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Politics 204 for October 12


Quote of the day

  • “I’ve seen people look at me in a more threatening manner. I walk into (Tim Hortons) and I wonder, ‘Is he looking at my man bun (hairstyle) or staring at me? He would not take his eyes off me. Should I walk over and ask him what the problem is?’ ” -- Winnipeg lawyer Omar Siddiqui suggesting he has felt the menace of unspoken racism or Islamophobia in public more often.

The final days of the campaign

  • Conservative Leader Stephen Harper greets supporters during a campaign stop in Richmond Hill, Ont., in September (CP)

    Conservative Leader Stephen Harper greets supporters during a campaign stop in Richmond Hill, Ont., in September

    Counting it down: All three main parties are courting voters in southern Ontario. Conservative Leader Stephen Harper has sharpened his attack on Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, warning repeatedly about the risks of electing a Liberal government. Harper was in Ontario, working on defence of several seats in the Toronto and London areas Tuesday. Former Toronto mayor Rob Ford and his brother, former mayoral candidate Doug Ford, both stumped at a Harper event in the riding of Etobicoke Centre. The Fords and Harper have long had an alliance of sorts, but the two haven’t been prominent in the campaign to date. In August, Doug Ford said he’d look at running for the Conservative leadership if Harper loses. NDP Leader Tom Mulcair was also in the Toronto region, campaigning in Conservative-held ridings in Oshawa and Brampton, as well as holding a town hall with Vice News. Trudeau had five events on his schedule, seeming to ramp up the pace of his tour in the run up to election day. He visited three NDP-held ridings in Toronto and then headed to Kitchener for a couple of events in Conservative country.
  • Stood up: The NDP and the Conservative party stood up members of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce when none of their candidates attended the group’s speed-dating event Tuesday. Candidates from Winnipeg Centre and Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia-Headingley were invited to the Viscount Gort for the noon hour, but both current MPs Steven Fletcher (Charleswood) and Pat Martin (Winnipeg Centre) were no-shows. Meanwhile, NDP candidate for Charleswood Tom Paulley also skipped the event, as well as Winnipeg Centre Conservative candidate Allie Szarkiewicz, who organizers said is battling the flu. Liberal candidates Robert-Falcon Ouellette (Winnipeg Centre) and Doug Eyolfson (Charleswood) attended the event, as well as Winnipeg Centre Green party candidate Don Woodstock and Christian Heritage Party candidate Scott Miller (Winnipeg Centre).
  • Chaos at the polls: Meanwhile, there were several complaints of long lines at advance polls in Winnipeg. Mary Agnes Welch writes about the problems experienced by Elections Canada as it tried to get eager voters in and out this holiday weekend.

Outside the campaign bubble

  • Buzzing along: A second civic committee has endorsed a plan to permit the keeping of beehives in the downtown core. Councillors on the property and development committee Tuesday supported the proposal to have the administration set up regulations allowing beekeeping downtown — and want industrial lands to be considered for inclusion, too.
  • Op-Ed on Manitoba Hydro: Former NDP premier Ed Schreyer argues Manitoba Hydro is something to be proud of, but the latest rush to build risky dams and transmission lines may well see Manitobans subsidizing American electricity sales and should be halted.
  • Sugar daddies: The Conservative party may not be leading in national political polls, but a survey released Tuesday shows those who identify with the Tories are leading in a different sort of poll. According to the “sugar daddy” dating website SeekingArrangement.com, a survey of 17,402 its members who identify with a political party revealed the highest percentage of respondents identified as Conservative.

In case you missed it

  • Premier Greg Selinger (CHRIS YOUNG / THE THE CANADIAN PRESS FILES )

    Premier Greg Selinger

    University money: Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger gave $150 million to the University of Manitoba’s $500-million Front and Centre capital campaign.
  • Still fighting: Education Minister James Allum and the Winnipeg School Division board of trustees are staring each other down — again. This time it’s over the division’s claim the province cut funding last year for children with special needs — and has already told the division there will be no more money available for special education this year.
  • The gloves are off: Dan Lett’s round-up of party insiders talks about the battle for the 905 region in Ontario.

Today in history

  • Headline announces War Measures Act in Ottawa,  Oct. 16, 1970.
 (       THE CANADIAN PRESS ARCHIVES)

    Headline announces War Measures Act in Ottawa, Oct. 16, 1970.

    In 1970, the October Crisis continued with soldiers arriving to assist civil authorities in Montreal.

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