Elizabeth May's big weird tent - 2019-09-11
It's official: After months of campaigning by all federal leaders, the mad dash to election day really gets underway today. At 10 a.m. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will ask Governor General Julie Payette to dissolve parliament. The campaign starts with Trudeau gingerly holding a slight lead over Conservative leader Andrew Scheer. The outcome may come down to which party can best convince voters it can make their lives more affordable.
Nothing to SNC here: The race is as close as it is primarily because of the massive hit the Liberals took earlier this year over the SNC-Lavalin controversy, when Trudeau and others around him were accused of putting pressure on former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to give the engineering company a way to avoid criminal charges. Now, as Trudeau sets out for reelection, the Globe and Mail is reporting the RCMP's investigation into potential obstruction of justice has been blocked by the federal government's refusal to lift cabinet confidentiality for all witnesses. The Globe also reports the RCMP will put their operation on hold because of the upcoming election. (Globe and Mail)
Lights, cameras: One leader in particular is hoping the campaign launch will bring a reset. With NDP leader Jagmeet Singh desperate to turn around his party's dismal performance in the polls, John Geddes looks at the pressure Singh is under to perform: