"Windsorites understand more than just about anyone else, how truly integrated our economies are, with local plants like Fiat Chrysler, and many folks crossing the border every single day for work, eating breakfast in Canada, lunch in the US, then heading back to Canada for dinner." says Trudeau.
Jocelyn Downie and Daphne Gilbert (Policy Options) on what the federal government should do after a Quebec court struck down restrictions in the medically assisted dying bill: We would argue that the decision should not be appealed. Baudouin provided a rigorous analysis of the empirical evidence about MAiD, both in Canada and in other permissive jurisdictions. She provided a persuasive analysis of the legal arguments about the constitutionality of the federal [assisted dying] legislation. Her 770-paragraph decision is a damning indictment of the unnecessary cruelty of the reasonably foreseeable criterion. Her decision is also consistent with the Supreme Court of Canadas decision in Carter, the expert opinions of many constitutional law scholars, and the majority of the members of the Canadian Senate. To go through an appeal to the Quebec Court of Appeal and then to the Supreme Court of Canada is an indefensible use of human and financial resources and an unconscionable multi-year extension of the suffering of those who would qualify for MAiD but for the reasonably foreseeable criterion.
Trudeau added the Liberals have done a lot in the last four years but says the party is just getting started.
"While we were strengthening NAFTA’s labour protections, we were also funding transit from Halifax to Windsor to Calgary to Vancouver so people can actually get to their jobs on time," says Trudeau.
He said Pupatello knows how to get big things done for Windsor and she is ready to fight for the city.
Sean Speer (The Globe and Mail) on the people the economy is leaving behind: Notwithstanding [the countrys] positive record, there are still 6.7 million working-age Canadians (25 to 64) without postsecondary qualifications, which is roughly the equivalent of the combined populations of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. It would be unacceptable for policy-makers to neglect three whole provinces, and it ought to be unacceptable to ignore these Canadians – especially in light of evidence that the contemporary economy is paying a higher and higher education premium and creating fewer and fewer opportunities for those without advanced education.
Former Liberal minister and current incumbent Chrystia Freeland was also on hand for the rally along with all local Liberal candidates.
Theres been no free ride for the main contenders in this federal election. Justin Trudeau and the Liberals have been on their heels clarifying and responding to questions about the SNC-Lavalin controversy and ethics. Ethics is a key pain point for Mr. Trudeau. The Nanos data suggest that only about 17 per cent of Canadians believe Mr. Trudeau would be best at leading an ethical government, trailing both Elizabeth May (23 per cent) and Andrew Scheer (20 per cent). For Mr. Scheer, the Conservative campaign has been dogged by questions about abortion and social issues and the views of some Conservative candidates.
Now the campaign is officially underway, many are just starting to think about the weeks ahead and how to vote.
ICYMI on the weekend: Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer accused Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau of making too many concessions to the United States during the North American free-trade agreement talks. Stephen Schwarzman, the CEO of the U.S. buyout giant Blackstone Group, says in a new book that he convinced Mr. Trudeau during the talks to make deeper concessions to come to an agreement with the Trump administration, as not doing so would make Mr. Trudeaus political survival more difficult in a re-election campaign.
We've been fielding many questions about all aspects of the election, from parliamentary procedure to voting restrictions.
Each week until election day, we'll be rounding up your questions and answering the most common in articles like this. Here are some we got during Week 1.
Support for the New Democrats has remained steady over the first few days of the campaign while the Greens, after hitting historic highs of support in the Nanos tracking, are showing signs of potential decline. For the Greens, their main challenge is to not get caught in the vice grip of strategic voting as some progressive voters, disappointed with Mr. Trudeau, take their Green safe haven and opt to swing back to the Liberals to block a potential Scheer Conservative win.
You may have noticed CBC News referring to Justin Trudeau as Liberal leader. Yes, he's still prime minister. However, now that the election has been called, incumbents who are running for re-election are referred to by their party affiliation only. According to the CBC Language Guide, this is done to "avoid even the perception of giving incumbents an advantage."
There are exceptions, though. The political titles are allowed if it is a non-election story, where they are acting in their official role. Right here, though, it's Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.
With Parliament dissolved, it can't be recalled. Until the election ends and a new government is sworn in, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and his cabinet ministers "hold full and complete authority," according to the Library of Parliament. They would be the ones dealing with any emergency.
If that emergency requires spending money, they could do so through using the Governor General's Special Warrants, which cover expenses "urgently required for the public good." Any decisions would be guided by existing rules.
The Liberals are encouraged to act with restraint, though. An emergency is one thing, but they shouldn't be spending money on policy or new appointments. There are no penalties if they do that, but as the Library of Parliament warns, "the possibility of political sanction in the form of a defeat at the polls would have to be taken into account."
Meanwhile, in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, the Conservatives remain well ahead of the Liberals. The Conservatives lead at 38 per cent in B.C., with the Liberals have 26 per cent support, according to the poll. The NDP and Green Party are both tied with 15 per cent of decided B.C. voters.
If it's your new home (and you are on the voter list), you can update your address here — but you should do it soon. That way, your voter information card can be sent to your new address. You can use it along with one other form of ID to vote. This is perhaps the easiest way to vote if you just moved, as you likely won't have time to update your address on any of your other IDs just yet; the election is soon —on Oct. 21 — after all!
Some recent provincial polls have suggested the negative opinions of Premier Doug Ford could impact support for the federal Conservatives across the province. Polls by Mainstreet Research and Angus Reid showed just 20 to 36 per cent of Ontarians have a positive impression of their premier.
You may actually be able to vote via mobile polling station in the hospital. Elections Canada plans to travel to 5,202 different places where seniors or people with disabilities live, including hospitals. In some cases, poll staffers will actually go room to room in hospitals with a ballot box.
Elections Canada suggests contacting your hospital to see if voting will be offered there. The same type of identification rules apply as if you were to go to a regular polling station. There are several hospital items you can use as one of your forms of identification though, including hospital cards, hospital ID wristbands and labels from your prescriptions. You can use one of these along with an additional ID from this list, which has your address.
If you can't leave your house or make it to a polling station, you can get your ballot kit sent to you in the mail — you can apply for it now.
Elections Canada considers the home visit a last resort, if all other options have been exhausted. If you meet the criteria, you can contact your returning officer to request to vote at home.
Vouching is being reinstated this election. It's the practice of getting someone to vouch for your right to vote if you don't have valid ID. That person must be able to prove their identity and address.
It was offered as an option in past elections but was nixed as part of the Conservatives' Elections Act changes in 2014, so it wasn't available in the 2015 election. The Liberals made their own changes to the Elections Act last year, bringing back vouching.
In 2011, about 120,000 people used vouching in order to vote. That's around 0.8 per cent of all voters.
If a voter refuses to go into a polling booth and insists on handing back an unmarked ballot, workers will still put that ballot in the box, where it will be counted as a rejected ballot.
The number of rejected ballots is included in Election Canada's final vote count; there were 120,515 rejected in 2015. However, it can't be considered a protest vote because many types of ballots are counted as rejected, including ones with no votes, ones with multiple votes and ones that are improperly marked.
"There is no mechanism to track people who want to protest their vote," says Matthew McKenna, who works in media relations for Elections Canada.
In Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario provincial elections and territorial elections in the Northwest Territories, you can actually decline your ballot, which gives a better indication of those voting in protest. The option isn't available federally.
Have a question you don't see here? Send Haydn an email at [email protected] He'll try to get you an answer — or include it in a future article.
Haydn Watters is a roving reporter for Ontario, primarily serving the province's local radio shows. He has worked for CBC News and CBC Radio in Halifax, Yellowknife, Ottawa and Toronto, with stints at the politics bureau and the entertainment unit. He also ran an experimental one-person pop-up bureau for the CBC in Barrie, Ont.
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