Two years into the Trudeau 2.0 Minority Term, which day will Justin call the election that only he wants?

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QUEBEC — Premier François Legault has given a tacit endorsement to the Conservatives in the coming federal election, urging Quebec nationalists to beware of the Liberals, New Democratic Party or Green Party because they want to centralize more power in Ottawa. http://apple.news/AjgjFhJu0SOS9Xh5BUddDaw

“I am a nationalist, I want Quebec to be more autonomous, to have more power, and there are three parties — the Liberals, NDP and Green Party — which want to give us less autonomy,” Legault said at a news conference a day after the second French leaders’ debate.

“I find this dangerous.

“What I am saying is Quebecers who are nationalists, who believe the Quebec nation should have more power, should beware of three parties, the Liberal Party, the NDP and Green Party.”

Legault did not even mention the Bloc Québécois alternative in the French part of his speech, saying later in English that he recognizes it cannot form a government, which means its ability to deliver the goods to Quebec is limited.

“Now it’s up to Quebecers to make their choice,” he said. “Nothing is black and white. What I am saying is what I said.”

Hmmmm…how ‘bout those apples? Conservative Gov’t with an NDP backing for balance?

Under the circumstances, “given no party responds to all our needs,” a minority Conservative government in Ottawa would be better for the Quebec nation, he said.
 

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Liberal candidate blasted for use of city hall resources mid-election
Author of the article:Brian Lilley
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Ottawa Councillor Jenna Sudds during a transit meeting at city hall In Ottawa Wednesday, Feb 19, 2020.
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An Ottawa-area Liberal candidate is under fire over claims she inappropriately used city hall resources to promote herself during the federal election campaign.

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Jenna Sudds is the deputy mayor and councilor for Kanata North — she’s also Justin Trudeau’s handpicked candidate for the riding of Kanata Carelton in the current federal election.


On Aug. 27, two weeks into the election campaign, Sudds sent an email blast to her ward newsletter list promoting the work she has done for the community over the last several years.

That’s when opponents cried foul.

Rick Chase, the official agent for Conservative candidate Jennifer McAndrew, wrote to city officials saying that, “any communications using her name to constituents (especially highlighting accomplishments) should be considered a federal campaign activity, and not allowed.”

The email sent by Sudds to residents of her city ward used her city email address but was designed with her own personal branding and directed readers to links to her personal website rather than the city website.

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Paul, a resident of the ward who asked that his last name not be used, also filed a complaint with the city saying the email was “a blatant abuse of her City Office and her office staff.”

The city’s Election-Related Resources Policy, passed in 2013 states that, “at no time shall corporate resources and/or Members’ budgets be used to sponsor or produce any campaign-related materials.”

Despite the Sudds email clearly promoting her, City Clerk Rick O’Conner dismissed the complaint saying that while Sudds is on leave during the election, she remains a councillor.

“As such, Councillor Sudds remains the elected representative for Ward 4 – Kanata North and is permitted to continue to communicate with and serve her residents,” O’Conner wrote in an email to the Sun.


The Sudds campaign told the Sun that proper protocols have been followed.

“Our campaign has been in constant communication and consultation with the City Clerk. All actions to date have been proper and devoid of any conflict,” campaign manager Jordan Collacutt said.

The McAndrew campaign has indicated they will also take their concerns to Elections Canada, specifically looking to have the cost of the city resources be considered an election expense.

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London West Liberals downplay campaign manager's sudden exit
Departure of Arielle Kayabaga’s campaign manager will not hurt her chances, a campaign spokesperson says

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London West Liberal candidate Arielle Kayabaga chats with Tayyab Khan at his home. Kayabaga's campaign confirmed Thursday that campaign manager Devin Munro left for "personal reasons" and has been replaced by Zachary Caldwell with 11 days to go until the election Sept. 20. (Mike Hensen/The London Free Press)
London West Liberal candidate Arielle Kayabaga chats with Tayyab Khan at his home. Kayabaga's campaign confirmed Thursday that campaign manager Devin Munro left for "personal reasons" and has been replaced by Zachary Caldwell with 11 days to go until the election Sept. 20. (Mike Hensen/The London Free Press)
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The sudden departure of Arielle Kayabaga’s campaign manager as the federal election race in London West heads into its final days will not hurt her chances, a campaign spokesperson said Thursday.

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Devin Munro, who had been managing Kayabaga’s campaign, has been replaced by Zachary Caldwell, a Londoner and veteran Liberal campaign volunteer.


“We are not concerned. In fact we feel great. We are sad to see Devin go, but Zach is a great choice to manage the campaign,” said Ben Charlebois, spokesperson for Kayabaga’s campaign.

“There is a lot of momentum for us right now. We are moving forward and we feel confident where we are at.”

Munro left the campaign for “personal reasons” on which Charlebois declined to comment, but stressed Caldwell has worked on Liberal candidate campaigns in 2011 and 2019.

“He has a lot of ties to the community,” said Charlebois.

Munro worked on and managed past campaigns for Liberal MPs Sue Barnes and Kate Young, and worked in the constituency offices of both MPs, as Blackburn News reported Thursday.

Young is not running for re-election in London West and Kayabaga has taken a leave from her position as a city councillor to try to win the seat in the Sept. 20 election.

Shawna Lewkowitz of the NDP, Conservative Rob Flack, Mike McMullen of the People’s Party of Canada and Libertarian Jacques Boudreau are the other candidates in the riding.
 
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Waterloo police make arrest after investigating alleged threats against Trudeau
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Protestors confront police during a Liberal campaign event with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at VeriForm Inc. in Cambridge, Ontario, on August 29, 2021.
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CAMBRIDGE, Ont. — Waterloo Regional Police have arrested a man they allege threatened Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau while on the campaign trail in southern Ontario.

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Police say the allegations stem from a campaign stop in Cambridge, Ont. on Aug. 29.


It was one of many events in Ontario at which Trudeau was dogged by protesters, people sounded sirens and chanted expletives amid a visible police presence.

Police say they launched an investigation after viewing video of the event, speaking to witnesses and receiving information from the RCMP.


Police say they have arrested a 32-year-old man from Kitchener, Ont., and charged him with two counts of uttering threats. They did not release his name.

After a handful of gravel was thrown at Trudeau during a campaign stop in London, Ont., earlier this week, the People’s Party of Canada says it has removed its president of the Elgin-Middlesex-London riding association, and police there have said they are investigating.
 
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Waterloo police make arrest after investigating alleged threats against Trudeau
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Protestors confront police during a Liberal campaign event with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at VeriForm Inc. in Cambridge, Ontario, on August 29, 2021.
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CAMBRIDGE, Ont. — Waterloo Regional Police have arrested a man they allege threatened Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau while on the campaign trail in southern Ontario.

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Police say the allegations stem from a campaign stop in Cambridge, Ont. on Aug. 29.


It was one of many events in Ontario at which Trudeau was dogged by protesters, people sounded sirens and chanted expletives amid a visible police presence.

Police say they launched an investigation after viewing video of the event, speaking to witnesses and receiving information from the RCMP.


Police say they have arrested a 32-year-old man from Kitchener, Ont., and charged him with two counts of uttering threats. They did not release his name.

After a handful of gravel was thrown at Trudeau during a campaign stop in London, Ont., earlier this week, the People’s Party of Canada says it has removed its president of the Elgin-Middlesex-London riding association, and police there have said they are investigating.
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Former MP Raj Saini stands to gain $93,000 payoff — but no pension — after standing down
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OTTAWA — Raj Saini stands to walk away with a $93,000 “golden goodbye” after standing down as a Liberal candidate.

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The former MP for Kitchener Centre stepped down after facing allegations that he harassed a female staff member, claims he firmly denies.


Saini is entitled to a $92,900 severance cheque, worth half his $185,800 MP’s salary.

He could also access a $15,000 allowance for departing MPs which includes the cost of shredding papers, getting financial advice and trips to and from Ottawa.

Saini, 54, narrowly misses out on a pension, which is available to MPs aged 55 or older who have spent six years in office.

He stood down as a candidate in Kitchener Centre after the election began, so his name is still on the ballot paper.
 
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Former Liberals openly criticize Trudeau
At least one says she will vote Conservative for the first time in her life

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Publishing date:Sep 13, 2021 • 8 hours ago • 2 minute read • 11 Comments
Jody Wilson-Raybould appears at the House of Commons Justice Committee on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)
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Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau faces a growing chorus of formerly loyal voices who are now unhappy with his tenure — with some vowing to vote against his party.

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The most recent dagger comes from former justice minister Jodi Wilson-Raybould whose new book, Indian in the Cabinet: Speaking Truth to Power, is making a splash on the campaign trail.


An excerpt Saturday in the Globe and Mail detailed Wilson-Raybould’s account of how she was ultimately pushed from cabinet after refusing to interfere in a criminal prosecution and help SNC-Lavalin.

In her book, she detailed a February 2019 meeting with Trudeau in Vancouver to discuss media reports that he allegedly had pressured her to break the law and interfere in the criminal case.

“In that moment, I knew he wanted me to lie,” Wilson-Raybould wrote.

Campaigning this past weekend, Trudeau countered: “I did not want her to lie. I would never do that. I would never ask her that. That is simply not true.”

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Wilson-Raybould is not alone as a former Liberal lashing out at Trudeau.

“So familiar. So incredible. So hurtful. So powerful,” former Whitby MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes tweeted Saturday about her impression of what Wilson-Raybould wrote.

“I really think that rewarding bad behaviour is not something Canadians should do,” Caesar-Chavannes added when appearing Sunday on Global’s The West Block.

“I’m very much a Liberal at heart, but I would say that in this particular instance, in 2021, I don’t mind voting for my local representative, Maleeha Shahid, who is a Conservative,” Caesar-Chavannes told Global’s Mercedes Stephenson.

“I’ve never done that in my life. But at this particular time, maybe we have to think about doing things differently.”

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Her declaration elicited a response from former Liberal MP for Scarborough Southwest Michelle Simson.

“Trust me, she’s likely not the only one,” she tweeted Sunday.


And Monday, former Liberal cabinet minister Herb Dhaliwal included Trudeau in criticism of how leaders have avoided criticizing a Quebec law banning religious symbols.

“How can anyone in that province, or anywhere in Canada … seriously explain, or convincingly avoid condemning, the enactment of the Quebec National Assembly which restricts minorities’ job opportunities because of their religious convictions?” Dhaliwal wrote. “It is more than disappointing to witness how O’Toole, Trudeau and Singh have carefully avoided risking Quebecers’ votes by choosing to dodge the truth with lame platitudes and diversionary comments.”
 

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Two NDP candidates resign after social media posts cause backlash
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ESSEX, ONT. — Jagmeet Singh says antisemitic comments by two of his party’s candidates who resigned were “completely wrong” as the NDP leader made a push to win sought-after Ontario ridings.

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“Antisemitism is real,” Singh said during a campaign stop in Essex, Ont.


“We’re seeing a scary rise in antisemitism, and we are unequivocally opposed, and we’ll confront it.”

The party confirmed Wednesday that Dan Osborne, the candidate for the Nova Scotia riding of Cumberland-Colchester, and Sidney Coles, the candidate for Toronto-St. Paul’s, ended their campaigns and “agreed to educate themselves further about antisemitism.”

Singh said antisemitism has no place in his party and the candidates made the right decision to resign.

“In addition, they’re talking about the importance of getting training,” Singh said.

Coles, who has since deleted her Twitter account, was reported to have posted misinformation about Israel being linked to missing COVID-19 vaccines.

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Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies, a non-profit human rights organization, shared images purportedly from Coles’ account over the weekend. Coles later apologized on social media.

Osborne was reported to have tweeted to Oprah in 2019 asking if Auschwitz was a real place, referring to the Nazi-run concentration camp in Poland during the Second World War.

He responded to backlash about the post on Twitter over the weekend, saying he had tweeted it when he was a teenager.

“I want to offer an apology,” Osborne tweeted Sunday. “The role of Auschwitz and the history of the Holocaust is one we should never forget.

“Antisemitism should be confronted and stopped. I can’t recall posting that, I was 16 then and can honestly say I did not mean to cause any harm.”

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Jaime Kirzner-Roberts, director of policy at Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies, said in a news release that he had been in contact with the New Democrats. He was relieved the candidates stepped down, he added.

“We thank NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh for his leadership in ensuring this outcome,” Kirzner-Roberts said.

“Amid rising Jew-hatred in this country, all political parties and leaders must send a message, loud and clear, that antisemitism will not be tolerated in any shape or form.”

A handful of candidates from other parties have also dropped out during the election.

Last week the Conservative Party dropped Lisa Robinson, the candidate for the Beaches-East York riding in Toronto, after Islamophobic social media posts surfaced. Robinson has claimed the account is fake and she has previously reported it to police.

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Liberal Raj Saini resigned earlier in the campaign after facing allegations that he harassed a female staff member, claims he firmly denies.

Singh condemned Coles’ posts during a campaign stop on Tuesday, but did not demand she step down. At that time, he said the candidate’s “unequivocal apology” was the right thing to do.

Singh didn’t say Wednesday why he didn’t push for a resignation sooner, but reiterated that it was the right decision for the candidates.

The New Democrats are filling their schedule for the final push before the election.

Singh was greeted by hundreds of people cheering and holding signs during stops in London West and Niagara Centre — both of which went Liberal in the last election. He told supporters to vote with their conscience.

The NDP leader has continuedto dismiss that people should follow the idea of voting strategically and kept his sights set on Justin Trudeau during the final push.

“There is a cost to voting for the Liberals,” he said.

Singh will also be taking his message to the Ontario ridings of Hamilton and Brampton East.

He will end the busy day with a livestream on Twitch, an online gaming site. Singh, who has embraced social media trends and videos, said it’s a way to connect with potential voters.