Trudeau on the offensive against Blanchet and O'Toole while campaigning in Quebec

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CANDIAC, Que. — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau went on the offensive against Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole and Bloc Québécois Leder Yves-François Blanchet today as he spent a second straight day targeting Bloc-held ridings on Montreal’s South Shore.

Trudeau said Blanchet has a mixed record of standing up for the environment and hasn't been clear or strong enough in pushing for COVID-19 vaccination.

Trudeau lost several ridings south of Montreal to the Bloc in 2019, and regaining them is key to his election hopes.

Today he was in the La Prairie riding near Montreal, which the Liberals lost to the Bloc's Alain Therrien in the last election.

The Liberal leader has been hampered in recent days by criticism from Quebec Premier François Legault, who has said the federal Liberals, NDP and Greens have an overly centralized approach that would weaken Quebec's powers.

But Trudeau said today that while he and all Quebecers may not always agree on a vision of federalism, he believes their values align on issues such as the environment, gun control and COVID-19 vaccination.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 12, 2021

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