Federal election 2019 roundup Gerald Butts joins up with Trudeau on eastern

Day eight of the 2019 federal election begins with Justin Trudeau making an announcement for seniors in Fredericton, while Andrew Scheer is in Hamilton. In this live story, we’ll be tracking the campaign news as it happens.2:00 p.m. — Economists think Conservatives are onto something with subsidy-slashingUniversity of Calgary economist Lindsay Tedds had some kinds words for the Conservative plan to target “corporate welfare.”“Sixty-percent of governments spending on businesses subsidies are highly questionable in terms of their costs versus benefits,” Tedds wrote on Twitter. That amounts to about $10 billion per year in questionable spending, which should give the Conservatives lots of low-hanging fruit if they form government in October.Tedds wrote that she expects one program to be spared the knife, though.“The biggest business subsidy program that fails this essential test is the small business deduction,” wrote Tedds. “However, despite this clear on going evidence against this subsidy program, I know politics will sadly prevail.”Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.11:00 a.m. — Gerald Butts is backThe Canadian Press reported yesterday that Liberal leader Justin Trudeau’s former principal secretary Gerald Butts joined up with the campaign as it travelled through eastern Canada yesterday.Butts, who grew up in Nova Scotia, is playing a key role in the Liberal war room after resigning in the wake of the SNC-Lavalin affair. It’s the first time Butts has joined the leader’s tour since the campaign was launched.Party organizers said he was there to help with an advertising shoot, the Canadian Press reported.9:45 a.m. — Scheer targets corporate welfare in HamiltonConservative leader Andrew Scheer invited reporters to a barber shop in Hamilton to announce that he will eliminate $1.5 billion in “corporate handouts” if his party forms government in October.“We will put it back in the pockets of hard working Canadians who need it the most,” said Scheer.The Conservatives released a long list of these corporate handouts, including an infamous plan to give Loblaws $12 million for new fridges, as part of a green initiative.9:00 a.m. — Liberals promise increases to old age securityLiberal leader Justin Trudeau announced a plan for a $729 annual boost to old age security for Canadians over the age of 75 in Fredericton this morning.The plan includes increased survivor benefits for widows and widowers through the Canada Pension Plan and will cost about $2.5 billion in total.8:45 a.m. — Singh announces dental plan in SudburyNDP leader Jagmeet Singh was in Sudbury this morning to announce a plan to provide free dental care for households making less than $70,000.The Parliamentary Budget Officer pegged the price of the program at $1.9 billion and the NDP says it would provide coverage for about 4.3 million people. The party estimates saving of about $1,240 for a family of four.The plan would also allow for partial coverage for families making a household income between $70,000 and $90,000.8:30 a.m. — Trudeau stays out east, while Scheer starts in HamiltonLiberal leader Justin Trudeau will be in Fredericton this morning for a policy announcement and media availability at 9:30 a.m. local time. He’ll finish the day with a rally in Truro, Nova Scotia.Conservative leader Andrew Scheer is in Hamilton this morning where he will make a policy announcement and take questions from reporters at 9 a.m. local time.NDP leader Jagmeet Singh will be in Sudbury this morning to make an announcement on on the NDP’s plan to expand the health care system to include public dental care. He’ll finish the day with a town hall in Toronto.Green Party leader Elizabeth May will be in Vancouver on Wednesday and Thursday doing media interviews. read more