Only 7 weeks more weeks to go. Here’s a taste of what went on during week 3.
1. Mike Duffy Trial: This week featured continued testimony from Nigel Wright about a string of emails on the now infamous $90 thousand cheque. The big bomb shell: Contradictory statements from fellow former PMO staffer Benjamin Perrin indicating that current chief-of-staff Ray Novak knew of the cheque. Some argue if Novak knew then Harper knew.
2. #AngryCon: Reporters have asked Stephen Harper questions on the Duffy Trial at every campaign stop. At one point in Mississauga one Conservative supporter approached reporters calling CTV’s Laurie Graham a “lying piece of sh**,” Conservative Party Spokesman Kory Tenyeke immediately apologized. But the hashtag #AngryCon was established on social media and pictures like this began appearing on Facebook and Twitter.
3. Promises made: Conservatives promised to expand the armed forces’ reserves to 30 thousand over the next 4 years. They also proposed measures dealing with domestic disasters, and give the navy increased power to patrol the coastlines. The N.D.P meanwhile focused on disaster preparedness promising to put $9 million into natural disaster prevention and relief in western Canada. They made a second promise on $15/ day childcare in B.C. as well. Justin Trudeau announced 2 new parental leave options; the first allows flexibility for parents to take leave in chunks while returning to work in between. The second allows for parents to take a full 18 months at a lower benefit rate.
4. Candidate moves: Liberal candidate in Calgary Ala Buzreba resigned following some questionable tweets being made public. More details here.
Meanwhile in Milton:
- C.N. Intermodal: Conservative candidate Lisa Raitt has recused herself as Minister of Transport from the Intermodal Facility file in order to fight for constituents. Milton R.A.I.L. (Residents affected by Intermodal Lines) met with her, and got Raitt’s signature on a petition against it. More on their Facebook page in a posting dated: August 21.
2. All-Candidates debate: Milton Chamber of Commerce announces an all-candidates breakfast at Granite Ridge September 23 from 7am-9:15am. Tickets are $20 for members, and $25 for non-members. Make your voice heard. More information, and to register click the link
A trial goes on hiatus until after the election. But does it stop the questions? Liberals make an economic announcement… and paying money to question the Prime Minister?