Trudeau, Singh battle for 'progressive' mantle as campaign enters final week

Trudeau, Singh battle for 'progressive' mantle as campaign enters final week

But coalition talk was thrust to the forefront of the 2019 election campaign over the weekend when NDP leader Jagmeet Singh said he'd "absolutely" form a coalition with other parties, including Justin Trudeau's Liberals, to stop a Conservative government in the event the Conservatives win the most seats but fall short of a majority.

The New Democrats propose working with the provinces to get rid of an institution the party labels as undemocratic and unaccountable. He will then make his way Trois-Rivières, Saint-Marc-sur-Richelieu and La Prairie, where he will outline his priorities for Quebec.

Trudeau took aim at Scheer and Singh as he began a day of barnstorming through New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, a major portion of the region that Singh has been accused of ignoring, and that the Liberals swept in 2015.

"People in Windsor were really anxious as we were facing Donald Trump and his desire to rip up NAFTA and the impact it would have on the entire Canadian economy particularly like economies here in Windsor that are so deeply tied to our American neighbours is of real concern", says Trudeau.

Trudeau will go ahead with plans to campaign in the Ontario city of York north of Toronto on Sunday, said a Liberal official who declined to be named given the sensitivity of the situation.

Recent polls show the Liberals and Conservatives are virtually tied as the NDP and Bloc witness a sharp rise in support.

Trudeau started his day in Fredericton, at the home of Joan Kenny, the honorary campaign chair for Liberal candidate Matt DeCourcey, who is the incumbent in the riding.

For Canadians who don't want that, Trudeau said the choice is "very, very clear".

"I think it's important that he's out in the community".

"There's only one way for Canadians to stop this coalition that you can not afford: Vote for Andrew Scheer and elect a Conservative majority government".

"We have also been reminding voters about Justin Trudeau's record and explaining how he will continue to make life more expensive if re-elected".

Today he wanted to focus less on his potential role as kingmaker, and more on his message to voters that they need not limit their options to the Liberals or Conservatives. Respondents were asked: "If a federal election were held today, could you please rank your top two current local voting preferences?"

Conservatives are using the spectre of a Liberal-NDP coalition government to urge Canadians to hand Andrew Scheer a majority government on October 21.

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May is campaigning in Kamloops, B.C., Tuesday.

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