Federal leaders begin sprints to voting day as advanced polls open

THE CANADIAN PRESS AND NEWS STAFF | posted Friday, Oct 11th, 2019

OTTAWA — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is leaving Ottawa for the West Coast today, though he’s saying goodbye with an exceptionally early morning rally at a downtown food court before he departs.

With the last debate of the federal election campaign behind them, the leaders are beginning sprints to the finish line: voting day on Oct. 21.

After the 7:30 a.m. event Trudeau flies west to the Vancouver area, taking advantage of the time-zone change to squeeze in multiple appearances with local candidates and then an evening rally in Burnaby.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh also starts his day in Ottawa, releasing the financial elements of his party’s platform before zipping east to Montreal for some mid-day mainstreeting and then back west to Brampton, Ont., for the evening.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is also in B.C. today, where he’s to reveal his party’s full platform after holding off longer than the other party leaders.

People’s Party Leader Maxime Bernier is on the other coast, staging a rally of his own in Halifax, and Green Leader Elizabeth May is lingering in Ottawa for an announcement on foreign and security policy.

Meanwhile, voters can begin to cast their ballots as advanced polls open Friday.

Polls will be open over the entirety of the Thanksgiving long weekend.

While some people are questioning the decision to have the advanced polls open during a time of high travel, Elections Canada says they are hoping it is a period where people can get out to those advanced polls and vote.

For details on advanced polling stations in your area, click here.

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