OTTAWA — New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair heads to his home riding in Montreal today for what is expected to be his official acceptance of his candidacy.
Mulcair’s main challenger in Outremont is likely to be Liberal lawyer Rachel Bendayan but polls suggest the New Democrats have been surging in a province that helped catapult the party into Official Opposition status for the first time in 2011.
Before heading to Quebec, Mulcair is set to announce his party’s seniors’ plank at a stop in Toronto.
Justin Trudeau, who has spent the past days in Quebec, stays in the province with three events that include an announcement in Brossard and a meeting with Montreal’s mayor. Trudeau, unlike either Mulcair or Conservative Leader Stephen Harper, has been pressing his willingness to dip into the red ink to spend on infrastructure as a way to get the economy going.
Harper is headed into the heart of the Vancouver suburbs for his first campaign stop in Surrey, B.C., an area previously visited by both Trudeau and Mulcair.
There are five ridings in the area, each with a different political dynamic driven by factors including the fact 49 per cent of the population has a mother tongue other than English.
Parts of Surrey have also been struggling with an outbreak of crime — a problem that should play in to Harper’s pet policy hands, even though the Conservatives have been criticized for taking too long to increase policing resources.
In addition, much of Surrey’s workforce commutes, and it’s likely Harper will be making a promise to offer more transportation money.
Green Leader Elizabeth May will be looking for support in Quebec with various events that include restaurant stops and a discussion on how to protect private forests.
Also in Quebec, Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe will be in Landrienne for an event on a farm before heading to Amos and a visit to the public market.