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TALE OF THE TAPE: Who's at the helm in this federal election?

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NDP LEADER JAGMEET SINGH:

Age: 40

Party’s slogan: “In it for you.”

TV show you’re currently binging?

“I’ve been nerding out with Dark Crystal on my own, but my wife and I have been watching a lot of Schitt’s Creek together. She got me into it.”

Top election issue?

“Today’s young workers have seen governments hug them in public, then make backroom deals with corporate friends behind closed doors. They deserve better. They need someone on their side.”

What song will you be listening to to amp you up during the election?

Differentology is an important pump-up anthem for us. It says that we’re ready for something new and musically it has everything. You can dance to it, clap along, or just vibe out. Another song is My People by a great group based in Vancouver who blend bhangra, reggae, hip hop, and Celtic music.”

Family: Wed Gurkiran Kaur, 28, entrepreneur and fashion designer in early 2018. Kids are “N/A for now.”

Background: Singh grew up in St. John’s and Windsor with his two siblings. His mother was a teacher and his father was a doctor. Singh was a criminal defence lawyer in the GTA before becoming an NDP MPP in 2011 until 2017 when he stepped down after winning the leadership of the federal NDP.


LIBERAL LEADER JUSTIN TRUDEAU

Age: 47

Party’s slogan: “Choose Forward.”

TV show you’re currently binging?

“Lately, Sophie and I have been watching CBC’s Workin’ Moms. There is so much incredible talent in Canada, and that’s great to see.”

Top election issue?

“Moving forward for the middle class: from putting more money back in people’s pockets, to ensuring seniors have a secure retirement, to protecting our environment.”

The song you’ll be listening to amp you up during the campaign?

One Hand Up from The Strumbellas.”

Family: “I am incredibly blessed to be married to the strongest, most compassionate, most generous person I know: my wife Sophie. Whether she’s advocating for gender equality around the world, or speaking up on the national tragedy of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, Sophie never stops thinking about how she can use her voice for good.” Trudeau and Sophie have three kids, Xavier (11), Ella-Grace (10) and Hadrien (5).

Background: Trudeau really needs no introduction as Canada’s 23rd PM over the past four years. Trudeau grew up at 24 Sussex Drive when his father Pierre Elliott Trudeau was PM, as well as in Quebec with his two younger brothers. His mother Margaret Trudeau is an author, actress, former TV talk show host and current mental health activist. Before getting into politics in 2008, Trudeau held jobs as a nightclub bouncer, snowboard instructor, camp counselor and teacher at a private school.


GREEN PARTY LEADER ELIZABETH MAY

Age: 65

Party’s slogan: “Not left. Not right. Forward together.”

TV show you’re currently binging?

“I do not have time for TV at the moment! When things slow down I will try to catch up on Jane the Virgin and The Good Place .”

Top election issue?

“We need better, more ethical government. We need courage and a real plan to address the climate emergency.”

What song will you be listening to to amp you up during the election?

“I do not have the habit of listening to music on the run. I am 65 and never got an iPhone, and my Blackberry is only for work… My special amp up tune: Stan Rogers — The Mary Ellen Carter !”

Family: Wed husband John Kidder, 71 in April of 2019. He worked in mining, as an entrepreneur, cowboy in his youth and farmer. He’s now running as the Green Party candidate in Mission Matsqui Fraser Canyon. May has one biological child, 28-year-old Cate, three step children she’s close with, and seven grandchildren.

Background: May grew up in Connecticut with her brother and parents, moving to Cape Breton Island when she was 19. Her dad was an accountant and her mother was a sculptor, pianist and civil rights activist. May previously worked as an environmentalist, author, activist and lawyer before becoming the leader of the Greens in 2006 and representing Saanich—Gulf Islands since 2011.


CONSERVATIVE PARTY LEADER ANDREW SCHEER

Age: 40

Party’s slogan: “It’s time for you to get ahead.”

TV show you’re currently binging?

Game of Thrones (my staff convinced me and now I am hooked)”

Top election issue?

“Affordability. My focus is to help Canadians get ahead and not just get by.”

What song will you be listening to amp you up during the election?

“Our campaign song!” ( Get Ahead created by Bryan Adams’ songwriter Jim Vallance)

Family: Children Thomas (14), Grace (12), Madison (10), Henry (7), Mary (3) and wife Jill, a stay at home mom.

Background: Scheer grew up in an Ottawa townhouse with two sisters. His father worked at the Ottawa Citizen and his mom was a nurse. Scheer has been the MP for Regina—Qu’Appelle since 2004 when he was 25. He became the youngest Speaker of the House of Commons at the age of 32 and became the leader of the Conservative Party of Canada in the spring of 2017.


PEOPLE’S PARTY OF CANADA LEADER MAXIME BERNIER

Age: 56

Party’s slogan: “Strong & Free”

TV show you’re currently binging?

“I haven’t had time to watch much TV over the past year, I’m too busy building the party.”

Top election issue?

“Preserving Canada’s national identity and sovereignty by questioning current policies on immigration, open borders, multiculturalism, pro-UN globalism, etc.”

What song will you be listening to to amp you up during the election?

“I cannot think of any song.”

Family: Daughters Charlotte (20) and Megan (17). Married earlier this year to Catherine Letarte, 51, executive director of a non-profit community organization supporting adults with mental health issues.

Background: Bernier grew up in Saint-Georges-de-Beauce, Quebec, with two sisters and a brother. His father was a radio host, restaurateur, MP and diplomat, while his mother was a restaurant manager. He has served as the MP for the Quebec riding of Beauce since 2006. Before becoming an MP he held various positions in the fields of law, finance and banking.

Copyright Postmedia Network Inc., 2019


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