OTTAWA — A look at key developments Sunday on the campaign trail.
It was a fairly quiet day on the trail as Stephen Harper and Justin Trudeau took a day off ahead of Monday night's foreign policy-oriented debate. Tom Mulcair chose Sunday to roll out his party's new climate change plan, while Gilles Duceppe and Elizabeth May, who are not invited to Monday's debate, campaigned in their home provinces.
Mulcair was in Toronto to announce his party's plan to reduce emissions with a cap-and-trade system that would include an opt-out clause for provinces whose own programs equal or surpass the federal government's. He promised the money Ottawa would raise from carbon pricing would go to the provinces for reinvesting in further efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Mulcair also questioned the timing of a Conservative government decision to revoke the Canadian citizenship of convicted terrorist Zakaria Amara in the middle of a federal election, accusing Harper of "strutting his stuff for his right-wing base."
Conservative candidates Tony Clement and Julian Fantino teamed up to attack Trudeau's positions on crime and the economy during an event in Vaughan, Ontario. Fantino, a former police chief, said he was "distressed" by the Liberal plan of doing away with mandatory minimum prison sentences and accused Trudeau of making excuses for criminals. Clement attacked Trudeau on the economic front, saying the Liberal party's recently-released financial plan would raise taxes, plunge Canada back into permanent deficits and destabilize the country's fragile economy.
NDP leader Tom Mulcair questioned the timing of the federal government's decision to revoke the Canadian citizenship of a convicted terrorist. Mulcair says the decision to strip Zakaria Amara of his citizenship is simply Stephen Harper playing to his right wing base. Amara received a life prison term on charges of masterminding a bombing plot in downtown Toronto.
The Canadian Press