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O’Toole says Trudeau shouldn’t rush into an election with threat of a fourth wave looming

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O’Toole says Trudeau shouldn’t rush into an election with threat of a fourth wave looming

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole said today that, with COVID-19 case counts rising in many provinces as the potent delta strain takes sustain, it be no longer the actual time to descend the country into a federal election campaign.

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Conservative leader Erin O’Toole holds a press conference in Ottawa on Tuesday, June 29, 2021. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole said today that, with COVID-19 case counts rising in many provinces as the potent delta strain takes sustain, it be no longer the actual time to descend the country into a federal election campaign.

Speaking to journalists at a campaign-style stop in Belleville, Ont., O’Toole said High Minister Justin Trudeau is handiest pondering about an election now — moral two years into his mandate — because of his “absorb self pastime.” CBC’s Poll Tracker suggests the governing Liberals have a sizeable lead over the opposition parties in national polling.

“My largest situation actual now may be the potential fourth wave of COVID-19,” O’Toole said. “We shouldn’t be rushing to an election. Mr. Trudeau always appears to be like to effect his absorb self-pastime ahead of the pastime of Canadians.”

Whereas no longer yearning for an election, O’Toole said the Conservatives are well prepared for a campaign that may start as quickly as this week.

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The parties have been busy nominating candidates — the Liberal party declared a state of “electoral urgency” months ago to hastily name candidates in the country’s 338 ridings ahead of a vote — and raising money for an election campaign that can be no shorter than 36 days.

“We are able to be ready but we accomplish assume the health and financial security of Canadians must reach first,” O’Toole said, adding the govt.have to be focusing its energies on supporting pandemic-ravaged industries fancy the tourism sector rather than planning for an election that few of us want.

O’Toole said that, in explain to address some of the COVID-precipitated financial disruptions in rural Canada, a govt led by him would fast-track the rollout of excessive-velocity web nationwide to issue reliable connections to all rural and faraway communities by 2025.

The federal govt has earmarked billions of dollars already to issue rapid web to rural areas. O’Toole said the original timeline is insufficient.

O’Toole also promised to commit more federal infrastructure spending to rural areas — places he said are central to “Canada’s financial system, culture and way of life.”

“Rural Canada has been no longer renowned by the Liberals. With Canada’s Conservatives, encourage is on the way,” O’Toole said.

After a lull in contemporary COVID-19 cases, a number of the larger provinces have reported an increase in contemporary infections in recent days.

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) reported a 43 per cent increase in the number of contemporary cases last week, with 705 cases being reported each day at some stage in the week of July 25.

With the original excessive rate of vaccination coverage, then again, the number of contemporary deaths reported is calm a lot decrease than it was at some stage in earlier phases of the pandemic. PHAC documented fewer than 10 deaths a day at some stage in the final week of July, well off the mid-April highs.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh visits the Parkdale Public Market in Ottawa with Angella MacEwen, left, NDP candidate for Ottawa Centre, on Aug. 5, 2021. (Justin Tang/Canadian Press)

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said the uptick in contemporary COVID-19 cases is a “troubling” pattern and it may calm give the high minister 2d ideas about calling an election. Singh said Trudeau’s claim that Parliament has been dysfunctional is merely false; he identified that the govt.was able to broker deals with opposition parties to pass pandemic reduction measures and a value range.

“I’ve said I want to make a decision that’s in the finest pastime of Canadians and you’d assume, in a pandemic, the Liberals would assume the same way as well. It appears to be like fancy they’re more drawn to energy than doing what’s in the finest pastime of Canadians,” he said.

“I assume we have to worry about getting of us the encourage they need and no longer going to an election.”

Singh said his party can be ready if an early election is called. Compared to the Liberal and Conservatives parties, then again, the NDP has far fewer candidates nominated — moral over 100, compared to well over 200 for completely different two main parties. Singh said his party has far more money to train on this campaign than it did in the 2019 contest.

“We’re absolutely ready,” he said, adding that the party’s campaign message can be that the “ultra wealthy” want to pay more in taxes to better fund social programs and pay off pandemic money owed.

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O’Toole says Trudeau shouldn’t rush into an election with threat of a fourth wave looming