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Hey there!

I know you come here for your dose of Ontario politics and we usually focus our attention on Queen's Park. But for the next 36 days, federal politics will be Ontario politics.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made it official yesterday, we are going to the polls on September 20th. So, John Wright and I have decided to return to the daily podcast during the writ period. (That's the way this show started when the 2018 election was called in Ontario).

Buckle up. I don't know if this will be the most important elections we've seen in Canada, but it's likely to rank among the most interesting.

We interrupt this podcast for The WRIT Race‪!‬ Dave Trafford - iContact Productions

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Hey there!

I know you come here for your dose of Ontario politics and we usually focus our attention on Queen's Park. But for the next 36 days, federal politics will be Ontario politics.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made it official yesterday, we are going to the polls on September 20th. So, John Wright and I have decided to return to the daily podcast during the writ period. (That's the way this show started when the 2018 election was called in Ontario).

Buckle up. I don't know if this will be the most important elections we've seen in Canada, but it's likely to rank among the most interesting.

    The final days of a negative campaign includes sex assault allegations against a Toronto candidate

    The final days of a negative campaign includes sex assault allegations against a Toronto candidate

    These final hours of the federal election campaign have made things clear as mud. The polls have consistently suggested the Liberals and Conservatives are in a dead heat among decided voters. The only confident prediction is we will have a minority government when all is said and done. 

    Meantime, the Liberals have dumped Kevin Vuong as their candidate in a downtown Toronto riding after learning he'd been charged with sexual assault in 2019. It's important to note the Crown withdrew the charges.

    • 33 min
    If O'Toole can't "deliver the bacon, I don't think he lasts long" as CPC leader: @MattGurney

    If O'Toole can't "deliver the bacon, I don't think he lasts long" as CPC leader: @MattGurney

    Is this an all or nothing campaign for Erin O'Toole? Does he have to win the September 20the federal election to keep his job at leader of the Conservative Party of Canada? 

    Matt Gurney at the National Post joins us for this episode of The WRIT Race. He suggests O'Toole's term as party leader may be short lived unless he can boast "some kind of win", whether that's winning a minority or weakening Trudeau's minority. 

    • 33 min
    Would O'Toole be better off losing to a smaller Trudeau minority?

    Would O'Toole be better off losing to a smaller Trudeau minority?

    It's not that silly a question when you consider two things.

    First, most Canadians didn't want this election. So, to see the Trudeau Liberals barely survive with a slimmer minority will call his "mandate" into question.

    Second, it leaves it up to a wounded Trudeau to mop up the divisiveness of the campaign while coping with a new year that will be dominated by the fourth (fifth?) wave of the pandemic.

    Brett James, Senior Counsel at Sussex Strategy Group in Toronto offers his insights.

    • 28 min
    Getting personal on the federal election campaign is one thing but taking shots at family is way out of line

    Getting personal on the federal election campaign is one thing but taking shots at family is way out of line

    Yes, the tone has changed on the federal campaign trail. And that may have been predictable. But there was a nasty moment when protestors began making inappropriate comments about Justin Trudeau's wife Sophie.

    Deb Hutton says that's not new, but it doesn't make it right. Deb advised a couple of premiers in Ontario, worked on leadership and election campaigns and experienced campaigning as a spouse when her husband, Tim Hudak, led the Progressive Conservatives in the 2011 and 2014 Ontario elections.

    • 22 min
    What kind of Canada will we vote for on September 20th?

    What kind of Canada will we vote for on September 20th?

    This federal campaign has been dominated by wedge issues, personal attacks, and a disaster of a debate.

    Where is the vision? Where is the deep discussion about the challenges and opportunities facing Canada?

    Scott White, CEO and Editor in Chief at The Conversation Canada, joins John Wright and Dave Trafford in this edition of The WRIT Race.

    • 27 min
    It's time to abandon campaign debates if that's the best we can do

    It's time to abandon campaign debates if that's the best we can do

    The english federal leaders' debate was, in the words of Dana Bash, "a shit show." 

    I heard "pundits" complaining that we always complain about the format and never focus on the substance of the debate. That's because the format is the problem. It doesn't allow for substance, let alone debate.

    The time has come to either overhaul the system, (take it out of the hands of the media consortium), or scrap the debates altogether. 

    • 27 min

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