Federal Election

Conservative candidate Heather Leung in the Burnaby North–Seymour riding (HeatherLeung.com)

Conservative party boots out B.C. candidate after homophobic comments

Although likely the last, this wasn’t the first time Heather Leung made headlines this campaign

Conservative candidate Heather Leung in the Burnaby North–Seymour riding (HeatherLeung.com)
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May speaks to supporters as she attends a rally during a federal election campaign stop in Montreal, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Elizabeth May pledges to plant 10 billion trees by 2050

Federal Green leader introduces further measures to combat climate change

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May speaks to supporters as she attends a rally during a federal election campaign stop in Montreal, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Conservative leader Andrew Scheer boards his campaign plane in Montreal Thursday, October 3, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Scheer stuck on dual citizenship while touting tough-on-crime agenda

Conservative leader: ‘It’s not a big deal in Canada for people to have dual citizenship’

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer boards his campaign plane in Montreal Thursday, October 3, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Conservative candidate Heather Leung in the Burnaby North–Seymour riding (HeatherLeung.com)

B.C. candidate must be kicked out of Conservative party for homophobic comments: rival

NDP rival Svend Robinson, Canada’s first openly gay MP, wants Scheer to give Leung the boot

Conservative candidate Heather Leung in the Burnaby North–Seymour riding (HeatherLeung.com)
One of three signs along Highway 97 in West Kelowna that were vandalized. (Contributed)
One of three signs along Highway 97 in West Kelowna that were vandalized. (Contributed)
Getting personal: Day 23 of federal campaign heats up

Getting personal: Day 23 of federal campaign heats up

As Oct. 21 – election day – inches closer, here’s a look at what happened this week

Getting personal: Day 23 of federal campaign heats up
Okanagan Green Party candidates Robert Mellalieu (left) and Marc Reinarz (right) have both been called out by NDP for comments they made about abortion. (File)

NDP calls out Okanagan-based Green candidates for views on abortion

“The bad old days of women dying in back-alley abortions must never return,” said Elizabeth May

Okanagan Green Party candidates Robert Mellalieu (left) and Marc Reinarz (right) have both been called out by NDP for comments they made about abortion. (File)
The six candidates running for the Skeena-Bulkley riding joined the All Candidates Forum in the Burns Lake & District Chamber of Commerce on Sept. 26. (L-R) Taylor Bachrach, Dave Birdi, Jody Craven, Claire Rattée, Mike Sawyer and Rod Taylor. Polls open for the federal election on Oct. 21. (Blair McBride photo)

Forestry, pipelines top the agenda at Burns Lake forum

Six of eight candidates participated in the Sept. 26 Chamber of Commerce event

The six candidates running for the Skeena-Bulkley riding joined the All Candidates Forum in the Burns Lake & District Chamber of Commerce on Sept. 26. (L-R) Taylor Bachrach, Dave Birdi, Jody Craven, Claire Rattée, Mike Sawyer and Rod Taylor. Polls open for the federal election on Oct. 21. (Blair McBride photo)
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer (The Canadian Press photos)

Scheer and Trudeau accuse each other of distracting from their records

Next week the leaders have two more debates, these organized by the new federal debates commission

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer (The Canadian Press photos)
NDP candidate Taylor Bachrach speaks at an all candidates forum in Burns Lake Sept. 26. Blair McBride photo

Bachrach one of eight endorsed by non-profit advocacy group LeadNow

LeadNow is working independently to get the climate vote out in eight different ridings

NDP candidate Taylor Bachrach speaks at an all candidates forum in Burns Lake Sept. 26. Blair McBride photo
Stikine MLA and Rural Development Minister Doug Donaldson (right) meets with Gidimt’en checkpoint spokesperson Molly Wickham (left) and Unist’ot’en and Gidimt’en supporter Mel Bazil in January. Wickham endorsed Green Party candidate Mike Sawyer for the Skeena-Bulkley Valley riding in a video that was posted to Sawyer’s campaign website and Facebook page on Wednesday. (Twitter photo)

Molly Wickham endorses Skeena-Bulkley Valley Green candidate Mike Sawyer

In July, Wickham filed a lawsuit against CGL over the destruction of the Gidimt’en checkpoint camp

Stikine MLA and Rural Development Minister Doug Donaldson (right) meets with Gidimt’en checkpoint spokesperson Molly Wickham (left) and Unist’ot’en and Gidimt’en supporter Mel Bazil in January. Wickham endorsed Green Party candidate Mike Sawyer for the Skeena-Bulkley Valley riding in a video that was posted to Sawyer’s campaign website and Facebook page on Wednesday. (Twitter photo)
FILE – Andrew Scheer mingled and spoke to supporters at a Langley equestrian centre Wednesday evening. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance)

Scheer says he is personally ‘pro-life,’ but would not reopen abortion debate

Trudeau, before he became Liberal leader, said that he was personally against abortion

FILE – Andrew Scheer mingled and spoke to supporters at a Langley equestrian centre Wednesday evening. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance)
NDP candidate Taylor Bachrach calls on opponents to sign petition in favour of transitioning towards closed-containment fish farms. (Black Press file photo)
NDP candidate Taylor Bachrach calls on opponents to sign petition in favour of transitioning towards closed-containment fish farms. (Black Press file photo)
Conservative leader Andrew Scheer arrives for a morning announcement in Toronto Tuesday, October 1, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Tory leader grilled on abortion in Canadian election debate

A Conservative government wouldn’t change abortion rules in Canada, Scheer says

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer arrives for a morning announcement in Toronto Tuesday, October 1, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Leader of the Bloc Quebecois Yves-Francois Blanchet, left to right, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, TVA host Pierre Bruneau, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh pose for a photo at the TVA french debate for the 2019 federal election, in Montreal, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Joel Lemay)

Separation of church and state a hot topic in French-language debate

Conservative, NDP, Bloc Quebecois and Liberal leaders took part

Leader of the Bloc Quebecois Yves-Francois Blanchet, left to right, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, TVA host Pierre Bruneau, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh pose for a photo at the TVA french debate for the 2019 federal election, in Montreal, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Joel Lemay)
Independent Merv Ritchie wants to give Skeena-Bulkley Valley residents their voice back
Independent Merv Ritchie wants to give Skeena-Bulkley Valley residents their voice back
Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet makes an announcement in Montreal on Tuesday, September 24, 2019. Conservative Andrew Scheer, New Democrat Jagmeet Singh, and Yves-Francois Blanchet of the Bloc Quebecois will face off with Trudeau at 8 p.m. Eastern time, in a debate hosted by the private TVA television network and the Montreal newspaper Le Journal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Federal-party leaders seek momentum in French-language debate amid flat polls

The Liberals and Conservatives remain locked in a fight for first place

Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet makes an announcement in Montreal on Tuesday, September 24, 2019. Conservative Andrew Scheer, New Democrat Jagmeet Singh, and Yves-Francois Blanchet of the Bloc Quebecois will face off with Trudeau at 8 p.m. Eastern time, in a debate hosted by the private TVA television network and the Montreal newspaper Le Journal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Conservative leader Andrew Scheer arrives for a morning announcement in Toronto Tuesday, October 1, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Seat at UN security council not top priority, Scheer says after pledging foreign-aid cuts

‘It’s more important to me that I help Canadians get ahead than curry favour at the United Nations’

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer arrives for a morning announcement in Toronto Tuesday, October 1, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Norway-based Cermaq is preparing to deploy a new ocean-based closed containment salmon pen design in B.C. Fish are reared in a closed-containment pen shown in foreground, then transferred to conventional pens to finish development. (Cermaq Canada)

Liberal Party salmon farm pledge ‘destructive,’ industry group says

Justin Trudeau platform calls for ‘closed containment’ by 2025

Norway-based Cermaq is preparing to deploy a new ocean-based closed containment salmon pen design in B.C. Fish are reared in a closed-containment pen shown in foreground, then transferred to conventional pens to finish development. (Cermaq Canada)
Liberal leader Justin Trudeau boards his campaign plane in Ottawa on Sunday, September 29, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Liberal leader Justin Trudeau boards his campaign plane in Ottawa on Sunday, September 29, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz