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Trudeau, Scheer, May fight for votes in Toronto while Singh sticks with B.C.

Last Updated Oct 1, 2019 at 12:43 pm PDT

Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau, participates in a discussion with healthcare professionals about the need to end gun violence in Toronto on Monday, September 30, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Three of Canada's federal party leaders are in Toronto to make announcements today

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh continues to campaign in B.C.

People's Party leader Maxime Bernier is planning several small-scale appearances with candidates in southwestern Ontario

OTTAWA — Jagmeet Singh’s love affair with British Columbia continues today, as the NDP leader spends an eighth straight day campaigning on the West Coast.

He’s due to have breakfast with families to promote his $10-billion plan for universal child care, in the province where the New Democrats have some of their best chances to pick up seats if they can benefit from multi-way split votes.

The other leaders are letting him have the place to himself, all focusing their efforts in Ontario.

Both Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer are in greater Toronto.

Scheer started his day with a promise to cut foreign aid by 25 per cent and shift funds away from middle- or upper-income countries to the world’s poorest nations.

Read more: Promises around foreign aid, gun violence, post-secondary students dominate Toronto-area campaigning

Scheer said the savings would be used to pay for his promised tax cuts and credits in this campaign.

Meantime, Trudeau is spending a second day on gun-control policy, meeting with mayors from Toronto’s suburbs in Richmond Hill, Ont.

He’s said he will give municipalities the authority to ban handguns in their communities, however, the Liberal plan stops short of a national ban on handguns  — something doctors and other health professionals have called for.

Many of the mayors Trudeau has met with have said they want to see a full national handgun ban.

Green Leader Elizabeth May is talking about her party’s policy on post-secondary education at Ryerson University before heading to Montreal for an evening rally, and People’s Party leader Maxime Bernier is planning several small-scale appearances with candidates in southwestern Ontario.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 1, 2019.