Chrétien appears on campaign trail as Liberals look to tighten race

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Former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien made an appearance in support of Justin Trudeau on the campaign trail on Tuesday evening, setting a record for the Liberal government to contain the pandemic, as his party was less than a week away. wanted to strengthen a competitive electoral race. election Day.

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In a speech to a packed room of about 400 supporters in Brampton, Ont., which is considered a key battleground in the election campaign, Mr. Chrétien spoke of the turmoil in the world and cited examples such as the effects of climate change. Gave.

Mr Chrétien, who served as prime minister from 1993 to 2003, also stressed that now is not the time to move “to the far right or the far left”.

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“It is time to be in the middle,” he said in reference to the Liberal Party’s position on Canada’s political spectrum.

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With the elections to be held on Monday, the election campaign has reached a turning point. Liberals and conservatives see each other as main rivals and are intensifying their messages designed to make voters compare their proposals in the race for the last line.

Former Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion was also present Tuesday evening at the Brampton event hosted by the Liberals. She told reporters she was hoping that the election would lead to a majority government, adding that minority governments do not work as they think.

“That means the opposition controls votes on a lot of policy,” she said. “I hope the Liberals get a majority this time, so we can hold them accountable. They have no excuse for not being able to pass the necessary legislation to care for the Canadian people.”

She also said it was “unfortunate” that the election was called during a pandemic.

“I don’t agree with that,” said Ms McCallion, adding that she had heard questions from average people about this. “I think the government should focus on recovery and get people back to work and take the recovery, the economy forward.”

On 15 August, Mr Trudeau met with the newly appointed Governor-General Mary Simon at Rideau Hall, where he accepted his request to dissolve the 43rd Parliament. Mr Trudeau previously promised not to hold elections during a pandemic, but told reporters he needed a new mandate.

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“Canadians need to choose how to end the fight against COVID-19 and build better ones,” he said.

The campaign has the shortest possible election period under federal law, 36 days, and is taking place more than two years before a vote is required under fixed-election-date law. Elections Canada has said the campaign will cost $610 million.

Ms McCallion said on Tuesday she would think the reason Mr Trudeau called the election was to get a majority.

“I think it’s only logical,” she said. “I think he felt he needed a majority to deal with the recovery.”

She also said she supports Mr Trudeau because he “tried to do a good job.” However, she said that doesn’t mean she always supports the things she does.

“I’m not a liberal, I’m not a conservative, and I’m certainly not an NDPer,” she said. “I support those who are for the good, those who run for office and are elected for the good of the people. And if they lose sight of that, they should be removed from office. “

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Asked if she feels comfortable in a crowded place in Brampton, Ms McCallion, 100, said she didn’t think there should have been an election during the pandemic.

“Governments are saying ‘stay home, stay away in groups,'” she said. “And then an election is called, which brings people together in groups.”

On the issue of safety, 87-year-old Mr Chrétien said he was not aware of the format of the event, but has been vaccinated. He said it is not the environment people are used to but he is happy that he came.

The Liberals said the room was allowed 400 people and that under normal circumstances the room’s capacity is 1,000, meaning the limit would be 500 people. He says the event was organized in Ontario as per the COVID-19 capacity limit. Meeting and event space is capped at 50 percent capacity.

Ontario rules also state that members of the public must also be able to maintain a physical distance of at least two meters from every other person in the indoor portion of the event space.

Generous organizers set boxes on the ground with green tape to encourage people in the room to keep their distance from each other, but several people stepped out of those lines in an attempt to get closer to Mr. Trudeau, Including that when he left the event room and met a crush of supporters.

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With files from Laura Stone in Toronto

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