The Pollcast: Old speeches and new campaign slogans

On the latest episode of The Pollcast, the CBC's Aaron Wherry and Katie Simpson chat with host Éric Grenier about the latest events on the pre-campaign trail.

An old speech trips up the Conservative campaign and parties roll out their election slogans

The Conservatives have been on the defensive since the Liberals resurrected a 2005 speech by Andrew Scheer on same-sex marriage. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)

The campaign planes are still on the ground and the buses haven't started rolling, but what's happened over these last few weeks before the federal election campaign officially begins will still have an impact on October's vote.

The resurrection by the Liberals of a 2005 speech opposing same-sex marriage by Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, then an opposition MP, has knocked the Conservatives off-balance. An apparently contradictory message from Conservative MP and Quebec lieutenent Alain Rayes on the party's position on abortion has only compounded the problem, raising questions about Scheer's social conservatism and distracting from the issues the party would prefer to talk about: the economy, the cost of living and Justin Trudeau's record.

The controversy also has had an impact on potential post-election manoeuvring, with NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh ruling out any support for a future Conservative minority government.

This week also saw most parties roll out their campaign slogans, offering some hints about the issues they think will shape the election.

To discuss this past week on the pre-campaign trail, Pollcast host and CBC polls analyst Éric Grenier is joined by the CBC's Aaron Wherry and Katie Simpson. And Elise von Scheel asks a listener's question: will we know before the vote how much money the parties are raising this summer?

Listen to the full discussion above — or subscribe to the CBC Pollcast and listen to past episodes of the show.

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