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Trudeau to make housing promise in Surrey, Conservative and NDP leaders campaign in Ontario

Last Updated Aug 25, 2021 at 6:18 am PDT

An Elections Canada 'vote' sign in Toronto on Oct. 21, 2019. 680 NEWS/Kevin Misener
Summary

Trudeau will campaign in Surrey and make a housing promise Wednesday ahead of the federal election

Conservative leader and NDP leader to spend the day focusing on Ontario voters

Canadians head to the polls in less than four weeks and concern is growing that turnout will be low

SURREY (NEWS 1130) — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau will be campaigning in British Columbia today while the heads of the New Democrats and Conservative will be in Ontario.

Trudeau is expected to make an announcement in Surrey. B.C., before meeting with a local family to discuss housing.

B.C.’s hot housing market remains top of mind for many voters, as sales continue to be strong but market supply remains low.

That is being felt especially in the Lower Mainland, according to real estate experts. 

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole is to spend the day in Hamilton, where he is expected to make an announcement in the morning and then attend an event with supporters in the evening.

In Windsor, Ont., NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh will meet with the mayor of the city for an announcement before greeting voters with local federal election candidates later in the afternoon.

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On Tuesday, Trudeau made an election promise aimed at helping young people buy a home while O’Toole and Singh pitched plans to ensure economic security and health in their sunset years.

Meantime it comes as many worry that voter turnout will be low, especially among certain age groups when Canadians head to the polls Sept. 20.

“Frequent address changes, riding confusion as well as motivation, a lack of knowledge or maybe a lack of interest in the electoral process,” said Marley Gillies, the board chair for Canadian Alliance of Student Associations.

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In the last federal election, Canadians aged 18 to 24 had a low presence at the polls, with just over half of the more than two million eligible voters actually marking an “X.”

Groups representing youth in Canada fear that number will drop even further with the COVID pandemic heightening some of the normal challenges to get young people to the polls.

With files from Cormac Mac Sweeney