Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Conservatives are set to begin the federal election campaign on Monday with a series of events aimed at appealing to middle-income voters who are concerned about rising health-care costs and stagnant wages.
The prime minister’s campaign is being run by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, a non-partisan think-tank, and the Conservative party has been hosting rallies and events across the country.
The party has already held two town hall events, in Montreal and Toronto.
On Friday, a Toronto rally was held by the NDP, with one of the speakers speaking from the platform.
“It’s important to remember that we’ve seen a huge surge in the number of Canadians who want to participate in the election campaign,” said Stephanie Forcier, the NDP’s candidate for Ottawa-Vanier.
“And we have a mandate from Canadians to get this done.”
The party’s plan for the next four weeks, she added, is to hold several events across Canada to give Canadians a chance to talk about the economy and what they think is wrong with their lives.
“Our message is simple, the economy is in trouble,” said Forciers.
“We’re seeing more and more middle-class families, many of them working at home, struggling to make ends meet.”
The Liberals have already put forward a platform that includes a plan to spend $15-billion over four years to provide universal child care.
On Saturday, the party released a video featuring Trudeau saying, “We are working every day to ensure every Canadian child gets the care they need.”
It also unveiled its campaign strategy, including an economic plan that would focus on the economy, jobs, education and infrastructure.
While Trudeau is not expected to go into detail about his economic plan, he has already promised to increase Canada’s corporate tax rate from the current low of 13 per cent to 15 per cent, and cut the tax rate on high-income earners from 30 per cent in 2018 to 15.5 per cent.
Trudeau is scheduled to address the country on Sunday morning at a town hall in Ottawa.
Trudeau’s campaign will also host a number of events across Ontario, including a rally in Toronto on Sunday.
The Liberal leader will deliver a speech at the Toronto Stock Exchange on Monday afternoon, as well as another at the Bank of Montreal.
In the Toronto area, Liberal MPP David McGuinty is also scheduled to speak at the Exchange, according to a Liberal campaign official.
In Ottawa, the Liberal party will hold a town-hall event on Sunday afternoon, with another rally in the Rideau Centre.
McGuintie will also speak at a campaign event at the Canadian Tire Centre in Gatineau on Monday.
With files from the Associated Press and CTV’s Kathleen Kennedy-White and The Canadian Press