsubstantiated claims that the Liberals and the NDP would form a coalition government that would seek to raise the GST and drive the country far deeper into deficit, he insisted that everything he's brought to the table this election campaign was for the common good.

Here’s what election strategists are saying in the week before Election Day

  Here’s what election strategists are saying in the week before Election Day Strategists on the West Block had some advice for federal party leaders poised to set out on their last week on the campaign trail.The most recent Ipsos poll conducted for Global News showed the Liberals and Conservatives virtually tied, with support for the Liberals at 35 per cent and for the Tories at 34 per cent.

It never seems to dawn on Liberals that Tories keep getting elected to important offices because many Canadians agree with them. Trudeau, in contrast , has seen his solid 2015 majority erode to the point he’s campaigning frantically just to match Conservative support and somehow rescue a minority.

Whole sections of the Liberal platform — a 25 per cent reduction in cellular phone bills, a national pharmacare plan, net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by The first necessity, then, is to remove the Liberals from power. To return them with a majority, especially, would amount to rewarding them for

"Every morning we have gotten up and we have put forward a positive platform offering hope and opportunity for Canadians," he said at a morning event in Toronto.

That the platform makes specific targeted pledges to Quebec and that he's spent weeks telling voters there that with him in office their future is well in their hands, shouldn't be interpreted as giving the province more say than others, said Scheer.

"I reject the notion in any way one province is treated differently under the Conservative platform," Scheer said.

Scheer instead positioned himself as a unifier, attacking the Liberals for dividing the country.

"It's quite clear that under Justin Trudeau, region has been pit against region," Scheer said.

The two leaders are pitted against each other in the waning days of the campaign, their planes both parked at the Toronto airport Saturday as they each campaigned in crucial ridings around the area.

Scheer in Quebec, fighting against rise in support for Bloc Quebecois

  Scheer in Quebec, fighting against rise in support for Bloc Quebecois QUEBEC — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer heads to Quebec today, a province where he's taking on not just the Liberals and NDP, but also the Bloc Quebecois. Scheer is now actively campaigning against the threat of a coalition Liberal-NDP government, bringing up the issue several times yesterday during campaign events in Winnipeg. But in Quebec, rising support for the BQ suggests that party could elect enough MPs to hold a powerful position in the event of a minority government.Scheer says the priority of the Bloc is to work towards another referendum on separation for Quebec, and discounts needing to work with them to advance the interests of Quebecers.

But the Liberals are not amateurs in the black art of disinformation. Scheer has been dogged by “Andrew Scheer has not said he would stand up for access to reproductive services on abortion This is undoubtedly the most nasty and divisive election I have experienced in nearly 20 years of coverage.

Liberal MP targets Scheer 's proposal on free speech. Worse, in Vaughan's view, Scheer is now "The prime minister's job is to bring Canadians together, not to tear us apart," Trudeau says in a clip The ad makes no mention of Scheer or the Conservatives, in contrast to the aggressive personal

The national divide in the polls was well represented in the riding of Brampton North, in the city just outside Toronto: one street, a sea of red Liberal signs. Turn a corner, and a wave of blue Conservative ones would be next.

There, Scheer held a mid-afternoon street rally that, in addition to drawing several dozens of supporters of the local Conservative candidate, also saw residents just come out of their homes to see what was going on.

Several said they were switching their vote this election from the Liberals to the Conservatives, raising concerns about the Liberal approaches to refugee resettlement, justice, and the carbon tax.

But with just two days to go, 66-year-old Lalbhai Lad said he hadn't made up his mind where to cast his ballot this time around. He had voted for Trudeau in 2015, and he said he came from his home a few blocks away to get a sense of Scheer.

"It is very difficult to define who is best for the country," he said. "There is good and bad for both."

Scheer claims a Liberal-NDP coalition government would hike the GST

  Scheer claims a Liberal-NDP coalition government would hike the GST OTTAWA — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is demanding Liberals "have the guts" to explain what taxes will be raised to secure NDP support in a coalition government. Scheer began his campaign day Friday in Fredericton, aiming to take back seats in Atlantic Canada where the Liberals won every riding four years ago. He is trying to sow seeds of concern about a hypothetical Liberal-NDP coalition that could arise if no party wins a majority of seats in Monday's election."Justin Trudeau has made it clear he will pay any price to stay in power — and he will use your money to pay for it," Scheer said.

While speaking with reporters, Mr. Scheer said “modern” Canadian history shows that the party that wins the most seats is given the first opportunity to govern in a minority Parliament. In contrast , NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said his party is open to several scenarios in a minority Parliament.

By contrast , he said Liberals won by campaigning “on a thoughtful approach that was in total Here in Canada , Quebecers elected Francois Legault’s Coalition Avenir Quebec on a platform of Canada 's Footprint: How cigarettes, coffee and Canadian engineers helped put men on the moon.

In declaring himself a force for national unity Saturday, Scheer cited his idea for a national energy corridor, which could help oil and gas flow east and hydroelectric power move west.

But if that corridor involves an oil pipeline, it might face a major hurdle in Quebec, where Premier Francois Legault has said there is no "social acceptability" for a future projects that would be similar to the failed Energy East pipeline.

New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs, as he campaigned with Scheer in the province on Friday, had suggested Quebec receives too much attention at the federal level, calling it the favoured child of the federation.

Scheer said Saturday he did not believe Quebec was a "special child."

"All provinces have their unique challenges, their unique issues," he said.

"It's the role of the prime minister to address all issues that affect all Canadians in a way that brings our country closer together."

Addressing those issues includes a climate plan that Scheer insisted Saturday did respond to the demands of thousands of Canadians — including those who took to the streets Friday in Alberta to advocate for stronger action on climate change.

Scheer denies spreading 'misinformation' in predicting unannounced Liberal taxes

  Scheer denies spreading 'misinformation' in predicting unannounced Liberal taxes OTTAWA — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said Friday he's not spreading misinformation by accusing his Liberal and NDP opponents of contemplating tax hikes that they haven't announced. Scheer made the remark as he kicked off a day of campaigning in Fredericton by suggesting — without citing specific evidence — that a potential coalition between the Liberals and the NDP might lead to a hike in the GST. Most polls continue to suggest the Liberals and Conservatives are deadlocked, raising talk about potential minority or coalition governments as support also grows for the NDP in some provinces and for the Bloc Quebecois in Quebec.

Andrew Scheer —former speaker of Canada ’s House of Commons, leader of Canada ’s Conservatives, and the main rival to the Liberals ’ Justin Trudeau in The end result is a mounting animosity between the two parties—echoing the division between the Democratic and Republican parties one country to

The 40-day campaign will see the incumbent Liberals attempt to retain the majority they won in the 2015 election. It will also conduct confidential assessments of independent and party platform proposals preceding the The committee's report, Strengthening Democracy in Canada : Principles

Scheer has spent little time in that province this campaign, though he often invokes the decimation of its economy as the motivating factor behind his drive to repeal the carbon tax.

Yet, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney suggested Saturday that it was only the federal Conservatives who have Alberta's interests in mind, accusing the others of turning the province into a punching bag.

"Four of the five federal parties have been campaigning against Alberta, our resources and our workers," Kenney wrote on Twitter.

How Scheer has been campaigning was also under scrutiny Saturday, as he was repeatedly pressed on a report suggesting his party had hired an outside firm to discredit the People's Party of Canada, a libertarian offshoot of the Conservatives.

Despite being asked nearly two dozen times whether that was the case, Scheer would only say he would not comment on outside vendors his party may or may not have hired.

The PPC is led by a former Conservative MP, Maxime Bernier, who also came within a whisker of winning the Conservative party leadership in 2017.

There have long been concerns among Conservatives that Bernier's party could siphon off their voters, which in ridings with exceptionally narrow margins could mean the difference between a win or a loss for the Tories.

But Scheer suggested to a roomful of supporters in the Don Valley North riding in Toronto Saturday that momentum was building towards a win. He urged them to stay strong, and keep campaigning until the end.

"We are a grassroots party," he said. "We rely on hundreds of thousands of volunteers just like you."

This report by The Canadian Press was originally published on Oct. 19, 2019.

Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press

'That has never happened before': Leaders' overlapping speeches were a messy end to divisive election .
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