Liberals promise to expand program for first-time homebuyers

Liberals promise to expand program for first-time homebuyers

The leader of Canada's main opposition Conservative Party on Thursday distanced himself from comments by a candidate opposing abortion, which could hurt his chances with women voters in an October 21 election. The Liberals trailed in third place when the 2015 election was called but steadily improved to pull off an outright victory.

As Day Two of the election begins, three of the five main party leaders are set to face off on a Toronto stage, courtesy of Maclean's and CityTV, who will host what they're still billing as the first official debate of the 43rd campaign despite the conspicuous absence of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

Justin Trudeau fielded the first question he received after setting in motion Canada's 43rd general election Wednesday morning with one of the most abbreviated responses he could possibly give.

Trudeau, however, defended not attending the first debate. This isn't a surprise, Canada has a fixed election calendar and the government was due to call a fall election. "He wouldn't say this about himself - he's not all that self-reflective - but he's now seen as a traditional politician, capable of top-down, heavy-handed leadership from the prime minister's office".

Trudeau was an untested leader in 2015 when he won a majority government.

Last month, a top watchdog ruled the prime minister and his team had indeed breached ethics rules. The Trump view that the Chinese leadership consists of liars and cheats generally is not embraced in Canada, though Conservatives are calling for a much tougher line against that rising economic power.

While NDP fortunes have been on the skids elsewhere, the party is still in contention in B.C. The Green party, meanwhile, is hoping for big breakthrough in the province, which is now home to Green Leader Elizabeth May and the only other elected Green MP, Paul Manly.

"That is why we feel it is important to create a national measure right across the country based on British Columbia's success with it, to ensure foreign speculation doesn't make housing less affordable for Canadians", he said.

And Green Party leader Elizabeth May was in Victoria, stressing trust in leadership.

Climate change is also a major issue, with a federal carbon tax imposed on four Canadian provinces proving controversial among voters.

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