By Sam Arseneau
Justin Trudeau speaks to a woman at a Liberal event at MacAulay’s Farm (Photo credits: Stu Neatby/The Guardian)
Over the past two weeks, several federal party leaders have made stops on PEI.
Current Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau started the trend by visiting September 17th. He was in St. Peterâ€™s Bay with local MP Lawrence MacAulay. A Liberal rally was held in the evening at MacAulayâ€™s home.
At the rally Trudeau made criticized his predecessor Stephen Harperâ€™s actions during his time as Prime Minister and explained the differences between himself and Harper.
â€œAfter Stephen Harper announced â€“ from Switzerland â€“ that he was raising the age of retirement, we were there for you. We restored the age of eligibility for Old Age Security and Guaranteed Income Supplement from 67 back to 65.â€
Trudeau was not answering questions from local reporters.
Andrew Scheer, the Conservative candidate, visited PEI on the 22nd. He spoke to veterans in Canoe Cove at the Lloyd Inman Memorial Park. The topic he spoke primarily about was veterans’ affairs.
“To every veteran who has struggled and continues to struggle, without the supports and benefits you have earned through your service my message is this: you have been betrayed, you deserve better,” he said.
Scheer also mentioned the bridge tolls and the issue of its affordability. He stated there will be more details as his campaign continues.
He then made his way to the Shellfish Festival in Charlottetown where he spent some time shucking oysters with PEI chef Michael Smith and tried some of the dishes offered before leaving.
The most recent visit was from Elizabeth May, Green Party candidate. May visited on September 23rd and joined Green party candidates in a rally. The rally was in a room in the Confederation Centre of the Arts.
May emphasizes environmental issues.
“This is the fight of our lives. It’s the fight for our kids and our grandkids. And I’m driven by that,â€ she said.
May has made many stops around the maritime provinces on her tour and talked about adding a funding program in Health Canada for LGBTQ2+ peer-led mental health programs and counselling.
The candidates will continue touring accords Canada for the remainder of the campaign period.
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