The first full week of September campaigning is done. Here’s a taste of what happened
1.The Wonderful Wizard of “Oz“: Sagging poll numbers caused Stephen Harper to call in Australian fixer Lynton Crosby. When asked by Reporters what Crosby’s role would be party spokesman Kory Teneycke responded: “We don’t get into that.” Is the Conservative Campaign fixable? Stay tuned
2. The Interviews: CBC National Anchor Peter Mansbridge sat down with each of the party leaders for one-on-one interviews. Questions asked included what the first thing the candidate would do for the economy. Justin Trudeau’s answer: “Call together the Premiers, talk about climate change, get to Paris at the end of November…” (Full answer here). Thomas Mulcair’s answer: Well we would start by trying to kick-start the Canadian economy. We would start with the people who would create 80% of the jobs in Canada (Full answer here). Stephen Harper was asked how he plans a surplus at the end of the fiscal year, and answered by turning it back on the N.D.P: “The N.D.P. is promising- we have cost it at $35 billion of annual spending promises. Not even their high…” (full answer here). Green Party Leader Elizabeth May was asked about her party’s place in a minority government. She answered: “We’re talking about a Minority Parliament here where Canadians can have the choice between of fractious parliament sniping that doesn’t get too much done. Or with enough Greens elected we could have 4 years… (full answer here).
3. Promises made: Liberals promise a $1.5 billion Youth Employment strategy. The money would be spread over 4 years, and used to create up to 40,000 jobs annually. The plan includes a potential 5000 positions as guides, and Interpreters at Parks Canada. The N.D.P. targets the automotive sector with a promise of more financial incentives including $90 million for a federal automotive sector innovation fund over the next 5 years. The Conservatives targeted Lobster Fishing in Prince Edward Island promising $20 million over 3 years with $15 million on marketing, and $5 million on innovation.
4. First platform released: The Green Party became the first to release its platform. HIghlights include a plan to abolish post-secondary tuition for those who can’t afford it, an expanded universal healthcare system to include prescription drugs, and repealing C51.
Meanwhile in Milton…
A fairly quiet week, as the door-knocking, and meeting with voters continues.
Up next: It’s about the economy, and a second trial.