Week 4: Where the Leaders Were· September 4, 2015
Stephen Harper – On Monday, the Conservative leader showed off his famously dry humour at a Tim Hortons, where he joked, “Just don’t let me handle the cash.” This foreshadowed the rest of his week, which was spent fending off questions about Canada’s deficit. He announced a mining tax credit while in North Bay, which has more than 60 local mining businesses. He finished his week in British Columbia.
Thomas Mulcair – The NDP Leader darted across the country this week, making appearances in Quebec, Ontario, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan and British Columbia. While in Saskatoon, Mulcair said he doesn’t agree with Premier Brad Wall’s call to change the equalization system. This isn’t the first time the two have disagreed. In 2013, Wall criticized Mulcair for “Dutch disease” comments.
Justin Trudeau – The Liberal campaign focused on Quebec this week. Paul Martin made another appearance, calling Harper the “King of Deficits” at a stop in Montreal. Martin also accused Mulcair of being “a student of Stephen Harper’s economy” based on his pledge to balance the budget. Mulcair responded by calling Martin the “King of Austerity.” Trudeau promised to repeal the “two-tiered” citizenship law while in Mississauga and pledged to spend $6 billion on green infrastructure while in Trois-Rivieres.
Elizabeth May – The Green leader spent the early week in Courtenay–Alberni, a new riding in British Columbia. May then made campaign stops in Halifax and Fredericton, where she spoke about the benefits of pharmacare and a national liveable wage.
Gilles Duceppe – The Bloc Québécois leader focused on convincing voters that his party still matters. He discussed his party’s past achievements, including tougher laws on organized crime and keeping scandals in public debate.