Weekly election round-up: What you missed
Justin Trudeau, Stephen Harper and Tom Mulcair are shown in this composite photo during events from the week of Aug. 10-14, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Josh Dehaas, CTVNews.ca
Published Saturday, August 15, 2015 12:59PM EDT
Last Updated Saturday, August 15, 2015 1:04PM EDT
Two weeks down. Nine more to go.
Here’s what happened during the second week of the 2015 federal election campaign.
Conservative Leader Stephen Harper started the week defending his plan to make it illegal for Canadians to travel to areas controlled by terrorist organizations.
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair was busy defending his stance on a proposed pipeline, after climate change protesters interrupted his book launch.
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, meanwhile, was forced to defend against an accusation that one of his Quebec candidates once supported sovereignty.
Quebec’s biggest union promised to stop helping the Bloc Quebecois in favour of the NDP. Professor Antonia Maioni explained why that matters.
Harper promised increased spending for police to root out illegal drug labs and grow-ops, plus a new helpline for concerned parents.
Trudeau promised a merit-based Senate appointment process.
Mulcair, who wants to abolish the Senate, said he found it “interesting that Mr. Harper has decided to try to hide out in the North Pole during the Mike Duffy trial this week.”
As the Sen. Mike Duffy’s trial resumed in Ottawa, Harper reiterated that he did not know about the $90,000 cheque his former chief of staff Nigel Wright wrote to help pay back the senator’s expenses.
Trudeau told a Saskatchewan crowd the Liberals would grow the economy, not from the “top down” but from the “heart outwards,” leading to some teasing on Twitter for what Muclair called a “touchy-feely slogan.”
Nigel Wright testified in Ottawa that he was “helping out” by giving Duffy $90,000. “I was doing a good deed," he said, before quoting the Bible.
Wright’s testimony “exonerated” Harper, according to CTV’s Craig Oliver, who said it still wasn’t clear what Wright meant in an email he send to PMO staff that said “we are good to go from the PM once Ben has his confirmation from Payne.”
Trudeau, still in Saskatchewan, promised $2.6 billion of new spending over four years that he says would help close the education funding gap that separates First Nations children from other Canadian kids.
Mulcair announced his party recruited former Saskatchewan finance minister Andrew Thomson as the candidate for the Toronto riding where the Conservative candidate is Finance Minister Joe Oliver.
Mulcair also said the NDP would protect the parliamentary budget officer from political interference.The Liberals, meanwhile, launched a website calling the NDP’s minimum wage claims “misleading.”
Harper finished the week in the Northwest Territories, where he discussed the possibility of a missile defence system and promised to pay for the $14-million paving of a stretch of highway.