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Politics This Morning: Trudeau attacks O’Toole over Alberta’s COVID-19 spike; Tory leader dodges questions on Kenney

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is in Windsor, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is in Sherbrooke, Que., and Nova Scotia, and Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole is in London and St. Catharines.
Opinion|Sheila Copps
All signs are pointing to a Liberal government, with the only question being whether it will be minority or majority.
Let’s hope voters shelve their anger and zealousness and lend some clear direction for the next government as it tries to define Canada for the post-pandemic future.
Canada has a ‘blackout bureaucracy,’ says journalism professor Sean Holman, who debated the former Privy Council clerk this week on the role of access to information in Canada’s democracy.
First Nations electors have the political power to flip several ridings, but turnout among Indigenous voters is traditionally much lower than it is for the average population, and there is little evidence this election cycle will be different.
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The provincial Greens' rise to become the official opposition in 2019 signals that P.E.I. voters are tired of 'politics as usual,' says one prof, which could translate into increased support for the Greens at the federal level.
News|Neil Moss
Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole has tried to recruit support from the centre, but it may have left the party vulnerable to a challenge on its right flank.
The Liberals have a conflicting track record, the Conservatives are sticking mostly to their older base, and the Greens are failing to capitalize on their opportunities, say experts and candidates.
Experts say that left-leaning parties seem to have a foothold in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, but Yukon could be anyone’s game.
More than 700,000 skilled tradespeople will retire by 2028, and Canada's efforts to replace them are falling short, warns a new report from the Royal Bank of Canada.
News|Neil Moss
Former NDP staffer Cameron Holmstrom says some ministers have found themselves in unexpected re-election fights.
The 40-year tug of war for this uniquely politically engaged riding had a flame lit under it following the withdrawal of incumbent minister Catherine McKenna from political life.
Polls suggest a three-way race in Canada’s Pacific province, but it’s too early to say whether the NDP can cash in on election day.
Opinion|Jay Cockburn
There's an upstart Conservative party leader putting on a friendly, faux-progressive face. He’s looking to take power. The struggling centre-left governing party stares down the barrel of a global crisis and the party leader's carrying the weight of past controversies. There's also a progressive third party, wildly popular with young people but not polling high enough to make it a real contender to win. The polling is so tight that nobody can predict who will form the next government. That was the U.K.’s 2010 election.
If Canada wants to be more than just a back-row supporter of nuclear disarmament it will need to invest some diplomatic energy in this endeavour.
Let’s continue to think of all the lives that would have been better or made longer. Because pharmacare is the right thing to do.
On Sept. 20, one of the two largest Canadian political parties is likely to win the election. Both are supporting new nuclear infrastructure development. The victor will oversee a fund with up to $8-billion of our tax dollars available to help private-sector nuclear companies, originating mainly in the U.S. and the U.K., to develop their nuclear prototypes in Canada.
Concern is skin deep: all the parties' climate platform policies are grossly insufficient, the climate villains are still in firm control, and any informed outsider would see a nation in deep climate denial.

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Prime Minister and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau won his seat in Papineau, Que., with just under 32 per cent of a margin, a riding that he’s held since he first ran for politics in 2008, when he narrowly defeated Bloc Québécois incumbent Vivian Barbot.
•In June, most polls indicated the Liberals on track to repeat their 2015 majority win under Justin Trudeau’s leadership. Now they're behind the Conservatives. With such a tight margin, either party could form a minority government. •The pandemic has laid bare 'fault lines' in which increasingly polarized views have emerged on issues, such as 'heightened attention to inequality at the very top; greater interest in climate change; a better balance between society and the economy; and social justice issues like systemic racism and Indigenous reconciliation.'
If O’Toole does win on Sept. 20, he will wake up with a mounting pile of IOUs to people like François Legault, who will be telling him to ‘pay up.’
Opinion|Tim Powers
Despite the Liberals' clear self-interested manoeuvre in calling the election, the Conservatives and the NDP haven’t right now got enough Canadians either excited about or comfortable with change.
Strategists say these kinds of attack ads 'tell a lot about how a political party is doing,' because it means their internal polling told them the ads were necessary.
For the second night, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faced repeated attacks from party leaders for his move to trigger an election in the midst of the pandemic, and as the fourth wave picks up.
However, two pollsters say a tighter race can lead to more interest in the elections and result in higher voter turnout.
The prime minister was the prime target in last night's French-language debate and will be again tonight at the English-language televised leaders' debate.
NDP MP Daniel Blaikie says he is ‘quite disappointed’ the Vote on Campus program will not continue this year, and says he has concerns about low voter turnout due to confusion around mail-in ballots.
News|Neil Moss
The Conservatives have 31 references to China in their platform, while the Liberals spotlight the growing superpower only once alongside Iran and Russia.
One of the big focuses for all candidates in the riding is the issue of affordability in housing and day-to-day living. Liberal incumbent Maryam Monsef won the riding by five percentage points in 2019.
Trans candidates run into bias, discrimination, overly personal questions, and oddly invasive attacks, say advocates, which may keep them from joining public life and running for office.
Opinion|Erica Ifill
The anxiety of the pandemic, increased time spent online, and a former American president that platformed hate are all ingredients to a cauldron of white supremacy that’s about to boil over.
You’d think where parties and their leaders stand on making the workplace safer for women would feature prominently in the current election campaign. It hasn’t yet.
Canada doesn’t need its national leaders contributing to untrue conspiracy theories at a time when disinformation and unhinged paranoia on social media have splintered the information universe.
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