The candidates in Canada's federal election will be participating in the English-language debate on October 7, and most of them are preparing for some tough questions. One candidate, however, decided to do something else the day before the debate. Justin Trudeau was planting trees in Plainfield, Ontario before taking questions from the press.
Trudeau was at the event, which took place in the Frink Conservation Area, with his sons, Hadrien and Xavier. The three members of the Trudeau family were also joined by Liberal candidate Mike Bossio and volunteers from the Quinte Conservation Authority.
"I’ve just had a chance to help out with some tree planting here at the conservation area. Not only is it great to be outdoors, it’s a good reminder that we can’t take these spaces for granted," Trudeau said, according to an email to Narcity from Liberal Party spokesperson Carlene Variyan.
"If we want our kids to be able to hike in our forests and swim in our lakes, we have to step up and make sure that happens."
Trudeau also reminded the people gathered at the event what the Liberal Party has already done in regards to fighting climate change. "From putting a price on pollution to banning single-use plastic, we’re making progress," Trudeau said. "But we know there’s lots more work to do."
Not everyone was impressed with Trudeau's tree-planting, as some Canadians criticized the Prime Minister on Twitter.
"Didn't you hear Trudeau is planting trees today. Lol he is trying to distract Canadians from his 2 Planes. Carbon tax is a money grab," wrote @Rosied1967.
"What a puff piece. I bet he plants no more than 10 trees. Good to see the media is again helping their buddy trudeau," wrote @38HabsMan.
The National's Ottawa correspondent Abigail Bimman also tweeted that Trudeau was actually 30 minutes late to the event, which was taking place in the rain.
"Trudeau arrives for tree planting photo op 32 minutes late. Some of the children participating waiting in the rain have had enough," Bimman wrote.
While Trudeau was planting trees, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh was with Ed Broadbent, the former NDP leader from 1975 to 1989. The two toured a farmer's market in Ottawa and took the opportunity to shake some hands, according to the Canadian Press.
Meanwhile, Andrew Scheer and Elizabeth May were both on their own way to Ottawa in order to prepare for the upcoming debate, according to the same report.
The English-language debate, which will also include Bloc-Quebecois and PPC leaders Yves-François Blanchet and Maxime Bernier (respectively), will take place on Monday, October 7. The Canadian federal election will take place on October 21.
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