Justin Trudeau's Liberals are ahead in the polls in Quebec so far but are running a tight race against Erin O'Toole's Conservatives in national polls.
According to the latest projections from 338Canada, "a statistical model of electoral projections based on opinion polls, electoral history of Canadian provinces and demographic data," the Liberals and Conservatives are neck and neck, projected to claim 32.1% and 31.6% of the vote, respectively. But with a margin of error of around plus or minus 4% for both, the race is too close to call just yet.
In Quebec, meanwhile, the Liberals are ahead of everyone. 338 says they're currently projected to win 33% of the vote on average but shows they're only narrowly ahead of the Bloc Québécois.
Quebec's nationalist party has seen a slight bump in its vote projection, 338 shows. It's currently projected to win 30% of the provincial vote.
Around 80 housing advocates gathered in front of Justin Trudeau's campaign office in Montreal on Tuesday to protest on behalf of social housing and against inadequate housing and what they say is Trudeau's "lack of commitment" on the issue.*
"The health crisis exposed the serious physical and mental health consequences for tenants in Mr. Trudeau's riding living in substandard overcrowded housing, and in particular for the development of children and the safety of abused women. One would hope that this would lead to greater interest on his part, but it didn't," Comité d'Action de Parc-Extension coordinator Amy Darwish said in a press release.
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FRAPRU and other housing advocate groups in Montreal have called on the government to "commit to a recurring investment of $3 billion per year to fund new social housing."
The investment would allow Quebec to build around 7,000 social housing units per year, according to FRAPRU.
Montreal's Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension borough has been at the centre of the social housing debate for quite some time.
Advocates claim thousands lived in unaffordable housing or housing that was too small before the pandemic.
"We already cannot rely on the private rental market to take care of low-income households, the response must be political, the State must take this on. This response requires social housing and we want clear commitments from Mr. Trudeau," Charles Castonguay, community organizer at the Association des Locataires de Villeray, said.
A motion passed at the National Assembly Tuesday demands a formal apology from the Debate Broadcasting Group for what it calls "hostile" language targetting the Quebec nation at the English-language federal leaders' debate on September 9.
The motion, from Joël Arseneau, leader of the Parti Québécois in the National Assembly, passed with the support of the CAQ, Parti libéral du Québec (PLQ) and Québec Solidaire.
The apology demand comes after much of Quebec's political class condemned the framing of a question from debate moderator Shachi Kurl for Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet.
"You deny that Quebec has problems with racism yet you defend legislation such as Bills 96 and 21, which marginalize religious minorities, Anglophones, and Allophones," Kurl said.
"For those outside the province, please help them understand why your party [...] supports these discriminatory laws."
Blanchet later accused Kurl of calling Quebecers "racists." Quebec Premier François Legault called the question an "attack" on the Quebec nation.
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau added his voice to the calls for an apology, saying the "premise of the question was unacceptable."
Today marks the 15th anniversary of Montreal's Dawson College shooting. 18-year-old Anastasia De Sousa was killed and 19 others were injured.
Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante offered her thoughts to De Sousa's family and the victims of the shooting in a Twitter post. The mayor also implored the federal parties to make "better gun control" a priority so that a mass shooting doesn't happen again.
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"I have a special thought for Anastasia De Sousa and her family, as well as for the other victims and witnesses of this tragic event," the mayor wrote.
"It's a sad anniversary that reminds us of the need for better gun control. Federal parties must commit to making it a priority."
Dawson College, for its part, will mark the anniversary with a day of "quiet reflection." No formal commemorations will be held due to strict COVID-19 regulations at the school.
"Our daughter, forever in our hearts and present in spirit, was robbed of her bright future," Louise De Sousa said in a press release put out by the college.
"We had hoped that we would see more tangible improvements for tougher gun laws, but here we are, 15 years later and gun control is still being attacked and has become a campaign issue in these upcoming elections."