First 30 days of leaders' campaigns show concentration in southern Ontario - 2019-10-10
The first 30 days of campaign action have overwhelmingly focused on southern Ontario ridings, an iPolitics analysis shows — with both the Liberal and Conservative leaders' camps spending more than half their campaign days so far, at least partly, in Ontario.
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has spent 18 of the last 30 days in the central province, including days spent recuperating in Ottawa. Eight days have included planned campaign events in the Greater Toronto Area — a key battleground against rival and Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer. Scheer has spent 17 of the last 30 days in Ontario, including days off in Ottawa, and has spent even more time than Trudeau campaigning in the Greater Toronto Area — with 10 days, a third of the campaign so far, bringing Scheer to the GTA.
Ontario has been a key theme in the Liberal campaign's messaging this fall. Trudeau has been hammering against Ontario Premier Doug Ford at announcements and appearances, using the provincial leader's government as a foil to allege that Scheer would make cuts to services, if his Conservative Party forms government after the Oct. 21 vote. Ford has kept his head down through the election campaign, which he's denied any interest in — a move that Ford's opposition has alleged is to help Scheer's prospects.