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.
The Liberals and New Democrats are both making promises that would need some collaboration with the provinces to become reality, at a time when powerful premiers have made it clear they see a relationship with Ottawa that is headed in a very different direction.
“Hold hostage.” That one particular phrase from Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer about Indigenous rights sparked an intense, minutes-long altercation between the three federal political leaders who showed up for the first debate of the 2019 election campaign.
The New Democrats booted Quebec MP Pierre Nantel out of the party's federal election fold on Friday, August 16, 2019, after confirming with him that he is in discussions to run for the Green party instead.
A proposed leaders' debate on foreign policy already has one confirmed participant, with Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer quickly accepting an invitation to participate in the Munk Debates event scheduled for Oct. 1.