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All 5 aug 30 Clockwise from top left: NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet, Green Leader Annamie Paul, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, and Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole

On Wednesday, Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau campaigned in Ontario. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet spent time in Quebec, while People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier travelled to Saskatchewan.

The Liberal Party of Canada

On Wednesday, Trudeau unveiled the Liberal party’s 53-page campaign platform, which includes $78 billion in new spending.

The party promises to: fight climate change, apply tighter restrictions to firearms, give new money to provinces that ban handguns, invest in Indigenous reconciliation, and support the arts and culture sector.

A re-elected Liberal government would also restore employment to pre-pandemic levels, and create even more jobs than the one million it’s already promised, according to the platform.

The Conservative Party of Canada

Canada’s Recovery Plan will ensure key infrastructure is built, O’Toole said from Ottawa.

While the Liberals have been sitting on billions of unspent infrastructure dollars, O’Toole said the Conservatives would immediately spend on shovel-ready projects that will create employment, including Ontario’s transit plan for the Greater Toronto Area, Vancouver’s SkyTrain extension, Quebec City’s Third Link, and the Calgary Green Line.

“We will invest billions in key projects that will put Canadians to work, cut commute times, and reduce emissions,” O’Toole said.

The New Democratic Party

Federal land should be used for affordable housing, Singh said.

The announcement, which he made from Montreal, builds on the party’s promise to invest in 1.7 million homes, 500,000 of them affordable.

We believe the federal land should be used toward investing in opportunities to fight the housing crisis, to build affordable homes,” Singh said.

The Bloc Québécois

Speaking from Montreal, Blanchet promised to apply the Charter of the French Language— a Quebec law that makes French the provincial government’s official language — to businesses and institutions under federal jurisdiction.

Blanchet denounced Ottawa’s attempt to undermine Quebec by reforming the Official Languages Act, and asked party leaders not to hinder the French-language application to federal entities.

“I want to assure Franco-Canadians and Acadians that the Bloc Québécois will be their best ally and voice in the Canadian Parliament to reform the Official Languages Act in a way that guarantees them the services in French they deserve, and protects their right to live, study, and work in French,” Blanchet said in a statement.

The Bloc also promised to demand funding from Ottawa for four green recovery projects requested by Régis Labeaume, mayor of Quebec City.

The Green Party of Canada

In a news conference in Toronto, Paul said drugs must be decriminalized and users offered a “national safe supply of drugs,” because “people are being poisoned to death.”

Safe-injection sites and access to mental-health services go hand in hand in someone’s recovery, she said.

“All that we need now is political will,” Paul said.

The People’s Party of Canada

Bernier was in Regina for a public rally with PPC candidates.

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