OTTAWA — Party leaders focus on Ontario votes today
The major party leaders are all in southern Ontario today and they will spend some time in Toronto.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper heads to the highly symbolic riding of Etobicoke-Lakeshore, where former Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff infamously lost his seat in the 2011 campaign to Conservative Bernard Trottier.
That campaign saw the Liberals reduced to third-party status, an ideological victory for the Conservatives who have long said that quashing the notion of Liberals as the natural governing party of Canada is one of their main ideological goals.
But with the Liberals reinvigorated under Justin Trudeau, Harper finds himself on the defensive in the riding and will choose another point of differentiation between his party and what’s at stake if the Liberals form government.
This morning’s event is at a theatrical production facility, raising the possibility of another dramatic re-enactment akin to Monday’s event which saw Harper bring up an Ontario family to show how much money they personally would lose, he argued, under the Liberals.
Harper will also visit London, Ont., later in the day.
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair starts the day in Oshawa before holding a town hall in Toronto and moving on to Brampton in the evening.
The Oshawa riding was once held by former NDP leader Ed Broadbent but has been represented by Conservative Colin Carrie since 2004.
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has a busy day, with five events on his schedule.
He has three stops in Toronto before heading to Kitchener to meet with the mayors of Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge before attending an evening Oktoberfest event in Mannheim.
Green party Leader Elizabeth May will discuss eliminating poverty in Victoria and hold an event in Nanaimo, B.C., via Skype with James Shaw, the co-leader of Green party of New Zealand.
Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe will make three stops on the same street in Granby, Quebec.
The Canadian Press