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Conservative's O'Toole joins major party leaders trekking through B.C.

Conservative leader Erin O'Toole addresses the Conservative caucus during a meeting in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
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The federal Conservative leader is in Metro Vancouver, days after his Liberal and NDP counterparts were in B.C.

The visits come as speculation grows about the potential for a fall election

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Conservative leader Erin O’Toole is the last of the major federal party leaders to make the trek to Metro Vancouver in the past few days.

O’Toole is set to speak to members of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce Monday afternoon.

This comes as speculation grows about the potential for a fall election.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has not confirmed whether he will call for an election this year, despite multiple questions from reporters at his recent press conferences.

Trudeau has been on a four-province trip — the first domestic tour he has taken in months.

Recently, Trudeau has staged press conferences, met premiers and mayors, and has set up some local photo ops.

On Thursday, the Prime Minister visited a White Spot restaurant in Coquitlam, where he ordered cheeseburgers to go, but bumped elbows and posed for selfies with locals.

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However, his spokesman said the trip is a government tour, and didn’t include any Liberal party events.

Trudeau’s opponents did not leave the field to him alone.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is in the midst of a multi-day tour in British Columbia. He started in the Vancouver area and then moved on to Vancouver Island.

He is meeting and greeting followers, talking about affordable housing and saying if Trudeau calls an election, it will just be a power grab to try and win back a majority government.

Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet spent the week touring Quebec’s Côte-Nord region, meeting with mayors, and staging photo ops with MPs.