OTTAWA — A look at key developments Monday on the federal campaign trail:
Conservative Leader Stephen Harper took on the appearance of a game-show host as the federal election campaign entered its eleventh and final week Monday. Harper appeared at an event in Waterloo, Ont., with a working mother who slapped down $20-dollar bills to the clanging of a cash register sound. It was to illustrate the money Harper says families would lose because of Liberal campaign commitments to roll back some Conservative tax credits for families. For his part, Trudeau fired back that it was another example of Harper engaging in the politics of fear and telling “untruths” to voters about his platform.
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau went after disaffected conservative voters on Thanksgiving day. He made his direct appeal to red Tories in ridings the Conservative party won in the 2011 election. Trudeau said he’s hearing from conservatives across the country that their values are no longer reflected by Stephen Harper’s Conservative party. Trudeau told his supporters in a newly formed suburban Ottawa riding carved from a former Tory district that conservatives are their neighbours, cousins and parents. Trudeau praised the now-defunct Progressive Conservative party and said its former supporters don’t have to leave Stephen Harper Conservatives because Harper’s party has left them. The Liberal leader’s attempt to woo red Tories came at a time when national polls suggested his campaign has been building momentum.
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair is turning a blind eye to opinion polls that suggest his party’s fortunes have turned south with one week left in the federal election campaign. Mulcair says the Oct. 19 vote is still a three-way race despite what the polls indicate. On a blitz through British Columbia and Saskatchewan on Monday, Mulcair continued to hammer home the message that the New Democrats are in a better position to overtake Stephen Harper’s Conservatives than the Liberals. He says the NDP only needs another 35 seats on top it its 2011 showing to beat the Harper Conservatives, while Justin Trudeau’s Liberals need at least another 100.
The Canadian Press