Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Nineteenth NewsWatch-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Nineteenth NewsWatch-

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(FedElxn-Campaign) (Audio: P02)

Justin Trudeau and Andrew Scheer took their campaign battle to vote-rich Ontario, seen as the gateway to federal victory.

Their fight focused on whether a Liberal or a Conservative government would be best suited to work with the provinces to protect Canada's public health-care system.

In Hamilton, Trudeau promised a national pharmacare program -- one that would require negotiating new health care agreements with the provinces and territories.

In the Greater Toronto Area, Scheer dismissed Trudeau's national pharmacare program, saying Canadians can't take the Liberal leader at his word.

In Atlantic Canada, N-D-P Leader Jagmeet Singh and Green Leader Elizabeth May also jockeyed over their party's health-care policies. (19)

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(FedElxn-May)

Green Leader Elizabeth May was in New Brunswick, where she urged voters to choose a party like hers, if for nothing more than to prevent a majority government from returning to Ottawa.

May told reporters she wants more Green M-Ps elected to hold the next government to account.

While in Fredericton, May announced plans to improve mental health services across the country. (19)

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(Ont-Toronto-Vaccination-Strategy)

Dozens of protesters gathered at Toronto City Hall as the Board of Health voted to recommend provincial action to increase immunization rates.

There was opposition from a small -- but vocal contingent -- of anti-vaccine protesters.

The measure would see the city ask the province to ''consider removing philosophical and religious exemptions'' for students who must otherwise be vaccinated.

If the province complies -- which it's under no obligation to -- students would only be allowed to skip vaccinations for medical reasons. (19)

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(Persian-Gulf-Tensions)

Britain, France and Germany have joined the United States in blaming Iran for attacks on key oil facilities in Saudi Arabia. …

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