Leaders vie for votes as protests planned at hospitals nationwide


OTTAWA – NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says anyone planning to take part in demonstrations planned in front of hospitals today shouldn’t do it and is warning of criminal sanctions in the future if his party is elected to govern.

Speaking in Sioux Lookout, Ont., Singh says he would make changes to the Criminal Code to dissuade anyone from protesting close to a hospital or health-care workers.

He says a federal government can’t ban protests, but harsher penalties like making harassing health-care workers or services a factor in sentencing is a way to denounce such demonstrations.

The issue of vaccinations and how to respond to the pandemic has been a mainstay of the federal campaign, which wraps up in one week on Sept. 20.

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau will speak later today during a return visit to Vancouver, while Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole will open the day in the rural Ottawa suburb of Carp.

Green Party Leader Annamie Paul is making a rare campaign stop outside of Toronto as she visits with party candidates in Prince Edward Island.