Transportation has not been a key issue during this campaign so far, with the economy remaining at the top of people’s minds, however, four experts will gather today to discuss why it should be at a Hill Times Events Platform 2015 briefing. The breakfast panel discussion, which takes place at the Delta City Centre Hotel in downtown Ottawa starting at 7:30 a.m., will focus on major party positions on freight rail regulations, a national public transit policy, a national ports strategy and project management, among other hot topics. Panelists include Railway Association of Canada president Michael Bourque, Global Public Affairs senior associate Nick Mulder, Economics at AECOM director Mario Iacobaccci, and Canadian Urban Transit Association president and CEO Patrick Leclerc. The discussion will be moderated by Embassy managing editor Carl Meyer. The Conservatives have not talked about transportation directly, but as part of its low tax and balanced budget economic plan, there is a priority on infrastructure spending. The NDP’s plan for transit includes launching the Better Transit Plan to reduce commute times in the country by investing $1.3-billion a year over the next 20 years while helping to build and repair roads and bridges by giving $1.5-billion a year to municipalities. The NDP would also work to create 54,000 jobs in construction, manufacturing and transit operation across Canada. The Liberal Party has spoken on investing in public transit. If elected, the Liberals would invest $20-billion more in public transit over the next 10 years by creating bilateral agreements with provinces and territories similar to gas tax transfers to municipalities. “For our communities to succeed, funding for infrastructure needs to be substantive, predictable, and sustained,” the party’s platform states. “We will not only significantly increase the scale of federal transit investment; our plan will provide provinces, territories, and municipalities with an unprecedented level of long-term predictability in funding as well. This will be done in full respect of provincial jurisdiction. This historic, new influx of federal money into public transportation projects—along with the money committed directly to public transit in Budget 2015—will allow the existing New Building Canada Fund to focus more on other parts of Canada’s vital transportation system, such as roads and bridges.” The Green Party’s platform includes a promise to create a Canadian Infrastructure Bank which would “provide more robust and innovative financing and investment partnerships, in order to build safer bridges, better roads, world-class water treatment facilities, affordable housing, efficient public transportation, and expanded broadband access – putting thousands of Canadians to work in the process.” In case you missed it On the policy front of the campaign trail, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, running for re-election in Calgary Heritage, spoke about affordable home ownership for young Canadian families while making a stop in St. Jacobs, Ont. “We have a long record of making it easier for millions of young families to purchase their dream home,” he noted. “A re-elected Conservative government will build on this record with a comprehensive plan for the next generation to achieve their aspirations, and buy and invest in their first homes.” NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair, running for re-election in Outremont, Que., made stops in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and Charlottetown, P.E.I. on Monday where he announced a $454-million investment in medical care for veterans and their families over four years. He said this money will provide better treatment for veterans with post-traumatic stress and mental health issues; enhance long-term care and expand the Veterans Independence Program; as well as increase survivors’ pensions and ensure funding is in place to support dignified funerals for veterans through the Last Post Program. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, running for re-election in Papineau, Que., was in Toronto Monday morning, before heading to Ottawa for a rally. Trudeau announced a plan to enhance the economic security of families including a new National Early Learning and Child Care Framework. Green Party Leader Elizabeth May noted yesterday that Sept. 21 was when the Up for Debate on women’s issues was supposed to take place but was cancelled because Mr. Harper and Mr. Mulcair did not participate. “It is emblematic of the challenges women face in Canadian society that a debate on women's issues has been cancelled because of men who choose not to debate. Women’s issues must be discussed in an election campaign,” she said in a statement. “The Green Party will fight to end gender-based discrimination in the workplace and violence against women. Women’s equality is fundamental to a just society.” Where the leaders are, day 52 Conservative Leader Stephen Harper will be campaigning in Winnipeg, Man., today. He will deliver remarks at 8:40 a.m., where he will be joined by Conservative candidates Lawrence Toet (running in Elmwood-Transcona), François Catellier (running in Saint Boniface-Saint Vital) and Allie Szarkiewicz (running in Winnipeg Centre). NDP Leader Tom Mulcair will be in Moncton, N.B., today to make an announcement at 9:15 a.m. He will then head to Ottawa where he will deliver a keynote speech on the state of the Canadian economy at the University of Ottawa at 6:30 p.m. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau will make an announcement in Montreal at 12 p.m. Green Party Leader Elizabeth May will be in Ottawa today for meetings and French-language broadcast consortium debate prep.