On his final day of campaigning, Erin O’Toole tells fans to pound the pavement and get out the vote as he jogs toward the finish line rather than sprints.
At about 9:30 a.m., the Conservative leader returned after a morning run before boarding a bus to visit other campaigns in the Greater Toronto Area.
O’Toole has run his campaign in an outlandish manner, frequently foregoing face-to-face encounters with Canadians in favor of a virtual structure that relies on people picking up the phone and logging in to online townhalls.
It’s a strategy the party hopes delivers them new voters on Monday in an election where the Conservatives and Liberals have been locked in a tight race.
O’Toole’s first elbow-bumping session of the day took place in Oakville, Ont. before noon with Kerry Colborne. She is looking to unseat Liberal Anita Anand, who served as the minister in charge of Canada’s vaccine procurement effort.
O’Toole told the Oakville crowd it was their last chance to push out his election message, which focuses on a plan to recover the country from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Colborne then answered a question that her leader wouldn’t.
She says she’s double-vaccinated against COVID-19 and believes it’s important to be, but says she can’t speak for whether other candidates decide to say whether they are, too.
Because O’Toole is the only major party leader who does not demand full immunization, questions concerning the vaccination status of Conservative candidates have followed him throughout the campaign.
The approach demonstrates the party’s commitment to individual liberty.
To distinguish themselves apart from the Conservatives, the Liberals have hammered on the issue.
O’Toole has claimed that Justin Trudeau is separating Canadians as a result of the frequent Liberal broadsides, while Trudeau has reacted by comparing O’Toole’s leadership to that of premiers in Western Canada, where COVID-19 cases have been on the rise.
Source_ The Canadian Press