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Good evening to you.
We are into the final week of the election campaign, and according to a new poll from Mainstreet Research, the Liberals are gaining momentum in Ontario.
If an election were held today, nearly 38 per cent of decided and leaning voters in Ontario would pick the Liberals, while nearly 30 per cent would choose the Conservative party. That’s a two point gain for the Liberals, and a six point drop for the Tories, from last week.
“In vote rich Ontario, the Liberals have a substantial lead in the popular vote on the Conservatives,” said John Corbett, a senior analyst at Mainstreet. “This Liberal growth would give them another three seats in crucial battleground (ridings), that may well determine the nature of the next government. Only minimal vote shifts will be required to substantially change the shape of the Ontario vote, which, in turn, will determine the scope of the election.”
He said the Conservatives have started to feel the effects of the PPC, and their vote share is dropping across the country. Aidan Chamandy has more on where other parties are standing in the final stretch.
Perhaps that’s why people came out swinging today on the campaign trail. With the clock ticking down, the major party leaders were in attack mode, and making stops in ridings where the race is especially close. Charlie Pinkerton has the daily round up of who was where and saying what.
Still with polls: On the heels of last week’s English-language leaders’ debate, Canadians are divided in their opinion of who won, according to Mainstreet Research. Nearly 27 per cent of respondents said Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole performed best, while 21 per cent said Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau came out on top. But 27 per cent of respondents said they’re not sure who won.
Out west, the NDP’s hopes of taking the riding of Edmonton Griesbach on Sept. 20 will likely be dashed, according to a new poll. If an election were held today, 40 per cent of decided and leaning voters in the Alberta riding would choose the Conservatives, 30 per cent would vote NDP, and 20 per cent would pick the Liberals. The riding has been held by a Conservative since its creation in 2012. The Conservatives are expected to keep another Western riding, Cloverdale—Langley City, a southeastern suburb of Vancouver also created in 2012. Janet Silver has that story.
As hospitals across the country had to deal with anti-vax and anti-mask protestors descending on their front steps today, Trudeau said if the Liberals are re-elected, they will make it illegal to block access to hospitals and other health care facilities, including pharmacies, testing centres and abortion clinics. “It’s not right that the people tasked with keeping us safe and alive during this pandemic should be exposed to hatred, violence, fear and intimidation,” he said while campaigning in Vancouver. As Global News reports, for exhausted health care workers, the protests are “a disturbing trend” and a complete “morale blow.”
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In Other Headlines:
Former Afghan air force pilots renew plea for Canada’s help (CBC)
Raj Saini stands to gain $93,000 payoff — but no pension — after standing down (CP)
Days after schools open, COVID-19 outbreaks force many across Canada to close (Global)
Intensive care unit admissions in Alberta reach highest level yet (CTV)
RCMP in Labrador conclude death of Inuk activist Diem Saunders not criminal (CP)
As the situation in Afghanistan moves towards crisis with poverty and hunger as foreign aid dries up, donors have pledged a billion in aid. UN chief Antonio Guterres says money is needed for critical food and livelihood assistance amid dwindling supplies in Afghanistan. “After decades of war, suffering and insecurity, Afghans are facing “perhaps their most perilous hour,” he told a donor conference in Geneva today, noting “the people of Afghanistan need a lifeline.” Al Jazeera reports.
Still in Afghanistan, the BBC is reporting that it has evidence of at least 20 civilian killings in the Panjshir Valley, despite the Taliban’s promises of restraint. There has been fighting in that area between opposition forces and the Taliban, and communications have been cut.
In Washington, eight months after rioters stormed the Capitol, the fence is going back up as security ramps up ahead of a rally on Saturday to support the pro-Trump insurrectionists. The Hill reports.
“We inherited a deadline. We did not inherit a plan.” That was the word from Secretary of State Antony Blinken today at a testy congressional hearing, as he defended last month’s messy withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan and laid blame on former president Donald Trump. He said President Joe Biden “inherited” a disaster-in-the-making from his predecessor. More from Politico.
In Other International Headlines:
Report: Climate change could see 200 million move by 2050 (AP)
Amy Coney Barrett: Supreme Court is not “a bunch of partisan hacks” (Axios)
More island destinations added to CDC’s ‘very high’ Covid-19 travel risk list (CNN)
Ukraine government announces vaccine passports (Reuters)
U.S. House Democrats seek to roll back Trump tax cuts for wealthy, corporations (Reuters)
Naftali Bennett makes first visit to Egypt by an Israeli PM in a decade (BBC)
Environmental defenders killed in record numbers in 2020: Report (Al Jazeera)
Finally, we leave you with the story of ‘Dead’ Zeppelin, who contrary to what his family thought, did not climb the stairway to Heaven.
Have a purrrfect night.