As Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and New Democrat opponent Jagmeet Singh fought on Tuesday, October 15, 2019, for the hearts and minds of "progressive" voters, hope sprung eternal for Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer — who predicted he'd win a majority government.
Party leaders hit the hustings at the start of the long weekend hoping to fire up their bases and their get-out-the-vote machines before turkeys are served on Thanksgiving tables — or drop on their chances at electoral success.
In contrast to the 2015 campaign, when Idle No More was still flourishing and anti-Harper sentiment drove record-high Indigenous turnout, this election sees Indigenous issues on the sidelines, and neither hate nor hope is motivating Native voters.
Twenty minutes of the Oct. 7 debate were allocated for a discussion about Indigenous issues among all six Canadian federal leaders. But as quickly as this segment began, it derailed into a haphazard conversation about pipelines, Quebec and climate change.
Bernier's year-old People’s Party of Canada calls for "ending official multiculturalism" and slashing the number of immigrants allowed into the country. Its platform also denies the science of climate change.
With the front-runners catching their breath, the battle for third place seized the campaign spotlight on Saturday, October 5, 2019, as the NDP and the Green party each promised a new deal of sorts for Indigenous Peoples in Canada.