Bloc now main opponent to Liberals in tight races across Quebec
Trudeau called on voters to choose candidates who will end up in government, Blanchet fights back
As the race between Bloc and Liberal candidates tightens before Monday in Quebec, the party's leaders headed to battlegrounds as well as strongholds on the last day of the campaign.
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau began his day in Montreal, where the party is expected to win back many of its ridings, before holding in-person and online activities in six provinces by the end of the day.
Trudeau was accompanied Sunday by star candidates Mélanie Joly, Marc Miller and Pablo Rodriguez as he urged progressive voters to choose Liberal, once again avoiding saying that he is seeking a majority.
Joly, the Liberal candidate in Ahuntsic-Cartierville, referenced a remark made in 2008 by Jean Charest, former leader of the Liberal Party of Quebec, in asking for a majority from Quebecers in time of economic crisis.
She said the Liberals are asking for a strong mandate from the people and want to have both hands on the wheel.
Tight races in the Eastern Townships
Meanwhile, Bloc Québécois leader Yves-François Blanchet headed to some battlegrounds south of Montreal to try and secure riding victories on Monday.
Before heading to the Eastern Townships, where the ridings of Brome–Missisquoi, Shefford and Sherbrooke are toss-ups between Bloc and Liberal, Blanchet told reporters he was in offensive mode.
"I can't wait to go play cat and mouse with Mr. Trudeau in Estrie," Blanchet said. "I'm still not sure who is going to be the cat and who is going to be the mouse."
He offered a missive toward incumbent Liberal candidate Marie-Claude Bibeau in Compton—Stanstead, who is also the federal Agriculture Minister, saying, "I can't wait to hear about the protection of supply management in that riding."
Blanchet also had a message for Trudeau, who advised Quebecers to elect MPs who can be part of the government and not just the opposition — a thinly-veiled attack on the Bloc.
"He much prefers having MPs who will do what he says in government than MPs who will make the government do what the people want," Blanchet said.
With files from Radio-Canada's Joëlle Girard
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