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Federal election 2019 roundup Leaders hunker down in Ontario and Quebec on


Day three of the 2019 federal election campaign sees the leaders hunkering down in Ontario and Quebec after Thursday’s leaders debate. In this live story, we’ll be tracking the campaign news as it happens.4:00 p.m. — A PPC candidate spat erupts over anti-racist videoA People’s Party of Canada candidate says he was booted from the party for asking leader Maxime Bernier to denounce racism in his ranks, but the party says it’s because Coquitlam–Port Coquitlam candidate Brian Misera broke elections rules.Misera posted a series of social media videos decrying racism in the party and complaining about being confronted about it while campaigning.“I mean, you should understand how hard it is to go out and canvas and talk to people. I don’t want to be berated by people who think I’m an actual Nazi,” said Misera.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.The next day, Misera was out of the party, which he attributed to his criticism of the leader. But now the PPC is saying they booted the candidate for violating election rules about candidates acting as their own financial agent.Hmm, @MaximeBernier’s camp is saying former PPC candidate @BrianMisera wasn’t booted for asking Bernier to denounce racism – he was booted for violating Elections Canada rules after admitting to being his own Financial Agent. #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/gvwAQGpZm3— Rachel Gilmore (@atRachelGilmore) September 13, 20192:00 p.m. — More social media pitfalls for candidatesThe early days of the campaign are still turning up surprises for the parties about their candidates’ social media history.One Conservative candidate apologized for past comments on social media, while another has stepped aside, writes Tom Blackwell.Arpan Khanna, the candidate for Brampton North, apologized for allegedly homophobic comments he made on Twitter nine years ago, when he said he was a teenager. Cameron Ogilvie, who was the Conservative candidate in Winnipeg North, stepped aside over offensive comments he had made about Muslims.The NDP has had two candidates step aside and, before the campaign kicked off, the Liberals turfed a candidate in Montreal for comments that Jewish advocacy group B’Nai Brith decried as anti-Semitic.10:20 a.m. — Scheer offers up a transit tax creditConservative leader Andrew Scheer thinks his proposed public transit tax credit will save some families up to $1,000 a year.That tax credit is a policy brought in by the Harper government, which was quickly dumped by Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government. Some economists have thrown cold water on the idea that the tax credit can influence behaviour and push people to take transit who wouldn’t have done so otherwise.10:15 a.m. — Trudeau leaves the door open on Bill 21 interventionAsked again about Quebec’s Bill 21 on religious symbols, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau repeated his line that he personally deplores the law, but thinks any intervention by the federal government would be “counter-productive.” Trudeau did say that he’s not entirely closing the door on a possible intervention, though.Trudeau was in Trois-Rivières to boost a plan to provide start-up money for entrepreneurs.9:45 a.m. — Singh tackles cell phone and internet billsNDP leader Jagmeet Singh thinks his plan to cap cell phone and internet bills will save some Canadians up to $250 a year.“I don’t want to make anyone an enemy but I do want to take on the powerful,” said Singh. That’s been a constant theme of the NDP campaign so far — Singh talks a lot about having the “courage” to take on powerful interests.“We are paying some of the highest bills in the world when we talk about cell phones and internet services,” said Singh.9 a.m. — Where are the leaders today?Conservative leader Andrew Scheer will be in Mississauga, Etobicoke, and Brampton on Friday. He kicks off his day at a GO Transit garage in Mississauga, where he will be taking questions from reporters.NDP leader Jagmeet Singh will be spending his day in Toronto, first bu detailing his party’s plan to lower Canadians’ cellphone and internet bills, followed by a speech to the Canadian Club and then  a pizza party at Olivia Chow’s house.Liberal leader Justin Trudeau begins his day in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, where he will make a policy announcement at 9:30 a.m. Then it’s on to Saint-Hubert, before finishing the day in Montréal, where he will speak at a campaign rally.Elizabeth May will be staying in Toronto on Friday morning for media interviews, before returning to B.C. in the evening to open a campaign office in Mission, B.C.

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