BRAMPTON, Ont. — Having the Blue Jays in the race for the World Series at the same time as the federal election has been a bit of a boon for the Conservatives, given that they share the same colours.
But Jason Kenney took the parallel one step further Wednesday, drawing a link between the Jays’ capturing their American League Division Series and the political future of the other blue team, his own.
“The blue team, they came from behind, they won three straight and they won the series just like the blue team is going to win on Oct. 19,” he told a crowd of hundreds at an event for Stephen Harper Wednesday night, minutes after the Jays won the game.
It is coming down to the final inning of the election for the Conservatives — there are only four days left to campaign.
The party is pushing to overcome a surge of support for the Liberals that seems to threatens any chance of the Conservatives winning a majority government and potentially a minority as well.
Kenney said Wednesday the Jays’ victory has a message in it.
“It just takes courage, belief, you stick to your principles, you do it right,” he said.
“That’s what the Jays have taught us and that’s what we’re going to show Canada next Monday.”
Harper has spent the last four days campaigning in the voter-dense areas around Toronto and southwestern Ontario, venturing even into safe Conservative seats to try and counter the Liberal threat.
But Thursday he heads to new territory — Quebec. There, the party is not on the defensive, but the offensive, hoping to add to their current five seats in the province by picking up several more, mostly around the provincial capital.
He’ll be picking up his campaign pace as well, adding a third public campaign event to his schedule Thursday instead of the usual two.
Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press