TGIF: Election Round Up 10.11.19

A six week series looking at the good, the bad and ugly on the campaign trail, from your friendly progressive communications firm.

We’re down to the wire! Less than two weeks to go until the election on October 21. Here’s what caught our eye this week:

THE GOOD

Campaign signs are everywhere right now, but let’s face it — they’re not usually the most inspiring visuals you’ll ever see. The emphasis is on the message, not the design. But independent candidates, who don’t have to follow a party-prescribed format, have the opportunity to get a bit more creative with their signage — and that’s just what Jody Wilson-Raybould did. She showed off her beautiful signs in a tweet this week. 

 

THE BAD

The official leaders debates this week marked the first time six party leaders — Justin Trudeau, Jagmeet Singh, Andrew Scheer, Elizabeth May, Yves-François Blanchet and Maxime Bernier — all faced off together. And, as you probably could have guessed, there was a. lot. of. yelling.

Debate organizers also faced criticism for the way Indigenous issues were addressed during the English language debate. While the debate included five different moderators from major news outlets, no Indigenous journalists were invited to participate, and the 20 minute Indigenous segment quickly derailed to arguments about pipelines and the energy sector. 

 

THE UGLY

A national debate on climate change that was scheduled for October 16 was cancelled because the Conservatives refused to participate. The debate was to be held by the University of Ottawa’s Smart Prosperity Institute in conjunction with Climate Action Network Canada. The Liberals, NDP, and Green party had all signed up and agreed to send candidates, while the Conservatives told organizers that they “couldn’t find anyone to send.” Polls have repeatedly indicated that climate change is one of the top issues on voters minds, so it is extremely disappointing to see this important debate be cancelled. 

That’s all for this week! Stay tuned for our next (and final) round up on October 18.


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