Federal election 2019 roundup Party leaders offer duelling green policies on home

It’s day 15 of the federal election campaign and Justin Trudeau and Jagmeet Singh are in British Columbia, while Andrew Scheer campaigns in Quebec. In this live story, we’ll be tracking the campaign news as it happens.3:00 p.m. — Singhs talks to Trudeau about the blackface scandalIn a television interview today, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh said he had a private conversation about Liberal leader Justin Trudeau about the recent blackface scandal.“I’ve said this before that I want to keep that conversation private, and really it’s not for me to accept the apology, it’s for the people that were impacted by seeing the prime minister make light of their skin colour, make light of their challenges, make light of their barriers,” Singh told Global B.C.“I didn’t want to be used as a checklist of steps taken to exonerate himself from the situation,” he said.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.1:45 p.m. — The election is ‘devolving into a bidding war,’ economist writesMichael Smart, an economics professor at the University of Toronto, has a good piece in the Financial Post about the accumulating fiscal promises so far.“Now it is devolving into a bidding war, as the two leading parties trade tax-cut pledges.Both are offering general income tax relief worth about $300 for the average taxpayer. That might not sound like much, but it adds up fast. Under each plan revenues would fall by well over $5 billion annually.The details differ. More of the tax cut would go to high-income families under the Conservative plan, while everyone gets the same cut under the Liberal one, except taxpayers in the top two tax brackets.”Read it here.1:00 p.m. — Singh pitches a ‘New Deal’ for British ColumbiaNDP leader Jagmeet Singh zeroed in on British Columbia this morning, promising a “new deal” for the province.Singh’s announcement focused on NDP promises to battle climate change and ever-increasing real estate prices in B.C. In particular, Singh focused on a promise to create a dedicated RCMP unit to fight money laundering, a registry to track profits from real estate and a tax on foreign buyers to battle speculation.The NDP media release also lauded B.C.’s provincial NDP government for doing “hard work” to fight the housing crisis in the province.11:45 a.m. — Trudeau announces interest-free loan for green renovationsLiberal leader Justin Trudeau was in Delta, B.C. this morning to announce a plan to provide interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to homeowners and landlords who want to make their building more energy-efficient.Anyone looking to upgrade leaky windows or an old furnace would qualify for the loan, Trudeau said. The Liberals say the plan will help retrofit about 1.5 million homes.Trudeau also pledged to help people buy newly-built zero-emission homes by providing a grant of up to $5,000. The plan also calls for $100 million in skills training to help build the labour force that will tackle the energy retrofit program.10:15 a.m. — Scheer announces green homes renovation tax creditConservative leader Andrew Scheer announced a tax credit for green home renovations in Jonquière, Quebec, this morning.Homeowners can receive a 20 per cent refundable income tax credit for green improvements to their home between $1,000 and $20,000, and up to a maximum benefit of $3,800 per year.The Parliamentary Budget Officer estimates it will cost nearly $900 million in 2020-21.9:00 a.m. — Trudeau and Singh campaign in B.C., while Scheer campaigns in QuebecLiberal leader Justin Trudeau will be in Delta, B.C., this morning at 8:30 a.m. local time to make a policy announcement and take questions from reporters. Trudeau will end the day with a rally in Thunder Bay, Ontario.Conservative leader Andrew Scheer will be in Jonquière, Alma, and Quebec City today. He will make an announcement and take questions from reporters at 10 a.m.NDP leader Jagmeet Singh will announce the NDP’s “New Deal for British Columbia” this morning in Vancouver at 8:30 a.m. local time.Green Party leader Elizabeth May will announce the party’s platform costing in Halifax this morning.