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The six main party leaders — and, perhaps even more critically, the advisors respectively responsible for ensuring they’re fully prepared for next week’s debates — are about to get a preview of what to expect from the forthcoming face-off.
Later this morning, the coalition of broadcasters and media outlets that collectively make up the Canadian Debate Production Partnership will host a press briefing to announce the “themes and formats” of the upcoming debates, the first of which is set to take place in English on October 7, with the French edition slated for October 10.
According to advisory, representatives from the parties will also be on hand for the traditional draw to determine both the speaking order and the “stage position of the leaders.”
Also on the Hill today: The Canadian Health Food Association hits the West Block press room to provide a status report on their campaign to create a “pathway for hemp-derived CBD products in Canada,” which, according to the notice, has already resulted in one party “committing to permit CBD in natural health products.”
Finally, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society marks Orange Shirt Day, which recognizes the “dark history of residential schools,” with a “full-day learning event” for local students, as well as a midday rally to form a “giant orange t-shirt shirt” on the front lawn outside RCGS headquarters in Ottawa.
ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
After unveiling his party’s platform in Mississauga yesterday afternoon, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has only one event on his itinerary for today: A mid-morning discussion on “the need to end gun violence” with Toronto-area “health professionals.”
Elsewhere in the Greater Toronto Area, his Conservative rival Andrew Scheer starts the day with a morning policy reveal at Whitby’s Abilities Centre, a state-of-the-art community “hub” focused on “full inclusion” that was “inspired by the vision” of the late Jim Flaherty, who served as Stephen Harper’s finance minister.
Later today, Scheer will campaign alongside Conservative candidates in Toronto, Scarborough and Brampton.
Also on the Southwestern Ontario hustings: People’s Party Leader Maxime Bernier heads to Windsor for a whistle stop tour of the local media circuit before joining PPC candidates and supporters at a barbecue in Oldcastle.
Meanwhile, New Democrat Leader Jagmeet SIngh drops by a Vancouver daycare to highlight his party’s pitch on“affordable childcare” across Canada alongside three local New Democrat hopefuls.
Finally, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May is also set to head out and about in the Greater Vancouver Area, where she’s booked in for a breakfast speech hosted by the local Canadian Club as well as a mid-morning policy announcement.
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