Aug 24, 2021

By Jane Brown

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Justin Trudeau was not expected to make a federal election campaign appearance Tuesday.

Instead, his itinerary says the prime minister is taking part in the virtual G7 meeting with a focus on the Afghanistan crisis.

But in his bid for re-election, Trudeau did make an announcement Tuesday morning in Hamilton, saying the Liberals would help new home buyers purchase a first home and spoke about a rent to own program, which would offer a billion dollars in loans and grants.

Trudeau also brought up the divisive issue of mandatory COVID vaccines for workers in federally regulated industries and mentioned Ontario’s premier by name for the first time in the campaign.

“Even Doug Ford has said that he’ll make vaccinations mandatory for some essential workers,” Trudeau explained, “Look, there are a lot of things Premier Ford and I don’t agree on, there’s a lot of hard work to get $10-day childcare and standards on long term care, but more needs to be done on vaccines. Well, none of this happens if Erin O’Toole is sitting across the table from Doug Ford.”

The federal conservative leader has also come out against Trudeau’s plan for mandatory vaccines for anyone using transportation like intercity trains and commercial airlines.

A report earlier this month revealed that Justin Trudeau and Doug Ford had agreed not to take shots at each other during the federal election. In 2019, Trudeau repeatedly poked at Ford during the election campaign as a way of pointing out the positive differences between his federal Liberal party and Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives.

Meantime, O’Toole is staying in Ottawa, where he will also make a morning announcement before holding virtual telephone townhalls with Quebec and British Columbia.

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh will kick off his Tuesday with an announcement on long-term care in Mississauga. He’ll then make a whistle stop with Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and NDP Hamilton-area candidates before meeting with supporters at the campaign office of another local candidate in the area. Green Party Leader Annamie Paul spends another day in Toronto.

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