OTTAWA — The Liberals will be pushing for votes in British Columbia today, with party leader Justin Trudeau starting in Burnaby with a morning speech before hiking up North Vancouver’s Grouse Mountain for the benefit of the cameras.
Trudeau will visit the new riding of Burnaby South, where the Liberals can expect a tough race against the NDP, and North Vancouver, which is held by Conservative Andrew Saxton.
Trudeau’s pledge to ban tanker traffic from parts of the B.C. coastline was overshadowed by the announcement late Thursday that his candidate in the Vancouver-area riding of South Surrey-White Rock had quit over Facebook posts about marijuana and cancer.
Pundits have said the Liberals have a good chance of stealing the riding back from the Conservatives.
New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair kicks off his campaign day with an infrastructure announcement in Edmonton. He’ll also meet with Mayor Don Iveson in the Alberta capitol before flying to Ottawa for a rest day.
Conservative Leader Stephen Harper starts his campaign day with a speech in Victoriaville, Que., where he is expected to outline actions his government has taken to counter the terrorist threat in Canada. His remarks will coincide with the 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in the United States.
Harper will also deliver remarks in Ottawa in the evening.
Green Leader Elizabeth May flies to Parksville, B.C. for a townhall meeting and then a fundraiser in the evening while Bloc Leader Gilles Duceppe discusses a single tax return for Quebecers in Montreal before visiting Joliette and Repentigny.