Good morning Toronto! Off to Royal York hotel for a press conference w Ignatieff and Mark Holland. Lemme guess what they'll be talking about
Liberals say it's the Conservatives who are the big spenders. Use G8/G20 spending as their example....remember the fake lake? #elxn41
Ignatieff says the Liberal platform will be out within the week. #elxn41
Ignatieff says big announcement tomorrow on learning w costs.Says Liberal platform, fully costed, will be presented within first week#elxn41
I have yet to see Ignatieff use a teleprompter.
Ignatieff says liberal commitment to urban landscape deep. Says enviro regional rapid transit "chief priority." Wants to sit down w mayors.
Tories drove Canada into record deficit with poor fiscal management: Ignatieff
OTTAWA - Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff is assailing Stephen Harper's economic management, accusing the Conservative government of running the country into a record deficit.
After two days of fighting accusations he planned to usurp a duly elected government and form a coalition with "the socialists and separatists" from the NDP and Bloc Quebecois, the Liberal leader is going on the offensive.
"They spent all kinds of money to put us into a deficit before the recession," Ignatieff told a news conference Monday in Toronto.
"We found ourselves confronting a record deficit. We feel that the economic management by Mr. Harper is bad. We have to choose a different way for Canada, economically speaking."
Ignatieff is in Toronto and suburban Mississauga, Ont., where the so-called 905 ridings are considered essential to any victory May 2.
(The Canadian Press)
Asked why he would have done differently on G20, Ignatieff says he never would have moved from Huntsville. Says nothing got done #elxn41
Tory focus on 'jets and jails' threatening to bankrupt Canada, Ignatieff says
Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff is accusing his Conservative rivals of putting "jets and jails" and corporate tax cuts ahead of ordinary Canadians.
Ignatieff says Stephen Harper refuses to come clean about the spiralling cost of a Tory plan to buy as many as 65 new F-35 fighter jets.
He also accuses the prime minister of being out of step with Canadian priorities by spending on expanded prisons and costly corporate tax cuts.
Speaking in Mississauga, Ont., Ignatieff is citing last summer's costly G8-G20 meetings in Toronto and Huntsville, Ont,. as a symbol of Tory "contempt."
For the third straight day, Ignatieff is also denying Harper's claim the Liberals would form a coalition government with the New Democrats.
(The Canadian Press)
So odd. Don't expect that in Regina
Clement explains on Twitter: "To clear up Q I changed my Twitter handle bec w/ Commons dissolved I'm not an MP + I didn't want to endure a slew of "process" stories."
Clement also changed his bio to read "Conservative Party Candidate Parry Sound-Muskoka Canada's Industry Minister"
Harper's photo-op of the day lasts 30 seconds. Honestly. #cdnpoli #elxn41
Layton tours Saskatchewan, hopes to take back seats lost to Conservatives
REGINA - NDP Leader Jack Layton is calling on voters in Saskatchewan to come back to the party they created.
Layton says the Conservative government of Stephen Harper is just delivering "the same old scandals" Canadians thought had been left behind when they ousted the Liberals in 2006.
"I think people are concluding one thing - that Ottawa is broken and it's time for us to fix it," he said Monday in a rousing speech to party faithful in Regina.
The province where Layton's party was born did not hand the New Democrats a single seat in the last election.
Of the 14 federal seats in the province, the Tories hold 13 and the Liberals hold one. (The Canadian Press)
Chinese Canadian I just spoke to says he's undecided voter, cares about ethics issues, not the coalition talk. #elxn41
Conservative pitch. Keep us in power for another 4 -5 years, and we'll deliver the tax cut we are promising today. #elxn41
And with that, he's off to Mississauga
Another man on street saying he's voted NDP until now.. Has to decide now whether to buy into Lib leader's idea that it's a two-way race
Prime Minister Stephen Harper is in B.C. promising a $2.5-billion tax break for two-parent families, albeit several years from now - and provided the government manages to balance the budget.
The scheme would allow spouses with children under 18 to split household income up to $50,000 in order fall into lower tax brackets. The plan wouldn't begin until 2015-16 under current Conservative deficit projections. (The Canadian Press)
In Toronto, Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff argued that big-budget Tory spending priorities such as corporate tax cuts, stealth fighter jets and prison expansion would leave the cupboard bare when the federal-provincial accord on health care expires in 2014.
NDP Leader Jack Layton, who was campaigning Saskatchewan, also took aim at Harper's proposed tax break. (The Canadian Press)
A lot of people I've met on the street so far say they're undecided voters. #elxn41 #cdnpoli
Harper said taxpayers with children under age 18 would be allowed to pool their income in order to pay less tax, up to a maximum of $50,000 - a measure the Conservatives say would help some 1.8 million Canadian households.
"This will benefit a large number of Canadian families," Harper said during a campaign stop in Saanich, B.C.
There's a catch, however: the tax cut won't take effect until the federal budget is balanced, which is likely not going to happen before 2015. (The Canadian Press)
Tory tax break costs $2.5 billion so you won't be able to balance your home tax bill until Harper balances his in, say, 4 years #elxn41
Rumours of robo-love rock the campaign after Global editor's photos posted online
REGINA - Canadian politcs, notoriously devoid of sex scandals, is suddenly abuzz with rumours about amorous robots.
The chatter began with a Global News camera editor, who made an eyebrow-raising discovery upon wandering into a Regina hotel while covering Jack Layton's campaign.
Jamie Butler got off the big orange NDP bus and went up to his room in the landmark Hotel Saskatchewan.
When he opened the door, he saw towels on the floor and items strewn around the room. Things got stranger from there.
He took a closer look around and couldn't believe his eyes: sitting on the desk was something that looked like a suit of armour. A couple of tinfoil limbs lay near the main part of the costume.
And on the back, Butler saw a sign - which featured a rainbow, two brightly coloured drawings of robots, and the slogan: "Robosexuals."
He snapped a few photos, went to see the manager, and was quickly upgraded to one of the fanciest suites in the hotel. (The Canadian Press)