Politics This Morning: Scheer swings through southwestern Ontario in advance of byelections

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is visiting Burlington today as part of a swing through southwestern Ontario, in advance of two byelections in Alberta and Quebec on Monday.Photograph courtesy of Andrew Scheer's Twitter

PUBLISHED :Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 10:50 PM

Good Friday morning,

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is continuing his southwestern Ontario swing Friday, visiting Kitchener, Cambridge, and Burlington.

He’ll start the day at the Holiday Inn in Cambridge at 8 a.m. before leaving for the Crowne Plaza in nearby Kitchener at 12:45 p.m.

Mr. Scheer will then drop by the Holiday Inn in Burlington from 6-7:30 p.m., an appearance jointly organized by the five Conservative riding associations in the Halton region.

  

The event is free to attend and open to all, with cash donations to be accepted at the door.

The three-city trek is the latest stopover for Mr. Scheer in southwestern Ontario, with the Tory leader visiting Stratford and Hamilton on Thursday.

It’s interesting that Mr. Scheer has focused on the region this week, what with byelections scheduled for vacant seats in Alberta and Quebec on Monday.

Strugeon River-Parkland, Alta., located on the periphery of the Edmonton Metropolitan Area, is seen as a safe Tory seat, but Lac-Saint-Jean in northeastern Quebec has been heavily targeted by political rivals, with NDP leader Jagmeet Singh and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently visiting the riding, looking to snatch it from the Conservatives.

  

Lac-Saint-Jean was narrowly won by former Tory cabinet minister Denis Lebel in 2015 with only 33 per cent of the vote.

Mr. Trudeau is campaigning in the riding today alongside Liberal candidate Richard Hébert after canvassing with him on Thursday. The prime minister will also be appearing across a handful of media outlets in the morning.

Mr. Trudeau will then jet off to Central Alberta to campaign in Strugeon River-Parkland with Liberal candidate Brian Gold, visiting the Edmonton bedroom community of Spruce Grove Friday afternoon.

Shifting back to southwestern Ontario, Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Small Business and Tourism Minister Bardish Chagger, who also serves as Government House Leader, will be at the Communitech Data Hub in Waterloo to talk up the government’s tax proposals during an 11:35 a.m. event. Ms. Chagger represents Waterloo in the House.

  

Meanwhile, in Edmonton, Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor is co-charing a meeting of federal-provincial-territorial ministers of health, alongside Alberta counterpart Sarah Hoffman.

A press conference following the meeting will take place at the Federal Building in downtown Edmonton at 2:15 p.m. (Mountain time), followed by a media availability 20 minutes later.

On Saturday, Ms. Petitpas Taylor is addressing the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress in Vancouver.

The minister is expected to discuss healthy eating during her 8:45 a.m. (Pacific time) speech at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Health Canada will also be livestreaming her address here.

The four-day conference, organized by the Canadian Cardiovascular Society, is the largest gathering of cardiovascular and allied health professionals in Canada.

Have a great day!

The Hill Times