Complete coverage of election campaign launch day

Complete coverage of election campaign launch day


sont occupés par les acteurs qui sont là pour le Festival des Films international et il n’y avait pas de place pour les amis du NPD attentes. On a opté pour un autre endroit donc London. On va faire campagne en Ontario parce qu’il a beaucoup de sièges en jeu. Cette campagne sera déterminante pour l’avenir de Jagmeet Singh à la tête du NPD. On saura ce qu’il a dans le coffre. Sera-t-il en mesure de confondre les sceptiques? Il a un avantage, sur papier, c’est que les attentes sont presque nulles à son endroit. C’est réussi à surpasser les attentes, on pourrait peut-être découvrir un Jack meeting qui a été sous le radar pendant les deux dernières années à la tête du NPD. – Chaque campagne réserve son lot de surprises. – Oui. – On ne sait pas comment ça va partir. Juste un mot, il nous reste à peu près deux minutes avant de retourner à Rideau Hall. Maxime Bernier, le chef du Parti populaire du Canada, a choisi de lancer sa campagne à Toronto. Personnellement, ça me surprend. Monsieur Bernier tente de se faire réélire dans son bastion de la Beauce. Que doit-on passer … pensez du fait que Maxime Bernier a choisi Toronto pour lancer sa campagne électorale aujourd’hui? – Il a besoin de l’Ontario. Il n’a pas bien fait en Ontario. Il est allé chercher à peine deux ou 3% de votes. C’est très décevant de sa part. L’Ontario, c’est le plus grand nombre de sièges à aller conquérir. Probablement qu’il a eu ce calcul à faire. Pour la Beauce, il a sûrement l’occasion d’y aller plus tard. Il y a aussi … – Il a déjà lancé sa campagne en Beauce il y a quelques semaines à Sainte-Marie. – Oui, et il est connu. Il … s’est planifié vers la fin de la campagne, ça va s’accélérer. Je pense que c’est une bonne décision d’aller à Toronto. L’Alberta, c’est peut-être déjà un peu plus à qui, s’il y a des gains à faire, que Toronto, l’Ontario, où, là il faudrait vraiment travailler fort. – Joël-Denis, on ne sait pas si Maxime Bernier va participer au consortium des diffuseurs finalement. – Maxime Bernier comptait beaucoup là-dessus pour lancer véritablement son parti. Il m’avait di avant le déclenchement … au printemps, qu’il s’attendait à être à au moins 10% dans les sondages, au moment où les élections seraient déclenchées. Ce n’est pas le cas. Quand ils participeraient au débat, il pourrait propulser son parti à 20% dans les sondages. On est loin de ce compte, je vous dirais. (rires) Donc sa non-participation pourrait lui faire très mal. Je sais qu’il se bat comme le diable dans l’eau bénite pour obtenir cette participation. L’aide des décisions finales va tomber le 16 septembre, prochainement, on saura s’il pourra participer. Jusqu’ici, la réponse est non. Il a fait appel de cette décision auprès du commissaire David Johnson. Donc une décision va semaine prochaine. – Campagne de 40 jours, c’est un peu du speed dating électorale, ça va aller vite. Il nous reste quelques secondes. Très rythmé. On peut s’attendre à quoi? – Très rythmé, très planifiée. Mais le caillou qui sera lancée, qui va venir faire dérailler tout ça, ce sera quoi l’événement imprévu? – Toujours un imprévu, on le dit allez à l’instant. – Vous l’avez dit, c’est écourté, mais il y a aussi trois débats. Trois débats qui occu une large place dans nos campagnes électorales, qui dure 40 jours. On va s’apercevoir que déjà, en un claquement de doigt, on va être le 21 octobre. – Joël-Denis, Geneviève, merci beaucoup. On va vous retrouver toutu cours de cette campagne électorale pour analyser, pour apporter plus. On a précis votre présence. Là-dessus, on s’en va tout de suite du côté de Rideau Hall. Ces images en direct dans parce qu’on est en attente de l’arrivée du premier ministre Trudeau. Il est attendu vers 10 heures. Dans une trentaine de minutes. Monsieur Trudeau qui va demander à la gouverneure générale Julie Payette de dissoudre le Parlement et fixer la tenue de l’élection générale au Canada pour le 21 octobre prochain. Ce sera officiellement le coup d’envoi de la campagne électorale au Canada. Je vous rappelle que CPAC vous offre une couverture complète, très extensive, de cette campagne électorale. Vous pourrez suivre avec nous en direct les annonces des chefs, leurs visites sur le terrain, les rassemblements, les points de presse. Vous pourrez tout savoir de cette élection 2019 à l’antenne de CPAC. Vous allez d’ailleurs retrouver mon collègue dans un instant, Peter Van Dusen, qui avec plusieurs collaborateurs également, pour la suite de cette couverture spéciale, sera en direct. Je vous laisse sur ces images en direct, plein écran, de Rideau Hall où on attend toujours la visite du premier ministre canadien. Merci. Merci de votre attention. Je vous retrouve plus td. [Sous-titrage en direct:w.c>>I THINK COST OF LIVING IS NOT TOO WELL IN THE CITY. I KNOW IN THE CITY FOR SURE. I SEE THAT ALL OVER. I WORK IN SOCIAL SERVICES. THAT IS LIKE ONE OF BIGGEST ISSUES WITH SEE. IS HOMELESSNESS AND PEOPLE IN CRISIS BECAUSE OF THE COST OF LIVING. >>I GUESS BEING FOR ME A NEW IMMIGRANT, ALSO, I AM A NEW DAD, SO ISSUE WITH FAMILY AND THINGS LIKE DAY CARE, AND THE BETTERMENT OF MY CHILD. I WANT TO BE ABLE TO LIVE IN THE COUNTRY WHERE MY KIDS GROW UP. >>DON’T HAVE MONEY TO PAY OFF THE DEBT. I HEAR FRIENDS IN HIGH SCHOOL WHO DECIDED NOT TO GO TO SCHOOL, GET A MINIMUM WAGE PAYING JOB BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T WANT TO TAKE ON THE DEBT.>>I THINK THE GAP BETWEEN RICH AND POOR IS BECOMING SO BIG. >>DEFINITELY HEALTH CARE RIGHT NOW, AND ALSO RESEARCH AND SCIENCE IS ALSO A BIG PRY YEARTY TO ME. RECENTLY CANADA MADE A BIG PUSH TO SUPPORT THE FUNDING AGENCIES WE HAVE RIGHT NOW. BUT THINK THAT EFFORT NEEDS TO BE CONTINUED TO MAKE CANADA A LEADER IN SCIENCE.>>ELECTORAL REFORM IS PROBABLY PART OF IT. THAT IS ONE OF THE SOFT COMES OF THE CURRENT GOVERNMENT THAT GOT ME THE MOST. ENVIRONMENT, TRANSITIONING OUR ECONOMY INTO A MORE GREEN ONE IN ORDER TO STAY COMPETITIVE IN THE INTERNATIONAL MARKET PLACE. >>I THINK AT THE TOP OF THE LIST WOULD BE CLIMATE CHANGE. AND HOW THE GOVERNMENT IS GOING TO ADDRESS THAT. IMMIGRATION. AND THE NUMBERS OF IMMIGRATION AND WHERE WE SEE IMMIGRANTS GOING, IN THE AROUND THE COUNTRY.>>PROBLEM RIGHT NOW, WHERE WE DECLARED HOUSING IS A HUMAN RIGHT AND I DON’T THINK WE ARE DOING ENOUGH TO ADDRESS IT. I THINK THE OPIOID CRISIS IS LINKED TO THAT. HOUSING IS ONE OF THE MOST KEY INDICATOR OF OVERALL HEALTH. [♪♪♪] [♪♪♪]>>Peter: HELLO, I’M PETER VAN DUSEN. THIS IS CONTINUING COVERAGE OF CPAC’S VOTE 2019. THE REAL THING IS ABOUT TO START. AND THAT MEANS WE ARE KICKING OFF OUR SIGNATURE CPAC ELECTION COVERAGE ON THIS CHANNEL AND ON THE WEBSITE AT CPAC.ca. THAT INCLUDES OF COURSE EVERY CAMPAIGN STOP WITH THE MAJOR PARTY LEADERS, STARTING TODAY. THE LEADERS DEBATE, OUR REPORTERS ON THE GROUND IN SOME 50 KEY RIDINGS SO CANADIANS EVERYWHERE CAN HEAR FROM EACH OTHER ABOUT THE ISSUES THAT WILL DECIDE THE ELECTION WHERE THEY LIVE. IT IS A BIG COUNTRY, BUT WE THINK WE’VE GOT IT COVERED FOR YOU. BY THE TIME THE ELECTION DAY ROLLS AROUND, OCTOBER 21st, YOU WILL CAST A BALLOT WITH CONFIDENCE. THIS IS WRIT DROP DAY. WE ARE WAITING FOR THE NEXT DEVELOPMENTS IN THE DAYS EVENTS. THIS IS RIDEAU HALL, THAT PODIUM. YOU WILL SEE THE PRIME MINISTER COME TO THAT PODIUM IN A WHILE. HE WILL MEET WITH GOVERNOR GENERAL JULIE PAYETTE AND NORMALLY REQUEST SHE AGREE TO HIS CALL FOR AN ELECTION THAT STARTS TODAY. THE ELECTION CAMPAIGN STARTS TODAY AND SHE WILL OK WHAT SPECIALLY HAPPENS THERE. THE DRAWING UP OF THE WRITS WHICH MEANS THERE WILL BE ESSENTIALLY INFORMATION THAT RETURNED TO ALL 338 RIDINGS THAT ALLOW THE ELECTION TO PROCEED. FOLLOWING ALL OF THAT AND WE DON’T THINK HE WILL BE IN THERE FOR VERY LONG, HE WILL EMERGE FROM RIDEAU HALL AT THAT PODIUM AND WILL SPEAK TO RECORDERS. — REPORTERS. ALSO, THIS IS THE OTTAWA AIRPORT AND YOU WILL SEE PICTURES OF THE CONSERVATIVE LEADER, ANDREW SHEERER WITH HIS WIFE AS HE GETS SET TO LAUNCH HIS CAMPAIGN AND SOMETHING A LITTLE BIT UNORTHODOX, HE WILL SPEAK TO REPORTERS AHEAD OF THE PRIME MINISTER. ELEMENT LISTEN SO WHAT HE HAS TO SAY. INVESTIGATING INTO POSSIBLE OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE CHARGES IN THE PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE AND, TWO, THAT JUSTIN TRUDEAU IS DOING EVERYTHING HE CAN TO BLOCK THAT INVESTIGATION. SO I’M CALLING ON JUSTIN TRUDEAU TO DO THE RIGHT THING AND IMMEDIATELY WAIVE FULL PRIVILEGE SO THAT THOSE INDIVIDUALS CAN TESTIFY TO THE RCMP. [Speaking French]>>(Voice of Translator): WE LEARNED TWO THINGS THIS MORNING, THE START OF THE CAMPAIGN. THE RCMP INVESTIGATING A POSSIBLE VIOLATION OF JUSTICE AND JUSTIN TRUDEAU WILL LEARN EVERYTHING TO BLOCK THAT. I AM ASKING JUSTIN TRUDEAU TO WAIVE A PRIVILEGE STARTING NOW. [End of Translation]>>Reporter: GOOD MORNING, I’M WITH CBC NEWS.>>DOES TODAY’S STORY IN THE “GLOBE & MAIL” CHANGE YOUR ELECTION STRATEGY?>>WE HAVE BEEN TELLING CANADIANS AND SHOWING CANADIANS HOW JUSTIN TRUDEAU HAS CONSISTENTLY MISLED THEM. HE HAS LIED. HE HAS LOOKED CANADIANS IN THE EYE AND SAID THINGS THAT HE KNEW WAS NOT TRUE. AND WE MADE THE CASE THAT HE HAS LOST THE MORAL AUTHORITY TO GOVERN. SO OVER THE NEXT FIVE WEEKS OR SO WE ARE GOING TO BE OUTLINING OUR VISION FOR THE COUNTRY TO PUT MORE MONEY BACK IN THE POCKETS OF CANADIANS AND LET THEM GET AHEAD, BUT WHAT TODAY SHOWS IS YOU CANNOT TRUST JUSTIN TRUDEAU. HE WILL SAY ANYTHING TO COVER UP HIS SCANDAL ISES AND CANADIANS CANNOT BELIEVE THE THINGS THAT HE SAYS.>>Reporter: [Speak Fn INTERNET INTERNET THERE MUCH OF AN IMPACT IN THE POLLS. WHAT DO YOU WITH THINK WHAT WE LEARNED THIS MORNING WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE?>>THE SCANDAL IS NOT AN ISSUE OF IMPACT ON POLLS. IT IS AN ISSUE OF INTEGRITY. DOES JUSTIN TRUDEAU HAVE THE MORAL AUTHORITY TO CONTINUE GOVERNING? SO OVER THE NEXT FIVE WEEKS, AND ODD DAYS I WILL BE SHOWING CANADIANS WHY JUSTIN TRUDEAU HAS LOST THE MORAL AUTHORITY TO CONTINUE GOVERNING. AND WHAT OUR ALTERNATIVE IS, A GOVERNMENT THAT WILL LIVE ACCORDING TO ITS MEANS, A GOVERNMENT THAT WILL PUT MORE MONEY INTO THE POCKETS OF CANADIANS, AND HELP THEM IN THEIR DAILY LIVES. THAT IS OUR MESSAGE. A MESSAGE I’M SURE WILL RESONATE WITH CANADIANS AND THAT I’M SURE THAT CANADIANS WANT A GOVERNMENT THAT RESPECTS ETHICS. SHOULD THE RCMP SUSPEND ITS INVESTIGATION, DURING THE ELECTION CAMPAIGN. TODAY, I HAVE CALLED ON JUSTIN TRUDEAU TO WAIVE PRIVILEGE SO THAT INDIVIDUALS IN HIS OFFICE CAN TESTIFY PROPERLY TO THE RCMP. [End of Translation]>>Reporter: DO YOU BELIEVE THE PRIME MINISTER? >> NOT IN THE ALL. WHEN THE ETHICS COMMISSIONER SHOWED HE LIED TO CANADIAN ABOUT HIS ROLE IN THIS AFFAIR. WE KNOW THAT THE POWER TO WAIVE CABINET CONFIDENTIALITY AND THE POWER TO WAIVE PRIVILEGE IN THE CASE RESTS WITH THE PRIME MINISTER. AND THAT IS CLEAR. IT IS WITHIN HIS POWER TO DO SO. HE SHOULD DO IT IMMEDIATELY. HE SHOULD DO IT TODAY.>>Reporter: YOU’RE HEADING TO QUEBEC THIS MORNING, WILL YOU STAND UP FOR PEOPLE CONCERNED ABOUT BILL 21?>>I MADE MY VIEWS ON BILL 21 KNOWN. IT’S NOT SOMETHING THAT OUR GOVERNMENT WOULD — OUR PARTY WOULD EVER CONSIDER AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL. WE WILL ALWAYS STAND UP FOR THE RIGHTS OF CANADIANS AND THE RIGHTS FOR EXPRESSION AND RIGHTS OF FREEDOM OF RELIGION. >>Reporter: GOOD MORNING. THE ETHICS COMMISSIONERS REPORT DIDN’T MOVE THE DIME WITH VOTERS. DO YOU THINK THIS LATEST DEVELOPMENT WITH SNC WILL? >>WELL, AGAIN, THIS WHOLE SCANDAL IS NOT ABOUT MOVING POLL NUMBERS. SHOWING CANADIANS THAT JUSTIN TRUDEAU LOST THE MORAL AUTHORITY TO GOVERN AND THE RCMP ARE TAKING THIS SERIOUSLY ENOUGH TO START INVESTIGATING INDIVIDUALS IN THE PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE. THAT IS WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT THAT ARE JUSTIN TRUDEAU TAKES SOME PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY AND WAIVE THAT PRIVILEGE. IT’S WITHIN HIS POWER TO DO SPONSORSHIP I WILL MAKE A PREDICTION. HE IS GOING TO LIE ABOUT IT TODAY. HE WILL CONTINUE LYING ABOUT IT. JUST LIKE HE DID AT THE VERY BEGINNING WHEN HE LOOKED CANADIAN IN THE EYE AND SAID THAT HE HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS. THE ALLEGATIONS WERE FALSE. HE THEN SAID THAT JODY WILSON RAYBOULDIVE NEVER CAME TO HIM WITH HER CONCERNS. THAT IS LIE. FROM THE BEGINNING OF THIS SCANDAL, HE HAS BEEN INCAPABLE OF BEING HONEST WITH CANADIANS AND HE HAS CONSISTENTLY BEEN CAUGHT IN HIS OWN FALSENESS. HE NEEDS TO DO THE RIGHT THING, WAIVE THE PRIVILEGE. HIS REFUSAL TO DO SO MEANS HE IS HIDING SOMETHING WORSE. IF HE HAD NOTHING TO HIDE, HE WOULD WAIVE THE PRIM PRIVILEGE AND LET RCMP DO THE WORK. [Speaking French]>>(Voice of Translator): JUSTIN TRUDEA WILL LIE TODAY SIMPLY BECAUSE HE CANNOT — WELL, HE IS LYING WHEN HE SAYS HE CANNOT WAIVE PRIVILEGE BECAUSE HE IS THE PERSON WHO HAS THE POWER TOWAY PRIVILEGE. HE IS GOING TO CONTINUE REFUSING TO WAIVE PRIVILEGE, THAT IS BECAUSE HE HAS THINGS MORE SERIOUS TO HIDE. MORE SERIOUS THAN WHAT WE HAVE ALREADY LEARNED ABOUT.>>Peter: ANDREW SHEER, A BREAK WITH PROTOCOL. NORMALLY OPPOSITION PARTIES WAIT UNTIL AFTER THE WRIT DROP. ANDREW SHEER IS NOT WAITING BECAUSE HE IS BOARDING A PLANE AND HEADING TO TROIS-RIVIÈRES. YOU HEARD HIM, CLEARLY FOCUSED ON ONE SINGLE ISSUE, AND THE REPORTERS’ QUESTIONS ABOUT THAT, THAT IS THE LATEST NEWS STORIES ON THE SNC AFFAIR. REPORTS IN THE FLAIL SUGGESTING THAT THE RCMP IS TRYING TO INVESTIGATE POSSIBLE WRONGDOING BUT IS BEING BLOCKED BY DOING THAT BECAUSE IT IS NOT BEING ALLOWED TO TALK TO SOME OF THE WITNESSES WHO ARE COVERED BY CABINET CONFIDENTIALITY. ALL RIGHT, THAT SETS A NARRATIVE FOR DAY ONE OF THE CAMPAIGN EVEN BEFORE THE WRIT DROP. HERE IN THE STUDIO, THREE FAMILIAR FACES THAT WILL BE WITH US OFTEN DURING THE CAMPAIGN. SUSAN SMITH IS A LIBERAL COMMENTATOR, TIM POWERS A CONSERVATIVE COMMENTATOR AND ROBIN McLAUGHLIN, AN N.D.P. COMMENTATOR. THE WRIT HAS NOT FALLEN YET. SNC LAVALIN IS BACK IN THE NEWS. HOW DAMAGING IS THAT STORY TODAY, SUSAN, THAT SAYS THE RCMP IS BEING THWARTED IN THE POSSIBLE INVESTIGATION HERE. SEES WHAT EVIDENCE THERE MIGHT BE FOR POSSIBLE WRONGDOING IN THE SNC LAVALIN AFFAIR BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT WON’T WAIVE CABINET. >>COUPLE OF THINGS. NOT THE STORY THAT THE PRIME MINISTER WANTED THE CAMPAIGN TO KICK OFF WITH. WHAT I’M NOT SURE, IS IF THERE IS ANYTHING NEW OR NEW FOR CANADIANS IN THAT STORY. WE KNEW AND THERE HAS BEEN A DISCUSSION ABOUT CABINET CONFIDENTIALITY AND CABINET PRIVILEGE AND WHY THAT IS IN PLACE IN THIS COUNTRY AND WE KNEW THAT THE CLERK OF THE PRIVY COUNCIL HAD MADE A DECISION AND A RULING ON THAT. I’M NOT SURE IF THERE IS ANYTHING NEW. THERE IS LOTS OF THINGS IN THE — SORT OF A WEEDY ISSUE AND I’M NOT SURE THIS IS GOING RIVET CANADIAN THROUGHOUT THE COURSE OF THE ELECTION. IT IS NOT WHAT IS GOING TO — THEY MAY BE UPSET AND MADE UP THEIR MINDS ALREADY. WE SAW THE NUMBERS DIDN’T MOVE IN THE POLLS WHEN THE ETHIC COMMISSIONERS REPORT CAME OUT. I THINK CANADIANS AT THE DENY ON DAY 40, WHICH IS ELECTION DAY AND VOTING DAY, THIS ISN’T GOING TO BE TOP OF MIND. IT WILL BE WHAT MATTER FOR THEIR FAMILY. >>Peter: WE SEE ANDREW SHEER WAS AT THE ATE PORT, INTRODUCING HIMSELF TO THE FLIGHT CREW ON THE CAMPAIGN. WE SEEN THAT SHOT HELP TELL POWERS, IT WAS INTERESTING THE LANGUAGE THAT ANDREW SHEER USED BECAUSE HE IS ACCUSING THE PRIME MINISTER OF LYING AND CONTINUING TO LIE. LAST TIME HE SUGGESTED THAT, THE TRUDEAU LAWYERS WARNED HIM THEY WOULD SEE HIM IN COURT AND HE SAID BRING IT ON. >>STILL TO BE HEAD. YOU THINK HE IS DELIBERATELY PUSH THIS AND THAT USE OF LANGUAGE BECAUSE HE WOULD WELCOME A FIGHT WITH THE PRIME MINISTER.>>WELL, PART OF WHAT TODAY IS SUPPOSED TO BE ABOUT WHEN THE WRIT OF ELECTION ARE ISSUED IS THAT THE PRIME MINISTER OF THE DAY GETS TO AT LEAST SET THE TONE AND SET THE AGENDA. AND TALK ABOUT WHAT HE WANTS THE FRAMING OF THE FIRST COUPLE OF DAYS TO BE.>>Peter: THAT HAS GOTTEN AWAY FROM HIM. >>WHETHER IT HAS AN LASTING IMPACT, OR NOT, I DON’T KNOW. THIS ISN’T THE WAY JUSTIN TRUDEAU WANTED TO START. THE FIRST QUESTION HE WILL GET ASKED IS HOW DO YOU REACT OF THIS STORY? HOW DO YOU REACT TO Mr. SHEER? WHATEVER NARRATIVE HE WANTED TO ROLL OUT WILL BE OBSCURED BY ALL OF THAT. Mr. SHEER HAS TO BE HAPPY THIS OPPORTUNITY PRESENTED ITSELF. YOU DID SEE AND I WILL AGREE WITH SUSAN, WE DON’T KNOW IF THIS IS GOING TO IMPACT VOTES OR NOT. IT HAS IN DIFFERENT WAYS BEFORE. CERTAINLY AT THE BEGINNING IT DID. WHEN THE ETHIC COMMISSIONER RELEASED THE REPORT, DIDN’T HAVE AS MUCH OF AN IMPACT AS THIS CHANGE IN THE DYNAMIC, WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THAT. BUT SHEER WON’T WIN THE ELECTION JUST BY TALKING ABOUT THIS ALONE. THAT IS WHY I THINK — WILL YOU WILL HEAR LATER, ABOUT AFFORDABILITY AND HELPING TAXPAYERS. THAT IS WHAT HE WILL WIN ON. WON’T BE THIS. >>WE WILL KEEP UP THAT SHOT. I THINK WE WILL SEE A SHOT OF JUSTIN TRUDEAU ARRIVING AND HEADING INTO RIDEAU HALL. BEFORE WE ACTUALLY GET HIM COMING TO THE PODIUM. ROBIN, LET ME HEAR FROM YOU. WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THIS — THE FIRST FEW MOMENTS OF THE CAMPAIGN. WE NOW HAVE A STORY THAT WILL PROBABLY DOMINATE THE NEWS CYCLE TODAY. >>IT IS UNUSUAL. YOU INTRODUCED IT THAT WAY, UNUSUAL TO SEE THE OPPOSITION LEADER START THINGS OFF. THE GOVERNMENT HAS THE POWER TO CONTROL THE START OF THE START OF THE CAMPAIGN AND CHOOSE THE DATE. WE HAVE BEEN GUESSING WHEN THAT WILL BE AND THEREFORE THEY HAD THE ADVANTAGE AND ELECTIONS ARE ABOUT THE PARTIES VYING FOR WHAT IS THIS ELECTION ABOUT? AND I AGREE WITH SUSAN. AND IT IS LIKELY NOT GOING TO BE ABOUT THE SNC LAVALIN AFFAIR. BUT WHAT THE OPPOSITION PARTIES GOING TO TRY TO DO IS FRAME A NARRATIVE ABOUT THE PRIME MINISTER AND HIS GOVERNMENT AND FOR THE N.D.P., SOMETHING LIKE SNC LAVALIN STORY COMING BACK INTO THE FOLD WITH THE RCMP INVESTIGATING, HELPS JAGMEET SINGH’S FRAME. HE IS IN IT FOR YOU AND HE WILL JUXTAPOSE THAT TO THE PRIME MINISTER WHO IS IN IT FOR THE WEALTHIEST CORPORATIONS AND THE SNC LAVALIN STORY WAS ABOUT THAT. BACKROOM WORKINGS IN THIS GOVERNMENT LOOKING OUT FOR A WELL-CONNECTED CORRUPT COMPANY THAT HAS LIBERAL TIES. WATCH JAGMEET SINGH FRAME BACK TO WHAT HE IS IN IT ABOUT. SAYING THAT CANADIANS, THERE IS GOVERNMENT THAT CARES ABOUT PRIORITIES. >>Peter: LET ME SHOW YOU WHERE WE WILL BE. YOU’RE HERE WITH US ALL MORNING AND THANKS FOR THAT. WE HAVE RIDEAU HALL. LOOK WHERE ELSE WE WILL BE WHEN WE HEAR FROM THE PRIME MINISTER AND JAGMEET SINGH, HE IS IN LONDON, ONTARIO, THAT IS THE PODIUM AND THE SLOGAN, YOU WILL SEE THAT EVERYWHERE FOR THE NEXT 40 DAYS. IT IN FOR YOU. peaking French] AND OUT IN VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, VERY EARLY IN THE MORNING OUT THERE. THIS IS THE PODIUM WHERE WE WILL HEAR FROM GREEN PARTY LEADER ELIZABETH MAY AFTER WE EXPECT FROM Mr. SINGH. BUT LET’S — WE STILL HAVE AND AGAIN, THERE IS THE LEADER OF THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY IN OTTAWA AT THE OTTAWA AIRPORT GETTING SET TO HEAD TO TROIS-RIVIERES, QUEBEC. LET’S GO BACK TO RIDEAU HALL NOW AS WE STAND BY FOR THE PRIME MINISTER TO OFFICIALLY KICK OFF THE CAMPAIGN WITH HIS COMMENTS. COMING UP WE THINK PROBABLY THE NEXT — SUPPOSED TO ARRIVE AT RIDEAU HALL AT 10:00MENT THAT IS 14 MINUTES FROM THAT. AND SHORT TIME OUTSIDE AND OUT TO SPEAK WITH REPORTERS ON DAY ONE OF THE ELECTION CAMPAIGN. BUT LET’S GO TO MARTIN STRINGER WHO IS AT RIDEAU HALL. TELL US WHAT WE SHOULD EXPECT THERE IN THE NEXT FEW MINUTESMENT>>WE CAN CAN’T IS THE PRIME MINISTER AND SOPHIE GREGIORE ARRIVE. WE WALK IN HERE, WE WILL BE SHORTER THAN WE HAVE SEEN IN PAST YEARS. INSTEAD OF 24 SUSSEX, HALF A KILOMETRE WALK, HE WILL BE COMING FROM THE RIDEAU COLLEGE WHERE THE TRUDEAU FAMILY HAS BEEN LODGED THE LAST FOUR YEARS BECAUSE OF THE RENOVATIONS AT 24 SUSSEX. WE DON’T KNOW HOW LONG HE WILL BE IN THE MEETING. AFTER HE WILL SPEAK WITH REPORTER. I’M JOINED BY O REPORTERS. TERESA RIGHT FROM THE CANADIAN PRESS AND MICHEL FROM THE “GLOBE & MAIL.” THIS IS A BIG DAY. THE KICK OFF DAY. WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING FOR ON THIS DAY AND I WILL START WITH YOU, MICHELLE. EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT THE GLOBE STORY. ON THE NAVAL SNC LAVALIN — SNC LAVALIN AFFAIR. MY COLLEAGUES, BOB FIVE AND DANIEL LeBLANC WROTE A STORY THAT THE RCMP ARE LOOKING INTO A POTENTIAL OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE IN THIS AFFAIR BUT THEY ARE AGAIN RUNNING INTO THE SAME PROBLEM THAT THE ETHICS COMMISSIONER RAN INTO, IN THEY CAN’T ACCESS CABINET CONFIDENCES. WE ARE CALLING TO CALL ON THE PRIME MINISTER TO OPEN THE CABINET CONFIDENCE AND SHOW CANADIANS WHAT WENT ON IN THIS MATTER. >>Martin: DO YOU SEE THE SECOND STEP, THE THIRD STEP, HOW DO LIBERALS PLAY, HOW DOES IT PLAY IN HOW DO THEY DO DAMAGE CONTROL?>>IF THEY CAN’T TO REFUSE TO OPEN UP CONFIDENT CONFIDENCES, THIS PROBE, WILL BE FROZEN FOR THE TIME BEING DURING THE ELECTION. THE RCMP SAID THAT. IF THEY DON’T OPEN THIS, IT WILL JUST CONTINUE TO GOING THE TRUDEAU GOVERNMENT’S MESSAGING AND THE OPPOSITION WILL CONTINUE TO HAVE CHRISTMAS MORNING EVERY DAY. THERE IS NEW STORY ON THIS AND WE SAW THAT THIS MORNING WITH Mr. SHEER.>>Martin: TERESA, WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING FOR?>>THE SNC LAVALIN, NEWER DEVELOPMENTS, IS KIND OF ON EVERYBODY’S MINDS AND PUT JUSTIN TRUDEAU BACK ON THE DEFENSIVE ON THIS PARTICULAR ISSUE, WHICH CLEARLY IS NOT WHAT HE WAS WANTING TO DO TODAY. HE WILL PROBABLY HAVE TO ADJUST HIS SPEECH AND REALIZE HE WILL HAVE TO FACE QUESTIONS FROM JOURNALISTS AND YOU KNOW, AND HE WAS HOPING TO BE ABLE TO FRAME SOME OF HIS KEY ELECTION PLATFORM IDEAS AND HIS — WHAT HE PLANS TO PUT FORWARD. NOW HE WILL HAVE TO FACE QUESTIONS. ALMOST LIKE TODAY GOES TO THE OPPOSITION, WHICH IS NOT IDEAL.>>COUNTER PUNCH THOUGH IN THE WEEK FOLLOWING THE ETHIC COMMISSIONER, RELEASE OF HIS REPORT. HE DID SEE ONE OF THE COUNTER PUS F THE LIBERALS. DO YOU ANTICIPATE THAT MAY REKINDLE THE NEED OR TACTIC OF THE LIBERALS OF COUNTER PUNCHING ON THAT FRONT? >>WELL, SOURCE WAS TELLING ME THIS WEEK, A VERY HIGH LEVEL SOURCE, THAT THERE ARE MORE OF THESE VIDEOS COMING OF Mr. SHEER AND SOUNDS LIKE THE LIBERALS HAVE A LOT MORE OF THIS IN THEIR BACK POCKET, SO THERE IS GOING TO BE STRATEGY IN HOW THESE ARE ROLLED OUT AND IT WILL BE TIMED I THINK WITH STORIES THAT ARE NOT DHASH DO NOT MAKE Mr. TRUDEAU LOOK GOOD. >>Martin: WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING FOR NATIONALLY? YOU WILL START OUT ON THE LIBERAL TOUR.>>I THINK I’M LOOKING TO SEE HOW VOTERS RESPOND. I DON’T THINK VERY MANY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN AS PLUCKED IN AS A LOT OF US HAVE BEEN. SO WHEN YOU ARE LOOKING AT THE POLLS THE LIBERALS AND CONSERVATIVES ARE TIED, BUT THAT IS BEFORE ANYONE HAS BEEN ENGAGED IN THIS. I WILL BE INTERESTED TO SEE AS THE DAYS AND WEEKS ROLL OUT, HOW THAT CAMPAIGN AFFECTS THOSE POLLS AND WHAT VOTERS ARE SAYING AS MANY AS WE CAN TALK TO. LIKE HOW THEY ARE GOING TO BE REACTING TO THE DIFFERENT MESSAGES FROM THE DIFFERENT CAMPAIGNS.>>A LOT OF DISCUSSION, WE SEE THE NATIONAL POLLING AGGREGATE. SO DIFFERENT FROM REGION-TO-REGION. NOT REVEALING A LOT OF THE REALITIES THAT WILL PLAY OUT. ANY PARTICULAR REGION YOU’RE INTERESTED IN. >>ABSOLUTELY. WE WILL BE WATCH, THE REGION, THE ENTIRE PROVINCE OF QUEBEC, ALBERTA, AND WHAT DIRECTION IT WILL GO. OFTEN QUITE PREDICTABLE ON THE CONSERVATIVE SIDE. THE 905, YOU WILL SEE NOT PLANES BUT PROBABLY MORE BUSES OF ALL THE PARTIES GETTING THEIR LEADERS AROUND THAT AREA. SO THEY CAN REACH TORONTO AND BEYOND BECAUSE IT IS A CONCENTRATION OF VOTER THERE IS AND BRITISH COLUMBIA, YOU KNOW, THE N.D.P. AND THE GREEN PARTY THERE, EXPECTING TO HAVE MAYBE A GOOD SHOW.>>Martin: LAST QUESTION, TERESA, YOU COME FROM THE ATLANTIC REGION. I KNOW I WILL BE SPENDING THE NEXT 40 DAYS IN THE ATLANTIC REGION. WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING FOR THERE?>>OBVIOUSLY THE LIBERALS GOT ALL 32 SEATS FROM ATLANTIC CANADA LAST TIME AROUND. THEY ACKNOWLEDGED THEY DON’T THINK THEY WILL GET ALL OF THOSE BACK AGAIN BUT I THINK THERE IS REALLY INTERESTING RIDINGS. THERE IS A LOT OF OPEN SEAT, INTERESTING RACES SO I WILL BE — BECAUSE THAT IS WHERE I COME FROM, I WILL BE WATCHING THAT AREA OF THE COUNTRY AND SEEING WHICH WAY THE TIDE TURNS.>>INTERESTING TIMES. I WANT TO THANK YOU BOTH OF YOU. BOTH OF YOU WILL BE HEADING OFF IN THE LIBERAL PLANE. THANKS FOR TAKING THE TIME. >>THANK YOU.>>THAT IS TERESA WRIGHT AND MICHELLE. BACK TO YOU.>>Peter: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >>WE ARE STANDING BY TO WAIT FOR THE PRIME MINISTER TO MEET WITH THE GOVERNOR GENERAL TO OFFICIALLY ASK FOR THE DISSOLUTION OF PARLIAMENT. LET’S COME BACK HERE NOW, WITH MY THREE PARTY COMMENTATOR, SUSAN SMITH, TIM POWERS AND ROBIN McLAUGHLIN. WHAT WE TALK ABOUT, I THINK, WHAT IS THE PRIME MINISTER — WHAT DOES THE PRIME MINISTER HAVE TO DO TO DEAL WITH THIS, THIS MORNING. IN HIS FIRST COMMENTS. HE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE TALKED ABOUT THE NARRATIVE HE WANTS. THE PARTY SLOGAN IS CHOOSE FORWARD. WE WILL HEAR THE DANGERS OF NOT LETTING HIS GOVERNMENT FINISH THE WORK THEY HAVE STARTED. BUILD ON THE WORK THEY STARTED. WHAT WE DISCUSSED, WE DID SEE THE PRIME MINISTER THIS MORNING. TAKING HIS KIDS TO SCHOOL. WE HAVE SOME IMAGES OF THAN WE CAN SHOW YOU. HE AND SOPHIE GREGIORE WALKING THE KIDS TO SCHOOL DOWN THE SIDEWALKS IN THEIR NEIGHBOURHOODS. HERE JUST AROUND RIDEAU HALL. PRIME MINISTER LOOKING PRETTY RELAXED AS HE LEADS THEM TO SCHOOL. HE HAS BEEN TOLD ABOUT THE GLOBE STORY. HE KNOWS IT NOW WHILE HE IS HAVING THE WALK. I THINK THIS IMAGE THE PARTY WANTED TO PUT OUT TO SHOW THE PRIME MINISTER GOING ABOUT SOME OF HIS ROUTINE ON THE DAY OF THE WRIT DROP, BUT IT’S ALWAYS MAYBE USE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO — THIS MAY BE THE LAST TIME IN A LITTLE WHILE HE GETS TO BE WITH THE KIDS. THIS IS ONE OF THE CHALLENGES FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT PUBLIC OFFICES THAT YOU ARE AWAY FROM YOUR FAMILY A LOT. NEVER MORE SO THAN IN AN ELECTION CAMPAIGN. THIS AN IMPORTANT TIME FOR NOT JUST THE PRIME MINISTER BUT ANY POLITICIAN. IF YOU GET A CHANCE TO BE WITH YOUR FAMILY BEFORE YOU ARE RUNNING A FULL OUT CAMPAIGN, YOU TAKE IT. THAT IS THE PRIME MINISTER. WHAT DO YOU THINK HE HAS TO SAY NOW? DOES HE ADDRESS IT IN HIS REMARKS. DOES HE TALK ABOUT THAT OR JUST WAIT FOR THE QUESTIONS?>>I THINK HE WILL WAIT FOR THE QUESTIONS. I THINK HE MAY FIRM UP LANGUAGE, MAKE IT STRONGER PERHAPS ON WHAT HIS STATEMENT WOULD BE WHEN HE COMES OUT OF RIDEAU HALL AFTER HAVING SPOKEN TO THE GOVERNOR GENERAL. HE WILL TALK ABOUT THE RECORD THE GOVERNMENT HAS HAD, THE CHILD BENEFIT AND MIDDLE CLASS AND RECONCILIATION. HE WILL WAIT UNTIL THE QUESTIONS OR — YEAH, BECAUSE THEY WILL COME REGARDLESS. SO HE WILL HIT IT HEAD ON IN THE ANSWERS BUT WON’T USE HIS OPENING STATEMENT. >>HE WON’T WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT IT IS ANYTHING SIGNIFICANT. YOU HEAR SUSAN SPEAK TO IT. THIS IS OFTEN THE WAY IT IS POSITIONED BY LIBERALS AND THEY UNDERSTAND, THIS IS, YOU KNOW, THIS ISSUE IS DONE JUST A CONTINUATION OF SOMETHING THAT HAS BEEN DECIDE. I DON’T KNOW IF THAT WILL BE ENOUGH. I THINK HE WILL GET A DIRECT QUESTION RELATED TO THE STORY ABOUT ALL RIGHT, WHY CAN’T YOU JUST ORDER THE CLERK WHO REPORTS TO YOU TO RELEASE THIS DOCUMENTATION? WHAT IS THE ISSUE. WHAT ARE YOU FRYING TO HIDE? THERE WILL BE A DANCE AROUND ALL OF THAT. HE WILL TRY TO GET TO THE PLACE HE WANTS TO GET TO ON THE CHOICE BEFORE US. BECAUSE HE DOES BETTER IF IT IS THE CHOICE BEFORE US. THE OPPOSITION WILL DO BETTER IF THEY CAN KEEP HIM IN THE PLACE OF THE LIBERAL RECORD, THE CHALLENGES THAT HE’S HAD, ARE LIBERALS INTERESTED IN THEMSELVES? THE TRADITIONAL THINGS THAT WORK WELL FOR THE OPPOSITION. >>>>Peter: HOW DOES HE ADDRESS THIS, ROBIN? >> HE WON’T TRY TO ADDRESS THIS, IF HE DOESN’T HAVE TO. JUST LIKE HE HASN’T ADDRESSED THIS FOR THE LAST NINE MONTHS. PRIME MINISTER WANTS CANADIANS TO THINK THERE IS ONLY ONE DOOR. A BAD SCARY BLUE DOOR AND RED DOOR. THAT IS WHY HE’S SAYING U CHOOSE FORWARD. EVEN IF YOU ONLY THINK I’M ACCEPTABLE, I’M YOUR OWN CHOICE. TO LIMIT CANADIAN INTO THINKING THEY HAVE OTHER CHOICES BEFORE THEM. I MEAN WHAT IS INTERESTING ABOUT THE CHOICE IS THE CHOICE HE RENTED TO CANADIANS LAST TIME, THIS IS GOING TO BE THE MOST OPEN AND TRANSPARENT GOVERNMENT CANADIANS HAVE SEEN AND NOW WE ARE STARTING THE NECK ELECTION WITH A STORY ABOUT HIS GOVERNMENT THWARTING AN RCMP INVESTIGATION INTO HIS OWN OFFICE. IT IS VERY COUNTER TO THE BRAND THAT HE BUILT FOR HIMSELF. BUT HE WILL CERTAINLY TRY TO PIVOT BACK TO THE SLOGAN AND THE PRICE HE PRESENTED TO CANADIAN. >>BACK TO THE VISUAL. LEADERS USE THEIR FAMILIES OFTEN ON DAYS LIKE THIS. NOT QUESTIONING THAT BUT IT IS A HELPFUL VISUAL IN AS MUCH AS WAS THE PRIME MINISTER TRYING — THE VISUAL OF HIM IN THE AD, RIDING THE BUS, RIGHT? HE IS TRYING TO AGAIN TO SHOW WHEN THE STORY IS ABOUT SELF-INTEREST TODAY, I’M JUST LIKE YOU. I TAKE THE KIDS TO SCHOOL. YOU GUYS CAN RELATE BECAUSE YOU HAVE DONE THAT THING. >>DOES HE RIDE AROUND THE BUS IN HIS RIDING?>>I DOUBT HE RIDES AROUND THE BUS. NONETHELESS, YOU KNOW, THAT –>>DIDN’T SEE A WHOLE LOT OF MOUNTIES ON THE BUS WITH HIM. >>TO SHOW HE IS NOT AFFECTED BY THIS. THE LAST THING HE WANTS TO DO TODAY->>LIFE GOES ON AS NORMAL. >>IS TO LOOK PANICKED WHEN HE GETS OUT IN FRONT OF THE CAMERAS. HE HAS TO TRY TO SWAT THE QUESTIONS AWAY.>>IF HE TRIES TO PIVOT OFF OF THIS, TRY, WE WOULD EXPECT ON ELECTION LAUNCH DAY, PEOPLE ARE FINALLY TUNING INTO THE ELECTION, THERE MIGHT BE MORE NUMBERS. YOU’RE RIGHT. HE DOES GET TO SPEAK BEFORE THE QUESTIONS COME FROM REPORTERS. SO HE CAN GET AHEAD OF THIS. AT LEAST FOR THAT MOMENT. WHAT DOES HE SAY? >>HE WILL TALK ABOUT THE VISION HE HAS FOR THE COUNTRY. HE WILL TALK ABOUT WHAT HE’S DONE ELEVATE THE MIDDLE CLASS AND THE FACT YOU NEED TO BE ABLE TO DO BOTH. NOT JUST ONE OR THE OTHER AND YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE TO DO IT IN A RESPONSIBLE WAY. HE WILL TALK ABOUT CANADA’S PLACE IN THE WORLD. OR JUST WILL MAKE REFERENCE TO IT AND THE STRONG STANCE WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO TAKE AND HOW WE HAVE STOOD ALONGSIDE OR I DON’T WANT TO SAY UP AGAINST. WITH OUR AMERICAN NEIGHBOURS, AND OUR GLOBAL PARTNERS FROM A TRADE PERSPECTIVE AND HE WILL EMPHASIZE THE NEED TO KEEP GOING ON THIS PATH. FOR THE COUNTRY. HE IS NOT GOING TACKLE THE SNC THING IN HIS OPENING STATEMENT. HE WILL GET ASKED A QUESTION, HOPEFULLY, I HOPE, HE IS ABLE TO GIVE A SUCCINCT ANSWER THAT SHUTS IT DOWN AND WILL PROBABLY RELATE TO THE FACT THAT IT’S THE CLERK THAT MAKES THE DECISION ABOUT THAT. >>TIM, THAT IS ALL ANDREW SHEER TALKED ABOUT. DID HE MISS AND OPPORTUNITY TO SAY THAT IS JUST ONE OF THE KEY REASONS, BUT HERE IS WHAT ELSE?>>I DON’T THINK SO. THAT WAS SOLELY SETTING UP THE PRIME MINISTER’S FIRST CONFERENCE. ANDREW SCHEER IS GOING TROIS-RIVIÈRES. HE WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY THEN TO TALK ABOUT HIS CAMPAIGN AT AND THE LIKE. HE WANTED TO SEIZE THE PRIME MINISTER TO PUT THE PRIME MINISTER ON THE DEFENSIVE. WE WILL HAVE 40 DAYS TO TALK ABOUT A LOT OF OTHER ISSUES. IT WILL WATER DOWN WHATEVER THE PRIME MINISTER’S INITIAL FRAMING WAS TODAY. PROBABLY THE RIGHT MOVE. WELL, THE PRIME MINISTER IS HEADING RIGHT TO JODY WILSON-RAYBOULD’S HOMETOWN, VANCOUVER. HE HAS LONG FLIGHT TO VANCOUVER. THE QUESTIONS WILL COME AT HIM IN VANCOUVER IN A VERY DIFFERENT WAY. A VERY PERSONAL WAY. THERE IS LOTS OF SUPPORT FOR HER IN HER HOMETOWN. THE OTHER THING THAT ANDREW SHEER IS DOING THE PRIME MINISTER WILL SPEND A LOT OF TIME WITH JOURNALISTS. THE HEART OF THE SNC LAVALIN AFFAIR, HE WASN’T TRYING TO SPEND A LOT OF TIME WITH JOURNALIST. THE MEDIA HAS BEEN FRUSTRATED BECAUSE THEY WEREN’T GETTING ACCESS TO INFORMATION THEY WANTED. THEY WEREN’T GETTING ANSWERS TO THE QUESTIONS THEY WANTED SO I THINK THAT PART OF WHAT ANDREW SHEER IS TRYING TO DO IS TORQUE UP A BIT OF THE MEDIA, SO THEY WILL COME AT HIM WITH THE QUESTIONS THAT ANDREW SHEER WANTS. >>MARTIN STRINGER WE STAND BY, WAITING FOR THE PRIME MINISTER. SUPPOSED TO BE AROUND 10:00. ANY TIME NOW WE THINK WE WILL SEE A SHOT OF HIM WALKING UP TO SEE THE GOVERNOR GENERAL. AND THEN HE WILL COME OUT AND SPEAK WITH REPORTERS. LET’S GO TO MARTIN NOW. MARTIN?>>Martin: PETER, I’M JOINED BY SU SUN DELGUARD. WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING FOR? WHAT IS OF PARTICULAR INTEREST TO YOU TODAY, SUSAN?>>I DON’T THINK I CAN CLAIM CREDIT FOR THIS IDEA BUT MIGHT HAVE BEEN NICK NANOS THE POLLSTER WHO SAID WHOEVER THIS ELECTION IS ABOUT, MAY LOSE. SO IT GOING TO BE AN INTERESTING QUESTION REQUEST, WHO DOES THE ELECTION FOCUS ON AS A LEADER AND WHO IS BEING JUDGED MORE? JUSTIN TRUDEAU HOPES THIS IS ABOUT ANDREW SHEER. ANDREW SHEER HOPES THIS IS A REFERENDUM ON JUSTIN TRUDEAU. THE CANADIAN JUDGEMENT ON THE LEADERS. >>Martin: THAT HAD REPERCUSSIONS. TODAY THE SNC LAVALIN ISSUE CAME UP AGAIN. I WAS ASKING A PREVIOUS PANEL, DOES THAT MEAN THAT THE COUNTER PUNCH WILL COME TO THE LIBERALS ABOUT ANDREW SHEER AND SOCIAL VALUES?>>IF I WERE THE LIBERAL, I THINK THEY GOT A LITTLE CONFIDENT OVER THE SUMMER BECAUSE THE ETHIC COMMISSION REPORT DID NOT MAKE A DENT IN THE POLLS. I’M SURE THEY ARE WATCHING THIS MORNING GOING HERE IS ANOTHER STORY. IF IT HAS THE SAME IMPACT AS THE OTHER COMMISSIONER, WE DON’T HAVE TO WORRY. I THINK WHAT SNC LAVALIN IS THE STORY OF HOW UNPREDICTABLE THINGS CAN FLOOR THIS GOVERNMENT. AND CATCH THEM UNAWARE AND NO LEADER WANTS TO BE CONSTANTLY GETTING REACTING TO THE UNEXPECTED.>>BRYAN, ANYTHING. WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING FOR IN WHAT IS IMPORTANT FOR YOU TODAY?>>I THINK ON THE OPENING DAY I’M INTERESTED TO SEE WHAT TONE THE LEADERS SET AND WHETHER THEY CAN KEEP UP THAT TONE THROUGHOUT THE CAMPAIGN. THE THING THAT I KEEP REMINDING MYSELF WHEN I LOOK AT THE POLLS AND THE LAST ELECTION, THE LIBERALS ENTERED IN THIRD PLACE. A BIG REASON WHY THAT HAPPENED, THEIR RISE THROUGHOUT THE LAST CAMPAIGN IS THAT PEOPLE STARTED TO FEEL LIKE THE CONSERVATIVES TONE WAS AN ANGRY, BITTER TONE THEY DIDN’T LIKE AND THE CONSERVATIVES ACKNOWLEDGED THAT AND SO SPECIALLY THROUGHOUT — IT’S A SHORTER CAMPAIGN SO LESS ROOM FOR THAT TO MOVE BUT THE TONE THEY SET ON THE OPENING DAY IN THE STATEMENTS, WHAT THEY WANT TO MAKE THE ELECTION ABOUT, WHETHER THEY CAN KEEP THAT UP OVER THE NEXT SIX WEEKS.>>Martin: YOU SAID YOU WILL BE SPENDING A LOT OF TIME IN THE G.T.A., THE GREATER TORONTO AREA, THE 905 YEAR, THAT RING, RIDINGS AROUND TORONTO. WHY? IT’S IMPORTANT FOR ALL THREE PARTIES OBVIOUSLY. IT WAS REALLY INTERESTING. I WAS JUST LOOKING — I DON’T THINK I FULLY REALIZED THIS BUT WHEN YOU TOGGLE BETWEEN THE 2011 RESULTS AND 2016, BRAMPTON MISSISSAUGA AREA AND THE RING AROUND TORONTO, FROM ENTIRELY BLUE IN 2011 TO ENTIRELY RED. THERE IS NOT A WHOLE LOT. IT IS A TOTAL WAVE. WHERE THOSE RIDINGS GO WILL BE INTERESTING. INTERESTING FOR THE N.D.P. YOU THINK IF JAGMEET SINGH CAN MAKE INBOUNDS ANYWHERE IS — INROADS ANYWHERE IS BRAMPTON. IF HE IS FAILING THERE, IT SHOWS HOW MUCH TROUBLE THE PARTY IS IN. IF HE HAS MOMENTUM THERE, MAYBE IT IS MORE POSITIVE FOR THE N.D.P. >>Martin: DELIVERED A TREMENDOUS NUMBER OF SEATS AS WELL.>>IT IS A CLICHE, BUT IT IS WHERE ELECTIONS ARE WON AND LOST. IF THE CONSERVATIVES ARE GOING TO DO WELL IN THE CAMPAIGN, THEY HAVE TO DO WELL THERE AND IF THEY ARE NOT DOING WELL THERE, IT IS A SIGN OF TROUBLE FOR THE REST OF THEIR CAMPAIGN. >>Martin: SUSAN, ANYTHING YOU ARE WARNING IN TERMS OF GEOGRAPHY AND REGION? >> ALMOST TO BRIAN’S POINT ABOUT TONE. I WILL WANDER AND SEE WHAT IS GOING ON OUT THERE. BUT A BIG THING OR TWO HAS HAPPENED SINCE JUSTIN TRUDEAU WON THE LAST ELECTION. AND THE 2015 CAMPAIGN OVER ALL. AND THAT IS DONALD TRUMP. AND THE POLITICS, UNPREDICTABLE, THE ANGRY POLITICS TO THE SURPRISES, AS BRIAN WAS TALKING ABOUT, ALL OF THAT, I THINK WE WILL HAVE TO QUESTION. ARE WE GOING TO HAVE ANY KIND OF IMPORT OF — ALL THE PARTIES THEM ME TRUMP IS NOT COMING UP AT THE DOOR BUT HIS STYLE OF POLITICS, AND THE TONE OF POLITICS IN THE UNITED STATES, I WILL BE SEEING THAT AS MADE ITS WAY INTO CANADA AT ALL. >>Martin: I WANT TO THANK YOU BOTH OF YOU AND WISH YOU A HAPPY AND PRODUCTIVE ELECTION COVERAGE. THANKS A LOT. PETER, THAT IS SUSAN DELL COURT AND BRIAN PLATT. >>Peter: THANK YOU. NOW LIVE TO RIDEAU HALL. THE PRIME MINISTER AND SOPHIE GREGIORE ARE ARRIVING. MEETING REPRESENTATIVES THERE FROM THE GOVERNOR GENERAL. THEY WILL GO INSIDE. NOT SURE HOW LONG THEY WILL BE IN THERE. BUT MY SUSPICION IS NOT VERY LONG. NOT LIKE THE MARATHON SUGGESTION — SESSION THAT HARPER HAD WITH MICHAELLE JEAN. THIS IS PART OF THE FORMAL EXERCISE. THIS IS PART OF THE WAY OUR SYSTEM WORKS. YOU MEET THE GOVERNOR GENERAL AS PRIME MINISTER, YOU ASK HER TO FORMALLY — REQUEST SHE DISSOLVE PARLIAMENT. WE KNOW THE ELECTION DATE WAS OCTOBER 21 BECAUSE WE HAVE A FIXED ELECTION DAY. SO WE ARE GETTING A 40 DAY CAMPAIGN AND THE PRIME MINISTER NEEDS TO GET THAT AFFIRMED BY THE GOVERNOR GENERAL WHO DREWS UP WHAT IS CALLED THE WRIT OF ELECTION, WHICH THEN GO OUT TO 338 RIDINGS AND ALLOW THE ELECTION PROCESS TO UNFOLD IN THOSE RIDINGS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. SO PRIME MINISTER WILL BE INSIDE THERE FOR AN INDETERMINATE AMOUNT OF TIME BUT I DON’T THINK IT IS TOO LONG AND COMES BACK OUT AND MEETS WITH REPORTERS. WE WILL TOLD HE WILL BE INSIDE FOR APPROXIMATELY 20 MINUTES. THAT IS NOW CONFIRMED. SO SOME TIME AROUND 10:25, 10:30, WE WILL SEE THE PRIME MINISTER COME BACK OUT AND MEET REPORTERS THAT THE PODIUM IN FRONT OF RIDEAU HALL. TALK ABOUT WHERE WE GO AFTER ALL OF THIS, SUSAN. AND IT IS KIND OF INTERESTING, ROBIN TOUCHED ON IT, WHERE WE WILL HAVE THE PRIME MINISTER HEADING FROM HERE TO THE RIDING OF VANCOUVER KINGSWAY, WHERE THEY THINK THEIR CANDIDATE, TAMARA TAGGERT, MIGHT HAVE A CHANCE OF WINNING THAT SEAT. THAT WOULD BE A SEAT THEY ARE HOPING TO TAKE OUT IN BRITISH COLUMBIA. AND ANDREW SHEER GOES FROM OTTAWA WHERE HE HAS JUST SPOKEN TO REPORTERS TO TROIS RIVIERA AND ON TO THE 905, TORONTO AND JAGMEET SINGH WILL MEET WITH REPORTERS IN LONDON, ONTARIO, WHERE HE WILL LAUNCH HIS CAMPAIGN, ALTHOUGH SOFT LAUNCH LAST WEEKEND. THIS WILL BE HIS CHANT TO SPEAK WITH REPORTERS. WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THIS GOING AFTER THE WRIT DROP? .>>THEY ARE GOING BATTLEGROUND RIDINGS, AREAS OF THE COUNTRY WHERE THEY WANT TO HAVE AN IMPACT. THE PRIME MINISTER IS HEADING OUT TO BRITISH COLUMBIA, WHICH WILL BE TOUGH FOR THE LIBERALS BECAUSE OF PIPELINE ISSUES. THERE ARE DIFFERING VIEWS ACROSS THE PROVINCE ON WHETHER OR NOT THE TRANCE MOUNTAIN PIPELINE SHOULD BE BUILT, TWINNED TO HELP US GET TO OTHER MARKETS. SO THE PRIME MINISTER AND LIBERALS ARE IN FOR A FIGHT. THERE IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO PICK UP. SEATS. THERE HAVE BEEN MANY N.D.P. SEATS IN B.C. IN THE PAST AND THESE ARE I THINK LARGELY UP FOR GRABS. >>Peter: IT IS IMPORTANT, LOOKING AT THE LATEST POLLS, TALKING ABOUT THE CHALLENGES IN B.C., BUT WHEN I LOOK AT THE POLL THE, SHOW THE CONSERVATIVES AND LIBERALS LEADING AT AROUND 35% IN THE POLLING IN BRITISH COLUMBIA AND N.D.P. BACK AT 20, 17%. THOSE ARE TWO PIPELINE PARTIES THAT ARE IN THE LEAD IN THE POLLS IN BRITISH COLUMBIA. WHAT DOES THAT SAY, TIM? >> I THINK THERE HAVE BEEN POLLS DONE IN BRITISH COLUMBIA THAT SUGGEST THERE IS — HEALTHY MAJORITY OF SUPPORT FOR THE PIPELINE UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS. BUT I THINK IT ALSO SAYS PETER, THAT THE PUBLIC STORY OF THE N.D.P. BEING VULNERABLE IS SOMETHING BOTH THE N.D.P. AND CONSERVATIVES ARE BELIEVING. SO THEY ARE GOING TO TRY TO PICK OFF WHAT THEY THINK. RIGHT NOW, IT’S LOW HANGING FRUIT WHETHER IT IS OR ISN’T. THE CONSERVATIVES HAVE THOUGHT THEY HAD OPPORTUNITIES THERE. SO SHEER — CONSERVATIVES BELIEVE THEY HAVE A CHANCE TO DO BETTER IN QUEBEC. THEY HAVE BEEN SAYING THAT SINCE 2006. BUT WHETHER THAT IS TRUE OR NOT — I THINK IT IS MORE ABOUT THE VULNERABILITY THEY SEE RIGHT NOW WITH THE N.D.P., TODAY. WHETHER THAT EXISTS IN TWO WEEKS, WHO KNOWS? CERTAINLY THAT IS WHAT THEY WILL FRY TO CASH IN ON. >>Peter: ROBIN? >> WHERE THE LEADERS GO IS ABOUT SENDING A MESSAGE AS MUCH ABOUT SUPPORTING GROUND GAME. I REMEMBER I CAN’T REMEMBER, 2011 OR 2008, JACK LAYTON WENT RIGHT TO CALGARY TO SAYING WE ARE IN THIS TO WIN THIS AND FIGHTING IN EVERY SINGLE RIDING AND REGIONS IN THE CROWN TRIP. I THINK THE PRIME MINISTER GOING TO VANCOUVER IS TO TRY TO SEND THE MESSAGE WE ARE COMPETITIVE IN PLACES WE ARE FACING A LOT OF SCRUTINY AND WHERE WE ARE FINDING FOR OUR AGENDA. FOR N.D.P. IN SEPTEMBER ALONE, JAGMEET SINGH MADE A POINT OF TOUCHING NINE RIDINGS THE N.D.P. DIDN’T WIN IN 2015, St. JOHN’S EAST, TODAY, LONDON NORTH, A RIDING N.D.P. WON PROVINCIALLY BUT DOESN’T HOLD AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL. BRITISH COLUMBIA WILL BE A CHALLENGE. IN FOR ALL OF THE PARTIES THE LIBERALS THE N.D.P., WHERE IT IS TRADITIONALLY QUITE STRONG. THE ISSUES THERE REALLY TOUCH ON WHAT THE LAST FOUR YEARS HAVE BEEN ABOUT. THE GOVERNMENT TRYING TO SUSPEND IT IS SUPPORTING THE ENVIRONMENT AND PIPELINES. THAT IS WHY YOU WILL SEE THE COMPETITIVE SIDE OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL AGENDA.>>SUPPORT FOR THE L.N.G. TERMINAL, IS THERE A MUDDIES ME THAT HAS SUPPORTERS GOING, WAIT A MINUTE. >>WHAT ARE YOU FOR AND WHAT ARE YOU AGAINST? >> ENERGY POLITICS IS COMPLICATED. THE PREMIER OF BRITISH COLUMBIA, FACING. ON ISSUES LIKE L.N.G., SITE “C,” THE HYDROELECTRIC DAM THERE. SOME OF THE REASONS THAT THE GREENS HAVE BEEN STREN TRANSPORTENING IN BRITISH COLUMBIA IS THE FRUSTRATION THAT CARE THE MOST ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT IN BRITISH COLUMBIA ARE FEELING WITH THE PRIME MINISTER THAT LET THEM DOWN ON THAT ISSUE. SO THAT IS WHY IT IS QUITE COMPETITIVE BETWEEN THE N.D.P. AND THE GREENS THERE IS THERE IS THIS DIVIDE FOR THOSE THAT THINK THAT THE T.M.X. PIPE SHRINE A GOOD THING AND THOSE THAT THINK THIS IS NOT THE WAY WE SHOULD BE BUILDING OUR ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE IF WE ARE TRYING TO REACH OUR CLIMATE CHANGE TARGET. >>EVEN IN MANY RIDINGS IN B.C.->>WHICH IS ANOTHER INTERESTING SUB STORY IS WHERE THE TWO PARTIES WILL END UP. >>THAT’S RIGHT. THE LIBERALS ARE OUT TRYING TO SAY TO THE N.D.P. BECAUSE THERE WILL BE A SOFT N.D.P. VOTE AND SOFT GREEN PARTY VOTE. THEY DON’T WANT TO BE THE THIRD RUMP OR THE FOURTH RUMP IN THE HOUSE OF COMMON. WHEN LEADERS GO TO CERTAIN LOCATIONS RIGHT AT THE KICK OFTEN IT’S ABOUT RALLYING THE TROOPS. THEY WILL PULL IN THE VOLUNTEERS AND SUPPORTERS FROM ACROSS — THAT IS IMPORTANT TO SEND A BIG RALLYING GREAT VIDEO, GREAT TAPE, A LOT OF GOOD THINGS.>>INTERESTING POINT YOU MAKE. OCCURRED TO ME. WE FIND OUT WHERE THE PARTIES ARE GOING. . SO WE CAN PLAN OUR COVERAGE. THE N.D.P., TODAY, IS IN LONDON. AS ROBIN MENTIONED. THAT IS WHERE WE WILL HEAR FROM JAGMEET SINGH MANY JUST A WHILE. AND THEN HAY HAD A WHISTLE STOP THAT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. NOW THE NOTE SAYS A DOWNED DAY IN TORONTO. FIRST DAY OF THE WRIT DROP. THAT SEEP SEEM — SEEMS ODD TO ME. YOU THINK ON THE WRIT DROP DAY, YOU HAVE NONSTOP.>>I WOULD WATCH FOR THOSE KINDS OF EVENT. LAST NIGHT THEY HAD 400 PEOPLE SHOW UP TO A RALLY IN LONDON. TODAY, THEY ARE IN A RIDING THEY DO NOT HOLD, THAT THEY HOPE THEY WILL TAKE FROM THE LIBERALS JUST LIKE IN THE PROVINCIAL ELECTION. AND THEY WILL BE BACK IN TORONTO AND GOING TO BRAMPTON. I WOULDN’T EXPECT THIS TO BE A QUIET DAY FOR THE N.D.P. AND LET’S REMEMBER THEY STARTED ON SUNDAY WITH 800 PEOPLE IN TORONTO-DANFORTH, A LIBERAL HELD RIDING. 800 PEOPLE. THAT IS JACK LAYTON’S OLD RIDING. THE N.D.P. IS LOOKING TO MAKE A STATEMENT OF PENETRATING BACK INTO TORONTO AND WINNING SEATS FROM LIBERALS IN AREAS LIKE BRAMPTON. >>Peter: AS A LONG TIME SUPPORTER, ARE YOU CONCERNED WITH THE CHALLENGES AND — IT FACED THEM BEFORE. THE FACT THAT THEY HAVE REASONS THEY SAY FOR IT, SLOW TO NOMINATE THE CANDIDATE. THEY SAY THEY ARE DOING A STRONGER VETTING PROCESS. THEY STARTED THE CAMPAIGN, $4.5 MILLION IN DEBT. I DON’T THINK THEY HAVE A FULL-TIME PLANE. THERE IS A PLANE WHEN THEY NEED IT AND BUSES. ARE YOU CONCERNED THIS WILL HOBBLE THE CAMPAIGN? >> I THINK THEY ARE RUNNING THE CAMPAIGN IN THE CONTEXT THIS ELECTION IS STARTING. AND I THINK THAT TO IN TERMS OF POLLING NUMBER, WE ARE ABOUT WHERE WE ARE OR HIGHER. MATTER. IF YOU DON’T NECESSARILY GET THE SAME POT LIGHT ON YOU. JAGMEET SINGH WASN’T IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS FOR A LOT OF THE TIMES, THAT THIS PAST PARLIAMENT. SO JACK LAYTON WAS ONLY EVER SUCCESSFUL IN CAMPAIGN BECAUSE HE GOT THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET HIS MESSAGE OUT. THAT IS WHAT JAGMEET SINGH NEED. HE IMPROVED A LOT ON THE JOB. THE N.D.P. HAS A COMPELLING MESSAGE. LOOK, IT’S NOT AN IDEAL ISSUE SITUATION TO START A CAMPAIGN BUT JUST GLAD THE CAMPAIGN IS HERE BECAUSE NOW WE’VE GOT TO GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET THE MESSAGE OUT. >>Peter: JUST BEEN TOLD FROM THE CONTROL ROOM, FROM THE CAMPAIGN, DAY ONE, CAN SOMETIMES NOT GO THE WAY WE HAVE BEEN TOLD, THAT ANDREW SHEER’S PLANE IS BEING REROUTED TO QUEBEC CITY BECAUSE OF FOG.>>THERE IS SOMETHING INCREDIBLE. >>Peter: SOMETHING — SOMETIMES THE CAMPAIGN DOESN’T GO THE WAY YOU PLAN. SO HIS TROIS-RIVIERES EVENT WILL BE DELAYED. WHEN IT HAPPENS WE WILL HAVE IT HERE ON CPAC. TO THE CAMPAIGN WE TALKED ABOUT, JAGMEET SINGH, AND THIS IS THE ROOM IN LONDON, ONTARIO, STARTING TO FILL UP NOW WITH SUPPORTERS. YOU CAN SEE. ACRO THE COUNTRY, IN VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, THIS IS THE GREEN PARTY CAMPAIGN EVENT. A LOT OF PEOPLE. THIS THAT ROOM WAITING TO HEAR FROM ELIZABETH MAY AFTER WE HEAR FROM THE PRIME MINISTER IN ABOUT ANOTHER 10 MINUTES WE THIS I FROM NOW. AS WE TALK ABOUT CRISSCROSSING THE COUNTRY, LET’S HAVE A CONVERSATION HERE ABOUT HOW TO CONSIDER POLLING NUMBERS IN THE BATTLEGROUND. BECAUSE I THINK THAT IS INTERESTING. YOU SEE ONE OF THE LATEST POLLS THAT SHOWS THE LIBERALS ARE IN PRETTY GOOD SHAPE, LEADING IN THE POLLS IN ATLANTIC CANADA, QUEBEC, NOW IN ONTARIO AND COMPETITIVE IN BRITISH COLUMBIA, CONSERVATIVES, YOU KNOW, TRYING TO PICK UP GROUND IN ONTARIO, BASICALLY IN CHARGE OF THE POLLING IN MANITOBA, AND ALBERTA AND SASKATCHEWAN. COMPETITIVE AGAIN IN BRITISH COLUMBIA. AND BUT WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO LOOK AT, WHEN YOU LOOK, IS WHAT THEY MEAN IN OUR SYSTEM, SO YOU LOOK AT POLLING NUMBERS SHOWS THE TWO PARTIES MIGHT BE VERY CLOSE AND THEY ARE NECK IN NECK IN THE POLLS. ELECTIONS ARE WON HERE. YOU CAN HAVE MORE OF THE POPULAR VOTE AND IT HAPPENED BEFORE AND STILL NOT FORM THE GOVERNMENT BECAUSE YOU WIN BASED ON THE NUMBER OF SEATS. DOESN’T MATTER IF YOU WIN BY 20 OR 20,000 VOTES. SO LET’S TALK ABOUT THAT. WHAT DO WE NEED TO THINK ABOUT WHEN WE HEAR POLLING RESULTS AND WE WATCH THE LEADERS GO WHERE THEY GO IN TERMS OF WHAT THEY ARE TRYING TO DO WITH POLL NUMBERS.>>THE REGION NAM BREAKDOWN IS WHAT MATTERS. POLLS ARE NOT 100% SCIENCE. IT’S BEEN TOUGH IN THE LAST FEW ELECTIONS WITH THE RESULTS THE POLLING RESULTS VERSES ELECTORAL RESULTS BUT REGIONS MATTER ON THE GROUND MATTERS. I THINK THE CAMPAIGNS WILL BE TRYING TO BUILD ON THE MOMENTUM OF POLLS. THEY HAVE THEIR OWN INTERNAL POLLING. THEY HAVE MORE GRANULAR DATA. LOOKING AT WHERE THE LEADERS GO, EVERY LEADER, THE RIDING THEY CHOOSE TO GO, TO THE REGION, WILL SIGNAL WHERE THEY THINK THEY HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO EITHER LOCK IN SEATS PICK UP SEATS, BOLSTER UP SEATS AND IN THE LAST CAMPAIGN, FOR EXAMPLE, THE LIBERAL PARTY KNEW THEIR INTERNAL POLLING DATA WAS SHOWING THAT FOR EXAMPLE, MIKE BOSSIO, A MEMBER FROM AROUND THE PETERBOROUGH AREA, DON’T KNOW HIS EXACT RIDING NAME, IT WAS REALLY CLOSE, SO THE PRIME MINISTER MADE A LATE CAMPAIGN STOP IN BOSSIO’S RIDING AND HE WON THE SEAT. THOSE ARE THE KINDS OF THINGS TO WATCH FOR. >>Peter: TIM, THE CONSERVATIVE SUPPORT AND POPULAR SUPPORT IN QUEBEC SLIPPED A BIT. BUT IT IS WHERE THAT SUPPORT IS, AND FOR INSTANCE, MEMORY SERVES ME CORRECT AGAIN AND IN THE LAST ELECTION, I THINK WITH 16% OF THE VOTE IN QUEBEC, THEY WON 11 SEATS. NOW THEY ARE POLLING IN THE LOW 20s. IT IS WHERE THAT SUPPORT IS CONCENTRATED THAT IS IMPORTANT.>>FOR EXAMPLE, CONSERVATIVES DON’T TEND TO POLL WELL ON THE ISLAND OF MONTREAL, WHICH IS A BIG AREA WHERE A LOT OF SAMPLING IS DONE. CONSERVATIVES TEND TO DO BETTER, SO HAVING YOUR FLIGHT DIVERTED TO QUEBEC CITY IS NOT TERRIBLE. TROIS-RIVIERES, A LITTLE FARTHER NORTH HAS BEEN A PLACE WHERE CONSERVATIVES WON SEATS. >>Peter: ONLY FOUR OF 18 SEATS ON THE ISLAND OF MONTREAL ARE HELD BY SOMEONE OTHER THAN THE LIBERALS. >>POLLING, TRENDS. WHEN YOU LOOK AT REGIONAL NUMBERS JUST AS A VIEW AND HEARING THEM TODAY, YOU WANT TO LOOK AT SAMPLE SIZE AS WELL, TOO. SO TO SUSAN’S POINT, PARENTS ARE GETTING BIG SAMPLES IN REGION. MOST NATIONAL POLLSTERS ARE DOING 1,000 SAMPLES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THAT MEAN MIGHT MEAN IN OUR REGION YOU SAMPLED UNDER 200 PEOPLE. ISN’T A REALLY EFFECTIVE WAY OF TELLING YOU. SO IF YOU ARE A VIEWER WATCHING THAT, PAY ATTENTION TO THAT. THE OTHER THING THEY DO NOW, IS THEY MONITOR QUITE INTENSIVELY THROUGH ALL MANNER OF ANALYTICAL TOOL, ON-LINE ENGAGEMENT AND LOOK AT WHAT ISSUES ARE DRIVING PEOPLE? WHERE ARE THE REACTIONS COMING FROM? THAT IS SHAPING THE BEHAVIOUR OF LEADER’S TOUR AND SECONDARY TOURS AND THE LIKE. IF YOU SEE AN ISSUE OF UNFAIR TAXATION, YOU WANT TO HONE YOUR MESSAGE THERE, PERHAPS SENT — SEND OUT SOMEBODY IN YOUR PARTY WHO IS KNOWN TO BE A STRONG ADVOCATE FOR RI FORM IN THAT AREA. — REFORM IN THAT AREA. >>Peter: IT IS KNOWING EXACTLY WHERE THOSE POPULAR SUPPORT NUMBERS ARE COMING FROM. TO KNOW EXACTLY THAT. WHERE TO CONCENTRATE YOUR WORK. PROBABLY NOT WORTH SPENDING A LOT OF TIME IN RIDINGS WHERE YOU MIGHT HAVE A GOOD POPULAR SUPPORT BUT NOT IN THAT RIDING DON’T BOTHER. >>SOMETIMES PARTIES WILL HAVE THE WHISTLE STOPS OR STOP-OVERS JUST TO DEMONSTRATE, NO, WE ARE A NATIONAL PARTY. WE CARE AROUND WHETHER IT IS THE PRAIRIES, IF YOU ARE THE LIBERALS. BUT WE SHOULD TALK ABOUT, THIS IS A SET OF REGIONAL RACES THIS CAMPAIGN AND THAT DOESN’T JUST MEAN THE PROVINCE AND THE PRAYER ARE IS. THAT MEANS WITHIN THE PROVINCE. TAKE BRITISH COLUMBIA, FOR EXAMPLE, BRITISH COLUMBIA, YOU CAN’T JUST TRANSFER A B.C. POLL. THERE IS VANCOUVER ISLAND, THE LOWER MAINLAND AND INTERIOR. ON VANCOUVER ISLAND, IT’S JUST THE N.D.P. AND GREENS WHO ARE COMPETITIVE. CONSERVATIVES CAN PLAY SPOILER LIKE THE INTERIOR OF THE ISLAND. LOWER MAINLAND IS VERY DIFFERENT AND THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SURREY AND DOWNTOWN VANCOUVER CAN BE DRAMATIC IN AN ELECTION. THINK MANITOBA IS INSTRUCTIVE AS WELL. GIVEN WITH I JUST HAD A PROVINCIAL ELECTION. ONE WOULD THINK THAT PALLISTER COMES BACK WITH A LARGE MAJORITY. IS — IT’S VERY DIVERSE. TWO OF THE FIRST EVER BLACK CANDIDATES TO WIN IN MANITOBA. THERE IS STILL SEATS THAT THE N.D.P. IS KEEN TO PICK UP IN THE WINNIPEG AREA. PARTICULARLY WINNIPEG CENTRE. IT’S ABOUT LOOKING AT REGIONS WITHIN THE REGION. ONTARIO HAS FIVE DIFFERENT ELECTORAL EQUATIONS THERE. TIMED TALKED ABOUT THE DATA AND ANALYSIS AND ALSO THE QUALITATIVE RESEARCH. THAT NEVER GETS RELEASED PUBLICLY. SO ALL THE MESSAGES AND THE SLOGANS HAVE BEEN TESTED IN FOCUS GROUPS THAT REPRESENT DIFFERENT REGIONS OF THE COUNTRY. >>Peter: SPECIALLY FOR ELECTION CAMPAIGN, IF THE POLITICAL PARTIES WILL DO IT, WHY SHOULDN’T YOU KNOW WHAT THEY ARE SEEING AS WELL. >>IT CAN BE VERY EMOTIONAL. HOW CAN I TAP INTO THE POSITIVES. AND FEARFUL EMOTION. WE KNOW THE INCUMBENT GOVERNMENT IS TRYING TO INVOKE FEAR. >>IT IS KEY AND CRITICAL IN THE CAMPAIGN AND THE LIBERALS DID A GOOD JOB THE LAST CAMPAIGN. I WOULD ARGUE WHILE THE CONSERVATIVES ARE ALWAYS AHEAD IN FUND-RAISING, THE LIBERALS WERE AHEAD AND THE SOCIAL MEDIA ENGAGEMENT. I EXPECT THE OTHER PARTIES TO HAVE CAUGHT UP IN THAT, IN TERMS OF HAVING MACHINERY IN PLACE TO BE ABLE TO READ WHAT THE ELECTORATE IS SHARING, WHAT ISSUES RESONATE. IT WILL BE A GROUND GAME, AIR GAME AND DIGITAL GAME. THAT WILL INFLUENCE VOTERS. >>Peter: TIM, TALK ABOUT ONTARIO. >>DO I HAVE TO? ONTARIO, PETER, ONTARIO! ONTARIO TALK ABOUT DOUG FORD. >>YEAH. WELL, ONTARIO, LOOK, I THINK THERE ARE TWO — BEFORE WE GET TO B.C., THERE IS GOING TO BE A BIG BROUHAHA IN QUEBEC AND IN ONTARIO BETWEEN THREE PARTIES, PALELY FOUR. I THINK THE N.D.P. WANT TO HOLD WHAT Mr. LAYTON BUILT IN QUEBEC. WHETHER THAT IS POSSIBLY TO DO, TIME WILL TELL. THE SECOND MOST POPULACE PROVINCE WHEN IT COMES TO SEATS. I THINK ONTARIO IS GOING TO BE KEY FOR ANDREW SHEER . IF ANDREW SHEER WANTS TO TAKE THE GOVERNMENT, HE WANTS TO PUT Mr. TRUDEAU IN A MINORITY SITUATION, HE HAS GOT TO HAVE GAME IN ONTARIO. HE HAS GOT TO WIN BACK SOME OF THE SEATS THAT STEPHEN HARPER HAD. >>Peter: HOW DOES HE DO THAT? >> HE HAS TO STEP OUT OF THE SHADOW OF DEFINITION THAT THE LIBERALS ARE TRYING TO BE, LIKE MORE FORD-LIKE OR HARPER-LIKE. AS YOU HAVE SEEN WITH THE ADS, HE IS ALMOST MIMICKING THE 05, 06 STRATEGY, VERY POCKETBOOK ISSUE, VERY SUBURBAN. IF WE CAN FIND A WAY TO PICK A SMALL FIGHT WITH DOUG FORD TO SEPARATE HIMSELF FROM THE FIELD BECAUSE ANDREW SHEER’S GREATEST GRAND CHALLENGE IS NOT TO BE SEEN AS THE BABY BROTHER OF THE REST OF THE CONSERVATIVE LEADERS. >>2015, LIBERALS WON 29 SEATS SU SURROUNDING THE CITY OF TORONTO. IN 2011:00 THE CONSERVATIVES SWEPT THE REGION SAVE FOR ONE SEAT, MacCALLUM. THEY HAD THEM ALL AND LOST MOST OF THEM. >>WHAT HAPPENS THERE, AND AGAIN THIS IS WHERE THE CONSERVATIVES WANT TO SEE Mr. SINGH DO WELL. SOME OF THE INNER CITY SEATS, CITY OF TORONTO, THAT IS WHERE HAVING AN N.D.P. BACK IN ITS TRADITIONAL POSITION IS IMPORTANT TO THE CONSERVATIVES HERE, SO THE CONSERVATIVE ARE QUIETLY CHEERING FOR Mr. SINGH WHERE HIS GAME HAS LIFTED. I THINK SHEER LIKE Mr. SINGH HAS THE OPPORTUNITY OF INTRODUCING HIMSELF IF HE GETS OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT, THEN THAT CAN HELP. THE CHALLENGE Mr. SINGH AND Mr. SHEER HAVE, THEY ARE THE ROOKIES CAMPAIGNING IN THIS CAMPAIGN. THE PRIME MINISTER IS SEASONED AND POLICE MISS MA /* — MISS MAY HAS DONE IT A LOT. >>IF DOUG FORD BECOMES AN ISSUE AND JUSTIN TRUDEAU FRAMES AS A CHOICE BETWEEN JUSTIN TRUDEAU AND ANDREW SHEER BECAUSE ANDREW SHEER IS DOUG FORD, HOW DOES JAGMEET SINGH WIN THAT CONVERSATION? . >> THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT JUSTIN TRUDEAU LOVES HIS TWO POILES, DONALD TRUMP SOUTH OF THE BORDER AND DOUG FORD, IN ONTARIO. AND HE VERY MUCH WANTS TO SIMPLIFY THE ELECTION. HE DOES NOT WANT THE ELECTION TO BE ABOUT THE ISSUE. HE WANTS IT TO BE DO YOU WANT BACKWARD POLITICS OR PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVE OR THIS PERSON THAT IS BETTER THAN THAT? THE N.D.P. IS HOLDING DOUG FORD TO ACCOUNT AT QUEEN’S PARK. THE N.D.P. IS THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION. IT IS ANDREA HORWATH THAT REPRESENT THE REGIONS OF ONTARIO THAT WE HAVEN’T HELD SINCE THE EARLY 90s. YOU MENTIONED 2011, WHERE THE CONSERVATIVES SWEPT THE 905 REGION. JAGMEET SINGH CAME A FEW HUNDRED VOTES AWAY FROM WINNING BRAMPTON EAST. SO JAGMEET SINGH IS INCREDIBLY POPULAR FIGURE IN THE BRAMPTON AREA. AND IN MANY PARTS OF THE 905 WHERE PEOPLE DON’T SEE THEMSELVES REPRESENTED IN OTTAWA. WHERE A LOT OF PEOPLE COME FROM RACIALIZED BACKGROUNDS.>>Peter: HOW HARD IS THAT CASE TO MAKE AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL IF IT IS PRESENTED AS JUSTIN TRUDEAU SAYING DON’T PICK ANDREW SHEER. I’M THE ONLY GUY THAT CAN MAKE SURE YOU DON’T GET AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL WHAT THIS WOULD BE HIS NARRATIVE. YOU DON’T GET AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL, WHAT YOU CAN GETTING AT PROVINCIAL LEVEL. JAGMEET SINGH CAN’T DO THAT UNLESS HE WINS IN OTTAWA. >>HE HAS GOT TO BE ABLE TO GO BACK TO THE TWO DOOR FRAME. FIRST CHALLENGES, JUST LIKE IN 2011 FOR JACK LAISON, MICHAEL IG NAYTI OR STEPHEN HARPER, BREAK INTO THE TWO FRAME. THE MEDIA ARE USED TO COVERING. IT IS VERY PARTICULAR TERRITORIES. JAGMEET SINGH NEEDS IN BREAK THAT FRAME AND SHOW THERE ARE OTHER OPTIONS. I ALSO WANT TO POINT OUT, THIS IS IN –>>MISS MAY IS THERE BEHIND, DON’T LET HIM BACK INTO THE TWO BERN FRAME. IT’S ME.>>THE PANEL WITH NO PEOPLE OF COLOUR ON IT RIGHT NOW. THIS IS A HISTORIC DAY. THE FIRST TIME IN OUR COUNTRY, LONG HISTORY, WE HAVE A LEADER WHO HAS RACIALIZED BACKGROUND. IF YOU’RE IN MISSISSAUGA, BRAMPTON, LIVING IN SURREY, THAT MEANS SOMETHING TO MANY CANADIANS THAT MAY NOT GET CAPTURED IN POLLING MAY NOT GET CAPTURED ON THE NEWSCAST EVERY NIGHT. [PLEASE STAND BY ] WHO ARE VERY UNHAPPY WITH THE DOUG FORD GOVERNMENT AND IF LIBERALS ARE SMART THEY CONTINUE TO PAINT Mr. SCHEER AS AN EXTENSION OF THAT, THAT HE’S JUST GOING TO COME IN AND ROLL THINGS BACK, THEIR SLOGAN IS PART OF THAT POSITIONING. IT WILL BE HARD TO KEEP A CORK IN DOUG FORD FOR THE CAMPAIGN. THEY’VE ALREADY RETIRED THE LEGISLATURE SEW — WON’T BE A DAILY CIRCUS THERE — THEY STILL HIS GOVERNMENT STILL COMES FORWARD THAT DOES THINGS THAT ARE ANTAGONISTIC TO PEOPLE OF ONTARIO AND I THINK THAT WILL BENEFIT THE LIBERALS AND HURT Mr. SCHEER. >>Peter: MAYBE A LITTLE BIT OF DELAY NOW, EXPECTING THE PRIME MINISTER NOW AND MAYBE NOT UNTIL ANOTHER TEN MINUTES. THAT’S THE SUBJECT OF NEGOTIATION. >>>BUT THE DANGER WITH THIS IS ALWAYS BALANCE, RIGHT. SO IN THE ’04 CAMPAIGN THE LIBERALS DID A PRETTY GOOD JOB OF GETTING ANXIOUS ABOUT STEPHEN HARPER. IN THE 2005/2006 CAMPAIGN THEY WENT TOO FAR. WHERE THE LIBERALS HAVE TO BE CAREFUL IS GOING TOO FAR AND HAVING ANDREW SCHEER DESTROY THE FRAME THAT THEY HAVE CREATED AND I THINK Mr. IS COGNIZANT OF THAT AND LOOKING FOR THAT OPPORTUNITY BECAUSE IF Mr. SCHEER SUDDENLY WHEN HE’S INTRODUCING HIMSELF TO INTRODUCING ISN’T DOUG FORD OR STEPHEN HARPER THAT FRAME DOESN’T WORK. IT’S ONE THE CONSERVATIVES AREN’T OBLIVIOUS TO. ONE IS ON THE — SOCIETAL VALUES PREDICTABLE Mr. SCHEER HAD STRUGGLES WITH THAT LAST WEEK AND THEN YOU’RE SOMEBODY ELSE WITH STEPHEN HARPER IT WAS YOU’RE GEORGE BUSH JR., YOU WERE THE UNPOPULAR POLITICAL FIGURE OF THE DAY. SO THIS ISN’T NEW, CANADIANS HAVE ALSO SEEN IT TO. THE CHALLENGE FOR THE CONSERVATIVES IS TO NOTE GET CAUGHT IN THE FRAME AND ALSO THE OPPORTUNITY IS DISRUPTION STILL OUT THERE. MANITOBA LAST NIGHT MIGHT SUGGEST THAT THE DISRUPTION WE SAW IN DIFFERENT PROPSES THAT SAW PEOPLE KICKING OUT INCUMBENT GOVERNMENTS IS NOT AS PRO-YANNOPOULOSED AS IT WAS BUD IF THERE’S STILL CURRENTS OF DISRUPTION OUT THERE, HOW DOES SCHEER CHANNEL THAT EFFECTIVELY AND TURN THAT AGAINST JUSTIN TRUDEAU. >>>LOTS TO CONSIDER.>>Peter: WE WERE THROUGHOUT OUR COVERAGE WE’LL HEAR ABOUT THE ISSUES, WE’RE HEARING — WHETHER IT’S AFFORDABLE ISSUES CLIMATE CHANGE ENVIRONMENT IMMIGRATION, AFFORDABILITY ISSUES ETHICS ISSUES CONCERNS ABOUT FOREIGN INTERFERENCE HEALTH CARE AND PHARMA CARE AND SO WE’LL TOUCH ON THOSE KEY ISSUES AND THEIR IMPORTANCE TO CANADIANSMENT WHILE WE STAND BY FOR THE PRIME MINISTER LET ME GIVE YOU A SENSE OF WHAT CANADIANS ARE TALKING BEING IN TERMS OF THE ISSUES THEY SEE. TELL ME WHAT YOU’RE GOING TO GO ACTUALLY DO AND THEN YOU’LL GET MY VOTE. MORE SEATS FOR THE GREENS. AND IF WE HAD LIKE A MINORITY GOVERNMENT AND THE GREENS HELD A BALANCE OF POWER THAT WOULD BE WONDERFUL, YOU KNOW, LIKE HAPPENED IN B.C. RECENTLY SO DEFINITELY WANT TO SEW MORE SEATS FOR THE GREEN AND ELIZABETH MAY AND HER TEAM SO LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT. >>I THINK CLIMATE CHANGE WILL BE THE MOST IMPORTANT BUT, YES, THINGS LIKE IMMIGRATION AND HUMAN RIGHTS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES. >>I GUESS TO SEE WHO KEPT THEIR PROMISES AND IF I BELIEVE THE PROMISES COULD BE KEPT IN THE FUTURE. >>I’M WATCHING FOR PEOPLE IN CONTROL TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE GENERAL PUBLIC AND NOT JUST PERSONAL POLICIES. >>LIKE FOR US WE’RE CLOSE TO THE PENSION TO KEEP IT FAIR FOR EVERYBODY. >>IT’S A MIXTURE FROM BOTH PARTIES WHAT THEY ARE. [ UNCLEAR ] SO THEN AGAIN IT’S WHOLE PUBLIC AS A WHOLE WILL DECIDE WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN IN ELECTION. >>I’M WATCHING FOR A CANDIDATE WHO IS OPEN-MINDED AND DIVERSE AND I’M DEFINITELY INTERESTED TO SEE SOMEONE WHO IS INCLUSIVE TO ALL COMMUNITIES WHETHER THAT’S REFUGEE COMMUNITY, LGBTQ ALL THOSE SORTS OF POPULATIONS I THINK HAVE BEEN WRITE-OFF UNTIL NOW AND THIS YEAR THOSE GROUPS ARE GOING TO MAKE THEMSELVES HEARD AND WE’RE LOOKING FOR A CANDIDATE WHO CAN REPRESENT THEM AND PRIORITIZE THEM.>>Pete: PETER VAN DUSEN AS OUR COVERAGE HERE ON CPAC AND HERE IS A SHOT OF RIDEAU HALL. WE HAVE PEOPLE GATHERED ON THE EPS. I’M NOT SURE WHO THEY ARE BUT THEY WOULD BE LIBERAL SUPPORTERS PRESUMABLY READY FOR THE PRIME MINISTER TO COME AND SPEAK WITH REPORTERS AT THE PODIUM AND THAT SHOULD HAPPEN IN THE NEXT FEW MINUTES. LOOK WHAT’S HAPPENING OUT IN VICTORIA, THIS IS THE GREEN LEADER BUT SHE’S NOT REACTING TO THE WRIT DROP I’M TOLD. SHE’S TELLING PEOPLE WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN. >>WE’RE GOING TO BE HAPPY AND EXCITED AND GREAT SO I DON’T WANT YOU TO WASTE YOUR TIME APPLAUDING FOR ME NOW. I THINK EVERYBODY SHOULD KNOW…>>Peter: THE POOL CAMERA IS THERE AND WE’LL HEAR FROM HER AFTER WE HEAR PROTOCOL FROM THE PRIME MINISTER AND THEN FROM — SHE MUST BE WATCHING US. >>>HERE IS ME EXPLAINING IT YOU. [ LAUGHTER ]>>Pete: SORRY ABOUT THAT. WE’RE WATCHING EVERYBODY IN ELECTION CAMPAIGN, WE’RE CPAC SO THAT’S THE GREEN PARTY LAUNCH EVENT IN VICTORIA BRITISH COLUMBIA AND SHE’S DESCRIBE HOW IT’S GOING TO WORK. WE’VE HEARD FROM ANDREW SCHEER, WE’LL HEAR FROM JAGMEET SINGH AND THEN ELIZABETH MAY AND AS WELL THEN THE PARTIES FAN OUT AND DO CAMPAIGN EVENT ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND ANDREW SCHEER WILL BE IN TROIS-RIVIERES, GETTING THERE EVENTUALLY AND HIS PLANE HAS BEEN RE-ROUTED TO QUEBEC CITY BECAUSE OF FOG AND TROIS-RIVIERES WILL BUS FROM QUEBEC CITY TO TROIS-RIVIERES. AND WE HAVE A SHOT. WE’LL HEAR FROM THE BLOCK — IT’S US A SLOGAN THAT GENERATED CONTROVERSY IN SOME QUARTERS. IN A CONVERSATION I’LL HAVE WITH THE LEADER OF THE BLOC, YVES FRANCOIS AND THEY WILL BE AFTER THE NDP AND BEFORE ELIZABETH MAY. THEY’LL CYCLE THROUGH QUICKLY AFTER WE HEARD FROM THE PRIME MINISTER AND THE BLOC IS A STORY WE’LL WATCH BECAUSE OF THE TIGHT RACES IN QUEBEC. THE NEW LEADER SEEMS TO HAVE SETTLED THINGS DOWN. THEY ARE BACK IN THE GAME. SUSAN SMITH, TIM POWERS AND ROBIN McLAGHLIN WITH ME. WE WAIT FOR THE PRIME MINISTER. TALK ABOUT WHERE WE GO WITH THE CAMPAIGN AFTER THE FIRST COUPLE OF DAYS AND THAT TAKES ME TO A FIRST LARGER EVENT OF THE CAMPAIGN THE DEBATE TOMORROW NIGHT CARRIED HERE ON CPAC THE PRIME MINISTER CHOSE NOT TO TAKE PART. HE’LL DO THE TWO DEBATES AND A TWO FRENCH LANGUAGE DEBATES. >>THERE’S THE OFFICIAL DEBATES WHICH IS THE TWO. [ SPEAKING SIMULTANEOUSLY ]>>I THINK THAT’S IMPORTANT FOR PEOPLE TO KNOW. FOR FIRST TIME THERE’S BEEN AN OFFICIAL DEBATE COMMISSION PUT IN PLACE BEFORE THE ELECTION CAMPAIGN NETWORKS AND NEWS ORGANIZATIONS ARE PART OF THIS. THERE’S AN IMPARTIAL HEAD OF THE COMMISSION CANADIANS FAMILIAR WITH DAVID JOHNSTON THE FORMER GOVERNOR GENERAL SO THERE WERE TERMS AND DATES AND COVERAGE AND EVERYTHING WAS PUT TOGETHER BY THE DEBATE COMMISSIONER BUT THE PRIME MINISTER AGREED TO PARTICIPATE IN THOSE DEBATES.>>Peter: DIDN’T SAY THERE COULDN’T BE OTHER DEBATES. >>IT MEANS THERE’S NATIONAL CONSISTENT NATIONAL COVERAGE THAT WANT DATES ARE AHEAD OF TIME AND THERE’S NO MONKEYING AROUND WITH REGARDS TO THAT. >>HE’LL ALSO TAKE PART IN A QUEBEC DEBATE. HE CHOSE TO PARTICIPATE IN THAT. HE’LL DO THAT IN FRENCH AND — IT’S A BIG AUDIENCE — >>>THEN WHY NOT OTHER ONES BEYOND THE OTHER ONE. >>I GUESS THEY MADE A DETERMINATION THAT HE’S BETTER USED ON THE ROD AND ON THE HUSTHINGS AND HE’LL FOCUS ON THOSE DEBATES. >>I KNOW TOLD A COUPLE MINUTES TO THE PRIME MINISTER. >>IF IT’S A WELL-WATCHED DEBATE IT’S NOT A GOOD THING FOR THE PRIME MINISTER BECAUSE EACH OF THE THREE — HE WILL BE THE PINATA. >>LET’S COME BACK TO WATCH THIS AS THE PRIME MINISTER AND HIS WIFE GO TO THE PODIUM AND WILL MAKE IT OFFICIAL. THE CAMPAIGN IS, IN A MOMENT TELL US SHE’S AGREED TO LAUNCH THE CAMPAIGN TODAY THE GOVERNOR GENERAL AND WE’RE ON OUR WAY AND THE PRIME MINISTER WILL TELL US WHAT HE THINKS THE CAMPAIGN IS ABOUT.>>Rt. Hon. Mr. Trudeau: I WANT TO BEGIN BY RECALLING THE VICTIMS OF 9/11, 18 YEARS AGO THIS MORNING THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WERE MURDERED IN BRUTAL ABLTHS ACT OF TERROR IN THE UNITED STATES INCLUDING CANADIANS, AS WE PREPARE TO EXERCISE OUR DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS WE RECOGNIZE AND HONOUR THEIR LIVES. MAY THEIR MEMORIES BE A BLESSING TO US ALL. [ SPEAKING FRENCH ] [ VOICE OF TRANSLATOR ]: THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE AT RODE O’HALL WITH US THIS MORNING. A FEW MOMENTS AGO I MET WITH HER EXCELLENCY THE GOVERNOR GENERAL AND SHE AGREED TO MY REQUEST TO DISSOLVE PARLIAMENT. CANADIANS WILL GO TO THE POLLS ON OCTOBER 21st. [ END OF TRANSLATION ]>>Rt. Hon. Mr. Trudeau: AS CANADIANS WE GET TO MAKE AN IMPORTANT CHOICE ABOUT THE FUTURE OF OUR COUNTRY, WE GET TO DECIDE WHAT KIND OF FUTURE WE WANT TO BUILD TOGETHER. IN 2015 AFTER A DECADE OF FAILED CONSERVATIVE POLICY CANADA’S ECONOMY WAS FLAT, ECONOMIC GROWTH, JOB CREATION, WAGE GROWTH, ALL WERE STALLED THANKS TO A CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT THAT BELIEVED CUTS AND AUSTERITY WERE THE ANSWERS TO [ SPEAKING FRENCH ] [ VOICE OF TRANSLATOR ]: CANADIANS CHOSE A NEW TEAM WHO WAS READY TO INVEST IN PEOPLE AND IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. A TEAM THAT UNDERSTOOD THAT EVEN THOUGH WE MAY LIVE IN THE BEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD THERE IS ALWAYS ROOM TO DO BETTER AND EVEN THOUGH WE STILL HAVE A GREAT DEAL OF WORK TO DO, WE HAVE SPENT THE PAST FOUR YEARS IN EMPROVING THINGS AND WE HAVE THE RECORD TO PROVE IT. POVERTY HAS DROPPED, UNEMPLOYMENT IS AMONG THE LOWEST RATES EVER RECORDED AND JOB CREATION IS RISING. ALL THAT IS BECAUSE OUR TEAM REJECTED THE CUTS AND AUSTERITY OF THE HARPER YEARS AND IN THEIR PLACE WE DECIDED TO INVEST IN THE MIDDLE-CLASS AND IN THOSE WHO WORK HARD TO JOIN IT. >>Rt. Hon. Mr. Trudeau: BY CUTTING TAXES FOR THE MIDDLE-CLASS AND RAISING THEM ON THE WEALTHIEST 1%. WE STOPPED SENDING CHILD BENEFIT CHEQUES TO MILLIONAIRES SO WE COULD SEND MORE TO THE SINGLE PARENT WORKING TWO JOBS AND TO THE FAMILY OF FIVE THAT FALLS SHORT AT THE END OF THE MONTH. WE MADE THE CANADA PENSION PLAN STRONGER BECAUSE IN COUNTRY LIKE OURS, SENIORS SHOULDN’T STRUGGLE TO MAKE ENDS MEET. WE RENEGOTIATED NAFTA, SECURING TRADE ACCESS TO OUR LARGEST AND MOST IMPORTANT TRADING PARTNER AT A TIME OF U.S. PROTECTIONISM AND UNPREDICTABILITY. AND WE’RE CONSERVING MORE OF OUR NATURE AND ENSURING OUR AIR STAYS CLEAN AND WANT WATER STAYS SAFE BECAUSE WE OWE IT TO OUR KIDS AND TO OURSELVES TO TAKE CARE OF OUR ENVIRONMENT. THESE ARE THINGS THAT ARE MAKING A REAL DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLE’S LIVES AND THIS FALL CANADIANS ONCE AGAIN GET TO VOTE FOR THE KIND OF CANADA THEY WANT TO LIVE IN. >>>WE’VE ALL GOT A CHOICE TO MAKE, KEEP MOVING FORWARD AND BUILD ON PROGRESS WE’VE MADE OR GO BACK TO THE POLITICS OF THE HARPER YEARS, CONSERVATIVES LIKE TO SAY THEY’RE FOR THE PEOPLE BUT THEN THEY CUT TAXES FOR THE WEALTHY AND CUT SERVICES FOR EVERYBODY>>> [ SPEAKING FRENCH ] [ VOICE OF TRANSLATOR ]: BUT AS CANADIANS KNOW, THAT’S NOT HOW WE SHOULD BE DOING THINGS, CUTS ARE NOT GOING TO MAKE US RICH SXER THAT IS WHY OUR GOVERNMENT HAS CHOSEN TO MOVE OUR COUNTRY FORWARD. WE HAVE CHOSEN TO INVEST IN FAMILIES, WORKERS AND COMMUNITIES. WE CHOSE TO HAVE CONFIDENCE IN CANADIANS. OVER THE PAST FOUR YEARS OVER 1 MILLION NEW JOBS HAVE BEEN CREATED. WE NEGOTIATED NEW AGREEMENTS ON HEALTH WITH THE PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES AND WE INTRODUCED THE NEW CANADIAN CHILD BENEFIT THAT HELPS PARENTS BY GIVING THEM HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS TAX-FREE EVERY MONTH. WE HAVE BROUGHT, LIFTED 900,000 CANADIANS OUT OF POVERTY, 300,000 OF THEM WERE CHILDREN UNDER A LIBERAL GOVERNMENT CANADA WILL CONTINUE TO [ END OF TRANSLATION ]>>Rt. Hon. Mr. Trudeau: AT THE END OF THE DAY, POLITICS IS ABOUT PEOPLE. MAYBE YOU’RE A RECENT GRAD OR A NEW CANADIAN, MAYBE YOU’RE RAISING YOUR KIDS OR LIVING OUT YOUR GOLDEN YEARS IN RETIREMENT, WHOEVER YOU ARE, YOU DESERVE A REAL PLAN FOR YOUR FUTURE. WE’VE DONE A LOT TOGETHER THESE PAST FOUR YEARS BUT THE TRUTH IS WE’RE JUST GETTING STARTED. SO CANADIANS HAVE AN IMPORTANT CHOICE TO MAKE, WILL WE GO BACK TO THE FAILED POLICIES OF THE PAST OR WILL WE CONTINUE TO MOVE FORWARD. THAT’S THE CHOICE. IT’S THAT CLEAR AND IT’S THAT IMPORTANT. I’M FOR MOVING FORWARD FOR EVERYONE. MERCI. >>>GOOD MORNING, WITH THE “GLOBE AND MAIL,” WHAT IS YOUR GOVERNMENT TRYING TO HIDE BY REFUSING TO WAIF CABINET CONFIDENTIALITY SO THE RCMP CAN PROPERLY INVESTIGATE THE ROLE YOUR OFFICE PLACE IN THE SNC-LAVALIN CASE. >>Rt. Hon. Mr. Trudeau: WE GAVE OUT THE LARGEST AND MOST EXPANSIVE WAIVER OF CONFIDENCE IN CANADA’S HISTORY. >>>[ SPEAKING FRENCH ] [ VOICE OF TRANSLATOR ]:>>Rt. Hon. Mr. Trudeau: WE GAVE THE LARGEST AND MOST EXPANSIVE CONFIDENCE WAIVER IN CANADA’S HISTORY. >>ARE YOU GOING TO ASK IS THE PRIVY CLERK TO RAISE CONFIDENTIALITY. >>WE RESPECT THE DECISIONS MADE BY OUR PUBLIC SERVANTS AND MADE BY [ SPEAKING FRENCH ] [ VOICE OF TRANSLATOR ]: WE RESPECT THE DECISIONS MADE BY OUR PUBLIC SERVICE AND WE RESPECT THE DECISION MADE BY THE CLERK. >>Question: I’M CURIOUS AS TO YOU COME HERE TODAY HAVING FOUR — AFTER YOU TOOK POWER SAYING CONSERVATIVES ARE NOT OUR ENEMIES AND YET YOUR PARTY IS FIERCELY ATTACKING THE CONSERVATIVES DEMONIZING. WHAT DO YOU SAY TO YOUR CHILDREN WHEN YOU SPEAK ABOUT ANDREW SCHEER. >>Rt. Hon. Mr. Trudeau: AS I’VE SAID MANY TIMES, I DO NOT ENGAGE IN PERSONAL ATTACKS BUT I WILL BE VERY, VERY SHARP ON DISTINCTIONS AROUND POLICY, ON HOW ONE ENGAGES WITH CANADIANS AND THE VISION ONE PUTS FORWARD. THAT IS SOMETHING THAT CANADIANS DESERVE IN AN ELECTION TO SEE CLEAR CONTRASTS BETWEEN A VISION THAT IS OPEN, INCLUSIVE AND RESPECTFUL OF EVERYONE’S RIGHTS AND A PERSPECTIVE THAT SAYS THEY’RE FOR THE PEOPLE BUT THEN DELIVERS CUTS TO SERVICES AND CUTS TO TAXES [ VOICE OF TRANSLATOR ]:>>Rt. Hon. Mr. Trudeau: I WILL ALWAYS BE VERY CLEAR THAT I WILL MAKE NO PERSONAL ATTACKS BUT I WILL BE VERY, VERY CLEAR ON DISTINCTIONS BETWEEN POLICIES, OUR VISIONS FOR CANADA ARE VERY DIFFERENT, THE LIBERAL APPROACH IS POS IF I HAVE AND INCLUSIVE AND THE CONSERVATIVE APPROACH PROMOTES CUTS AND AUSTERITY. DURING THIS ELECTION CAMPAIGN WE WILL BE MAKING IT VERY CLEAR TO CANADIANS WHICH CHOICE THEY HAVE TO MAKE. >>Question: YOU SAID YOU TAKE RESPONSIBILITY YET YOU DISAGREED WITH THE ETHICS REPORT FINDINGS BUT IN ALL OF THIS TIME I DON’T THINK CANADIANS HAVE HEARD YOU EXPLAIN WHEN YOU PERSONALLY DID WRONG, WHAT WERE YOUR MISTAKES IN THAT AFFAIR. COULD YOU EXPLAIN TO US WHAT YOU FEEL WHERE YOU WENT WRONG. >>Rt. Hon. Mr. Trudeau: MY JOB AS PRIME MINISTER IS TO BE THERE TO STAND UP FOR AND DEFEND CANADIANS’ JOBS, WHETHER IT’S COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY OR PENSIONERS OR FAMILIES, I WILL ALWAYS DEFEND THE PUBLIC INTEREST AND I WILL ALWAYS DEFEND PEOPLE’S JOBS. I’VE BEEN UNEQUIVOCAL ABOUT THAT FROM THE BEGINNING AND THAT’S WHAT I WILL CONTINUE TO DO. >>Question: SO NO MISTAKES?>>Rt. Hon. Mr. Trudeau: >>GOOD MORNING, THE CANADIAN PRESS, YOU’VE TRIGGERED AN ELECTION TODAY AND YOU’RE ASKING CANADIANS TO VOTE FOR YOU. PERHAPS YOU COULD TELL CANADIANS WHEN THEY SHOULD TRUST YOU TO BE RETURNED TO POWER WHEN WE STILL DON’T KNOW ALL THE DETAILS OF THE SNC-LAVALIN AFFAIR DESPITE NUMEROUS ATTEMPTS AND SOME OF THAT HAS TO DO WITH COMMITTEES WITH A LIBERAL MAJORITY BLOCKING THOSE DETAILS COMING FORWARD. >>WE MADE A COMMITMENT TO CANADIANS TO GROW THE ECONOMY FOR THE MIDDLE-CLASS AND FOR PEOPLE WORKING HARD TO JOIN IT. THAT WAS THE HEART OF THE PROMISE WE GOT ELECTED AND WE’VE DELIVERED ON THAT BY WATCHING CANADIANS CREATE WELL OVER A MILLION JOBS AT THE SAME TIME AS 900,000 CANADIANS HAVE BEEN LIFTED OUT OF POVERTY. OUR COMMITMENT TO INVEST IN COMMUNITIES, OUR COMMITMENT TO SUPPORT AND MOVE FORWARD ON GIVING A REAL CHANCE TO INDIGENOUS PEOPLE TO SUCCEED BY ADVANCING RECONCILIATION, TO MOVE ON DEMONSTRATING THAT WE UNDERSTAND THAT GROWING THE ECONOMY AND PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT GOES TOGETHER EVERY STEP OF THE WAY. >>>AND IT’S NOT A CHOICE OF EITHER/OR ANYMORE. THESE ARE THE THINGS THAT WE COMMITTED TO CANADIANS TO DO AND THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT WE’VE DONE OVER THE PAST FOUR YEARS. WE ARE THE FIRST TO RECOGNIZE THERE’S A LOT MORE TO DO IS AND I’M VERY MUCH LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING OUT AND TALKING WITH CANADIANS FROM COAST-TO-COAS ABO R PLANS ABOUT BUILDING A BETTER CANADA MOVING FORWARD.>>Question: TODAY IS THE 18th ANNIVERSARY OF THE SEPTEMBER 11th ATTACKS WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO THOSE THAT CONTINUED BE SEEN AS INSENSITIVE TO CALL AN ELECTION ON THIS ANNIVERSARY. >>Rt. Hon. Mr. Trudeau: AS I SAID IN MY WORDS IN THE BEGINNING, THE EXERCISE OF OUR FUNDAMENTAL DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS, THE MOMENT TO ENGAGE AND REFLECTING ON HOW WE MOVE FORWARD WITH A BETTER FUTURE FOR EVERYONE IS A DEEPLY-HELD VALUE WITH WHICH WE CELEBRATE THE SUCCESSES AND THE TRAGEDIES OF THE PAST. WE REMEMBER ALL THE FAMILIES, ALL THE INDIVIDUALS LOST AND THE FAMILIES AFFECTED BY THE TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE ATTACKS OF SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2001, AND WE MOVE FORWARD IN PLEDGING OURSELVES EVERY DAY TO A BETTER, SAFER, MORE PROSPEROUS SOCIETY FOR EVERYONE AND THAT’S WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT.>>Question: Mr. TRUDEAU, YOU WERE VERY CLEAR ON BILL 21, YOU SAY YOU’RE AGAINST IT AND YOU BELIEVE IT’S A MISTAKE, NOW IF YOU COME BACK — IF YOU ARE RE-ELECTED, WILL YOUR GOVERNMENT CHALLENGE BILL 2 BEFORE THE COURTS OR BECOME INVOLVED IN A JUDICIAL CHALLENGE?>>Answer: I AM NOT IN AGREEMENT WITH BILL # 1, I DON’T BELIEVE IN A FREE SOCIETY WE SHOULD ALLOW DISCRIMINATION AGAINST ANYONE. I AM VERY GLAD THAT QUEBECERS THEMSELVES ARE CHALLENGING THE BILL BEFORE THE COURTS AND ARE DEFENDING THE CANADIAN CHARTER OF RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS, WE ARE CLOSELY FOLLOWING EVERYTHING THAT’S HAPPENING. WE ARE VERY CAREFULLY — WATCHING VERY CAREFULLY, BUT FOR NOW WE BELIEVE THAT IT WOULD BE COUNTER-PRODUCTIVE FOR A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO BECOME DIRECTLY INVOLVED.>>Rt. Hon. Mr. Trudeau: I AM DEEPLY OPPOSED TO BILL 21 IN QUEBEC. I DON’T THINK THAT IN A FREE SOCIETY WE SHOULD BE LEGITIMATIZING OR ALLOWING DISCRIMINATION AGAINST ANYONE. I’M VERY PLEASED THAT QUEBECERS THEMSELVES HAVE CHOSEN TO CONTEST THIS BILL IN COURT, TO STAND UP AND DEFEND THE CHARTER OF RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS. WE HAVE BEEN, I HAVE BEEN WATCHING VERY CLOSELY THE PROCESS AND CONSIDERING THE FEDERAL POTENTIAL ACTIONS AND AT THIS TIME I FEEL IT WOULD BE COUNTER-PRODUCTIVE FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO ENGAGE IN THIS [ SPEAKING FRENCH ] [ VOICE OF TRANSLATOR ]: BE COUNTER-PRODUCTIVE, IS THAT A DEFINITE DECISION, YOU WON’T BECOME INVOLVED REGARDLESS OF WHAT HAPPENS. >>AS I SAID, WE ARE FOLLOWING THE PROCESS CLOSELY AND AT THE MOMENT WE DON’T BELIEVE IT WOULD BE PRODUCTIVE TO BECOME INVOLVED. HOWEVER, WE WILL CONTINUE FOLLOWING THE PROCESS VERY CLOSELY AND WE WILL MAKE A DECISION AS AND WHEN IT BECOMES NECESSARY. >>>AT THIS TIME WE FEEL IT WOULD BE COUNTER-PRODUCTIVE FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO ENGAGE IN THE PROCESS WITH WHICH QUEBECERS ARE UNDERWAY BUT WE WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR CLOSELY AND EVALUATE OUR POSITION.>>Question: GOOD MORNING, HUFFPOST CANADIANS MILLENIALS MAKE UP A LARGE BLOCK OF THE VOTERS IN THIS ELECTION, HOW DO YOU PLAN TO REGAIN YOUNG PEOPLE’S TRUST THOSE WHO MIGHTING DISAPPOINTED YOU PROPS PROMISED TO BE DIFFERENT AND YOU TURNED OUT TO BE JUST LIKE EVERY OTHER POLITICIANS. >>I THINK CANADIANS HAVE SEEN THE TRANSFORMATION OVER THE LAST FOUR YEARS AS WE CREATED ECONOMIC GROWTH AND LIFTED PEOPLE OUT OF POVERTY AS WE MOVED FORWARD ON THE MOST AMBITIOUS LEADERSHIP EVER SEEN BY A CANADIAN GOVERNMENT ON PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT, AT THE SAME TIME AS WE CONTINUE TO PREPARE FOR FUTURE PROSPERITY FOR FAMILIES RIGHT ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THESE ARE THE THINGS THAT YOUNG CANADIANS EXPECT AND INDEED THAT ALL CANADIANS EXPECT AND I VERY MUCH LOOK FORWARD TO THE COMING WEEKS WHERE WE WILL BE ROLLING OUT A VERY AMBITIOUS PLATFORM DESIGNED TO HELP CANADIANS LOOK TOWARDS A FUTURE WITH EVEN MORE CONFIDENCE THAN THEY ALREADY HAVE IN THIS EXTRAORDINARY >>Question: [ SPEAKING FRENCH ] [ VOICE OF TRANSLATOR ]: Mr. TRUDEAU, COULD YOU PLEASE EXPLAIN WHY YOU BELIEVE THAT BECOMING ENGAGED IN A CHALLENGE OF BILL 21 IN QUEBEC IS COUNTER-PRODUCTIVE. YOU SAID YOU WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE PROCESS. WHAT MIGHT MAKE YOU CHANGE YOUR POSITION?>>Rt. Hon. Mr. Trudeau: WE FULLY UNDERSTAND THAT IN A FREE SOCIETY WE SHOULD NOT BE SUSPENDING FUNDAMENTALAL RIGHTS, WE SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWING AND LEGITIMATIZING DISCRIMINATION AGAINST ANY CITIZENS ON THE BASIS OF RELIGION ON OTHER GROUNDS. THAT IS WHY WE ARE OBVIOUSLY CONCERNED BY BILL 21 BUT AS I SAID QUEBECERS BE CHALLENGING THE BILL AND THEY ARE DEFENDING THE CHARTER OF RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS AND AS A QUEBECER, AS A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WE ARE MONITORING THE PROCESS VERY CLOSELY AND ARE GOING TO DETERMINE IF AND HOW AND CERTAINLY IF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD INTERVENE. AT THE MOMENT I BELIEVE IT WOULD BE COUNTER-PRODUCTIVE TO ENGAGE IN THE LEGAL PROCESS. THAT IS WHY WE HAVE A PLAN THAT IS NOT ONLY GOING TO INCLUDE TANGIBLE MEASURES TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT MORE THAN ANY OTHER GOVERNMENT IN CANADA’S HISTORY. AT THAT TIME, OUR PLAN WILL PREPARE FAMILIES, WORKERS AND OTHERS FOR A FUTURE IN WHICH NEW JOBS WILL BE TIED TO A GREENER AND CLEANER ECONOMY. WE HAVE AN AMBITIOUS PLAN THAT WILL BOTH PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT AND GROW THE ECONOMY. THAT IS WHAT WE SHOWED OVER THE PAST FOUR YEARS. I FIND IT VERY UNFORTUNATE THAT CONSERVATIVES STILL DO NOT UNDERSTAND THAT CLIMATE CHANGE IS A GENUINE THREAT, A GENUINE THREAT THAT WE WILL HAVE TO FACE WITH GENUINE TANGIBLE MEASURES. WE ARE ONCE AGAIN SEEING CANADIAN CONSERVATIVE RATHER POLITICIANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY SPENDING PUBLIC MONEY NOT TO HELP IN A GREEN SHIFT BUT TO CHALLENGE AND CONTEST THE PLAN THAT IS WORKING FOR CANADIANS. WE WILL CONTINUE TO DEMONSTRATE THROUGH OUR ACTIONS AND THROUGH OUR COMMITMENTS THAT CANADIANS CAN EXPECT CONCRETE LEADERSHIP BY GOVERNMENT THAT IS DETERMINED TO SHOW THAT ACTING AND FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE IS THE ONLY WAY TO PROTECT FUTURE GENERATIONS AS WELL AS CREATE THE ECONOMY WE NEED FOR THE FUTURE. AND BILL 21, WE WILL CLOSELY MONITOR EVERYTHING THAT’S HAPPENING WITH THE LEGAL PROCESS AND ASSESS OUR POSITION AS WE GO. BUT AS I SAID, I THINK IT WOULD BE COUNTERPRODUCTIVE TO ENGAGE NOW.>>Voice of Translator: ON THE SAME ISSUE, SECULARISM. YOU SAID FOR THE MOMENT. I WONDERED IF YOUR POSITION ON INTERVENING IN THE JUDICIAL PROCESS MIGHT HINGE ON WHETHER YOU END UP WITH A MAJORITY OR MINORITY GOVERNMENT.>>WE WILL ALWAYS DO WHAT’S NECESSARY TO DEFEND THE RIGHTS OF CANADIANS IN QUEBEC AND ACROSS CANADA. PEOPLE APPRECIATE AND THE CHARTER OF RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS WHICH PROTECTS OUR FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS, AND IN A FREE SOCIETY WE SHOULD NOT LEGITIMIZE DISCRIMINATION AGAINST ANYONE.>>Voice of Translator: WHAT WILL YOU TELL PEOPLE WHO ACCUSE YOU OF COMPROMISING YOUR VALUES OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION?>>Voice of Translator: SO IN ORDER NOT TO OFFEND QUEBECERS?>>I’VE ALWAYS BEEN VERY CLEAR. I DON’T THINK THERE’S A SINGLE QUEBECER WHO FAILS TO UNDERSTAND I’M OPPOSE TODAY BILL 21 AND MY RESPONSIBILITY AS PRIME MINISTER IS ALWAYS TO DEFEND THE RIGHTS OF ALL CANADIANS. THAT IS WHY I’M VERY PLEASED THAT QUEBECERS THEMSELVES ARE CHALLENGING BILL 21 BEFORE THE COURTS. [ End of Translation ]>>IN VANCOUVER. IS IT BECAUSE IT’S RIGHT NEXT-DOOR TO YOUR FORMER JUSTICE MINISTER NOW RIVAL JODY WILSON-RAYBOULD?>>Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau: IN 2015, WE LAUNCHED OUR ELECTION CAMPAIGN BY ATTENDING THE PRIDE PARADE IN VANCOUVER AND LAUNCHED IN RIGHT ACROSS THE COUNTRY. YOU MAY REMEMBER THAT THERE WERE MANY FOLKS ASSEMBLED HERE TODAY AND IN THE PRESS GALLERY ACROSS THE CITY WHO DECRIED THAT IT WAS A TERRIBLE MISTAKE TO NOT BE HERE IN OTTAWA FOR THE ELECTION LAUNCH BY THE LIBERAL CAMPAIGN. WE DEMONSTRATED THAT CAMPAIGNS HAPPEN OUT THERE ACROSS CANADA, AND LAUNCHING THE CAMPAIGN IN MY SECOND HOME OF BRITISH COLUMBIA FELT RIGHT BOTH IN 2015 AND IT FEELS RIGHT RIGHT NOW IN 2019. I CAN’T WAIT TO GET OUT TO B.C. THIS AFTERNOON, BUT I’M VERY MUCH LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING RIGHT ACROSS THE COUNTRY IN THE COMING WEEKS. THERE ARE A LOT OF CANADIANS TO TALK TO ABOUT THE IMPORTANT CHOICE THEY’RE FACING ABOUT WHETHER WE MOVE FORWARD OR WE GO BACK TO THE HARPER YEARS. I KNOW THAT CANADIANS ARE EXCITED ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITIES AHEAD OF US, AND I AM EXCITED TO ROLL UP MY SLEEVES AND KEEP WORKING FOR THEM EVERY SINGLE DAY. [ Speaking in French ]>>Voice of Translator: IN 2015, WE DECIDED TO LAUNCH OR ELECTION CAMPAIGN IN VANCOUVER, EVEN THOUGH MANY PEOPLE SAID IT WOULD BE A MISTAKE NOT TO BE IN OTTAWA WHEN THE CAMPAIGN KICKED OFF. WE SHOWED THAT AN ELECTION CAMPAIGN IS SOMETHING YOU RUN ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND NOT JUST IN OTTAWA, AND THAT’S WHY I’M SO HAPPY TO BE GOING TO VANCOUVER, WHICH IS MY SECOND HOME. THAT’S WHERE I’LL BE THIS AFTERNOON TO KICK OFF THE CAMPAIGN IN THE WEST, AND OVER THE COMING DAYS AND WEEKS, WE ARE GOING TO BE TRAVELLING ACROSS CANADA TO HAVE CONVERSATION ON WHAT CHOICES CANADIANS WILL MAKE FOR THE FUTURE. WHERE WE CONTINUE TO — WILL WE CONTINUE TO MOVE FORWARD OR WILL WE GO BACKWARDS TO THE HARPER YEARS? [ End of Translation ] QUESTIONS OF ETHICS. HOW WOULD YOU RESPOND TO THEIR CRITIQUE THAT YOU ARE INAUTHENTIC GOING INTO THIS CAMPAIGN?>>Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau: I THINK CANADIANS KNOW VERY WELL THAT I AM FOCUSED ON MAKING THE RIGHT CHOICES FOR CANADIANS AND MOVING FORWARD IN A WAY THAT BENEFITS THE MIDDLE CLASS, PEOPLE WORKING HARD TO JOIN IT, THAT MOVES FORWARD ON RECONCILIATION WITH INDIGENOUS PEOPLES. THAT DEMONSTRATES THE ONLY WAY TO BUILD A STRONG ECONOMY MOVING FORWARD IS TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT AT THE SAME TIME. WE ARE ALL IN FOR GETTING A BETTER FUTURE FOR CANADIANS, AND THAT’S WHY WE CHOOSE FORWARD. MERCI TOUT LE MONDE.>>Voice of Translator: THANK YOU, EVERYONE. [ End of Translation ]>>Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau: GREAT CANADIANS.>>Peter: PETER VAN DUSEN WATCHING ALONG WITH YOU. SO THE CAMPAIGN OFFICIALLY UNDER WAY NOW WITH THE FORMALITIES OF THE VISITS TO THE GOVERNOR-GENERAL BY THE PRIME MINISTER NOW OUT OF THE WAY. JUSTIN TRUDEAU, THE PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA. YOU’LL HEAR HIM REFERRED TO A LOT NOW AS THE CAMPAIGN IS UNDER WAY NOW, AS THE LIBERAL LEADER AS A SORT OF SENSE OF NEUTRALITY AS THE CAMPAIGN GETS UNDER WAY WITH HIS WIFE, SOPHIE GREGOIRE-TRUDEAU NOW HEADING BACK. IN SHORT ORDER, HE’LL BE ON A PLANE TO VANCOUVER FOR THE NEXT CAMPAIGN EVENT, THE FIRST BIG ONE I GUESS FOR THE LIBERALS, AND THAT WILL BE IN THE RIDING OF VANCOUVER KINGSWAY TONIGHT AROUND 9 p.m. EASTERN TIME, 6:00 PACIFIC. A COUPLE QUICK THINGS TO PICK UP ON BEFORE WE GET TO OUR PANEL AND REMIND YOU THAT THE NEXT PODIUM YOU’LL BE WATCHING IS IN LONDON, ONTARIO, AND THAT WILL BE THE N.D.P. LEADER JAGMEET SINGH. HE WILL BE NEXT FROM THE LEADERS WE HEAR. BUT LET’S QUICKLY TOUCH ON SOME OF THE THINGS JUSTIN TRUDEAU TALKED ABOUT. HE TALKED ABOUT THE CHOICE FOR CANADIANS IN THE CAMPAIGN. SURELY YOU’LL HEAR A LOT ABOUT THAT. WHEN IT CAME TIMES TO QUESTIONS OF COURSE, HE WAS FACED RIGHT OUT OF THE GATE WITH QUESTIONS ABOUT SNC-LAVALIN. AND REPORTS TODAY IN THE “GLOBE AND MAIL” THAT THE RCMP IS BEING HAMPERED IN ITS ABILITY TO LOOK INTO WHETHER ANY WRONGDOING TOOK PLACE IN THE SNC-LAVALIN AFFAIR BECAUSE OF THE ISSUE OF CABINET CONFIDENCE. YOU HEARD THE PRIME MINISTER SAYING NO INTENTION OF GETTING INVOLVED IN WAIVING CABINET CONFIDENCE. THAT’S BEING LEFT TO THE CLERK OF THE PRIVY COUNCIL, NOT A PRIME MINISTER’S DECISION, IS WHAT HE’S SUGGESTING. ALSO TALKED ABOUT HIS POSITION ON PERSONAL ATTACKS AND WHAT ROLE THEY MIGHT PLAY IN THE CAMPAIGN, AND A LOT OF QUESTIONS ABOUT BILL 21. THE SECULARISM BILL IN THE PROVINCE OF QUEBEC THAT BANS FACE COVERINGS FOR PEOPLE IN POSITIONS OF AUTHORITY IN THE PUBLIC SERVICE THROUGHOUT THE PROVINCE OF QUEBEC, AND THERE ARE COURT CHALLENGES TO THAT BUT FOR THE TIME BEING THE PRIME MINISTER SAYS IT WOULD NOT BE PRODUCTIVE FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO GET INVOLVED IN COURT CHALLENGES. HE’S GOING TO CONTINUE TO WATCH THE FALL. NOT EXACTLY SURE WHAT THAT MEANS. BUT THE TIME BEING, FOR THE TIME BEING HE SAYS THERE WILL BE NO FEDERAL INVOLVEMENT IN A COURT CHALLENGE TO BILL 21 IN QUEBEC AND SO WE’LL SEE AS THERE WILL BE OTHER QUESTIONS FOR OTHER LEADERS OBJECT THAT AS WELL TODAY I’M SURE AND WE’LL SEE HOW THEY RESPOND TO THAT POSITION. ALL RIGHT. SUSAN POWERS, ROBERT McLAUGHLIN. A COUPLE MINUTES TO TALK ABOUT JUSTIN TRUDEAU BEFORE WE GET TO THE N.D.P. LEADER JAGMEET SINGH. SO WE PREDICTED AND YOU PREDICTED –>>LOTTERY TICKET.>>Peter: HE WOULDN’T RAISE IT IN HIS OPENING STATEMENT AND HE DIDN’T BUT HE FACED THOSE QUESTIONS FROM SNC-LAVALIN. DID HE ANSWER THE CONCERN?>>I THINK HE D.A COUPLE THINGS I’D LIKE TO POINT OUT. THERE WAS A BIG CONTRAST BETWEEN THE PRIME MINISTER’S MESSAGE TONE VISUALS THAN THERE WAS WITH ANDREW SCHEER THIS MORNING. SCHEER WAS ON THE TARMAC BY HIMSELF LOOKING ANGRY, NOT WITH A TEAM BEHIND HIM, NOT WITH A SNAPSHOT OF CANADIANS BEHIND HIM. AND YOU HAD THE PRIME MINISTER STANDING IN FRONT OF A SNAPSHOT OF CANADIANS AND A SNAPSHOT OF THE LANDSCAPE JUST TALKING ABOUT, YOU KNOW, REFERRING TO WHAT WE WERE TALKING ABOUT BEFORE, SHOWING THAT HIS GOVERNMENT OR TRYING TO SHOW THAT HIS GOVERNMENT IS REPRESENTATIVE OF ALL CANADIANS AND SPEAKS FOR ALL CANADIANS. YES, HE TALKED ABOUT HIS RECORD AND THE THINGS THAT THEY’RE PROUD OF. HE CHARGED POSITIONS HIMSELF RIGHT FROM THE GET-GO, THE CONTRAST BETWEEN THE WORK, THAT THERE’S WORK STILL TO BE DONE AND CHOOSING TO GO FORWARD VERSUS GOING BACK. ON THE QUESTIONING FROM REPORTERS, YES, HE GOT THE S.N.C. QUESTION RIGHT OFF THE HOP. WE PREDICTED THAT. LET’S GO GET A LOTTERY TICKET, GUYS. MAYBE WE CAN PREDICT THE NUMBERS FOR THE NEXT LOTTERY, BUT IT WASN’T THE ONLY QUESTION THAT GOT ASKED. AND THAT, I THINK, SHOWS TO ME THAT JOURNALISTS AND CANADIANS REALIZE THERE ARE OTHER ISSUES OF IMPORTANCE TO CANADIANS.>>Peter: IT WAS INTERESTING TO ME, THE ONLY QUESTION THAT GOT ASKED BUT THE TONE OF THE QUESTIONS, THE NATURE OF THE QUESTIONS WERE ALL, I THOUGHT, CHALLENGING, CHALLENGING THE PRIME MINISTER OVER HIS BEHAVIOUR OR HIS PAST, HIS PAST, YOU KNOW, PRONOUNCEMENTS ON THE WAY HE WAS GOING TO BE AS A PRIME MINISTER. SO THERE WEREN’T ANY — THERE WEREN’T A LOT OF QUESTIONS TELL ME MORE ABOUT THE PLATFORM. THERE WERE QUESTIONS ABOUT YOU SAID YOU WOULDN’T RAISE PERSONAL ATTACKS. YOU’RE DOING IT. YOU KNOW, YOU — A PROBLEM AREA’S OF COURSE BILL 21 AND SO ON. SO I MEAN — AND THAT’S WHAT YOU EXPECT REPORTERS TO DO AT A CAMPAIGN LAUNCH.>>RIGHT.>>YOU EXPECT THEM TO TAKE ON, YOU KNOW, THE MESSAGE TRACK FROM POLITICIANS SO WE SAW SOME OF THAT. TIM, WHAT DO YOU THINK?>>WELL, THE PRIME MINISTER’S BOX, HE DID A LOT OF WEAVING. NOT A LOT OF THE BOBBING. HE WE HAVE HAD OUT OF THE — WEAVED AWAY ON SNC-LAVALIN, THE “GLOBE AND MAIL” STORY TODAY. AS WE SAID WE EXPECTED THAT TO HAPPEN. YOU CAN SEE, FROM YOUR PEERS, THAT THEY’RE NOT PREPARED TO ACCEPT THE MESSAGE TRACK IF THEY CAME BACK AT IT A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT TIMES. I SUSPECT THAT WILL CONTINUE. THAT’S IN PART WHAT SCHEER STARTED THE DAY. YES, HE HAD A NICE RENT-A-CROWD. POLITICIANS DO THAT, GREAT VISUALS. I THINK YOU SAW JUSTIN TRUDEAU IN THE WAY YOU PROBABLY EXPECTED HIM TO BE, THE OVERPERFORMING PRIME MINISTER SETTING UP THE CONTRAST THAT HE WANTS. I THINK, YOU KNOW, I ACTUALLY FOUND TONDA’S QUESTIONING KIND OF INTERESTING, TONDA MacCHARLES FROM THE “TORONTO STAR” WHEN SHE ASKED WHAT DO YOU ACTUALLY THINK OF ANDREW SCHEER? AND AS A PERSON? BECAUSE A LOT OF THE CRITICISM THE LIBERALS HAVE BEEN LEVYING ON MR. SCHEER ON CERTAIN SOCIAL ISSUES IS YOU DON’T GIVE US A PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE. THE PRIME MINISTER WAS GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO THAT, AND HE DIDN’T FOR PERHAPS OBVIOUS REASONS. SO I DON’T KNOW I DON’T THINK — I DON’T THINK HE’S BEATEN BACK THE ZEST FOR DISCUSSION ON THIS. HE’S GOING TO HOLD THE LINE. IT’S A STANDARD APPROACH FOR INCUMBENT GOVERNMENTS BUT I SUSPECT FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS ANYWAY, HE’S GOING TO HAVE TO GET HIT ON IT. I’M SURE THE “GLOBE AND MAIL” HAS OTHER ELEMENTS.>>IN ABOUT 15 SECONDS BECAUSE JAGMEET SINGH IS COMING TO THE PODIUM.>>HE TALKED A LOT ABOUT NOT WANTING TO GO BACK TO THE HARPER DAYS WHEN ANSWERING QUESTIONS ABOUT SNC-LAVALIN. I WAS VERY MUCH REMINDED OF STEPHEN HARPER NOT ANSWERING THE QUESTIONS. HE’S GOING TO GET DOGGED BY IT ESPECIALLY IN THE DEBATES HE CHOOSES TO ATTEND.>>HERE’S JAGMEET SINGH. LET’S LISTEN IN.>>AND THE WENDAT PEOPLES. 18 YEARS AGO ATERRORIST ATTACK HIT THE UNITED STATES AND SHOCKED THE WORLD. CANADIANS REACHED OUT WITH COMPASSION AND CARE, AND I WANT TO JUST TAKE A MOMENT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THOSE WHO LOST THEIR LIFE, THEIR FRIENDS AND FAMILY THAT CONTINUE TO BE IMPACTED BY THAT LOSS, THE AND THE FIRST RESPONDERS WHO RESPONDED SO COURAGEOUSLY. FRIENDS, WE ARE HERE IN LONDON, BEAUTIFUL CITY, A CITY I SPENT FIVE YEARS OF MY LIFE WHEN I WENT TO WESTERN. I’VE GOT TO SAY IT WAS THE CITY WHERE I SPENT SOME OF — HAD SOME OF MY BEST MEMORIES AND SOME OF MY TOUGHEST. THIS IS A CITY WHERE MY BROTHER CAME TO LIVE WITH ME. I TOOK HIM IN. I TOOK CARE OF HIM. IT’S A TIME WHEN WE WENT THROUGH A LOT OF STRUGGLES. I HAD A WORK A LOT OF JOBS TO MAKE ENDS MEET. DURING THAT TIME THAT A LOT OF FRIENDS AND FAMILY SFEPD — STEPPED UP AND HELPED ME OUT. THEY HELPED OUT WITH FOOD AND SUPPORT AND IT REMINDED ME OF A GREAT CANADIAN VALUE. I WOULDN’T HAVE GOT THROUGH THOSE TOUGH TIMES WITHOUT THEIR SUPPORT, AND THAT’S WHAT CANADIANS BELIEVE IN. WE BELIEVE IN TAKING CARE OF ONE ANOTHER. [ Applause ]>>WHOO!>>The Chair: JAGMEET SINGH: NOW YOU ALL KNOW I LOVE CANADA AND I BELIEVE WE CAN MAKE IT EVEN BETTER. EARLIER TODAY I HAD A CHANCE TO SPEAK WITH JESSICA, NANCY AND JACK. JESSICA IS PREGNANT AND A CANCER SURVIVOR. SHE TOLD ME ABOUT HOW DIFFICULT IT WAS AND HOW DIFFICULT IT IS FOR HER TO AFFORD THE MEDICATION THAT SHE NEEDS WITHOUT THE COVERAGE. IT’S CRUSHING. I MET NANCY AND JACK, WHO ARE BOTH RETIRED, AND THEY TOLD ME ABOUT HOW THEY CONTINUE TO WORRY ABOUT OUT-OF-POCKET HEALTH CARE EXPENSES. THEY DON’T KNOW WHEN THE NEXT EXPENSE IS GOING TO COME UP. THEY DON’T KNOW HOW MUCH IT’S GOING TO COST FOR DENTAL CARE OR IF THEY NEED NEW GLASSES, AND THEY’RE WORRIED. NOW, I BELIEVE WE CAN DO BETTER FOR PEOPLE LIKE NANCY, JACK AND JESSICA. BUT WE CAN DO THAT ONLY IF WE HAVE THE COURAGE TO TAKE ON THE POWERFUL INTERESTS AT THE VERY TOP. WE CAN EXPAND OUR MEDICARE SYSTEM TO INCLUDE MEDICATION FOR ALL, PHARMACARE FOR ALL, AND, TEND IT BEYOND THAT TO INCLUDE DENTAL CARE, VISION AND HEARING CARE AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES. [ Applause ] WE CAN DO THAT, BUT ONLY IF WE HAVE THE COURAGE TO TAKE ON THE LOBBYISTS AND THE CORPORATE INTERESTS. WE CAN BUILD 500,000 NEW AFFORDABLE HOMES ACROSS THIS COUNTRY AND TACKLE THE HOUSING CRISIS. WE CAN DO THAT, BUT ONLY IF WE HAVE THE COURAGE TO TAKE ON MONEY LAUNDERERS AND SPECULATORS THAT KEEP ON RISING UP THE COST OF HOUSING. AND WE CAN PROVIDE RELIEF FOR INDICATED WHO ARE PAYING SOME OF THE HIGHEST COSTS IN THE WORLD FOR CELL PHONES AND INTERNET SERVICES. WE CAN DO THAT, BUT ONLY IF WE HAVE THE COURAGE TO TAKE ON THE BIG TELECOM LOBBYISTS. WE CAN FIGHT NOW. WE CAN ACT NOW TO TAKE ON THE CLIMATE CRISIS AND BUILD 300,000 NEW QUALITY JOBS, BUT ONLY IF WE HAVE THE COURAGE TO TAKE ON THE BIG POLLUTERS AND TO END THE FOSSIL FUEL SUBSIDIES. [ Applause ] [ Speaking in French ]>>Voice of Translator: WE ARE LIVING IN A COUNTRY WHERE THE WEALTHY ARE BECOMING WEALTHIER, WHERE THE MAJORITY OF CANADIANS DOES NOT HAVE ACCESS TO THE SAME BENEFITS, A COUNTRY WHERE THE CONSERVATIVES AND LIBERAL GOVERNMENTS HAVE CREATED A SYSTEM THAT BENEFITS THE RICH AND LEAVES THE REST OF US BY THE WAYSIDE. [ End of Translation ] WORDS AND EMPTY PROMISES. HE SAID THE RIGHT THINGS, BUT HE DIDN’T DO THEM. BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, JUSTIN TRUDEAU DOES WHATEVER THE WEALTHY AND POWERFUL CORPORATIONS WANT HIM TO DO. IT’S CLEAR JUSTIN TRUDEAU ISN’T WHO HE PRETENDED TO BE. AND AS YOU SHARE THE CONSERVATIVES ARE NOT THE ANSWER. THEY ARE GOING TO CUT TAXES FOR THE WEALTHY, BUT THEY’RE GOING TO CUT SERVICES THAT YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES COUNT ON. YOU’LL PAY THE PRICE WITH AN EVEN WORSE, WITH EVEN MORE EXPENSIVE HEALTH CARE AND EVEN MORE EXPENSIVE MEDICATION AND EVEN WORSENING CLIMATE CRISIS. MES AMIS — [ Speaking in French ]>>Voice of Translator: MY FRIENDS, AT EVERY ELECTION, THE LIBERALS AND CONSERVATIVES MAKE A WHOLE SERIES OF PROMISES THAT ALL TOO OFTEN DO NOT KEEP THEIR WORD. WHEN IT COMES TO TWO THINGS, BETWEEN THE INTERESTS OF THE PEOPLE OR THE INTERESTS OF MAJOR MULTINATIONALS, THEIR CHOICE IS CLEAR. THEY CHOOSE THE OIL COMPANIES AND THE PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES. IF WE WANT THINGS TO BE DIFFERENT, WE NEED TO MAKE DIFFERENT CHOICES. IN THESE ELECTIONS, THE CHOICE WILL BE VERY CLEAR. WHO CAN YOU COUNT ON TO FIGHT FOR YOU, TO BE IN IT FOR YOU? [ End of Translation ] DOWN TO A REALLY CLEAR QUESTION. WHO CAN YOU COUNT ON TO FIGHT FOR YOU? WHEN I WAS A KID — [ Interjection ] RIGHT. WHEN I WAS A KID I NEVER IMAGINED THAT SOMEONE THAT LOOKED LIKE ME WOULD BE RUNNING TO BE PRIME MINISTER. PEOPLE TOLD ME TIME AND TIME AGAIN THE THINGS THAT I COULDN’T DO. BUT NOW KIDS RUN UP AND SAY, SEEING YOU DO THIS, I FEEL LIKE I COULD DO ANYTHING. AND THAT’S INSPIRATIONAL. [ Applause and cheering ] WE HAVE AN EXCITING OPPORTUNITY OVER THE NEXT 40 DAYS. WE ARE GOING TO BRING A HOPEFUL MESSAGE TO CANADIANS THAT WE CAN BUILD THE COUNTRY OF OUR DREAMS, A COUNTRY WHERE EVERYONE HAS A PLACE TO CALL HOME, HEALTH CARE WHEN THEY NEED IT. CLEAN WATER TO DRINK AND CLEAN AIR TO BREATHE, GOOD JOBS AND A BRIGHT FUTURE. YOU KNOW, EVERYWHERE I GO, I MEET HARD-WORKING PEOPLE WHO WANT TO BE TREATED FAIRLY AND WANT TO BUILD A GOOD LIFE FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILY. THESE ARE THE PEOPLE NEW DEMOCRATS HAVE ALWAYS WORKED FOR. THESE ARE THE PEOPLE I’M IN IT FOR. THANK YOU. [ Applause and cheering ] THANK YOU VERY MUCH AND I’M READY TO TAKE ANY OF YOUR QUESTIONS.>>I HAVE A QUESTION.>>WE’LL START RIGHT HERE.>>CTV SOME NEWS, KEVIN GAL DER. PLPT SINGH, LAUNCHING YOUR CAMPAIGN THE POLLING NUMBERS WE SEE OF COURSE ARE LOWER THAN OWES WHEN TOM MULCAIR WAS VOTED OUT OF THE PARTY. PUNDITS ARE SAYING THE PARTY’S IN TROUBLE, YOU KNOW, THAT YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE A VERY DIFFICULT TIME HOLDING ONTO WHAT YOU HAVE IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS. WHAT’S YOUR STRATEGY GIVEN THAT CONTEXT?>>WELL, YOU KNOW WE’RE LOOKING AT WHAT’S GOING ON RIGHT NOW IN CANADA, AND WHAT I’M HEARING FROM PEOPLE IS THAT THEY ARE DONE WITH GOVERNMENTS THAT SEEM TO CONTINUALLY PRIORITIZE MAKING IT EASIER FOR THE VERY RICH AND MAKING IT HARDER FOR THEM. THEY WANT SOMEONE WHO’S GOING TO STAND UP AND EXPAND OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. THE QUESTIONS THAT I KEEP ON HEARING ABOUT HOW HARD IT IS TO PAY FOR MEDICATION REALLY PLAGUE ME, AND I THINK ABOUT THE FACT THAT WE ARE IN THIS POSITION BECAUSE GOVERNMENTS HAVE CHOSEN TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR BIG PHARMA INSTEAD OF MAKING IT EASIER FOR PEOPLE AND I’M CONFIDENT THAT PEOPLE SEEING US CHAMPIONS WANT TO PUT THEM AT THE CENTRE AND HEART OF EVERYTHING WE DO. [ Applause ]>>ON THAT SUBJECT OF AFFORDABILITY OF COURSE, WE’RE IN LONDON, ONTARIO, HOME OF GENERAL DYNAMICS. THE CONTRACT THAT HAS THE LABS GOING TO SAUDI ARABIA, A CONTRACT THAT YOU WOULD CANCEL IF YOU WERE PRIME MINISTER. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO WORKERS HERE THAT DEPEND ON THOSE TYPES OF CONTRACTS FOR THEIR LIVELIHOODS?>>I TELL THOSE WORKERS THAT CANADA HAS A LOT OF MEAT IN OUR OWN MILITARY SERVICES, THAT THERE’S A LOT OF NEED AND CONTRACTS WE COULD SATISFY HERE IN CANADA AND THOSE HARD-WORKING PEOPLE SHOULD CONTINUE TO HAVE THOSE CONTRACTS HERE IN CANADA. OR IN JURISDICTIONS WHERE THERE’S NOT OPPRESSIVE REGIME LIKE IN SAUDI ARABIA. IF THERE’S ANY EXPECT OF A TIME WHEN WE SHOULD BE CANCELLING AN ARMS DEAL, IT’S IN THE EXAMPLE WHERE WE’VE GOT A COUNTRY THAT’S ALLEGED TO HAVE COMMITTED MURDER OF A JOURNALIST, THAT’S INVOLVED IN AN ONGOING KILLING OF THE PEOPLE OF YEMEN, AND THAT HAS BEEN IMPLICATED IN HORRIBLE HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS OF ITS OWN CITIZENS. THIS IS A CASE THAT CALLS OUT FOR ENDING THAT AGREEMENT BUT CONTINUE WITH CONTRACTS HERE IN CANADA SO THAT WE CONTINUE TO MAINTAIN THOSE JOBS. [ Applause ]>>Voice of Translator: RADIO-CANADA. I’M SORRY. THERE WAS APPLAUSE AND I MISSED THE QUESTION.>>CHRISTIAN [ Unclear ] RADIO-CANADA. THE RCMP SEEMS TO HAVE SOME DIFFICULTY IN QUESTIONING PEOPLE WHILE INVESTIGATING THE SNC-LAVALIN AFFAIR. IF CABINET CONFIDENTIALITY WERE LIFTED, DO YOU REALLY BELIEVE WE’D LEARN SOMETHING NEW?>>Voice of Translator: YES, ABSOLUTELY, BECAUSE MINISTER SAID THAT THEY HAD THINGS TO SHARE, BUT BECAUSE THEY WERE NOT PERMITTED TO BECAUSE OF CABINET CONFIDENTIALITY, THEY WERE UNABLE TO GIVE THE FULL STORY TO THE ETHICS COMMISSIONER, FOR EXAMPLE. SO THE COMMISSIONER SAID IN HIS REPORT THAT HE HAD BEEN APPROACHED BY MINISTER SAWATINTO SHARE THEIR STORIES BUT COULD NOT BECAUSE CABINET CONFIDENTIALITY HAD NOT BEEN WAIVED.>>Voice of Translator: ARE YOU GOING TO CHAMPION REGULAR, ORDINARY CANADIANS? EVERYBODY WANTS TO HELP THE MIDDLE CLASS. THE LIBERALS AND THE CONSERVATIVES SEEM TO HAVE A NATIONAL CAMPAIGN. YOU HAVE FEWER MEANS AND YOU SEEM TO BE AIMING FOR MORE REGIONAL CAMPAIGN. WHY SHOULD PEOPLE VOTE FOR YOU IF YOU HAVE A LOWER CHANCE OF FORMING THE GOVERNMENT?>>Voice of Translator: WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A NATIONAL CAMPAIGN. WE ARE GOING TO TRAVEL ACROSS CANADA, BUT HERE’S THE ISSUE. CONSERVATIVES ARE SAYING THAT THEY’RE THERE FOR ORDINARY CANADIANS BUT WHAT’S THEIR RECORD? THEY HAVE ALWAYS CUT THE SERVICES PEOPLE NEED. THEY HAVE CUT SERVICES LIKE HEALTH AND EDUCATION AND THE EVIDENCE IS THERE. HERE IN ONTARIO, THEY CUT ALL THE SERVICES THAT PEOPLE REALLY NEEDED SO WHAT THEY’RE DOING IS ABSOLUTELY CLEAR. IF WE LOOK AT THEIR RECORDS, FOR THE LIBERALS, IF THEY HAD TO CHOOSE AND THE CONSERVATIVES DO, TOO. IF THEY HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN PRIORITIZING MAJOR CORPORATIONS AND THE PEOPLE, THEY ALWAYS CHOSE CORPORATIONS. SO WHO IS IN IT FOR YOU? IT’S THE N.D.P., WHO HAVE ALWAYS SHOWN THAT THEY WERE THERE TO FIGHT FOR ORDINARY CANADIANS. [ Applause ] [ End of Translation ]>>HI, MR. SINGH. HANNAH THIBEDEAU, CBC NATIONAL NEWS. I JUST WANT TO ASK YOU, FOLLOWING UP ON KEVIN’S QUESTION. YOU SAY WE’RE TALKING ABOUT PROBLEMS WITH THE CAMPAIGN ALREADY AS WE HEAD IN. WHAT DO YOU PERSONALLY HAVE TO DO TO MOVE FORWARD AND GET OVER A LOT OF THESE HURDLES?>>WELL, WE’RE SHOWING PEOPLE RIGHT NOW WITH OUR COMMITMENTS. WE’RE COMMITTED TO CHANGING THE WAY THINGS ARE DONE IN POLITICS. WE WANT TO DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY AND I BELIEVE IT CAN BE DONE. WE’VE SEEN THE PAST NUMBER OF YEARS THE RECORD HAS BEEN THAT GOVERNMENTS IN OTTAWA REALLY HAVEN’T RESPONDED TO THE NEEDS OF PEOPLE. I GIVE YOU ONE CONCRETE EXAMPLE. WHEN IT COMES TO THE COST OF MEDICATION, SOMETHING THAT IS PLAGUING CANADIANS, SOMETHING THAT PEOPLE WORRIED ABOUT. WE LOOK AT THE COMMITMENTS MADE BY MR. TRUDEAU. HE PROMISED TO REDUCE THE COST OF MEDICATION BY A SIMPLE CHANGE THAT WOULD HAVE JUST SET A LIST OF DIFFERENT COUNTRIES TO COMPARE OUR PRICES TO. HE ABANDONED THAT COMMITMENT AND WE WONDER WHY. WELL, IN FOUR YEARS, HE MET WITH THE PHARMACEUTICAL LOBBYISTS, OVER 875 TIMES. THE GREAT CORPORATE INTEREST LOBBYISTS. AND AS A RESULT OF THAT HE ABANDONED THE COMMITMENT. THAT’S A CHOICE. THAT’S NOT A HAPPENSTANCE OR COINCIDENCE. WHAT WE’RE SAYING TO KIDS IS THAT. WE ARE COMMITTED TO FIGHTING THE POWERFUL INTERESTS AND MAKING SURE PEOPLE’S NEEDS ARE PUT FIRST AND THAT’S WHAT WE BRING.>>I DON’T THINK THAT ANSWERED THE QUESTION ABOUT YOU PERSONALLY AND THE HURDLES YOU PERSONALLY HAVE TO OVERCOME IN THIS CAMPAIGN.>>OK, SURE. YOU KNOW, SURE I FACED HURDLES IN MY LIFE HISTORICALLY AND I FACE HURDS MAYBE NOW, BUT IT’S NO DIFFERENT FOR MANY PEOPLE IN CANADA WHO FACE HURDLES AND BARRIERS BECAUSE OF THEIR OWN IDENTITY. WOMEN CONTINUE TO FACE BARRIERS IN ADVANCE THE IN THEIR CAREERS. THEY’RE UNDERREPRESENTED IN ALMOST EVERY SECTOR WHEN YOU LOOK AT THOSE AT THE HIGHER ECHELON, WHETHER IT’S IN THE CORPORATE CULTURE, WHETHER IT’S IN ACADEMIA. WOMEN ARE UNDERREPRESENTED. PEOPLE ARE FACED WITH BARRIERS BECAUSE OF THEIR SEXUALITY, BECAUSE OF THE LANGUAGE THEY SPEAK, BECAUSE OF THEIR IDENTITIES, THEIR RELIGION. THOSE ARE CHALLENGES THAT MANY CANADIANS FACE. I CAN SAY THAT MAYBE I EXPERIENCE A LITTLE BIT OF WHAT PEOPLE GO THROUGH AND I HOPE PEOPLE CAN SEE IN ME SOMEONE THAT UNDERSTANDS THOSE REALITIES AND WANTS TO BUILD A COUNTRY WHERE THERE ARE NO BARRIERS, WHERE NO ONE HAS TO FACE THESE BARRIERS BASED ON WHO THEY ARE. THEY CAN BE CELEBRATED FOR WHO THEY ARE, AND THEY CAN ACHIEVE THE BEST THAT THEY CAN IN THEIR LIVES. [ Applause ]>>ALEX [ Unclear ] WITH THE “TORONTO STAR”. THE BULK OF YOUR PLATFORM’S BEEN OUT FOR NOW A FEW MONTHS. THERE’S SOME PRETTY BIG LIKELY EXPENSIVE PROMISES IN IT. WHEN WILL CANADIANS SEE A FULL COSTING OF THE N.D.P.’s PLATFORM SO THEY CAN JUDGE WHETHER WHAT YOU’RE PROMISING IS FEASIBLE OR POSSIBLE?>>WELL, I — IN TERMS OF FEASIBILITY IT’S REALLY A MATTER OF CHOICES. I ME IF YOU LOOK AT THE PAST YEAR, MR. TRUDEAU DIDN’T DO A FEASIBILITY STUDY BEFORE HE CUT THE CORPORATE TAX RATE BY $14 BILLION TO ALLOW THE WEALTHIEST CORPORATIONS TO BUY CORPORATE JETS AND LIMOUSINES. HE DIDN’T STUDY THAT. HE MADE A CHOICE. HE DIDN’T REALLY ASK PEOPLE OR CONSULT WHETHER CANADA COULD AFFORD TO BUY A PIPELINE AND HE SPENT $4.5 BILLION ON A PIPELINE. THAT’S ALMOST $20 BILLION IN MONEY THAT WAS SPENT TO HELP OUT THE WEALTHIEST, NOT TO HELP OUT CANADIANS. WE WOULD MAKE DIFFERENT CHOICES. WITH THE RESOURCES WE HAVE, WE TAKE IT VERY SERIOUSLY. WE TACK OUR BUDGET VERY SERIOUSLY. WE WOULD INVEST IN THINGS LIKE UNIVERSAL PHARMACARE FOR ALL, BUILDING THE HOUSING THAT PEOPLE NEED, MAKING SURE PEOPLE ARE PUT AT THE CENTRE OF WHAT WE IT. WE ALSO PUT FORWARD SOME OF OUR MEASURES. WORKING WITH THE PARLIAMENTARY BUDGET OFFICE TO THE PUT OUT THE COSTING. TO PAY FOR SOME OF OUR PROMISES WE’RE READY TO INCREASE REVENUE AND TO DO THAT, WE’RE ASKING THE PEOPLE AT THE VERY TOP TO PAY A LITTLE MORE AND SO WE’VE PUT FORWARD A SUPER WEth TAX WHICH IS A TAX ON THOSE WHO HAVE GOT FORTUNES OF OVER 20 MILLION. THE P.B.O. HAS ANNOUNCED THAT WOULD RAISE IN THE FIRST YEAR CLOSE TO 6 BILLION AND EVENTUALLY COULD BUILD UP TO ABOUT $10 BILLION. THAT’S A COMMITMENT TO RAISE FUND TO ENACT OUR PROMISES. [ Applause ]>>AS I’M SURE YOU KNOW, PIERRE NANTOLL YESTERDAY FORMER N.D.P. M.P. BASICALLY WAS SAYING IF THAT WAS REFERENDUM HE WOULD VOTE FOR QUEBEC SEPARATION. IT SHOULD HAPPEN AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. I’M WONDERING WHAT YOU THINK OF THAT AND IF YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS THAT SOMEBODY WHO OBVIOUSLY BELIEVES IN SPLITTING CANADA APART FELT AT HOME IN THE N.D.P. FOR SO MANY YEARS.>>WELL, I MEAN WITH NEW DEMOCRATS, YOU KNOW WHAT YOU GET. WE ARE A PARTY THAT BELIEVES IN WORKING EXTREMELY HARD TO KEEP THIS BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY TOGETHER. BUT AT THE SAME TIME WE UNDERSTAND THAT QUEBEC IS A UNIQUE NATION, THAT IT’S A UNIQUE PLACE. THAT’S SOMETHING THAT’S VERY SPECIAL. WE CELEBRATE THAT. WHAT WE WILL DO AS A NEW DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS MAKE SURE THAT EVERYONE IN OUR COUNTRY, ALL THE PROVINCES, ALL THE TERRITORIES, ALL THE NATIONS, THE FIRST NATIONS, EVERYONE FEELS THAT NCANADA, THEY WILL GET JUSTICE AND FAIRNESS. THEY CAN BUILD A GOOD LIFE. THAT’S WHAT WE’RE COMMITTED TO DOING. [ Applause ]>>HI. I’M COLIN BUTLER. I’M WITH THE LOCAL CBC HERE IN LONDON. YOU PROBABLY NOTICED IT ON YOUR WAY IN. LONDON HAS A PRETTY VISIBLE PROBLEM. IT HAS A HUGE PROBLEM WITH POVERTY, DRUGS. WE HAND OUT — THE ONLY CITY THAT HANDS OUT MORE NEEDLES THAN WE DO IS VANCOUVER. SO IF YOU WERE TO BECOME PRIME MINISTER, IF YOUR PARTY WERE TO GAIN POWER, EVEN IF IT HAD A DECIDING VOTE IN A MINORITY PARLIAMENT, HOW WOULD IT HELP CLEAN UP A PROBLEM THAT’S EXTREMELY VISIBLE HERE, WHERE, YOU KNOW, THERE’S MENTAL HEALTH AND DRUG PROBLEMS THAT NO ONE SEEMS TO BE ABLE TO SOLVE?>>YOU TOUCHED ON A PROBLEM THAT IS REALLY RAMPANT ACROSS CANADA BUT, YES, YOU SEE IT HERE IN LONDON. AND THERE’S A COUPLE OF REASONS WHY WE’RE FACED WITH THIS PROBLEM. ONE, THERE’S A MASSIVE GAP WHEN IT COMES TO MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES. IT’S ONE OF THE ELEMENTS OF OUR HEALTH CARE THAT’S REALLY NEGLECTED IN OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. AND SO ONE OF OUR REST OPINIONSS TO THAT IS WE BELIEVE THAT, IF SOMEONE NEEDS MENTAL HEALTH CARE, IF THEY NEED ADDICTION CARE, IF THEY NEED REHAB SERVICES, THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO ACCESS THAT AND IT SHOULDN’T MEAN THAT ONLY THOSE WHO HAVE GOT PRIVATE INSURANCE CAN GET INTO A REHAB FACILITY. WHAT I REALLY BELIEVE IS THAT IF WE DEVELOP A HEAD-TO-TOE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE, IT SHOULD INCLUDE MASSIVE INVEST MANYS IN REHAB, IN ADDICTION SERVICES. IT SHOULD ALSO INCLUDE SUPPORTS FOR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES SO THAT PEOPLE CAN GET THE CARE THEY NEED. WHAT WE HAVE NOW IS A NATIONAL CRISIS WHEN IT COMES TO OPIOIDS AND DRUG USE. WE NEED TO RESPOND TO THAT CRISIS AS A NATIONAL CRISIS AND AS WELL WITH A HEALTH CARE RESPONSE TO HELP THE PEOPLE THAT ARE DYING, TO HELP THE PEOPLE THAT NEED HELP AND CARE, AND WE CAN DO IT IF WE MAKE BETTER CHOICES.>>HOW DO YOU MAKE PEOPLE CARE ABOUT THAT? I MEAN THERE’S PEOPLE WHO HAVE — THEY’RE IN FULL BLOWN PSYCHOSIS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DOWNTOWN, AND EVERYBODY IGNORES IT. I MEAN NO ONE’S TALKING ABOUT THIS IN THE RACE SO HOW DO YOU MAKE THAT A PRIORITY SO THAT EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT IT?>>SO WHAT I’VE CALLED FOR — YOU’RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. THIS IS A NATIONAL CRISIS. IF THOUSANF PEOPLE DYING AS A RESULT OF ZIKA, WE WOULD HAVE IMMEDIATELY MOBILIZED THE ENTIRE COUNTRY WITH MOBILE CENTRES TO RESPOND TO THAT. RIGHT NOW, THERE IS A NATIONAL CRISIS WHERE THOUSANDS OF CANADIANS ARE DYING BECAUSE OF OPIOID USE. IT SHOULD BE TREATED LIKE A NATIONAL CRISIS. I’M CALLING FOR THAT. ON DAY ONE OF A NEW DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT, WE WOULD DECLARE A PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY, NATIONALLY, WHICH WOULD OPEN UP A LOT OF SERVICES AND SUPPORTS TO PROVIDE CARE AT THE FRONT LEVEL, AT THE FRONT LINES. IN ADDITION, WE WOULD SAY WE SHOULD APPROACH THIS IN A DIFFERENT WAY. PEOPLE ARE DEALING WITH ADDICTIONS, THESE ARE FOLKS THAT ARE DEALING WITH MENTAL HEALTH. THEY’RE DEALING WITH ADDICTION. THEY’RE DEALING WITH POVERTY. THE SOLUTION ISN’T TO PUT THEM IN JAIL. THE SOLUTION IS TO PROVIDE THEM WITH CARE, WITH REHAB, WITH ADDICTION SERVICES SO THAT WE CAN SOLVE THE PROBLEM AND NOT JUST CONTINUALLY DEAL WITH THE SYMPTOMS. WE CARE ABOUT PEOPLE AND WE’RE GOING TO RESPOND IN A WAY THAT SHOWS HOW MUCH WE CARE AND HOW MUCH WE CAN DO WHEN WE WORK TOGETHER. [ Applause and cheering ]>>MR. SINGH, MIKE LE COUTEUR AT “GLOBAL NATIONAL”. I WANTED TO ASK YOU THE LATEST NUMBERS WE HAVE FROM YOUR PARTY TODAY IS THAT YOU HAVE 253 CANDIDATES NOMINATED. YOU STARTED YOUR CAMPAIGNING EARLIER. YOU’RE CITY WELL SHORT OF THE 338 YOU NEED. HOW CAN YOU MAKE INROADS IF YOU DON’T EVEN HAVE A FULL ROSTER YET?>>WE WILL HAVE 33 CANDIDATES SO THAT EVERYONE IN CANADA CAN VOTE FOR A NEW DEMOCRAT NO MATTER WHERE THEY LIVE. WE’VE HAD SOME CHALLENGES BUT WE’RE READY TO SOLVE THAT. WE WILL ABSOLUTELY ADD CANDIDATES IN EVERY RIDING.>>I WANTED TO FOLLOW UP AND TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE CHALLENGES YOU’LL FACE. QUEBEC, BILL 21. SECULARISM BILL IS GOING TO BE AN UPHILL BATTLE FOR YOURSELF. HOW DO YOU MAKE INROADS IN A PLACE THAT USED TO AND FORTRESS FOR THE N.D.P? YOU WANT TONIGHT PRIME MINISTER OF THIS COUNTRY, BUT YOU MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO BE HIRED AS A TEACHER IN THAT PROVINCE.>>YEAH. I MEAN THAT IS A CHALLENGE, AND I THINK ABOUT A LOT OF THE PEOPLE THAT I MEET IN MONTREAL, A LOT OF YOUNG WOMEN THAT I’VE MET WHO LOVE SCIENCE AND LOVE TEACHING AND WANT TO BECOME A TEACHER AND NOW BECAUSE OF THIS BILL CAN’T. IT UPSETS ME. IT SADDENS ME. IT’S A DIVISIVE LAW. IT STATES SANCTIONS DISCRIMINATION. IT SAYS IT’S OK TO DISCRIMINATE. WE SAY YOU SHOULDN’T DISCRIMINATE SOMEONE BY THE WAY THEY LOOK. THERE’S A LAW THAT SAYS YOU’RE ALLOWED TO. IT’S A LAW TO DISCRIMINATE PEOPLE BECAUSE OF THE WAY THEY LOOK. THAT’S SAD AND THAT’S HURTFUL. I’M HOPING THAT MY PRESENCE, IN QUEBEC, AS SOMEONE WHO CLEARLY HAS A TURBAN, HAS A BEARD, SOME NICE LONG HAIR AS WELL, IS A WAY TO SHOW PEOPLE THAT, LISTEN, I BELIEVE IN FIGHTING FOR YOUR IDENTITY. I LOVE THE FRENCH LANGUAGE. I GREW UP IN WINDSOR, NOT REALLY IN ANY SORT OF FRANCOPHONE CITY, AND I PASSIONATELY BELIEVE THAT LEARNING FRENCH ENRICHENED MY LIFE. SOMEONE LIKE ME BEING IN QUEBEC SAYING I WANT TO SUPPORT AND PROTECT THE FRENCH LANGUAGE AND SUPPORT THE QUEBEC CULTURE AND IDENTITY. WE CAN DO THAT BY PROMOTING THE LANGUAGE. WE DON’T HAVE TO DO IT THROUGH DIVISIVE POLITICS. I’M HOPING — HOPING THAT MY PRESENCE THERE AS AN ALLY FOR QUEBEC ON HEALTH CARE AND ON THE ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES, SOMETHING THAT’S VERY IMPORTANT IN QUEBEC, WILL SHOW PEOPLE THAT I AM A CHAMPION FOR THE PEOPLE OF QUEBEC AND FOR ALL CANADIANS. [ Applause ] OK. [ Speaking in French ]>>Voice of Translator: THE QUESTION WAS ON BILL 21, IN QUEBEC. I BELIEVE THAT IS A DIVISIVE PIECE OF LEGISLATION. I MEET YOUNG PEOPLE IN QUEBEC. YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WANT TO BECOME TEACHERS. MANY YOUNG WOMEN WHO WOULD LIKE TO BECOME TEACHERS CANNOT BECOME TEACHERS NOW. AND I’M TREMENDOUSLY SAD ABOUT THAT. I FACED THE SAME KIND OF THING IN MY OWN LIFE, PEOPLE WHO SAID I COULDN’T BECOME THIS, THAT OR THE OTHER BECAUSE OF MY IDENTITY, WHO I WAS. AND I THINK THE POLITICIAN’S JOB IS TO UNITE PEOPLE, NOT DIVIDE THEM. I’M EXTREMELY SAD ABOUT WHAT’S HAPPENING AND I HOPE THAT MY PRESENCE IN POLITICS SHOWS THAT ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. I LEARNED FRENCH FOR EXAMPLE EVEN THOUGH I WASN’T IN A FRANCOPHONE COMMUNITY. IT GAVE SO MUCH — IT ADDED SO MUCH TO MY LIFE. I WANT TO PROMOTE FRENCH, PROMOTE THE QUEBEC IDENTITY, AND THAT CAN BE DONE WITHOUT DIVIDING PEOPLE. I HOPE THAT MY PRESENCE IN QUEBEC WILL SHOW THAT THERE IS A DIFFERENT PATH AND PERHAPS WE CAN CHANGE PEOPLE’S LIVES. [ Applause ] [ End of Translation ]>>MR. SINGH, GOOD MORNING. OMAR SACHEDINA FROM CTV. I HEARD YOU MENTION JUSTIN TRUDEAU. I HEARD YOU MENTION ANDREW SCHEER. I DON’T THINK I HEARD YOU MENTION ELIZABETH MAY, THE GREEN PARTY LEADER. IT LOOKS LIKE SHE COULD BE IN SOME CASES YOUR TOUGHEST ADVERSARY RIGHT NOW. THE POLLS SHOW THAT YOU’RE IN A BATTLE FOR THIRD. WHY DO YOU THINK YOU ARE LOSING PROGRESSIVE SUPPORT AND WHY DO YOU THINK SHE’S GAINING IT? WHY DO THE POLLS SHOW THAT BOTH PARTIES RIGHT NOW ARE LOCKED IN A DEAD HEAT FOR THIRD PLACE? WHAT IS SHE DOING THAT YOU’RE NOT?>>WELL, MY TARGET IS MR. TRUDEAU. I’M RUNNING TO BECOME PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA BECAUSE I BELIEVE WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLE’S LIVES AND PUT PEOPLE FIRST INSTEAD OF CORPORATIONS WHAT WE’VE SEEN FROM THE PAST. THAT’S MY TARGET AND THAT’S WHAT I’M WORKING ON. WHEN I LOOK AT WHAT’S OUT THERE, IF YOU LOOK AT WHAT PEOPLE TELL ME THEIR CONCERNS ARE, PEOPLE TELL ME ALL THE TIME THAT THEY’RE WORRIED ABOUT HEALTH CARE, AFFORDABILITY FOR HOUSING AND THE CLIMATE CRISISMENT WE PROVIDE A COMPLETE SOLUTION. WE’RE LOOKING AT LIFE AND SAYING WELL, PEOPLE ARE STRUGGLING WITH MANY THINGS. WE JUST SPOKE ABOUT JACK AND NANCY AND JESSICA WHO ARE WORRIED ABOUT HEALTH CARE, AND WE PROVIDE A CREDIBLE SOLUTION. WE WANT TO EXPAND HEALTH CARE TO INCLUDE MEDICATION FOR ALL AND ALL THE SERVICES INCLUDED INCLUDING DENTAL CARE, VISION AND HEARING CARE. THAT’S A SOLUTION FOR PEOPLE WHO NEED THAT. AND WE’RE ALSO SPEAKING TO YOUNG PEOPLE SAYING WE KNOW THAT THERE’S A MASSIVE LOOMING CLIMATE CRISIS AND WE’RE READY TO TACKLE THAT. WE TAKE THAT VERY SERIOUSLY AND READY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. I THINK THAT THAT PROVIDES A REAL SOLUTION TO ALL THE STRUGGLES PEOPLE ARE FACED WITH THAT’S UNIQUE THAT OUR PARTY OFFERS.>>A LOT OF THOSE POLICIES YOU’VE TALKED ABOUT ALREADY, TAXING THE ULTRA RICH, ANYBODY WITH FORTUNES OF $20 MILLION PLUS, FORM ACARE, ELIMINATING INTEREST FOR STUDENTS AS WELL. SO IF WHAT YOU’RE SAYING IS THAT OVER THE NEXT 40 DAYS YOU’RE JUST GOING TO TALK ABOUT MORE OF THE SAME, HOW DO YOU EXPECT TO BREAK AWAY FROM THE PACK IF YOU’RE IN THIRD SPOT NOW IF YOU SAY YOU’RE JUST GOING TO TALK ABOUT ALL OF THOSE SAME ISSUES? WHAT WILL BE THE SIGNATURE PROMISE THAT YOU OFFER CANADIANS OVER THE NEXT 40 DAYS THAT WILL SHOOT YOU OR CATAPULT YOU TO FIRST SPOT, AS YOU’D LIKE?>>I BELIEVE THAT CAMPAIGNS MATTER. I BELIEVE THAT A LOT CAN CHANGE DURING A CAMPAIGN, AND I’M CONFIDENT THE ISSUE IN THIS ELECTION IS WHO’S ON YOUR SIDE? WHO’S GOING TO FIGHT FOR YOU? WE’VE SEEN AGAIN AND AGAIN, IF YOU’RE RICH, YOU’VE GOT LIBERALS AND CONSERVATIVES THAT ARE GOING TO FIGHT FOR YOU. WHETHER YOU’RE A MULTIBILLION-DOLLAR CORPORATION THAT’S CHARGED WITH A CRIMINAL CRIME, YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE HELP WHEN IT COMES TO LIBERALS AND CONSERVATIVES. WHETHER YOU’RE A MASSIVE TELECOM COMPANY THAT RIP OFF CANADIANS, YOU’RE GOING TO BE SUPPORTED BY LIBERALS AND CONSERVATIVES. WE’RE DIFFERENT. WE’RE GOING TO STAND UP FOR PEOPLE. WE’RE READY TO TAKE ON THOSE POWERFUL INTERESTS. THAT’S WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT AND OUR COMMITMENTS ARE GOING TO COME OUT DURING THIS CAMPAIGN. PEOPLE WILL LOOK AT US AS A REAL OPTION. PEOPLE ARE DISAPPOINTED BY THE LIBERALS. THEY DON’T SEE CONSERVATIVES MAKING THEIR LIFE ANY BETTER. THEY’RE JUST GOING TO CUT THEIR SERVICES. WE’VE GOT CANDIDATES ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. WE’RE CONFIDENT PEOPLE WILL SEE US AS THEIR REAL CHAMPION. [ Applause ]>>MR. SINGH, LIAM CASEY WITH THE CANADIAN PRESS. JUST WONDERING ABOUT YOUR THOUGHTS ON GOLDSTAR AND SNC-LAVALIN.>>MY STORIES ON?>>ON THE SNC-LAVALIN, THE RCMP BLOCKING THE SNC-LAVALIN PROBE.>>SURE.>>THE PMO BLOCKING –>>YES. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ASKING THE QUESTION. YEAH, I’M DISAPPOINTED. I’VE CALLED FOR A PUBLIC INQUIRY FOR THIS VERY REASON. THERE’S KUSSS — EXCUSES BEING GIVEN BY THE PRIME MINISTER MR. TRUDEAU. THE RCMP WANTS INFORMATION AND THEY’RE BEING DENIED ACCESS TO THAT INFORMATION. THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED WHEN WE LOOK AT THE ETHICS COMMISSIONER WHO SAID THAT HE WANTED — THERE WAS PEOPLE WILLING TO COME FORWARD WITH MORE INFORMATION BUT THEY WERE NOT ALLOWED TO BECAUSE OF CABINET CONFIDENTIALITY. CANADIANS WANT TO KNOW THE TRUTH, AND RIGHT NOW IT SEEPS THAT MORE AND MORE THERE’S BARRIERS BEING PUT UP BY THE PRIME MINISTER. HE’S GOT TO ANSWER TO THAT. I WOULD HOLD A PUBLIC INQUIRY AND ENSURE ALL THE CONFIDENTIALITY WAS WAIVED SO THAT ANYONE WHO WANTS TO COME FORWARD WHO HAS INFORMATION ABOUT THIS SCANDAL COULD COME FORWARD. REALLY WHAT THIS SCANDAL’S ABOUT IS THE FACT THAT MR. TRUDEAU CHOSE TO BREAK THE CONFLICT OF INTEREST LAW TO HELP OUT POWERFUL INTERESTS AT THE VERY TOP. WHEN SNC-LAVALIN CAME CALLING AND SAID WE ARE FACED WITH CRIMINAL CHARGES AND SAID CAN YOU HELP US OUT? MR. TRUDEAU AND THE LIBERAL GOVERNMENT JUMPED INTO ACTION TO MAKE THEIR LIVES BETTER. WHEN CANADIANS SAY WE CAN’T AFFORD MEDICATION HE TELLS PEOPLE TO WAIT. THAT’S WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT.>>THANK YOU. ONE MORE QUE HOW DO YOU PLAN TO RUN A STRONG CAMPAIGN WITH THE PARTY’S CURRENT FINANCIAL SITUATION?>>WE’VE GOT A NATIONAL CAMPAIGN READY TO G.ON THE ROAD IN OUR BUS HITTING RALLIES ACROSS THIS COUNTRY OF THE SO FAR MASSIVE RALLIES IN BRAMPTON WHERE WE HIT 1,200 PEOPLE CAME OUT BECAUSE THEY’RE EXCITED ABOUT WHAT WE HAVE TO OFFER. JUST RECENTLY IN TORONTO 800 PLUS PEOPLE CAME OUT TO A RALLY. WE HAD A TOWN HALL YESTERDAY IN LONDON WITH OVER 400 PEOPLE. PEOPLE ARE COMING OUT IN BIG NUMBERS. THEY’RE EXCITED ABOUT WHAT WE HAVE TO OFFER BECAUSE THEY KNOW, WITH NEW DEMOCRATS THEY HAVE SOMEONE THAT’S ON THEIR SIDE AND I’M CONFIDENT PEOPLE WILL SEE THAT, WITH THE CHOICES THAT THEY HAVE, NEW DEMOCRATS ARE GOING TO FIGHT FOR THEM. WE’RE IN IT FOR PEOPLE. [ Applause ]>>HI. SONYA BOGDENIAL, GLOBAL NEWS LONDON.>>HI THERE.>>YOU’VE TALKED A LOT ABOUT YOUR HEALTH CARE PLAN BUT GREEN PARTY IS STARTING TO GO AHEAD OF YOU IN THE POLLS. DO YOU FEEL YOUR PARTY’S PUTTING ENOUGH OF AN EMPHASIS ON THE CLIMATE CRISIS RIGHT NOW? AND YOU TALK ABOUT ELIMINATING SUBSIDIES FOR OIL COMPANIES, BUT HOW WILL YOU REPLACE THOSE JOBS THAT WILL BE LOST ESPECIALLY IN YOUR OWN PROVINCE WHERE THIS IS A MAJOR ISSUE RIGHT NOW?>>THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION. WE TAKE THE CLIMATE CRISIS EXTREMELY SERIOUSLY AND WE KNOW IT’S SOMETHING THAT WE CAN TACKLE. WHAT SETS US APART FROM OTHER PARTIES IS THAT WE BELIEVE THERE IS NO WAY TO TACKLE THE CLIMATE CRISIS WITHOUT MAKING SURE THAT ANY WORKER OR COMMUNITY IS LEFT BEHIND. SO OUR FOCUS IS ON CREATING 300,000 NEW QUALITY JOBS. WE’VE GOT A SERIES OF COMMITMENTS. WE WANT TO BRING IN HOME RETROFITS AND BUILDING RETROFITS. THIS WILL PUT SKILLED LABOURERS TO WORK, ELECTRICIANS, PLUMBERS, SKILLED TRADES THAT ARE ALREADY WORKING IN OTHER SECTORS WILL FIND A PLACE TO WORK IN COMMUNITIES. WITH OUR RETROFIT PLAN, WHICH IS TO REDUCE EDITIONS — EMISSIONS OF ALL THE BUILDINGS YOU SEE AROUND US. THOSE BUILDINGS ARE ONE OF THE LARGEST CONTRIBUTORS TO GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS. WHEN WE RETROFIT THOSE BUILDINGS WE CREATE JOBS FOR CANADIANS IN OUR PLAN. WE WANT TO MAKE INVESTMENT IN PUBLIC TRANSIT, ELECTRIFYING TRANSPORTATION. WE WANT TO END THOSE FOSSIL FUEL SUBSIDIES AND THEN REINVEST THAT MONEY INTO CLEAN AND RENEWABLE ENERGY, AGAIN CREATING MORE JOBS. WE CAN FIGHT THE CLIMATE CRISIS IN A WAY THAT CREATES OPPORTUNITIES, CREATES JOBS. WE’RE COMMITTING TO CREATING 300,000 NEW JOBS WHICH WILL CREATE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THOSE WORKERS WHO ARE GOING TO BE HIT BY THE UNPREDICTABILITY OF THOSE RESOURCE COMMODITYS THAT GOES UP AND DOWN AND CREATE BUST AND BOOM TIMES. WE WANT TO CREATE STABLE LONG-TERM JOBS FOR ALL CANADIANS. [ Applause ] OK.>>[ Inaudible question ]>>WHAT WE’RE DOING, WHAT WE’RE PLANNING TO DO IS WIN THIS GOVERNMENT. WE ARE TRYING TO BECOME PRIME MINISTER BECAUSE PEOPLE NEED US. THEY’RE COUNTING ON US. THAT’S MY GOAL AND THAT’S WHAT I’M FIGHTING FOR. PEOPLE NEED US BECAUSE THEY’VE EVEN THE — SEEN THE OTHER PARTIES. THEY’RE MAKING THEIR POWERFUL CORPORATE BUDDIES THE PRIORITY. WE WANT TO CHANGE THAT. ANYONE WHO SHARES MY VALUES WHEN IT COMES TO WOMEN’S RIGHTS ISSUES, SAME-SEX MARRIAGE AND MAKING SURE WE IMPLEMENT UNIVERSAL PHARMACARE AND DENTAL CARE, I’M WILLING TO WORK WITH THEM. THANK YOU SO MUCH. [ Applause ] [ Applause and cheering ]>>Peter: N.D.P. LEADER JAGMEET SINGH, WITH THE I GUESS THE REAL OFFICIAL LAUNCH NOW OF THE CAMPAIGN AFTER THE SOFT LAUNCH LAST WEEK AND THIS IS IN LONDON, ONTARIO. YOU HEARD HIM TALKING ABOUT REALLY HE ACKNOWLEDGED THE CHALLENGES THE NEW DEMOCRATS ARE FACING. HE SAID HE BELIEVES ONCE WE GET INTO THE CAMPAIGN THAT HE WILL HAVE A MESSAGE THAT WILL RESONATE WITH CANADIANS. THE WHOLE IDEA THAT THE CAMPAIGN SLOGAN “IN IT FOR YOU” THAT HE IS GOING TO OFFER CANADIANS SOMETHING DIFFERENT AT A VERY GRANULAR LEVEL, AT A VERY EVERYDAY LIFE LEVEL THAT HE THINKS HE WILL BE DOING DIFFERENTLY THAN THE OTHER MAJOR PARTIES IN THE COUNTRY, BUT ACKNOWLEDGING THAT HE’S GOT SOME PERSONAL CHALLENGES TO DEAL WITH AS WELL AND THAT THE PARTY HAS CHALLENGES AS WELL. NOW WHILE THAT’S BEEN HAPPENING, THE LEADER OF THE BLOC QUéBEéCOIS HAS BEEN LAUNCHING HIS CAMPAIGN SO LET’S HEAR WHAT YVES FRANCOIS BLANCHETTE HAS TO SAY. LET’S GO TO I THINK IT’S QUEBEC CITY WE’RE IN SO LET’S LISTEN IN.>>MES AMIS QUéBEéCOIS –>>Voice of Translator: MY FRIENDS IN QUEBEC, FIRST OF ALL LET US SPARE A THOUGHT FOR OUR U.S. NEIGHBOURS ON THIS DATE, SEPTEMBER 11th, WHICH HAVE SOME VERY PAINFUL MEMORIES. HERE IN QUEBEC, YOU CAN BE SURE THAT WE ARE VERY EAGER FOR THIS CAMPAIGN. AND WE THE 78 CANDIDATES, THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE STANDING FOR ELECTION OF THE BLOC QUéBEéCOIS, WE HAVE A TREMENDOUS EAGERNESS TO GO AHEAD WITH THIS CAMPAIGN. WE WILL MOVE AHEAD WITH A PASSION AND DIGNITY THAT MAKES US QUEBECERS, AND WE ARE GOING TO PRESENT AN AN ELECTION PLATFORM. WE’VE CHOSEN TO BEGIN THE CAMPAIGN IN QUEBEC CITY, BECAUSE QUEBEC CITY IS OUR ONLY NATIONAL CAPITAL. IT IS IN THIS CITY THAT WE HAVE OUR ONLY NATIONAL PARLIAMENT, WITH A GOVERNMENT THAT, FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A VERY LONG TIME, HAS THE SUPPORT OF THE MAJORITY AND IS CLEARLY NATIONALIST, AND IT IS A REAL PLEASURE. VOTING IN AN ELECTION MEANS WHO WILL SPEAK FOR US, WHO WILL REMAIN FAITHFUL TO WHO WE ARE, TO WHO YOU ARE, NOT AS A PROVINCE BUT AS A NATION. THE PEOPLE IN WHOM YOU SEE YOURSELVES REFLECTED, PEOPLE WHO ARE LIKE YOU. PEOPLE WHO ARE THERE FOR YOU. WHO IS GOING TO SPEAK FOR QUEBEC? WHO IS GOING TO PROTECT AND PROMOTE THE INTERESTS OF QUEBEC? WHO IS GOING TO OFFER A PLATFORM TO QUEBEC, FOR QUEBEC. THE POINT IS NOT REALLY TO ATTACK ANYONE. WHAT WE NEED TO DO IS PRESENT A POLITICAL PLATFORM AND PLANS, BUT THERE ARE OBSERVATIONS WE NEED TO MAKE SO THAT QUEBECERS RECOGNIZE THEIR ELECTED OFFICIALS, THEIR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES MUST SHARE THEIR VALUES. THEY MUST IDENTIFY PROFOUNDLY WITH FRENCH. THEY MUST BELIEVE IN EQUALITY BETWEEN THE SEXES AND GENDER EQUALITY. THEY MUST BELIEVE IN THE RIGHTS OF WOMEN TO CHOOSE. THEY NEED TO BE RESPONSIBLE BUT CAUTIOUS WHEN IT COMES TO IMMIGRATION, AND AS WE SAW THE VALUE OF SECULARISM. SECULARISM IS A VALUE THAT WE HAVE INHERITED THROUGH THE QUIET REVOLUTION, AND WHAT SETS US APART, OUR ATTACHMENT TO HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH WE AND OUR CHILDREN CAN THRIVE AND GROW. AND WE MUST HIGHLIGHT A NUMBER OF ISSUES. IN WHICH CANADA, OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS, DID NOT SERVE QUEBEC WELL. FOR EXAMPLE, SUPPLY MANAGEMENT. AND THE VERY DOUBTFUL MANAGEMENT OF HOW THOUSANDS OF REFUGEE CLAIMANTS WERE RECEIVED IN THE EASTERN TOWNSHIPS THROUGH — OVER THE BORDER, SUPPORT THAT WAS NOT PROVIDED TO QUEBEC MEDIA, EVEN THOUGH IT HAD BEEN ANNOUNCED. COMPETITION, ANTITRUST COMPETITION WITH HYDRO-QUEBEC AT MUSTARD FALLS BY FEDERAL FUNDING WITHOUT A SINGLE PENNY GOING TO HYDRO-QUEBEC. THE VERY DISTURBING SECRECY THAT STILL SURROUNDS THE SNC-LAVALIN ISSUE, THE LACK OF RESPECT FOR DAVIE SHIPYARD, WHERE ONLY 3% OF A $100 MILLION CONTRACT WAS GRANTED, WHEN IN FACT DAVIE SHIPYARD HAS THE ABILITY TO BUILD HALF OF THE SHIPS NEEDED. THE AFYANS CONTRACT. HAD BEEN ANNOUNCED CANADA DOCKS WOULD BE PROTECTED. WE’RE BEING ASKED TO BELIEVE THAT. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS REFUSING TO TAKE MEASURES THAT WOULD SAVE QUEBEC FAMILIES HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS. CANADA IS ALSO OBSESSED WITH OIL. 4 BILLION OF QUEBECERS’ MONEY IS BEING USED TO PAY FOR A PIPELINE THAT WILL RUN FROM ALBERTA TO THE PACIFIC COAST. THE NEVER-CEASING THREAT OF ENERGY EAST THAT WOULD CROSS QUEBEC. THE GOVERNMENT’S REFUSAL TO OPEN A COMMISSION OF INQUIRY TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF WHAT HAPPENED AT LAC-MEGANTIC, AND THIS FANTASY OF AN ENERGY CORRIDOR THAT WOULD EXPROPRIATE QUEBEC LAND. SO YES, THERE ARE THINGS THAT WE CAN REPROACH THEM FOR BUT WHAT IS IT THAT WE WANT? WHAT DO WE WANT FOR OURSELVES AND FOR OUR CHILDREN? AND WHO IS GOING TO GIVE US THE BEST CHANCE OF ACHIEVING IT? LET’S ASK OURSELVES WHETHER WE SHOULDN’T RELAUNCH THIS IDEA THAT QUEBEC SHOULD BE A COUNTRY, A NORMAL ORDINARY COUNTRY LIKE ALL OTHER COUNTRIES, AS RENE LEVESQUE FIRST PROPOSED, LUCIEN BOUCHARD, PAULINE MAROIS, WITH WHOM I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO SIT. I WOULD CHALLENGE MY OPPONENTS TO SPEAK TO ME, AT THEIR CONVENIENCE, ABOUT SOVEREIGNTY, ABOUT INDEPENDENCE, AND I WILL ALWAYS BE HONOURED TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS THAT WILL CONTRIBUTE TO THE CREATION OF A COUNTRY FOR THE NATION THAT I REPRESENT. ANCIENT HISTORY HAS SHOWN THAT QUEBECERS HAVE — IF I MAY USE THE WORD — FLIRTED WITH THREE FEDERAL PARTIES. WE HAVE KNOWN THE HARPER YEARS AND FIRMLY DECIDED NOT TO GO BACK THERE. WE HAVE HAD A RELATIONSHIP SEVERAL YEARS LONG WITH AN IMPORTANT SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF N.D.P. MEMBERS AND THAT LED TO ABSOLUTELY NOTHING FOR QUEBECERS. AND WE ARE JUST EMERGING FROM FOUR YEARS OF JUSTIN TRUDEAU’S PARTY, AND THOSE YEARS DAMAGED QUEBEC’S INTERESTS. THE BLOC BELIEVES THAT WE NEED TO HAVE IDEAS. WE NEED TO BE CREATIVE, ENTHUSIASTIC, AND WE BELIEVE THAT QUEBEC’S FUTURE REQUIRES THE CREATION OF WEALTH BY AND FOR THE ENVIRONMENT. WE NEED TO USE OUR INITIATIVE, OUR RESEARCH CENTRES, OUR UNBELIEVABLE CAPACITY TO INNOVATE, OUR HIGHLY DIVERSIFIED NATIONAL RESOURCES, MARITIME, FORESTS, AGRICULTURE AL, CLEAN ENERGY. OUR SMALL AND MEDIUM SIZED BUSINESS NETWORK WHICH IS UNIQUE AND ENVIED ACROSS THE WORLD. WE NEED TO USE ALL OF THAT TO ESTABLISH A MODEL THAT HELPS CREATE WEALTH FOR FINALLY IN QUEBEC OUR OWN MODEL. AND WHAT DO WE NEED FOR THAT? WE NEED TO HAVE CONTROL OVER OUR DEVELOPMENT, EVERY ASPECT OF OUR OWN DEVELOPMENT. WE ALSO NEED THE SUPPORT OF YOUNG PEOPLE WHO HAVE FULL LEGITIMACY AND THEY ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FUTURE IN OUR MEASURES AND IN OUR WORDS, WE NEED TO RECOGNIZE AT THE CLIMATE EMERGENCY, AND IT IS UP TO US TO CONVINCE YOU THAT SECULARISM IS SOMETHING WE REPRESENT. FRENCH IS SOMETHING WE STAND FOR. THE RESIDENTIALS ARE SOMETHING WE STAND FORM. CLEAN ENERGY IS WHAT WE STAND FOR, AND QUEBEC IS WHAT WE STAND FOR. IN EVERY CASE, THE BLOC QUéBEéCOIS IS ALONE IN CARRYING THE STANDARD FOR THOSE VALUES WITH A PASSION AND ATTACHMENT TO QUEBEC THAT IS NEEDED. EVERY SEAT COUNTS. THE BEST CASE SCENARIO IS NOT BEING THE GOVERNMENT. IT IS BEING ELECTED OFFICIALS, ELECTED MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT THAT WILL FORCE THE GOVERNMENT, WHICHEVER STRIPE IT IS, TO WORK FOR QUEBEC AND TO RESPECT QUEBEC. THE BLOC QUéBEéCOIS HAS ALWAYS SERVED QUEBEC WELL. EVEN IN ITS MORE DIFFICULT MOMENTS. TODAY, A NEW GENERATION IS PART OF THE BLOC QUéBEéCOIS. I WOULD INVITE YOU TO MEET YOUR BLOC QUéBEéCOIS CANDIDATES ACROSS THE PROVINCE, MEET THE CANDIDATES WHO WILL CARRY YOUR VOICE, WHO WILL REPRESENT EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU. PEOPLE WHO ARE LIKE YOU, PEOPLE IN WHOM YOU WILL RECOGNIZE YOURSELVES. YOU WILL RECOGNIZE YOURSELVES IN ALL THE CANDIDATES OF THE BLOC QUéBEéCOIS, RUNNING FOR THE BLOC QUéBEéCOIS BECAUSE WE ARE QUEBEC. THANK YOU. BONJOUR.>>[ Speaking in French ] [ Speaking in French ] [ Speaking in French ]>>Voice of Translator: WELL, ALL OF THEM. I THINK THE CONSERVATIVES TOOK ADVANTAGE OF THE VAL CUES THAT THERE WAS. WE’RE GOING TO BE TALKING ABOUT JURISDICTION FOR INFRASTRUCTURE. WE’RE GOING TO BE TALKING ABOUT THE LACK OF MANPOWER, WHICH WAS AN EXTREMELY IMPORTANT ISSUE. WE’RE GOING TO BE TALKING ABOUT THE DEMAND FOR IMMIGRATION. WE’RE GOING TO FRANCEICIZE IMMIGRATION. THE QUEBEC CITY IS VERY PROSPEROUS. WILLINGNESS FROM PEOPLE IN THE REGION AND AUTHORITIES IN THE REGION. WE SHOULD ALSO MENTION WE NEED TO ENCOURAGE THE QUEBEC GOVERNMENT, WHICH SITS HERE, AND IT IS OUR ONLY NATIONAL GOVERNMENT AND OUR ONLY NATIONAL PARLIAMENT. THANK YOU. MR. BLANCHET, RADIO-CANADA. FOR THE PAST TEN YEARS, THE BLOC QUéBEéCOIS HAS HELD ONLY A VERY SMALL PART OF THE BALANCE OF POWER. WHAT MAKES YOU BELIEVE THAT THIS TIME, QUEBECERS WILL COME CLOSER TO BELIEVING THAT THE BLOC QUéBEéCOIS CAN GENUINELY REPRESENT THEM AND THEIR VALUES?>>I’D LIKE TO SAY THAT, IN AN ELECTION CAMPAIGN, THAT IS OUR JOB. I THINK WE WOULD FAIL TO BE MODEST IF WE SAY 40 DAYS FROM THE NEXT ELECTION THAT WE’RE SURE WE’LL HAVE THE BALANCE OF POWER AND WE’RE SURE THAT THERE WILL BE A MINORITY PARLIAMENT. WE DON’T KNOW THAT WE HAVE BOTH THE HONOUR AND PLEASURE OF PRESENTING OUR POLITICAL PLATFORM WITH A SMILE, WITH ENTHUSIASM, WITH A NEW GENERATION OF CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR ELECTION, AND WE WILL HEAR WHAT QUEBECERS HAVE TO SAY ONLY ON OCTOBER 21st. WHAT WE CAN SAY TODAY AND WHAT THOSE WHO ARE HERE BEFORE US CAN ALSO SAY, SOME OF THEM ARE STILL IN OUR RANKS. THE BLOC QUéBEéCOIS THAT STANDS BEFORE VOTERS TODAY, IS VERY DIFFERENT. TIME HAS PASSED. WE HAVE RENEWED OURSELVES. IT’S VERY DIFFERENT FROM THE BLOC QUéBEéCOIS OF THE PAST, AND AFTER HAVING GIVEN THEIR CONFIDENCE TO THE N.D.P. AND TO THE LIBERALS, VOTERS IN QUEBEC MAY DECIDE THAT THEY HAVE NEVER BEEN [ Please stand by ] ‘TIS TEST [ Please stand by ] WE DO HAVE THE SOLEMN DUTY TO DEFEND THE COMPETENCIES OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF QUEBEC. EACH AND EVERY TIME THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF QUEBEC WISHES TO PUT FORWARD A POSITION OR A CLAIM, IT IS THE DUTY OF THE BLOC BLOC QUEBEC IT CARRY THIS CLAIM FORWARD TO OTTAWA. MORE NUMEROUS WE SHALL BE TO DO SO, THE GREATER THE PRESSURE ON THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT TO CONCEDE THESE CLAIMS TO QUEBEC BECAUSE THE PRESSURE WILL BE HIGHER AND THEREFORE THE PROBABILITY OF ACHIEVING AIM WILL BE HIGHER. OBVIOUSLY I SEE THE QUEBEC GOVERNMENT ISN’T SOVEREIGNTIST RIGHT NOW, BUT I AM HAPPY WE HAVE A MAJORITY GOVERNMENT AND IT’S QUITE NATIONALISTIC WITHOUT ANY COMPLEXES. SO FINE AND DANDY IF THERE’S CERTAIN POINTS OF COMMON INTEREST. WE DO NOT HAVE TO SUPPORT THE PROGRAM OF THE PARTY BUT THE WILL OF OUR ONE AND ONLY NATIONAL ASSEMBLY. ARE YOU ON THE LEFT OR RIGHT, THE CENTRE, WHAT’S IMPORTANT, THE OBJECTIVE?>>(Voice of Translator): IF I TAKE THE PRINCIPLE OF BILL 21, IT’S AN ACT NOW, THE BILL ON THE — AND WAS WELL SUPPORTED IN THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY AND CONSIDERABLE SUPPORT OF THE QUEBEC POPULATION. WITH THAT, WE’RE QUITE COMFORTABLE, OBVIOUSLY. IT’S PART OF OUR COMFORT ZONE. WE WILL BE SITTING IN ANOTHER HOUSE AND WE HAVE TO RESPECT THE SOVEREIGNTY OF QUEBECERS PARLIAMENT IN QUEBEC CITY.>>(Voice of Translator): LAST QUESTION. WHY LAUNCH THE CAMPAIGN ON SUNDAY? YOU SEEM TO BE THE ONLY ONE THAT WON’T BE GETTING IN THE BUS THIS MORNING AND TAKING OFF AND VISITING AND SOME PEOPLE MIGHT BE SURPRISED YOU AREN’T THERE AND PRESENT?>>(Voice of Translator): I HAD NO COMMUNICATIONS FROM ANYBODY ABOUT THAT, BUT THE REASON ACTUALLY QUITE SIMPLE. TWO POINTS. IF THE DATE FOR THE ELECTIONS WERE SET, COULD WE NOT ALSO SET THE LAUNCHING DATE FOR THE ELECTIONS AND STOP THIS TWISTED MANIPULATION OF A DEMOCRATIC EXERCISE OF PRIME MINISTER SAYS MAYBE TOMORROW, MAYBE THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW, I DON’T KNOW, I COULD HAVE DONE IT TEN DAYS AGO, DEPENDS WHETHER IT’S COLD OR WARM, WHATEVER? IT’S WITH THAT IN MIND THAT WE AT THE BLOC QUEBECOIS SAID WE WILL DO OUR OWN THING. WE WILL BE ON THE ROAD TO QUEBECERS STARTING TODAY, IN FACT. WE’LL BE AS MUCH ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL TODAY AS ANYBODY ELSE. I WOULD LIKE TO QUOTE SOMEONE WHO OFTEN SAID WE LET OUR ADVERSARIES DICTATE OUR PROGRAM. WELL, WE DICTATE OUR OWN PROGRAM FROM NOW ON.>>(Voice of Translator): IF YOU’RE ELECTED IN OTTAWA, YOU WANT TO CARRY FORWARD QUEBEC’S CLAIMS AND DEMANDS AND YOU KNOW THESE DEMANDS CAN CHANGE FROM ONE PARTY TO ANOTHER. FOR EXAMPLE, THERE’S IMPORTANT DIFFERENCES IN THE REVIEW POINT BETWEEN THE CAQ AND THE PARTI QUEBECOIS THAT YOU’RE MORE CLOSELY ALLIED WITH. SO WHAT ALLEGIANCES WILL PREVAIL WHEN YOU RISE IN THE HOUSE TO DEMAND SOMETHING FOR QUEBEC?>>(Voice of Translator): THERE’S ONLY ONE AND THAT IS FOR THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF QUEBEC. AND IF THE PARTI QUEBECOIS IS FRIENDLY TO US… ANYBODY WHO BELIEVES IN THE QUEBEC NATION AND SAYS THEIR NATIONALISTIC WILL RECOGNIZE THEMSELVES IN THE BLOC QUEBECOIS. WE ARE THE ONLY PARTY WHO PUT FORWARD THE IDEA OF SITTING IN THE PARTY OF CANADA AND DEVOTED THEMSELF EXCLUSIVELY TO THE QUEBEC NATION AND THAT IS THE CONSENSUS OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY. IT’S THE CONSENSUS OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY THAT WE WILL BE CARRYING FORWARD.>>(Voice of Translator): SO YOU WOULD FEEL QUITE AT EASE TO RISE IN THE HOUSE AND MAKE A DEMAND ON A POSITION THAT’S OPPOSITE THAT AS PUT FORWARD BY THE PARTI QUEBECOIS IN QUEBEC?>>(Voice of Translator): I WOULD BE VERY CURIOUS TO SEE HOW THAT COULD HAPPEN. THERE ARE SOME AREAS WHERE IT WILL BE EASY TO BE MORE COMFORTABLE WITH SOME PARTIES AND OTHERS. THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY WILL HAVE THEIR OWN POSITION. IT’S NOT A DUTY. WE’RE NOT PART OF THEM. WE HAVE TO CARRY FORWARD QUEBEC’S VOICE. IT IS SOMETHING THAT WILL BE UP TO US TO EXERCISE OUR JUDGMENT UPON, BUT AS LEADER OF THE BLOC, YOU COULD BE IN CONTRADICTION WITH THE PRIME MINISTER OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY. HOW WILL YOU MANAGE THAT?>>(Voice of Translator): WELL, I JUST SAID, WELL, IT’S NOT QUITE HYPOTHETICAL TO THINK OF THOSE THINGS RIGHT NOW. BUT WHEN IT HAPPENS, IT WILL BE A PLEASURE FOR ME TO HAVE A CLOSE LOOK AT IT. BUT IF I DON’T HAVE A CONCRETE EXAMPLE TO WRITE BEFORE ME, IT REMAINS HYPOTHETICAL. I DON’T IMAGINE THE QUEBEC GOVERNMENT GOING AGAINST THE ENTRANCE ITSELF. I CAN’T IMAGINE THE BLOC QUEBECOIS WOULD GO AGAINST WHAT THE GOVERNMENT IS ASKING FOR. ASK HOW THE THIRD BRIDGE TO THE SOUTH SHORE WOULD BE BUILT BUT RATHER HOW THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL TRANSFER MONIES UNCONDITIONALLY TO THE QUEBEC GOVERNMENT TO SUPPORT THE WILL OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY AND THE GOVERNMENT OF QUEBEC.>>(Voice of Translator): LAST QUESTION. YOU’VE SPOKEN A LOT ABOUT CERTAIN ITEMS NOW, AND FOR MY ANGLOPHONE COLLEAGUES… [ End of Translation ] >>– WHAT THE BLOC QUEBECOIS IS OFFERING AND AS YOU’RE HEADING TO THE PELEE CHAMBLY RIDING. THANK YOU.>>(Voice of Translator): WELL, OVER THE YEARS, DAVY SHIPYARD WAS THE ONLY IMPORTANT SHIPYARD, BUT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ENSURED THAT TWO OTHERS AROSE AND TWO OF THEM TOOK HOLD OF THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE AMOUNTS OF MONEY DEVOTED TO THE CANADIAN NAVAL STRATEGY, LEAVING ONLY LESS THAN 3% OUT OF A HUNDRED BILLION DOLLARS FOR THE DAVY SHIP BUILDING YARD, WHICH IS A LACK OF RESPECT FOR THE OLDEST MOST COMPETENT AND THE MOST IMPORTANT SHIPYARD IN CANADA. SO ANY MEASURE UNDERTAKEN BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THAT IS SO PREJUDICIAL TO DAVY SHIP BUILDING IS AN INSULT TO QUEBEC AND THEY SHOULDN’T ACCEPT IT. [ End of Translation ] >>NOW IN ENGLISH. WHAT THE BLOC QUEBECOIS PROPOSES TO QUEBECERS, IN ACTUALITY WHAT I WOULD SAY TO ALL OF CANADA, IS FRIENDSHIP, IS WORKING ONLY FOR THE BENEFITS OF QUEBEC WITHOUT ANY KIND OF ENMITY AGAINST CANADIANS OR AGAINST A GOVERNMENT THAT THEY MIGHT CHOOSE FOR THEMSELVES AND WE WOULD KEEP REQUIRING FULL AND ENTIRE RESPECT FOR WHAT WE ARE, FOR WHAT WE WANT, FOR WHAT WE DO AND FOR WHAT WE HAVE TO OFFER OUR OWN CITIZENS.>>(Voice of Translator): Mr. BLANCHET, FROM THE NEWSPAPER, YOU SPOKE IN YOUR SPEECH OF THE SUPPORT OF YOUTH, AN IMPORTANT TOPIC. OVER THE YEARS, IT WASN’T THE GROUP THAT SUPPORTED THE BLOC THE MOST. HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO REACH OUT TO THEM? HOW DO YOU EXPECT TO GAIN MORE OF THEIR SUPPORT?>>(Voice of Translator): THE SOVEREIGNTY MOVEMENT ADDS GENERATIONS AS TIME GOES ON. WE DON’T LOSE THEM. AS QUEBEC INDEPENDENCE DEVELOPS AND EVOLVES AS IT HAS SINCE THE 60s, MORE AND MORE PEOPLE ARE ADDED ON. WHEN YOUNG PEOPLE LATCH ON TO OUR DEAL, WE DON’T TELL THE OLD PEOPLE TO GO HOME AND FORGET ABOUT US. SO OBVIOUSLY THE AVERAGE AGE OF MILITANTS IS OLDER BECAUSE WE’VE ADDED PEOPLE, BUT WE HAVE TO RECOGNIZE THAT FOR PEOPLE OF MY AGE AND EVEN THOSE OLDER THAN ME, THE IDEA OF SOVEREIGNTY IS THE NATURAL RESULT OF THE QUIET REVOLUTION OF THE EARLY 60s, BUT FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE YOUNGER, IN MANY CASES, THEY DIDN’T EVEN VOTE IN THE 1995 REFERENDUM. THE QUIET REVOLUTION DOESN’T MEAN THE SAME THING FOR THEM. IT’S JUST TWO PARAGRAPHS IN THE HISTORY BOOKS AND WE DON’T EVEN TEACH IT ANYMORE. IT HAS AN OLD BLACK AND WHITE PICTURE OF RENE LEVESQUE. BUT YOUNG PEOPLE ARE QUITE SENSITIVE TO ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES. THEY’RE NOT ANGELS, BUT THEY’RE QUITE SENSITIVE TO ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES. AND IF THEY REALIZE THAT QUEBEC HAS THE ABILITY TO BE AN EXAMPLE IN CREATING RICHNESS THAT IS COMPATIBLE WITH THE ENVIRONMENT AND THAT THAT MODEL, IT DOES NOT SEEM POSSIBLE WITHIN CANADA, WHICH IS THE PETROLEUM STATE LIKE RUSSIA AND SAUDI ARABIA, THE MAIN RESOURCE EXPORTED BY CANADA IS OIL. AND WHEN PEOPLE REALIZE THAT, THEIR ATTENTIVENESS TO A SOVEREIGNTY DISCOURSE IS MUCH GREATER. ADD TO THAT THE FRANK NATIONALISM BECAUSE YOUNG PEOPLE ARE JUST AS PROUD TO BE AS NATIONALIST AS OTHERS CUSTOM THEIR ATTACHMENT TO THE FRENCH LANGUAGE, WHICH IS THE CASE FOR MOST. ADD TO THAT THE WILL TO HAVE OUR REGIONS BE ECONOMICALLY PROSPEROUS BECAUSE FOR US, EACH AND EVERY REGION IN QUEBEC HAS ITS OWN PARTICULARITIES, BUT FOR CANADA, IT’S JUST QUEBEC AS SINGLE BLOC AND WHEN YOUNG PEOPLE REALIZE ALL OF THAT, THE SUPPORT FOR THE BLOC QUEBECOIS AND THE SOVEREIGNTY WILL INCREASE.>>(Voice of Translator): GABRIELLE BLANC FROM LA PRESSE. YOU SPOKE ABOUT YOUR SUPPORT FOR SECULARISM. DO YOU THINK THAT THE PRIME MINISTER IS TALKING ABOUT SUPPORTING A CASE BEFORE THE COURTS? WOULD YOU LIKE HIM TO SAY THAT — >>(Voice of Translator): WELL, I THOUGHT HE SPOKE QUITE CLEARLY ABOUT IT. I THOUGHT THAT QUITE CLEARLY SINCE WE’RE NOW MANY ELECTION CAMPAIGN, THE PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA UNEQUIVOCALLY STATED THAT QUEBECERS’ MONEY WILL BE USED TO FIGHT AND MAKE INOPERATIVE A TOTALLY LEGITIMATE AND FULLY SUPPORTED LAW VOTED IN QUEBEC CITY, QUITE UNACCEPTABLE. ABSOLUTELY UNACCEPTABLE. QUEBECERS ARE ENTITLED TO THEIR VALUES, THEIR PRIORITIES, THEIR IDENTITY AND WITH THEIR OWN MONEY, CANADA WANTS NOW TO DRAG QUEBEC’S LAW IN COURT BEFORE ANOTHER PARLIAMENT WHICH IS TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE.>>(Voice of Translator): DO YOU THINK OR DO YOU FIND THAT ANDREW SCHEER’S POSITION ON THIS ISSUE IS CLEAR?>>(Voice of Translator): I THINK IT’S NOT QUITE CREDIBLE, MAINLY. ANDREW SCHEER IS COMING TO SAY TO QUEBECERS IN FRENCH WHAT HE THINKS QUEBECERS REALLY WANT TO HEAR. AFTER THAT, HE GOES HOME ON HIS CUTE LITTLE PLANE, GOES OUT WEST WHERE HIS ELECTORAL BASE IS SITUATED. DOESN’T CONSTITUTE VERY MUCH. WE SAW THE LIBERALS MAKE COMMITMENTS AND SAY TO PEOPLE WHAT THEY THINK THEY HEAR AND DON’T TAKE IT IN TO ANY ACCOUNT. MOST OF THE COMMITMENTS THAT ARE SOMEWHAT NATIONALISTIC ARE NOT CREDIBLE. THE DAY AFTER THE ELECTION, THE PHONE WILL RING. IT WILL BE A PHONE CALL FROM THE 416 IN TORONTO AND THAT WILL BE IT FOR ANY NATIONALISTIC PREROGATIVES THE CONSERVATIVES MIGHT HAVE THOUGHT ABOUT.>>(Voice of Translator): AND HIS POSITION ON ABORTION AND THAT OF THE CONSERVATIVES?>>(Voice of Translator): WHAT BOTHERS ME, THIS IS NOT A FILE THAT HAS BEEN IN THE NEWS FOR YEARS IN QUEBEC AND CANADA AS WELL AND ALL OF A SUDDEN IT’S IN THE FOREFRONT AGAIN WITH TWO POLITICAL PARTIES THAT WANT TO ELECT MEMBERS, THE CONSERVATIVES FOR Mr. SCHEER AND WITH A STRANGE IDEA THE GREENS TO SAY THEY WOULDN’T PREVENT A MEMBER TO PUT FORWARD A PRIVATE BILL THAT WOULD GO AGAINST THE RIGHT OF WOMEN TO CONTROL THEIR OWN BODIES, AND, THEREFORE, BLOCK ABORTION. I CAN TELL YOU UNEQUIVOCALLY THAT NO MEMBER FROM THE BLOC QUEBECOIS WILL BE AUTHORIZED TO PUT FORWARD A PRIVATE BILL THAT WOULD RUN AGAINST THE HARD-EARNED RIGHT OF WOMEN TO CONTROL THEIR OWN BODIES.>>(Voice of Translator): I JUST NOTED YOU THOUGHT THE PARTY POPULAIRE du CANADA.>>(Voice of Translator): DO YOU WANT TO REFER TO THE HARPER ERA? CAN WE SAY THE CONSERVATIVES ARE OUR MAIN OPPONENTS IN QUEBEC? NO, I TRY, DESPITE THE FACT WHEN WE DO POLITICS, WE LOOK AT THE HOCKEY MATCH AND TRY TO DO A LOT OF HOCKEY, BUT I TRY NOT TO DEFINE OUR CAMPAIGN ON WHO OUR ADVERSARY MIGHT BE. SOMETIMES WE HAVE TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST DEBATE AND THE ISSUES PUT FORWARD BY OTHERS AND I LOOK FORWARD TO THE DEBATES. IF THERE HAD BEEN MORE, I WOULD HAVE LIKED IT, BUT SOME PEOPLE DECIDED NOT TO GO TO SOME, BUT MORE PEOPLE COMPARE, THE MOVER THEY WILL BE ABLE TO MAKE AN INFORMED CHOICE ABOUT WHAT THEY WANT. I DON’T FEAR THE DEMOCRATIC CHOICE OF COMPARISON. WE HAVE AN OFFER TO MAKE AND WE WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN ALL OF THE DISCUSSIONS UP TO THE POINT THAT WE REALIZE WE SHOULD BE BETTER NEIGHBOURS THAN ENEMIES. BUT THERE’S SOME PEOPLE WHO WANT TO RAISE CERTAIN ISSUES AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL.>>(Voice of Translator): IN THE FIRST WEEKS AFTER THE ELECTION OF Mr. LEGAULT’S GOVERNMENT, HE DID CLEARLY DEFINE THE OIL SANDS AS THE DIRTY OIL FROM THE WEST. I DON’T THINK THAT WAS MUSIC TO Mr. SCHEER’S EARS. NO ONE HAS A FULLY DEVELOPED PLAN TO SAY HOW LONG IT WILL TAKE FOR US TO GET OUT OF A PETROLEUM ECONOMY, AN OIL ECONOMY. FOR NOW, COMMITMENTS AND THE STATEMENTS ABOUT CLIMATE DANGERS ARE NOTHING BUT WIN BECAUSE NO ONE IS SUPPORTING THEM WITH A SERIOUS PLAN. THERE IS ONLY THE BLOC QUEBECOIS WHO SAYS WE HAVE TO GET OUT OF AN OIL ECONOMY AND IN QUEBEC, WE HAVE TO USE A CLEAN RESOURCE AND A MODEL DISTINCTLY OUR OWN THAT LOOKS LIKE WHAT QUEBECERS ARE.>>(Voice of Translator): I’M WITH AN AGENCY AND I WANT TO CONTINUE ON THE SAME LINE OF QUESTIONING. YOU PUT FORWARD — WELL, WE DON’T KNOW YOUR PLATFORM YET, BUT YOU ARE PUTTING FORTH SOME CONSIDERATIONS AND YOU SAY YOU WOULD BE SUPPORTING DEMANDS THAT ARE PUT FORWARD IN THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF QUEBEC, SOME OF WHICH MIGHT NOT NECESSARILY BE A VERY GREENLY ORIENTED OR GREEN ORIENTED OR ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY. HOW DO YOU EXPECT TO RECONCILE THESE TWO THINGS? IT WOULD BE DIFFICULT TO ADOPT SOME POSITIONS THAT AREN’T TOO FAVOURABLE TO THE ENVIRONMENT NOW.>>(Voice of Translator): I DON’T HAVE A CLEAR CASE WHERE THE QUEBEC GOVERNMENT HAS ASKED OR SUPPORTED OIL INITIATIVES THAT WE HAVE TO MAKE DECISIONS ON. I THINK THE QUEBEC GOVERNMENT IS JUST AS SENSITIVE AS ANYBODY ELSE IN QUEBEC ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS AND ALSO SENSITIVE TO THE FACT THAT QUEBECERS ARE VERY SENSITIVE TO ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES, PARTICULARLY IF WE TELL THEM THAT WE HAVE A MODEL OF THE CREATION OF WEALTH THAT IS COMPATIBLE WITH THE ENVIRONMENT. IT’S NOT JUST A QUESTION OF WAITING TO MOVE TO A GREEN ENVIRONMENT, BUT THE THIRD LINK BETWEEN QUEBEC CITY AND SOUTH SHORE IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE.>>(Voice of Translator): WELL, IT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO DECLARE IT JUST BAD, THE TIMING, THE COST, AND NATURE AND EVEN PERHAPS THE CHOICE OF ROUTES ARE NOW BEING ANALYZED AND STUDIED. WE’VE ALWAYS EXPRESSED THE WISH AND I DO BELIEVE THE QUEBEC GOVERNMENT HAS THE SAME WISH THAT THERE BE TRANSIT AS PART OF THIS THIRD LINK. I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT EVERYTHING PUT FORWARD IS AGAINST AN EQUILIBRIUM WITH ENVIRONMENT. WE’RE NOT TRYING TO STOP THE DEVELOPMENT. WE’RE TRYING TO GIVE IT A FRAMEWORK, CONTROL IT AND ENSURE THAT QUEBEC CONTINUES TO PROGRESS THEIR ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES THAT ARE MUCH MORE DANGEROUS THAN WE’LL HAVE TO FACE UP TO, BUT IN ALL CHARACTERS THE QUEBEC INSTITUTION WITH THE ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT OFFICE THAT HAS A LOOK AT ALL ASPECTS OF THE PROJECTS. SO YOU’LL HAVE THE ASSESSMENT OFFICE. IT LOST SOME CREDIBILITY AT SOME POINT DEPENDING WHO WAS APPOINTED THERE, BUT I THINK NOW IT’S HIGHLY CREDIBLE AND WE CAN’T JUDGE A PROJECT UNTIL THE INSTITUTION THAT WE’VE GIVEN THE MANDATE TO ANALYZE THAT IT HASN’T GIVEN ITS ASSESSMENT. [ End of Translation ] >>YOU SEEM TO BE CONFIDENT TO GAIN BACK THE SEATS YOU LOST TO THE NDP IN THE LAST TWO ELECTIONS. NOW, YOUR PLAN SEEMS TO BE TO CALL FOR SOVEREIGNTY AGAIN, AND YOU SEEM TO HAVE A VERY BIG PROGRAM ON ENVIRONMENT AND BY CONDEMNING WHATEVER THE TAR SANDS ARE DOING IN ALBERTA. CAN YOU EXPLAIN A LITTLE BIT TO ME?>>ACTUALLY, WE ARE VERY LUCKY TO BE QUEBECERS. WE ARE VERY LUCKY TO LIVE HERE. WE HAVE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE PROSPERITY BASED ON CLEAN ENERGY, NATURAL RESOURCES, OUR EXPERTISE IN ENGINEERING AND RESEARCH AND INNOVATION. AND BECAUSE WE HAVE THIS OPPORTUNITY, WE HAVE THE DUTY TO DO IT. WE HAVE THE DUTY TO BE AN EXAMPLE, AND IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE THAT, WE CANNOT REMAIN IN A COUNTRY IN WHICH THE MOST IMPORTANT RESOURCE BEING EXPORTED IS STILL OIL. THIS IS GOING AGAINST THE INTERESTS OF QUEBEC. THIS IS GOING AGAINST THE INTERESTS OF CANADA, AND THIS IS GOING AGAINST THE INTERESTS OF THE WHOLE WORLD.>>Peter: SO THAT IS THE LEADER OF THE BLOC QUEBECOIS LAUNCHING HIS CAMPAIGN IN MONTREAL. WE ARE CYCLING THROUGH ALL OF THE MAIN PARTY LEADERS AS THEY KICK OFF THEIR CAMPAIGNS TODAY. WHILE HE’S BEEN SPEAKING, ELIZABETH MAY HAS BEEN MEETING WITH REPORTERS AND SURROUNDED BY SUPPORTERS IN VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA. SO LET’S HEAR WHAT SHE HAD TO SAY IN HER LENGTHY COMMENTS KICKING OFF DAY ONE OF OUR ELECTION CAMPAIGN COVERAGE.>>MERCI! TO ALL OF YOU…>>(Voice of Translator): TO EVERYBODY HERE IN THIS ROOM, I’D LIKE TO GIVE A GREAT BIG THANKS FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THIS EVENT VERY EARLY IN THE MORNING. [ End of Translation ] >>WE STARTED WITH A TERRITORIAL ACKNOWLEDGMENT BEFORE WE WENT TO NATIONAL TELEVISION, BUT I WANT TO SAY HOW HONOURED I AM TO STAND ON THE UNSEEDED TERRITORY OF THE SONGHEES, THE ESQUIMALT, THE COSALISH PEOPLE OF WHICH WE ARE HONOURED TO LIVE.>>(Voice of Translator): I’D LIKE TO SAY A FEW WORDS IN FRENCH ABOUT THE FACT THAT WE’RE ON THE UNSEEDED INDIGENOUS LAND. [ End of Translation ] >>SEPTEMBER 11th IS A HARD DAY BECAUSE MY KIDS WERE IN NEW YORK AT THE TIME AND IT’S A BIG TRAUMA. SO IT IS THE DAY WE’RE LAUNCHING THE CAMPAIGN, SO ALL MY LOVE AND ALL MY THOUGHTS TO EVERYONE TOUCHED BY THE TRAGEDY 18 YEARS AGO, SEPTEMBER 11th AND A PARTICULAR BIG SHOUTOUT TO SASHA AND CHRISTIE. I LOVE YOU GUYS. IT’S A TOUGH DAY, BUT I’M OFF TO THE RACES AND I GOTTA DO IT. SO THERE YOU GO. [Applause] THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ELECTION IN CANADIAN HISTORY. THIS IS A CHANCE FOR CANADA AND FOR CANADIAN CITIZENS TO DECIDE MAYBE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THEIR LIVES, THE FIRST TIME IN OUR LIVES THAT WHAT MATTERS MOST IS WE VOTE FOR WHAT WE BELIEVE IN AND VOTE FOR WHAT WE WANT. WHAT GREENS WILL DO IN THIS CAMPAIGN, ALL THE CANDIDATES STANDING WITH ME HERE ON STAGE. OH, HEY, STUDENT CLIMATE STRIKERS, COME UP HERE AND JOIN US. GET UP HERE. OUR PLEDGE, OUR PLEDGE AS ADULTS IS THAT WE WILL NEVER ABANDON OUR CHILDREN.>>(Voice of Translator): THE GREEN PARTY HAS A HUGE PLEDGE TO PROTECT THE FUTURE FOR OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN. IT’S NOT A NEGOTIABLE ITEM. IT’S QUITE SURE THAT WE ARE NOW COMMITTED TO PROTECT OUR SOCIETY, OUR WORLD, NATURE, AND OUR CHILDREN, IN THE FUTURE AGAINST THIS CLIMATE CATASTROPHE! [ End of Translation ] >>THIS ELECTION IS ABOUT TELLING THE TRUTH TO CANADIANS ABOUT HOW SERIOUS THE CLIMATE EMERGENCY REALLY IS, AND WE DO THAT IN ORDER NOT TO CREATE FEAR. WE DO THAT IN ORDER TO GIVE EVERYONE HOPE. WE HAVE A PLAN. WE KNOW THIS IS A CLIMATE EMERGENCY, AND WE DON’T JUST USE THE WORDS WITHOUT UNDERSTANDING THEIR MEANING. HOW COULD WE IN PARLIAMENT HAVE PASSED A MOTION JUNE 17th THAT WE’RE IN A CLIMATE EMERGENCY AND THE NEXT DAY OUR GOVERNMENT COMMITTED TO SPEND $13 BILLION ON THE TRANS MOUNTAIN PIPELINE TO DRIVE UP GREENHOUSE GASES? WE WILL CONTINUE TO STAND FIRM. WE WILL HOLD THE LINE. NO ONE CAN DISSUADE US FROM SEEING CLEARLY THAT WE NEED TO MOVE AWAY FROM FOSSIL FUELS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE AND THAT’S MISSION POSSIBLE.>>(Voice of Translator): WE HAVE PLAN CALLED “MISSION POSSIBLE” AND IT IS POSSIBLE TO ELIMINATE OUR DEPENDENCY ON FOSSIL FUEL AND TO DO IT WITHIN THE TIME PERIOD SPECIFIED BY THE INTERNATIONAL GROUP. WE HAVE TO DO IT. THERE’S NO CHOICE HERE. [ End of Translation ] >>TO DO THIS, WE HAVE TO JETTISON PARTISANSHIP. WHAT HAS BLOCKED US FROM ACTION SINCE 1992 WHEN CANADA SIGNED THE FRAMEWORK CONVENTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE, IT’S BEEN PETTY, SHORT-TERM POLITICAL CONSIDERATIONS THAT CLOUDED THE THOUGHT PROCESSES OF PEOPLE WHO KNEW BETTER. IT’S TIME FOR EVERY SO-CALLED LEADER OF EVERY PARTY TO JOIN US AND ACCEPT THE TARGETS THAT ARE DRIVEN BY SCIENCE, NOT BY POLITICS, DRIVEN BY COURAGE, NOT BY FEAR, DRIVEN BY HOPE FOR OUR CHILDREN’S FUTURE AND AN ABSOLUTELY SOLID RESOLVE THAT NOTHING MATTERS MORE THAN ENSURING OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN CAN LIVE OUT THEIR NATURAL LIFETIMES IN THIS BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY WITH A CIVILIZATION THAT SUPPORTS US.>>(Voice of Translator): WE NOW HAVE TO SET UP A PROJECT FOR ALL OF SOCIETY FOR US TO ALL WORK TOGETHER. IT’S CLEAR THAT WE HAVE TO WORK IN A NON-PARTISAN FASHION. WE HAVE TO DO LIKE DURING THE SECOND WORD WAR WHEN THERE WAS A NATIONAL UNITY CABINET. [ End of Translation ] >>AS IF WE WERE ON A WARTIME FOOTING, WE NEED AN INTERNAL CABINET THAT COMMITS ACROSS PARTY LINES TO DOING WHAT WE HAVE TO DO. WE CAN TRANSFORM OUR ECONOMY… (Cheering & Applause) WE CAN TRANSFORM OUR ECONOMY. WE CAN MOVE TO AN ECONOMY WITH 100% RENEWABLE ENERGY, FEEDING AN ELECTRICITY GRID. OUR NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE ENERGY NEEDS ARE NOT PLANS. IT’S A CANADIAN GRID STRATEGY TO ENSURE CREATING WAY MORE JOBS THAN ANY OTHER PARTY HAS TALKED ABOUT. WE’LL HAVE MILLIONS OF JOBS CREATED IN RETROFITTING OUR BUILDINGS FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY, IN BUILDING THE EAST, WEST, AND NORTH ELECTRICITY GRADE, IN TURNING OVER AND SHUTTING DOWN FOSSIL FUELS AND TURNING ON THE SUN, THE WIND, THE TIDE, THE STREAMS. WE CAN BE 100% RENEWABLE ENERGY BY 2030. IT’S A JOB WE HAVE TO DO. (Cheering & Applause) TO BE VERY CLEAR, THAT MEANS NO NEW PIPELINES, BANNING FRACKING. WE DON’T NEED A SINGLE NEW PIECE OF FOSSIL FUEL INFRASTRUCTURE BUT WHAT WE DO NEED TO PROTECT CANADIAN WORKERS, WE’LL DO THAT BY STARTING AND BY CUTTING OFF THE FOREIGN OIL AND GIVEN THE HUMAN RIGHTS RECORD OF SAUDI ARABIA, I WON’T MIND TELLING Mr. IRVIN HE CAN’T GET BY SAUDI OIL AND WE’LL FIND HIM A SOURCE FROM HIBERNIA INSTEAD. OUR AGENDA IS BIG. IT IS HUMAN RIGHTS. IT’S ALSO SOCIAL JUSTICE. IT IS UNIVERSAL PHARMACARE. IT IS CHILD CARE AND MAKING SURE OUR STUDENTS DON’T HAVE TO PAY TUITION ANYMORE AND OUR UNIVERSITIES DON’T HAVE TO GO CAP IN HAND TO ASK CORPORATIONS TO GIVE THEM CHAIRS IN THE AREA OF CORPORATE PROFITS FOR THAT INDUSTRY. THAT’S OVER. [Applause]>>WE ARE CLEAR AS GREEN…>>(Voice of Translator): WE NOW UNDERSTAND THAT WE HAVE TO ELIMINATE THE INFLUENCE OF A MAJOR TRANSNATIONAL BUSINESSES. [ End of Translation ] >>– ON EVERY ASPECT OF OUR LIVES IS PERVERSE AND IS, IN FACT, WHAT A LOT OF REGULATORS REFER TO THE INDUSTRY THEY REGULATE ADS THEIR CLIENTS. WE ARE THE CLIENTS OF THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA. WE ARE THE OWNERS OF THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA. WE ARE THE CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTRY.>>(Voice of Translator): AS CITIZENS, WE DEMAND THAT OUR GOVERNMENT WORK FOR US, NOT FOR THEM! [Applause] [ End of Translation ] AND WE KNOW WE CANNOT ACHIEVE A WORLD THAT IS SAFE AND SECURE FOR OUR CHILDREN AND IGNORE INJUSTICE. THAT’S WHY AT THE CENTRE OF EVERYTHING WE DO WILL BE RESPECT FOR THE UNITED NATIONS DECLARATION OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLE AND A REAL FIGHT FOR RECONCILIATION THAT WE WILL NOT GIVE UP UNTIL EVERY… [Applause] WE ALSO STAND FOR SOMETHING ELSE. WE WERE EARLIER TALKING ABOUT HOW HARD WE WORK. WE ARE A HARD-WORKING CREW. EVERY SINGLE GREEN PARTY CANADA ACROSS THIS COUNTRY IS PREPARED TO ROLL UP THEIR SLEEVES AND WORK TO GET IT DONE FOR OUR KIDS, FOR OUR FRIENDS, FOR OUR NEIGHBOURS, FOR… WHEN GRANDPA SAYS THE HOUSE IS ON FIRE, THE APPROPRIATE RESPONSE FROM GROWNUP LEADERSHIP IS TO SAY, ALL OF THE LITTLE ONES, GO OUT QUICKLY AND GET TO SAFETY. WE’VE GOT THIS. WE’LL CALL 911. WE’LL PUT OUT THE FIRE. WE’LL DEAL WITH THIS. AND THE PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY WHO DON’T UNDERSTAND THIS IS SERIOUS, IF I HAVE TO, I’M GOING TO THROW YOU OVER MY SHOULDERS AND TAKE YOU OUT OF THE BURNING BUILDING BECAUSE WE’RE GOING TO SAVE YOU TOO! (Cheering & Applause) (Cheering & Applause) SO IT CANADIANS, I ASK YOU TO CONSIDER HOW MUCH HAPPIER YOU’LL BE WITH YOUR VOTE WHEN YOU KNOW YOU’RE VOTING WITH A CANDIDATE, A PARTY, AND A LEADER WHO HAS YOUR BACK, WHO EARNS YOUR TRUST, WHO NEVER LETS YOU DOWN, WHO NEVER MAKES A PROMISE WE CAN’T KEEP. ALL OF OUR PROMISES ARE BEING COSTED BY THE PARLIAMENTARY BUDGET OFFICE, ALL OF THEM NO, OTHER PARTY CAN SAY THAT. WE ARE GOING TO PRESENT OUR PLATFORM AND WE’RE GOING TO PRESENT THE BUDGET AFTER PBO FINISHES WITH IT. WE GAVE THEM THE NUMBERS IN JUNE, BY THE WAY. IT’S TAKING A WHILE. WE HAVE A LOT OF THINGS WE’RE COMMITTED TO INCLUDING WHAT I’VE MENTIONED IN TERMS OF PHARMACARE AND UNIVERSAL CHILD CARE AND MAKING SURE THAT WE CAN BRING IN A GUARANTEED LIVABLE INCOME BY MID CENTURY SO WE ELIMINATE POVERTY IN THIS COUNTRY FOR GOOD. (Cheering & Applause)>>(Voice of Translator): WE ARE COMMITTED TO PROTECT OUR SOCIETY, OUR CANADIAN SOCIETY, TO PROTECT THE FUTURE AND ALL WORKERS WHO NOW ARE AFRAID OF THE FUTURE. [ End of Translation ] >>WE ARE THE SMARTEST, BEST EQUIPPED, MOST BLESSED OF PEOPLE ON THE PLANET BECAUSE WE’RE CANADIANS, AND WE BELIEVE IN OUR HEART OF HEARTS AS GREENS THAT BY WORKING TOGETHER ACROSS PARTY LINES AND ASKING CANADIANS TO THINK ABOUT IF YOU REALLY WANT TO CHANGE HOW THINGS LOOK, PLEASE CHANGE YOUR VOTE AND ELECT A GREEN GOVERNMENT TO CANADA. THANK YOU. (Cheering & Applause)>>SO WE HAVE A QUESTION OVER HERE. I THINK IT’S — QUESTION, MELANIE?>>(inaudible) ARE YOU GOING TO TAKE VOTES FROM THE NDP, HOW ARE YOU GOING TO LOCK DOWN THE VOTE?>>YEAH, GREENS DON’T SPLIT VOTES. GREENS GROW VOTES. WE ARE GOING TO BE EARNING THE VOTE OF EVERY CANADIAN WHO IS SICK OF THEIR OLD CHOICES OR MORE LIKELY WHO IS MOTIVATED BY RECOGNIZING THAT THE CLIMATE EMERGENCY WE SAW IN 2015 IS NOW MULTIPLE CLIMATE EMERGENCIES FROM COAST TO COAST TO COAST. WE NEED TO ACT, WE NEED TO ACT IN A WAY THAT REFLECTS MY SERIOUSNESS OF PURPOSE. THIS IS NOT A CAMPAIGN SLOGAN, IT’S NOT A SHORT-TERM COMMITMENT. IT’S SOMETHING THAT UPON WHICH THE WHOLE WORLD COULD DEPEND ON CANADIAN LEADERSHIP, IF ONLY WE GOT OUR ACT TOGETHER BECAUSE RIGHT NOW, WE ARE LAGARDS. SO WHAT’S DIFFERENT FROM LAST TIME? WELL, FOR ONE THING, WE HAVE A LOT MORE GREENS ELECTED ACROSS CANADA. OFFICIAL OPPOSITION IN PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND, PAUL MANLEY ELECTED IN NANAIMO-LADYSMITH. READY TO ELECT GREENS IN NEW BRUNSWICK, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND, QUEBEC, AND A LOT IN BRITISH COLUMBIA. SO WE’RE PRETTY EXCITED. AND ONTARIO, SORRY. GO, GUELPH, GO STEVE, DICK. I DID NOT FORGET ONTARIO.>>I THINK PEOPLE ARE CONFUSED OVER THE LAST (inaudible) GREEN CANDIDATES ACROSS THE COUNTRY ON WOMEN’S RIGHTS ISSUES (inaudible) SEPARATION IN QUEBEC. AS THE LEADER, WOULD YOU STAND FOR CANDIDATES WHO BELIEVE THAT QUEBEC SHOULD SEPARATE FROM CANADA AND THAT WOMEN SHOULD NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE AROUND (inaudible).>>I HAVE NEVER BEEN SO BAFFLED BY QUESTIONS WHICH I THOUGHT I HAVE BEEN CLEAR FOREVER. THE GREEN MATTER IS 100% SOLID THAT WE WILL NOT RETREAT ONE INCH FROM A WOMAN’S RIGHT TO A LEGAL AND SAFE ABORTION EVER. THAT IS A COMMITMENT. (Cheering & Applause) (Cheering & Applause) AND WE WILL NOT LET CANDIDATES BREAK A SACRED PLEDGE. ANY MP WHO SIGNS THE ROLL TO BECOME AN MP, TAKES AN OATH TO SUPPORT, DEFEND, AND PROTECT CANADA. I DON’T KNOW HOW THE BLOQUISTES GET AROUND THAT IN THEIR HEAD, BUT I WILL FIGHT FOR MY COUNTRY AND THERE IS NO RISK WHATSOEVER THAT A GREEN MP WOULD FIGHT FOREVER SEPARATION. WE FIGHT FOR CANADA. AS FAR AS I KNOW IN ALL MY CONVERSATIONS WITH HIM, HE’S NOT A SEPARATIST. HE’S A STRONG QUEBECER WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF CANADA. I LISTEN TO HIS INTERVIEW WITH THE QUEBEC RADIO STATION MANY TIMES LISTENING AND HE KEPT SAYING, I’M A STRONG QUEBECER IN THE CONTEXT OF CANADA. SO I’LL BE TALKING TO PIERRE TO MAKE SURE BECAUSE WE WILL NOT HAVE A CANDIDATE WHO THINKS THEY CAN WORK TO BREAK UP OUR COUNTRY. THAT IS NOT ON. FIRST AND FOREMOST, NO OTHER PARTY LEADER IS GOING TO SAY THIS, BUT FIRST AND FOREMOST, WE ARE EARTHLINGS. [Applause] AND I KNOW THERE’S SOME BILLIONAIRES WHO WANT TO GO TO MARS AND START A SETTLEMENT. I THINK WE WANT TO DO A GO FUND ME CAMPAIGN AND SEND THEM NOW. WE ARE BRITISH COLUMBIANS IN THIS ROOM. WE ARE STRONG BRITISH COLUMBIANS, BUT WE BELIEVE CANADA IS A FAMILY. I LOATHE THE STRATEGIES THAT HAVE BEEN GOING ON BETWEEN ALBERTA AND BC PROVINCIALLY TO MAKE PEOPLE THINK WE’RE DIFFERENT. WE LOVE ALBERTANS. THEY’RE OUR FAMILY. WE LOVE ALBERTANS. (Cheering & Applause)>>(Voice of Translator): WE DEEPLY LOVE OUR QUEBEC FAMILY. I ADORE SPEAKING FRENCH, AND I ADORE THE EXPERIENCE AND THE AMBIANCE AND THE CULTURE OF QUEBEC. IT’S MY DREAM TO BECOME TOTALLY BILINGUAL, NOT QUITE THERE YET, BUT IT’S CLEAR THAT AS THE GREEN PARTY IN QUEBEC FOR QUEBEC, WE LOVE QUEBECERS DEEPLY, BUT WE’RE ALL PART OF A SINGLE CANADIAN FAMILY.>>(inaudible) >>– MUCH MORE LIKE A HAZING, HONESTLY, CHRISTINE. BUT I’M MORE THAN READY. LISTEN, I’M A SEASONED CAMPAIGNER. I HAVE MORE EXPERIENCE CAMPAIGNING THAN ANY OF THE OTHER LEADERS. I WATCHED THEIR Q & As AFTER THEIR PREPARED STATEMENTS, AND MINE HAD A LOT OF PREPARATION. I MAY HAVE THOUGHT OF IT WHILE PAUL WAS TALKING, ACTUALLY, MY STATEMENT. WE DON’T DUCK QUESTIONS. WE ANSWER THEM HONESTLY. SOMETIMES MY HONEST ANSWERS RUN ON TOO LONG. I AM NOT PREPARED TO CHANGE THE WAY I SPEAK OR THE WAY OUR CANDIDATES ARE ENCOURAGED TO BE THEMSELVES. THAT’S ALL I ASK OF OUR CANDIDATES, TELL THE TRUTH, WORK HARD, BE NICE TO THE OTHER GUYS. WE LIVE ON THE HIGH ROAD, WE DON’T GO LOW. SO WHEN WE GET ATTACKED, OKAY. CLARIFY, EXPLAIN WHAT’S TRUE, EXPLAIN WHAT OUR POLICIES ARE, AND MOVE ON. BECAUSE WE’VE GOT REAL ISSUES TO TALK ABOUT AND THESE ARE DISTRACTIONS. IT’S IMPORTANT TO STAND UP AND MAKE IT CLEAR THAT WE CONDEMN RACISM. IT’S IMPORTANT TO STAND UP AND SAY, WHEN WE SAY WE DON’T WHIP VOTES, THAT’S BECAUSE WE BELIEVE IN DEMOCRACY! AND BY THE WAY, GREEN PARTIES AROUND THE WORLD DO THIS. WE WORK BY CONSENSUS, WE LISTEN TO EACH OTHER. WE TRUST EACH OTHER, AND AS I THINK IS EVIDENT UP HERE RIGHT ACROSS 338 CANDIDATES ACROSS CANADA, WE LOVE EACH OTHER. WE ARE FAMILY TOO, AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT — I CERTAINLY WANT AS LEADER, MY JOB IS TO BE THE CHIEF SPOKESPERSON, WE DELIBERATELY MADE IT AS THE GREEN PARTIES OF CANADA WAS FOUNDED ON THE SAME PRINCIPLES AS GREENS AROUND THE WORLD, A LEADER CAN NEVER BE A DICTATOR. A LEADER CAN’T BE IN IT FOR POWER FOR THEMSELVES IS. A LEADER IS IN IT IN THE PRINCIPLES OF SERVANT LEADERSHIP TO WORK FOR THIS COUNTRY AS HARD AS WE CAN. THAT’S THE JOB. SO THINGS HAVE BEEN TAKEN OUT OF CONTEXT FOR SURE. I HOPE I CAN PUT IT ALL TO BED RIGHT NOW REPEATING ONCE AGAIN, ALL CANDIDATES WHO WANT TO PUT YOUR HAND ON YOUR HEART, WE WILL NEVER ALLOW ANY RETREAT FROM A WOMAN’S RIGHT TO A SAFE AND LEGAL ABORTION, RIGHT? AND WE WILL NEVER DO ANYTHING THAT THREATENS SEPARATISM IN THIS COUNTRY. WE WON’T PLAY FOOTSIE WITH WHITE SUPREMACISTS. WE WON’T PLAY GAMES AROUND SEPARATISM FOR QUEBEC. WE HAVE TO RECOGNIZE THERE ARE SOME DIFFICULT ISSUES, BUT WE DON’T GET THROUGH DIFFICULT ISSUES IF WE LACK RESPECT AND LOVE AND WE RESPECT AND LOVE EVERY SINGLE PART OF THIS COUNTRY AND EVERY SINGLE ONE OF — WELL, OF THE HUMAN FAMILY, BUT WE EXTEND IT. WE ALSO LOVE OUR SOUTHERN RESIDENT KILLER WHALES. WE ALSO LOVE OUR WILD SALMON. BY THE WAY, LET’S GET THOSE SALMON TOXIC FACTORIES OUT OF OUR WATER. (Cheering & Applause) SO CHRISTINE, I MAY BE TAKING TOO MUCH TIME WITH YOUR QUESTION, BUT THANK YOU VERY MUCH. ANYBODY ELSE HAVE A QUESTI?>>(inaudible) >>(Voice of Translator): I DO NOT THINK SO. BUT IF THERE IS SOMEONE WHO PRIVATELY THINKS THAT, IT’S QUITE COMPLEER CLEAR IN OUR VALUES THAT THAT IS NOT ACCEPTABLE. THAT IS WHY I AM QUITE SURE THERE WILL NEVER BE THE SLIGHTEST CHANCE THAT A GREEN MEMBER OF THE HOUSE WILL RISE UP AND SPEAK TO THE RIGHT OF WOMEN TO ABORTION. CLEAR?>>(inaudible) >>(Voice of Translator): WHAT IS THE GREATEST CHALLENGE FOR THE GREEN PARTY?>>(Voice of Translator): OUR VERY WELCOMING. BUT THE TVA DEBATE IS AN OPPORTUNITY…>>(Voice of Translator): IT’S A KEY OPPORTUNITY BECAUSE IT’S ONLY TWICE THAT I WILL BE IN THE SAME DEBATE AS THE PRIME MINISTER.>>THE TVA DEBATE, WHICH I’M NOT INVITED TO RIGHT NOW, WHICH IS SHOCKING, IF THEY CHANGE THEIR MINDS AND INVITE ME, THAT WILL BE ONLY THE THIRD CHANCE I GET TO DEBATE WITH JUSTIN TRUDEAU AND THE OTHER LEADERS. WHICH I’M KIND ANNOYED. I TAKE NOTHING FOR GRANTED. THERE ARE FINE CANDIDATES WHO HAVE PRESENTED FOR THE LIBERALS, THE CONSERVATIVES, THE NEW DEMOCRATS AND I THINK THERE’S SOMEBODY FROM THE PEOPLE’S PARTY. THEY WILL BE AT THEIR DEBATES AND I OWE IT TO MY CONSTITUENTS TO BE AT EVERY P CANDIDATES DEBATE. I’VE BEEN CANVASSING THROUGHOUT THE SUM IS — SUMMER AND KNOCKING ON DOORS. MY OBLIGATIONS INCLUDE GETTING THE GREENS ELECTED IN NEWFOUNDLAND AND THE MARITIMES. AND OUR CANDIDATE IN AVALON, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR, THERE ARE PEOPLE I HAVE TO HELP ACROSS THE COUNTRY.>>I HAVE BEEN TO FORT McMURRAY TO DISCUSS THIS IN THE PAST. DURING THE SHORT WRIT PERIOD, HONESTLY, DEREK, IT’S NOT GETTING TO FORT McMURRAY. WE HAVE A GREAT CANDIDATE THERE, BY THE WAY, BUT I DON’T SEE IT BEING LIKELY. I WILL BE MANY CALGARY, AND I WILL EXPLAIN THAT WE CANNOT RELY ON FOSSIL FUELS ANYMORE BECAUSE THAT’S A TRUTH. IT’S NOT SOMETHING WE CAN REALLY DEBATE ANYMORE. IT’S HARD BECAUSE, WELL, IT’S NEVER BEEN A BIG PART OF OUR ECONOMY. THE OIL SANDS AT THEIR PEAK WERE SOMEWHAT LESS THAN 3% OF OUR GDP, BUT WHEN YOU’RE IN FORT McMURRAY, IT’S EVERYTHING. I ADMIRE THE PEOPLE OF FORT McMURRAY SO MUCH, ONE OF THE THINGS WE SHORT CHANGE OURSELVES AS CANADIANS, WE FORGET TO MENTION SOCIAL COHESION AND BEING A SOCIETY WHERE PEOPLE LOOK OUT FOR EACH OTHER AND QUITE OFTEN, I COMPARE WHAT HAPPENED IN THE FORT McMURRAY FIRES AND THE ORDERLY WAY FIRST RESPONDERS STAYED. WELL, WE KNOW WHAT HAPPENED. WE CAN VISUALIZE IT IN OUR HEAD. WE SAW IT ON THE NEWS. COMPARE AND CONTRAST WITH HURRICANE KATRINA AND NEW ORLEANS WHERE A SIGNIFICANT PROPORTION OF THE NEW ORLEANS POLICE FORCE LEFT IN THEIR CARS BEFORE THE FLOOD HIT, AND THEN TREATED THE PEOPLE, THE AFRICAN-AMERICANS WHO WERE LEFT DYING AND DESERTED AND ABANDONED IN THEIR HOMES AND WHEN THEY WERE ABOUT TO CROSS A BRIDGE, THEY WERE MET WITH ARMED TROOPS. SOCIAL COHESION MATTERS AND THAT’S WHY IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT AS A SOCIETY, WE RECOGNIZE THAT POVERTY IS A THREAT TO OUR WELL-BEING FOR EVERYONE. IT’S NOT ABOUT GETTING RID OF POVERTY TO HELP THE POOR, IT’S GETTING RID OF POVERTY TO HELP ALL OF CANADA HAVE THE KIND OF SOCIETY WHERE WE LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND AND WE TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER BECAUSE WE’RE GOING TO BE EXPERIENCING CLIMATE EMERGENCIES, EVEN WITH OUR PLAN. EVEN WITH OUR RAPID PLAN TO PHASE OUT FOSSIL FUELS AND BE CARBON NEUTRAL BY 2050. 60% CUTS BY 2030. I WISH I COULD PROMISE PEOPLE IF WE DO THIS WE WON’T HAVE FOREST FIRES, IF WE DO THIS, WE WON’T HAVE FLOODS. I CAN’T. THE ATMOSPHERE IS SO HEAVILY LOADED, ALMOST TO THE POINT OF NO RETURN. WE HAVE A VERY SPECIFIC SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME TO PRESERVE A LIVABLE WORLD AND THAT INCLUDES ALBERTA AND THE WORKERS. THAT’S WHY WE’VE EMBRACED THE JUST TRANSITION FOR FOSSIL FUEL WORKER PLAN. THAT’S WHY OUR BUDGET WHEN YOU SEE IT COMMITS 400 MILLION JUST FOR THE TRANSITION OF WORKERS IN THE COAL SECTOR, BASED ON A COMMISSION PUT IN PLACE BY THE LIBERALS, BUT THEY HAVEN’T ENDORSED IT YET. I WILL GO ANYWHERE ACROSS THIS COUNTRY TO EXPLAIN WHY THIS MATTERS. IT’S NOT ONE PART OF THE COUNTRY AGAINST THE OTHER. WE REALLY HAVE TO THINK LIKE A NATION AND PUT USING OTHER FOSSIL FUEL RESOURCES AS THE ONLY ONES WE’RE USING IN THE PERIOD IN WHICH WE PHASE OUT FOSSIL FUELS FOR GOOD BECAUSE IT’S NOT A CHOICE, WE MUST. SORRY, GENTLEMAN OVER HERE, I THINK.>>(inaudible) >>I DON’T KNOW. I DON’T THINK IN TERMS OF RIVALS. I THINK IN TERMS OF REACHING CANADIAN CITIZENS AS MY ALLIES AND THAT’S WHERE I’M AT. AND HONESTLY, I LIKE THEM ALL AS PEOPLE. I WORK HARD AT IT. SOME ARE HARDER TO LIKE THAN OTHERS, BUT I LIKE THEM ALL, AND I WANT TO MAKE SURE WE CAN WORK TOGETHER AFTER THE ELECTION. THAT’S CRITICAL. SO THAT’S WHY GREENS ARE ALL TOLD, ALL OF OUR CANDIDATES ACROSS THE COUNTRY DON’T RESPOND TO A PERSONAL ATTACK WITH ANOTHER PERSONAL ATTACK. STAY ON THE HIGH ROAD. THAT’S WHY JUSTIN TRUDEAU AND SOPHIE KNOW THAT I LOVE THEM BUT I’M REALLY MAD AT HIM. ANYBODY ELSE HAVE A QUESTION FROM THE MEDIA?>>(Voice of Translator): SO IS THAT IT FOR THE QUESTIONS FROM THE MEDIA THIS MORNING? NO OTHER QUESTIONS? [ End of Translation ] >>SO LET’S SEE HOW MUCH MONEY WE CAN RAISE RIGHT NOW! (Laughter) I’M JUST KIDDING! BUT I MARRIED A KIDDER, SO IT’S… (Laughter) SO, ARE YOU WITH ME, GREENS? WE ARE THE VANGUARD! WE ARE THE GREENS!>>(Voice of Translator): WE’RE READY. WE’RE PROUD. WE’RE READY FOR THE CAMPAIGN. IT’S THE CAMPAIGN OF A LIFETIME! [ End of Translation ] >>WE’RE GOING TO SUCCEED IN TAKING THE WHEEL, THE SHIP OF STATE IS HEADING FOR THE ROCKS FROM CORPORATE INFLUENCE, FROM CLIMATE THREATS, FROM AN ETHICAL SHAMBLES, WE ARE GOING TO GRAB THE WHEEL ON THE SHIP OF STATE AND WE’RE GOING TO CHART A COURSE TO A SAFER HARBOUR. MERCI. THANK YOU. (Cheering & Applause)>>Peter: ALL RIGHT, GREEN PARTY LEADER ELIZABETH MAY IN HER CAMPAIGN LAUNCH IN BRITISH COLUMBIA ON VANCOUVER ISLAND WHERE, OF COURSE, SHE IS A CANDIDATE, AGAIN, AND THE TWO GREENS IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS AND THE GREENS BELIEVE THEY ARE READY FOR A BREAKTHROUGH. THE POLLS HAVE SUGGESTED THEY HAVE MOVED UP CERTAINLY IN POPULAR SUPPORT IN THIS COUNTRY TO CHALLENGE IN MANY POLLS THE NEW DEMOCRATS FOR THIRD PLACE IN THE ELECTION RACE AS IT KICKS OFF TODAY, DAY ONE OF THE CAMPAIGN, AND YOU HEARD ELIZABETH MAY TALKING ABOUT A NUMBER OF THINGS, PRINCIPALLY CLIMATE CHANGE, OF COURSE, WHICH IS A KEY STAPLE OF THE GREEN PARTY PLATFORM, BUT ALSO, YOU HEARD HER TALK ABOUT THE ECONOMY AND THE ROLE OF SUBSIDIES AND THE LIVES OF CANADIANS AND A CONSCIOUS EFFORT TO BROADEN THE GREEN NARRATIVE BEYOND JUST CLIMATE CHANGE AND TO PRESENT THEMSELVES AS A GOVERNMENT IN WAITING, A PARTY THAT IS READY TO FORM GOVERNMENT SHOULD CANADIANS GIVE THEM THAT PRIVILEGE. YOU ALSO HEARD HER DEAL WITH A CONTROVERSY THAT HAS BEEN DOGGING THE GREENS A LAST LITTLE WHILE AND THAT IS THE ISSUE AROUND ABORTION. ELIZABETH MAY SAYING THERE’S NOTHING TO STOP HER FROM ANY OF HER MPs FROM RAISING, TRYING TO RE-IGINATE THE ABORTION DEBATE IN PARLIAMENT BECAUSE OF THE RULES OF THE GREEN PARTY AND SINCE THEN, A NUMBER OF — STORIES OF A NUMBER OF GREEN PARTY CANDIDATES WHO AT LEAST IN THE PAST HAVE HELD ANTI-ABORTION VIEWS AND SHE IS MAKING IT CLEAR TODAY SAYING THE GREENS WILL NOT RE-OPEN THE ABORTION DEBATE. AND ALSO ADDRESS THE ISSUE OF ONE CANDIDATE’S MUSINGS ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF SOVEREIGNTY IN QUEBEC. A FORMER NEW DEMOCRAT MP WHO JUST BEFORE THE CAMPAIGN WAS LAUNCHED WAS KICKED OUT OF THE NEW DEMOCRATS AND JOINED THE GREEN PARTY. HE’S THEIR CANDIDATE IN THE QUEBEC RIDING AND HE WAS TALKING ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF QUEBEC SEPARATION WHERE HE STANDS ON THAT, AND ELIZABETH MAY SAYING TODAY THE GREEN PARTY IS FOR KEEPING CANADA TOGETHER, NO GREEN MP WILL SUPPORT INDEPENDENCE AND THAT’S HER OFFICIAL POSITION. SHE SAYS SHE PLANS TO TALK TO THE MP. SHE’S CONVINCED THAT HE IS A FIRM — A PROUD QUEBECER WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF CANADA AND I GUESS SHE’LL WANT TO ASK MORE QUESTIONS ABOUT EXACTLY WHAT HE MEANS BY THAT. SO WE HAVE HEARD FROM ALL OF THE LEADERS IN THE LAUNCH TODAY AND COMING UP A LITTLE LATER, WE’RE GOING TO HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH THE PEOPLE’S PARTY OF CANADA LEADER MAXIME BERNIER ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN AND ABOUT HIS EXPECTATIONS FOR VOTE 2019. BUT WE’VE HEARD FROM ALL THE MAIN PARTY LEADERS NOW SO FAR IN OUR COVERAGE, AND WE’VE GOT LOTS MORE STILL TO COME HERE ON CPAC AND CONTINUING COVERAGE OF VOTE 2019. ( ♪♪♪ ) SUSAN SMITH, TIM POWERS, ROBIN McLACHLAN. THANKS FOR BEING WITH US AS OUR COVERAGE CONTINUES HERE AND ONE LAST CHANCE TO CHAT ABOUT WHAT WE’VE HEARD SO FAR TODAY. THE CAMPAIGNS HAVE LAUNCHED. LET ME START THERE. WE KNOW WHAT THEY WANTED TO DO TODAY, WERE THEY SUCCESSFUL IN DOING IT AS LEADERS AND GETTING THE MESSAGE OUT?>>THIS IS A MOMENT THEY’VE ALL PREPARED FOR, SO THEY HAVE ALL SET THE TONE THAT THEY WANTED TO SET FOR DAY ONE OF THE CAMPAIGN. THE PRIME MINISTER OUTLINED HIS AGENDA AND HIS POSITIONING AND HIS SLOGAN. Mr. SCHEER WANTED TO TURN THE FOCUS ON TO THE SNC ISSUE. HE WILL EVENTUALLY I THINK OUTLINE WHAT HIS CAMPAIGN IS GOING TO BE ABOUT, BUT HE’S POINTED IT ON ONE ISSUE TODAY FOR THE FRAMING. SAME WITH Mr. SINGH AND THE OTHERS. SO THEY WANT TO GET OFF TO A STRONG POSITIVE START. THEY ALL WANT TO THEN GO IN TO A STRONGHOLD OR A POTENTIAL STRONGHOLD FOR THEM TO RALLY THE TROOPS AND REALLY GET PEOPLE EXCITED ABOUT THE NEXT 40 DAYS AHEAD.>>>>Peter: WHAT SORT OF DOMINATES THE CONVERSATION TODAY, TIM?>>IT’S HARD NOT TO BELIEVE THE GLOBE STORY ABOUT THE LATEST TO-INGS AND FRO-INGS IN THE SNC AND THE RCMP’S APPARENT INABILITY TO GET INFORMATION DOESN’T DOMINATE. IT CERTAINLY WAS THE FIRST QUESTION THE PRIME MINISTER GOT ASKED. THAT’S GOING TO SET A BIT OF THE FRAME. WHO KNOWS HOW LONG THAT CARRIES FORWARD. IT’S PROBABLY NOT THE START THE PRIME MINISTER WANTED TO HAVE THAT BACK IN THE NEWS. HE WILL TRY AND BRIDGE OUT OF THAT AS SUSAN SAID, ANDREW SCHEER’S TEAM I THINK WILL LOOK TO KEEP THAT MORE FRONT AND CENTRE. I THINK YOU’RE GOING TO SEE ANDREW SCHEER TRY AND BREAK AWAY FROM THAT A LITTLE BIT HIMSELF AND FOCUS ON ECONOMIC ISSUES. I THOUGHT Mr. SINGH DID WELL FROM WHAT I SAW TODAY. I MEAN, HE APPEARS TO BE MORE COMFORTABLE THAN HE’S OFTEN DESCRIBED AS BEING. HE’S GOING TO HAVE TO BE COMFORTABLE BECAUSE HE’S GOING TO HAVE TO ANSWER A LOT OF UNCOMFORTABLE QUESTIONS OVER THE NEXT LITTLE WHILE. YEAH, I THINK TONIGHT AND TOMORROW WILL BE ABOUT SNC-LAVALIN. GOING INTO THE WEEKEND TO BE DETERMINED WHAT THE NARRATIVE WILL BE.>>Peter: ROBIN, WHAT DO YOU THINK? MAYBE PICK UP WITH Mr. SINGH AND HIS LAUNCH SEEMED TO REALLY FOCUS ON WHAT HE PROBABLY NEEDED TO DO, WHICH WAS TO REALLY GET IN TO SOME OF THE SPECIFIC ISSUES THAT THE NDP WANTS TO CONVINCE CANADIANS THEY CAN BEST REPRESENT THEM ON.>>AS WE TALKED ABOUT BEFORE, IT’S ALL ABOUT FRAMING TODAY AND THE PRIME MINISTER WANTED TO FROM HIM THIS AS A CHOICE GOING BACKWARD TO STEPHEN HARPER’S POLICIES OR THE LIBERALS AS THE ONLY ALTERNATIVE. ON THE FLIP SIDE, JAGMEET SINGH STARTED OFF BY SAYING IF YOU WANT TO DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY IN OTTAWA, YOU HAVE TO CHOOSE DIFFERENTLY. THAT’S HIM TRYING TO BREAK IN TO THAT BLUE DOOR/RED DOOR NARRATIVE THAT WE SEE AT THE START OF THIS CAMPAIGN. WHAT HE ALSO TRIED TO DO WAS PLAY ON SOME OF THE BIG BOLD IDEAS THE NDP HAS FOR THE CAMPAIGN. THE NDP GOT BY MANY ACCOUNTS OUTFLANKED TO THE LEFT BEFORE. HE TALKED ABOUT HEALTH CARE AND USED SPECIFIC LOCAL EXAMPLES, PEOPLE HE HAD MET, A PREGNANT WOMAN WHO HAD BEEN A CANCER SURVIVOR AND THAT’S AN OLD TRICK OF TRYING TO LOCALIZE THINGS AND ALSO PERSONALIZE THEM. BUT HE ALSO TALKED ABOUT HOW YOU’RE GOING TO PAY FOR THAT. JUSTIN TRUDEAU TALKED ABOUT HOW ANDREW SCHEER IS GOING TO CUT TAXES FOR THE WEALTHY. JAGMEET SINGH SAYING HE’S GOING TO RAISE TAXES FOR THE WEALTHIEST.>>Peter: NOTWITHSTANDING THAT, I THINK WE KNOW WHAT THE TWO PARTIES THAT THE POLLS SUGGEST ARE LEADING, THE TORIES AND THE CONSERVATIVES, THEY WANT IT TO BE ABOUT EACH OTHER. THAT’S WHAT WE HEARD TODAY, JUSTIN TRUDEAU TALKED ABOUT ANDREW SCHEER AND THE CONSERVATIVES AND ANDREW SCHEER TALKED ABOUT JUSTIN TRUDEAU AND THE LIBERALS.>>FROM THE LIBERAL PERSPECTIVE, THAT’S WHAT CHOOSE FORWARD IS ABOUT. STEPHEN HARPER AND STEPHEN HARPER’S WAYS WEREN’T ALL THAT LONG AGO, AND WE HAVE THE EVIDENCE OF THE PREMIERS, WE HAVE FORD, WE HAVE KENNEY, WE HAVE PALLISTER AGAIN, WE HAVE OTHERS, SCOTT MOE, WHO ARE, YOU KNOW, CONTINUING TO CARRY THAT BANNER AND AS MY FRIEND TIM HAS SAID AND I WILL GIVE HIM CREDIT AGAIN, ANDREW SCHEER IS KINDA THE BABY BROTHER OF ALL THOSE GUYS AND HE HASN’T REALLY CARVED A PATH OR DEMONSTRATED HE WOULD BE ANYTHING BUT THAT AND I THINK THAT’S Mr. SCHEER’S CHALLENGE.>>HOW DOES HE FIGHT THAT NARRATIVE, TIM THAT, A VOTE FOR THE CONSERVATIVES AND ANDREW SCHEER IS A STEP BACKWARDS?>>I THINK HE NEEDS TO TACKLE IT HEAD-ON AND FOCUS HARD AS HE APPARENTLY IS GOING TO BE DOING ON THE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY YOUR FAMILY WILL BENEFIT FROM. I THINK HE STILL NEEDS TO COME OUT WHEN THE ISSUE COMES UP AGAIN, BECAUSE IT WILL AROUND THE MATTER OF HIS PERSONAL EVOLUTION ON THINKING AROUND SAME-SEX MARRIAGE, THAT HE DOES GIVE THAT SOME MORE COMMENTARY, BUT I DON’T THINK HE CAN JUST BE WORRIED ABOUT BECOMING A PRISONER OF THE LIBERAL NARRATIVE. HE’S GOT TO PERFORM VERY WELL BECAUSE HE GENERALLY STILL IS A BLANK SLATE TO THE CANADIAN PUBLIC, WHICH CAN BE HIS ADVANTAGE. AND I THINK HE’S GOT TO FIND A WAY TO TURN JUSTIN TRUDEAU’S SLOGAN ABOUT LOOKING FORWARD IN TO SOMETHING ABOUT WELL, OF COURSE JUSTIN TRUDEAU DOESN’T WANT TO LOOK BACKWARD BECAUSE LOOK WHAT THE LAST YEAR AND A HALF HAS BEEN LIKE FOR HIM. WON’T WIN IF HE’S SOLELY FOCUSED ON TRUDEAU AND THE LIBERALS. HE HAS TO SHOW HE’S A CAPABLE PERSON WHO COULD BE THE PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA. (Please Stand By) THAT JAGMEET SINGH IS A FIGHTER, THEY HAVE IMAGES OF HIM IABG RIT FIGHTING FOR THE ISSUES THAT IN THE QUEBEC AD QUEBECERS CARE ABOUT AND IN THE ENGLISH AD ALSO. I THINK WITH ELIZABETH MAY THIS WEEK ISSUING A NUMBER OF CLARIFICATIONS FOR ANY POLITICAL PARTY IN A WEEK ARE SEEING SOME OF THE BEING EFFECTS OF THAT SCRUTINY.>>YOU MAY WANT TO CLARIFY THAT.>>I THINK SHE’S GOING TO HAVE TO PROVE THAT SHE TRULY IS A PROGRESSIVE BEYOND THE CLIMATE CHANGE FIGHT.>>Peter: THE GREENS REALLY ARE A BIT OF A BLANK SLATE FOR EVERYBODY. SHE’S BEEN TALKING ABOUT IT FOR YEARS ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE AND NOW IT SEEMS TO BE A LITTLE MORE PREVALENT IN THE PUBLIC CONSCIOUSNESS SO IT’S NOW PEOPLE ARE ASSOCIATING THAT WITH THE GREENS AND THERE’S A NEW AUDIENCE FOR THAT BUT WHAT ELSE DO THE GREENS STAND FOR?>>THIS IS IT, AND I THINK THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT, AND THE LEVEL OF SCRUTINY BOTH ON MS. MAY AND ON HER CAMPAIGN TEAM, HER CANDIDATES, WE’VE ALREADY SEEN ISSUES WITH CANDIDATES WHO HAVE BEEN ANTI-ABORTION AND THEY HAVE ANTI-ABORTION STATEMENTS. SHE STUCK HER FOOT IN IT AS ROBIN ALLUDED TO EARLIER THIS WEEK ON THAT ISSUE FROM A SOCIALLY PROGRESSIVE SIDE. IN THE PAST, IT’S ALWAYS AND ONLY BEEN ABOUT ELIZABETH MAY, BUT IF SHE WANTS TO BE CREDIBLE, (A), SHE’S GOING TO HAVE TO I THINK KIND OF MODERATE HER NATURAL TENDENCIES TO SAY WHATEVER IT IS SHE THINKS, AND I THINK THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE TO KEEP A CLOSE EYE ON THE FOLKS ON THE GROUND BECAUSE IF THEY WANT TO PRESENT THEMSELVES AS A CREDIBLE NATIONAL ALTERNATIVE, EITHER IN THIRD OR FOURTH PLACE, THEY NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT THAT’S THE KIND OF PARTY AND THAT’S THE FACE THEY’RE PUTTING FORWARD.>>Peter: LET’S FINISH UP OUR CONVERSATION, TIM, ON WHERE WE SEE THE LEADERS GO NOW. WE’RE GOING TO SEE A LOT OF THEM IN QUEBEC, ONTARIO AND BRITISH COLUMBIA. HOW COME?>>THAT’S WHERE THE CONTESTS ARE. THERE ARE A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT CONTESTS. I THINK THIS WEEK YOU’LL PROBABLY GET A BIT OF THE TRADITIONAL HIT THE WHOLE COUNTRY ONCE BECAUSE THERE IS AN EXPECTATION OF THAT, THAT NATIONAL PARTIES DO THAT. THEN AFTER THAT, IT WILL HONE IN TO THOSE SPECIFIC RIDINGS. YOU MIGHT SEE SOME TIME SPENT BY JUSTIN TRUDEAU AND ANDREW SCHEER IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF ATLANTIC CANADA, THE LIBERALS HOLD ALL THE SEATS THERE, ATLANTIC CANADA, OF COURSE, WAS THE PLACE WHERE THE LIBERALS WERE ABLE TO HOLD ON IN THEIR WORST –>>WON ALL 32 SEATS.>>BUT ALSO IN 2011, IN THEIR WORST PERIOD, I THINK THERE’S A LOT OF IOUs TO BE PAID THERE. SO I SUSPECT HE AND SCHEER — THE PRIME MINISTER AND SCHEER WILL BE THERE, BUT, YEAH, NATIONAL TOUR, THEN VERY FOCUSED ON SEATS THAT CAN BE WON AND SEATS THAT NEED TO BE HELD.>>Peter: ROBIN?>>WELL, FOR THE NDP ON WHERE THEY’RE GOING TO GO, YOU’RE GOING TO SEE THE NDP, (A), HAVE THO SHORE UP THE SEATS THEY HOLD, THE INCUMBENTS, WHILE TAPPING INTO SOME OF THE SEATS THEY LOST IN 2015 AND TRADITIONAL NDP STRONGHOLDS. ST. JOHN’S EAST, NEWFOUNDLAND, SHUT OUT OF NEWFOUNDLAND IN CANADA LAST TIME AROUND. THAT’S A SEAT THAT JACK HARRIS, THE NDP’S FORMER MP AND CURRENT CANDIDATE, HELD FOR A LONG TIME. BUT IN PARTICULAR IN ONTARIO, THE ONTARIO NDP IS STRONG IN SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO AND THERE’S A LOT OF GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES THAT HAVE NEVER BEEN ON NDP TARGET SEATS UNDER JAGMEET SINGH. SO I THINK YOU’RE GOING TO SEE THEM USE THE BUS FOR A CONCERTED PERIOD OF TIME THIS WEEK AND THEN IN VANCOUVER ISLAND AND LOWER MAINLAND, B.C. THOSE ARE SOME PRIORITY AREAS FOR THE NDP.>>Peter: ALL RIGHT. SUSAN?>>I WONDER WHEN THEY’RE GOING TO GO TO NEW BRUNSWICK, THAT WILL BE FRUITFUL THERE BECAUSE THEY HAVEN’T MADE IT. THE PRIME MINISTER WILL CROSS THE COUNTRY, HE’LL CROSS THE COUNTRY MANY TIMES STARTING OFF IN B.C., HE WILL BE IN THE BATTLE GROUND PLACES AND SPENDING A LOT OF TIME I THINK IN ONTARIO AND QUEBEC. THERE ARE A LOT OF VOTES IN QUEBEC. HE’LL ALSO GO WHERE IT’S HARD FOR LIBERALS, HE’LL GO TO ALBERTA AND HE’LL GO TO SASKATCHEWAN WHERE IT’S TOUGH FOR LIBERALS THERE. BUT TO DEMONSTRATE THAT HE’S THERE FOR ALL CANADIANS, THERE ARE VOTERS THERE, THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT VOTE AND SUPPORT LIBERAL THERE, AND AT THE END OF THE DAY, AS HE HAS SAID BEFORE, THE PRIME MINISTER IS THE PRIME MINISTER FOR ALL CANADIANS. SO YOU’LL SEE THAT. BUT THEY WILL SPEND, ALL OF THEM WILL SPEND THEIR TIME WHERE THEY THINK THEY CAN GET SEATS.>>Peter: THANKS FOR SPENDING TIME WITH US, WE’LL TALK AGAIN DURING THE CAMPAIGN. THANK YOU ALL.>>THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU. [ ♪♪♪ ]>>BASED ON PAST PERFORMANCE, BASED ON REALISTIC, YOU KNOW, EXPECTATIONS THAT THE PARTIES CAN DELIVER, AND WHO MY LOCAL CHOICES ARE.>>TO VOTE, I’D LIKE TO SEE THE DEBATES, SEE WHERE THE POTENTIAL GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS STAND AND MAKE MY DECISION AT THAT POINT.>>I’M GOING TO LOOK FOR I GUESS BIASLY, I’M GOING TO LOOK FOR THINGS THAT I’M LOOKING FOR. BUT REALLY, I GUESS I’LL HAVE TO THINK ABOUT WHAT’S BEST FOR THE COUNTRY AND I DON’T THINK I’LL HAVE ANY ISSUES DECIDING THAT. AND ALSO SEE WHAT MY PEERS ARE SAYING BECAUSE, REALLY, WE HAVE DIFFERENT PRIORITIES IN OUR GENERATION THAN OTHERS DO, AND I THINK WE CAN LEARN A LOT FROM EACH OTHER AND SO THAT I WOULD DEFINITELY BE LISTENING, KEEPING AN EAR OUT IN MY COMMUNITY AND SEEING WHO PEOPLE ARE SUPPORTING.>>I’LL START WITH ENVIRONMENT, THAT’S MY FIRST ISSUE. SO THAT NARROWS DOWN THE FIELD PRETTY QUICKLY. IT’S KIND OF TOUGH BECAUSE I TRY TO TAKE LIKE THE BEST PERSON IN OUR AREA, AND SO THAT USUALLY HAS A LOT TO DO WITH IT, JUST BECAUSE THUNDER BAY IS SUCH A SMALL, ISOLATED TOWN. BUT ALSO I DO WANT TO PICK SOMEONE THAT IS, YOU KNOW, ON THE FOREFRONT OF LIKE RENEWABLE ENERGIES.>>THE ISSUES THAT THEY PLAN TO TACKLE, YEAH, WHAT I THINK WILL AFFECT LIKE NORTHERN ONTARIO THE MOST PROBABLY.>>Peter: ALL RIGHT. CONTINUING COVERAGE HERE VOTE 2019. DAY ONE OF THE 40-DAY CAMPAIGN AND AS YOU KNOW HERE AT CPAC, IT WILL BE ALL POLITICS, ALL CAMPAIGN, ALL THE TIME. HEARING FROM CANADIANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, RIDINGS TO WATCH, THE LEADERS DEBATES, EVERY CAMPAIGN EVENT WITH THE MAJOR PARTY LEADERS. WHICH TAKES ME TO WHAT WE’RE LOOKING AT NOW, NOT SURE WHERE WE ARE HERE, BUT IT’S DAY ONE SO WE’RE PAYING CLOSE ATTENTION. I KNOW THIS IS YVES LEVESQUE WHO IS THE CONSERVATIVE CANDIDATE IN THE RIDING OF TROIS-RIVIERES, QUEBEC, WHERE THE CONSERVATIVES ARE TARGETING. THIS IS THE FIRST STOP FOR ANDREW SCHEER AND I THINK WE’RE GOING TO SEE HIM. ALL RIGHT.>>(Voice of Translator): OFFICIALLY, A MAN FOR WHOM I HAVE — [ End of Translation ]>>Peter: THE REASON THEY’RE IN TROIS-RIVIERES, THEY THINK THEY CAN WIN THIS SEAT ON THE ROAD TO ADDING AT LEAST FOUR OR FIVE MORE SEATS IN THE PROVINCE OF QUEBEC ON TOP OF THE 11 SEATS THEY HAVE NOW, AND SO THAT SAYS A LOT ABOUT WHY THEY’RE STOPPING IN TROIS-RIVIERES FIRST AND THEY’RE STOPPING THERE BECAUSE THIS IS AN IMPORTANT RIDING WHERE THEY THINK THEY HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN AND BUILD ON THEIR STRENGTH IN QUEBEC. SO STOP ONE ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL, ANDREW SCHEER. JAGMEET SINGH’S IN ONTARIO. ELIZABETH MAY ON VANCOUVER ISLAND. JUSTIN TRUDEAU IS GETTING SET TO HEAD OUT TO VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA FOR HIS FIRST BIG RALLY. AND CAMPAIGN STOP ALONG THE WAY, BUT WE’RE WITH THE CONSERVATIVES NOW, AND THAT WAS, AS I SAID, YVES LEVESQUE, FORMER MAYOR OF TROIS-RIVIERES WHO’S A CANDIDATE FOR THE CONSERVATIVES. THEY MANAGED TO SNAG SOME FAIRLY HIGH-PROFILE CANDIDATES IN THE PROVINCE IN SOME OF THESE KEY SEATS WHERE THEY THINK THEY CAN ADD TO THEIR NUMBERS IN THE PROVINCE OF QUEBEC. OKAY, MR. LEVESQUE IS BACK. LET’S SEE WHAT OUR SHOT SHOWS US HERE ABOUT WHERE ANDREW SCHEER IS. JUST SO YOU KNOW, A LITTLE BIT DELAYED. THIS EVENT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE ABOUT 45 MINUTES AGO, DELAYED LEAVING OTTAWA, HAD TO LAND MR. SCHEER’S PLANE HAD TO LAND IN QUEBEC CITY BECAUSE OF FOG IN TROIS-RIVIERES. SO THEY HAD TO LAND IN QUEBEC CITY AND THEN BUS IT DOWN THE NORTH SHORE OF THE St. LAWRENCE TO TROIS-RIVIERES. OKAY, I’M… I’M TAKING A CLOSER LOOK. IS THIS TROIS-RIVIERES? YES, OKAY, ALL RIGHT. ANDREW SCHEER IS IN THAT CROWD MAKING HIS WAY TO THE PODIUM HERE ON HIS FIRST STOP. LET’S PUT YOU THERE, LET’S LET YOU LISTEN. [ ♪ Singing ♪ ]>>WOW.>>(Voice of Translator): THANK YOU VERY MUCH, EVERYBODY, FRIENDS. THANKS FOR THIS VERY, VERY WARM WELCOME. BEFORE I START, I HAVE TO RECOGNIZE THAT THIS IS A VERY SORROWFUL ANNIVERSARY. 18 YEARS AGO TODAY, TERRORISTS COMMITTED ATTACKS THAT KILLED CLOSE TO 3,000 PEOPLE, INCLUDING 24 CANADIANS, AND THE WORLD HAS NOT BEEN THE SAME SINCE THEN. WE REMEMBER THEM. WE CRY WITH THEIR FAMILIES, AND WE PLEDGE TO FIGHT AGAINST ALL FORMS OF TERRORISM AND EXTREMISM THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. [ Applause ] [ End of Translation ] 18 YEARS AGO TODAY, CANADIANS ALSO SHOWED THE WORLD WHAT KIND OF COUNTRY WE REALLY ARE. WE OPENED OUR HOMES AND OUR HEARTS. THE STORIES ARE BY NOW WELL-KNOWN ACROSS THE COUNTRY. 17 CANADIAN CITIES ACCEPTED DIVERTED AIRCRAFT AT THEIR AIRPORTS. AND NEIGHBOURS RALLIED TOGETHER TO PROVIDE FOOD AND SHELTER FOR STRANDED STRANGERS, FORGING FRIENDSHIPS THAT LAST EVEN TO THIS DAY. [ Voice of Translator ] THIS IS THE COUNTRY THAT I LOVE AND THIS IS THE COUNTRY THAT I WANT TO LEAD. [ Applause ] FRIENDS, I HAVE VERY HAPPY TO BE HERE WITH YOU TODAY. THIS IS A DAY THAT WE’VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR IMPATIENTLY. AND I’M VERY HAPPY TO SEE OUR CANDIDATE IN THREE RIVERS, A MAN WHO DOESN’T NEED TO BE INTRODUCED TO YOU GUYS, MR. YVES LEVESQUE. [ Applause ] AS WELL AS OUR DISTINGUISHED QUEBEC LIEUTENANT. I’M ALSO HAPPY THAT ALL OUR TEAM OF THIS AREA IS HERE TODAY. PIERRE-ANDRE EMON IN BECANCOUR. LEON PIERRE — IN ANOTHER RIDING AND JOSE BELANGER IN, AND I HAVO SAY WE HAVE A LOT OF PLEASURE LAST WEEK AT THE WESTERN FESTIVAL. I ALSO SALUTE ALL OF OUR CANDIDATES THROUGHOUT QUEBEC THAT CAME TO BE HERE WITH US TODAY. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. FRIENDS, THE COUNTDOWN FOR GETTING RID OF JUSTIN TRUDEAU’S GOVERNMENT HAS NOW BEEN LAUNCHED. ON THE 21st OF OCTOBER, ALONG WITH QUEBECERS AND ALL CANADIANS, WE WILL FINALLY PUT BEHIND US THESE LAST FOUR YEARS. TODAY, IN MORRISSEY, WE ARE SENDING A CLEAR MESSAGE TO QUEBEC AND ALL CANADIANS, IT’S THE TIME TO ELECT A GOVERNMENT THAT WILL IMPROVE YOUR DAILY LIVES AND THAT OF YOUR FAMILIES. [ Applause ] THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY HAS THE BEST TEAM OF CANDIDATES IN QUEBEC, MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE READY TO ROLL UP THEIR SLEEVES AND WORK FOR YOU, AND HELP ALL QUEBECERS AND THEIR FAMILIES IMPROVE THEIR DAILY LIVES. [ End of Translation ] — AT THE HEART OF THE OCTOBER 21st ELECTION. THE QUESTION THIS ELECTION IS VERY CLEAR: WHO CAN YOU TRUST TO HELP YOU AND YOUR FAMILY TO GET AHEAD? AND THE ANSWER IS CERTAINLY NOT JUSTIN TRUDEAU WHO WILL ONLY RAISE YOUR TAXES AND TAKE MORE MONEY FROM YOUR POCKETS. [ Applause ] HE DOESN’T KNOW WHAT IT’S LIKE TO RAISE A FAMILY FACING DIFFICULT CONDITIONS. [ Voice of Translator ] THE REAL ISSUE AND THE CHOICE FOR THE 21st — IS CLEAR, WHO CAN YOU TRUST TO IMPROVE YOUR DAILY LIVES AND THAT OF YOUR FAMILIES? THE ANSWER ISN’T JUSTIN TRUDEAU. ALL HE’S GOING TO DO IS TAKE MORE MONEY OUT OF YOUR POCKETS. HE DOESN’T KNOW WHAT IT IS TO RAISE A FAMILY IN DIFFICULT SITUATION. WHEN I WAS YOUNG, I REMEMBER QUITE WELL THE DISCUSSIONS I HAD WITH MY PARENTS IN THE EVENING AROUND THE DINNER TABLE. WE USUALLY TALKED ABOUT WHAT I’D DONE IN SCHOOL, WHAT I’D LEARNED, AND ALSO SOME OF THE STUNTS I PULLED OFF. BUT OFTEN TIMES, MY PARENTS ALSO DISCUSSED FAMILY FINANCES. OVER THE YEARS, THE ’70s AND ’80s, MILLIONS OF CANADIAN FAMILIES WERE ASKING THEMSELVES THE SAME SORRY QUESTIONS. AT THAT POINT IN HISTORY, THE CANADIAN ECONOMY WAS NOT GOING VERY WELL WITH THE LEADERSHIP OF ANOTHER TRUDEAU WITH CONSTANT TAX INCREASES WHICH FUELED INFLATION AND DROVE MORTGAGES UP. AND NOW JUSTIN TRUDEAU IS FOLLOWING THE SAME RECIPE, A GREATER DEFICIT, BIGGER TAXES. IT IS TIME, HIGH TIME, FOR HIM TO BE ACCOUNTABLE TO CANADIANS. [ Applause ] MY PLAN IS QUITE SIMPLE. WE WILL GIVE HOPE TO OUR FAMILIES BY REPLACING JUSTIN TRUDEAU’S LIBERALS. [ Applause ] AND WITH YOUR SUPPORT HERE IN THREE RIVERS, AND THROUGHOUT THE REGION OF THE COUNTRY, WE WILL PUT AN END TO THE FOUR YEARS OF JUSTIN TRUDEAU’S FAILED GOVERNMENT. [ Applause ] WE HAVE ALREADY MADE COMMITMENTS THAT RESPOND TO QUEBECERS’ CONCERNS. FOR EXAMPLE, A SINGLE INCOME TAX RETURN FOR ALL QUEBECERS. [ Applause ] WE’LL GET RID OF GST ON HYDRO BILLS. WE’LL CUT TAXES ON MATERNITY AND PATERNITY LEAVE. AND BECAUSE IT’S 2019, WE WILL PUT AN END TO WASTE WATERS BEING LET FLOW INTO OUR RIVERS AND STREAMS. FURTHER, WE WILL BALANCE THE BUDGET, CUT YOUR TAXES, AND MAKE YOUR LIFE MORE AFFORDABLE. [ Applause ] IN OUR PROGRAM, IN OUR PLATFORM, THERE WILL BE SEVERAL OTHER MEASURES TO IMPROVE YOUR DAILY LIVES AND CUT THE COST OF LIVING. [ End of Translation ] LOWER YOUR TAXES AND MAKE YOUR LIFE MORE AFFORDABLE. [ Applause ] AND IN OUR ELECTION PLATFORM, THERE WILL BE LOTS OF OTHER MEASURES TO HELP YOU GET AHEAD AND LOWER THE COST OF LIVING. [ Voice of Translator ] OVER THE LAST FOUR YEARS, WE SAW THE TRUE FACE OF JUSTIN TRUDEAU, NOT THE ONE HE SHOWED DURING THE LAST ELECTION CAMPAIGN. JUSTIN TRUDEAU IS NOT THE ONE HE PRETENDED TO BE, THAT HE SHOWED HIMSELF TO BE. IN 2015, JUSTIN TRUDEAU PROMISED TO HELP THE MIDDLE CLASS. BUT ONCE HE WAS IN POWER, HE INCREASED THE TAXES OF 80% OF THE MEMBERS OF THE MIDDLE CLASS. HE SAID THAT THE TAX BURDEN OF THE MIDDLE CLASS WOULD BE LESSER, BUT HE INCREASED TAXES. AND MADE LIFE MORE COSTLY FOR PEOPLE SUCH AS YOURSELF. HE PROMISED TO BALANCE THE BUDGET BY 2019. WHICH IS THIS YEAR. BUT WHAT HE DID IS HE HAS GIVEN US GREAT DEFICITS THAT ARE NOW THREATENING OUR SOCIAL PROGRAMS LIKE EDUCATION. HE SAID THAT HE WOULD DO MORE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT BUT OVER THE LAST FOUR YEARS, CANADA’S CARBON EMISSIONS HAVE INCREASED AND THE ONLY CONCRETE THING THAT HE DID DO IS TAKE MORE MONEY OUT OF YOUR POCKETS WITH THE CARBON TAX. [ End of Translation ] — ALSO FAMOUSLY SAID CANADA IS BACK. AND THEN HE EMBARRASSED CANADIANS ALL AROUND THE GLOBE AND CANADA IS NOW MORE ISOLATED THAN EVER. MERCI BEAUCOUP.>>(Together): ANDREW! ANDREW! ANDREW! ANDREW!>>(Voice of Translator): THANK YOU VERY MUCH. [ Cheering and Applause ] FURTHER, HE PROMISED AN HONEST AND TRANSPARENT GOVERNMENT BUT IT’S BEEN ONE SCANDAL AFTER ANOTHER, USED HIS POSITION TO HELP PARTISANS, AND HE’S THE ONLY PRIME MINISTER FOUND GUILTY TWICE, TWICE, OF HAVING BROKEN THE ETHICS RULES. IT’S QUITE SHAMEFUL. [ End of Translation ] AND IF THAT WASN’T ENOUGH, AS THIS ELECTION CAMPAIGN BEGINS, CANADIANS LEARNED TWO DISTURBING DETAILS ABOUT THE SNC-LAVALIN CORRUPTION SCANDAL. NUMBER ONE, THE RCMP ARE LOOKING INTO THE LIBERAL GOVERNMENT FOR POSSIBLE OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE. AND NUMBER TWO, JUSTIN TRUDEAU IS DOING EVERYTHING HE CAN TO BLOCK HIM. HIS ACTIONS IN THE SNC-LAVALIN AFFAIR ARE BEYOND DISPUTE. HE HAS DONE EVERYTHING HE CAN TO KEEP THESE FACTS HIDDEN FROM CANADIANS. THE FACTS HAVE BEEN SUBSTANTIATED BY HOURS OF PARLIAMENTARY TESTIMONY, TAPE RECORDINGS, AND AN ETHICS COMMISSIONER’S GUILTY VERDICT. [ Voice of Translator ] JUSTIN TRUDEAU INTERVENE IN A CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS BY BRINGING PRESSURE TO BEAR ON THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF CANADA TO PREVENT A TRIAL AGAINST SNC-LAVALIN. WHEN SHE REFUSED, HE FIRED HER. AND TODAY, HE REFUSES TO WAIVE PARLIAMENTARY PRIVILEGE AND CONFIDENTIALITY OF THE CABINET WHICH IS PREVENTING THE RCMP FROM INVESTIGATING HIS ACTS. JUSTIN TRUDEAU MUST TODAY ALLOW THE RCMP TO UNDERTAKE ITS WORK. HIS OFFICE HAS TO COOPERATE FULLY AND GIVE TO THE RCMP ALL NECESSARY DOCUMENTS. [ Applause ] HE SHOULD ALSO LET SPEAK ALL THOSE WHO HAVE INFORMATION AND CEASE IMMEDIATELY TO BLOCK A POLICE INQUIRY. [ End of Translation ] JUSTIN TRUDEAU THINKS THERE’S ONE SET OF LAWS FOR HIM AND HIS POWERFUL FRIENDS AND ONE SET OF LAWS FOR EVERY OTHER HARD-WORKING CANADIANS LIKE YOU. SO JUSTIN TRUDEAU MUST ALLOW THE RCMP TO DO ITS JOB AND HE MUST IMMEDIATELY WAIVE PRIVILEGE AND CABINET CONFIDENTIALITY. [ Applause ]>>(Together): ANDREW! ANDREW!>>MERCI BEAUCOUP.>>(Together): ANDREW! ANDREW! ANDREW! ANDREW! [ Cheering and Applause ]>>OVER THE LAST FOUR YEARS, JUSTIN TRUDEAU HAS REPEATEDLY PROVEN THAT HE CAN’T BE TRUSTED, BUT THERE ARE A FEW THINGS YOU CAN COUNT ON HIM TO DO IF HE IS RE-ELECTED. HE WILL KEEP BREAKING HIS PROMISES. HIS ENDLESS DEFICITS WILL FORCE HIM TO RAISE TAXES EVEN HIGHER. AND HIS DEBT WILL HAMPER THE GOVERNMENT’S ABILITY TO DELIVER THE PUBLIC SERVICES WE ARE ENTITLED TO AS CANADIANS LIKE EDUCATION AND HEALTH CARE. AND HIS POOR JUDGMENT WILL LEAD TO MORE SCANDAL AT HOME AND MORE WEAKNESS ABROAD. SIMPLY PUT, HE IS JUST NOT AS ADVERTISED. [ Voice of Translator ] BUT A NEW CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT WILL LIVE ACCORDING TO ITS NEEDS AND PUT MORE MONEY IN YOUR POCKETS SO THAT YOU CAN IMPROVE YOUR DAILY LIVES. [ Applause ] AND ON THE NEXT — ON THE 21st OF OCTOBER NEXT, WE WILL REPLACE AN UNWORTHY AND INCOMPETENT GOVERNMENT WITH A NEW GOVERNMENT, ONE THAT ALL CANADIANS CAN BE PROUD OF. AND QUEBECERS WILL THEREFORE BE ABLE TO GIVE THEMSELVES A GOVERNMENT THAT WILL RESPECT AND REFLECT QUEBEC REALITIES. ON THE 21st OF OCTOBER, WE WILL BE ABLE TO REPLACE THE OLD PATERNALISTIC FEDERALISM OF THE LIBERALS WITH AN OPEN FEDERALISM BASED ON COLLABORATION AND RESPECT OF THE PROVINCES AND NOT CONFRONTATION. [ Applause ] WE ARE THE PARTY THAT RECOGNIZED THAT QUEBECERS FORM A NATION WITHIN A UNITED CANADA. IT GAVE A SEAT TO QUEBEC AT UNESCO. AND THAT FIXED THE FISCAL UNBALANCE. THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIBERALS AND CONSERVATIVES IS QUITE SIMPLE: LIBERALS ARE INTERESTED IN POWER AND THE GOVERNMENT. BUT THE CONSERVATIVES ARE INTERESTED IN YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. AND THE CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT RESPECTS ITS COMMITMENTS, ITS — MORE THAN EVER, OUR COUNTRY NEEDS A CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT AND TO BRING BACK INTEGRITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY TO GOVERNMENT FOR THE HONOUR AND PROSPERITY OF OUR COUNTRY, I NEED THE QUEBEC NATION. [ Applause ] SO… THANK YOU. THANK YOU.>>(Together): ANDREW! ANDREW! ANDREW! [ Applause ]>>(Voice of Translator): SO I’M ASKING YOU TODAY TO KNOCK ON EVERY DOOR, TO BE EVERYWHERE, TALK TO YOUR FRIENDS, YOUR NEIGHBOURS, YOUR FAMILY. IT’S ONLY YOU THAT CAN ELECT A NEW GOVERNMENT THAT WILL BE WORKING TO IMPROVE YOUR DAILY LIVES. AND IT’S IMPORTANT, AND IT’S NOT THE BLOC QUEBECOIS THAT WILL BE REPLACING JUSTIN TRUDEAU. IT’S NOT THE BLOC THAT’S GOING TO LEAVE MORE MONEY IN YOUR POCKETS. QUEBECERS CAN ONLY COUNT ON US. ON THEIR HAND, THE BLOC MPs WILL JUST BE POWERLESS SPECTATORS PLAYING TO THE CROWD. DURING THAT TIME, WE ARE ON THE ICE, WE WILL DELIVER FOR QUEBEC AND, FRIENDS, I HEAR THE SAME MESSAGE THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY: PEOPLE ARE FED UP OF JUSTIN TRUDEAU, HIS GOVERNMENT AND HIS FAILURES. THEY’RE FED UP WITH PAYING MORE TAXES. THEY’RE FED UP WITH HIGH DEFICITS. THEY’RE FED UP WITH BEING ASHAMED OF THEIR PRIME MINISTER WHEN HE GOES ABROAD. THEY’RE FED UP WITH ILLEGAL PEOPLE CROSSING AT THE ROX HAM, QUEBEC, AND THEY’RE FED UP WITH THE ETHICAL PROBLEMS OF JUSTIN TRUDEAU AS WELL AS CORRUPTION. SO I HAVE A SIMPLE MESSAGE FOR JUSTIN TRUDEAU: STARTING TODAY, RECESS IS OVER! [ Applause ] MY PLEDGE TO YOU IS CLEAR. IT’S TIME FOR YOU TO GET AHEAD. BECAUSE WHERE JUSTIN TRUDEAU INCREASES YOUR TAXES, I WILL REDUCE THEM. WHERE JUSTIN TRUDEAU BROUGHT ABOUT BIG DEFICITS, I’LL BRING BACK BUDGETARY BALANCE IN RESPONSIBLE FASHION. WHERE JUSTIN TRUDEAU USES THE ENVIRONMENT TO IMPOSE A CARBON TAX ON CANADIANS, I HAVE A REAL PLAN THAT WILL REDUCE CO2 EMISSIONS WITHOUT TAKING MONEY OUT OF YOUR POCKET. WHERE JUSTIN TRUDEAU IS PUTTING US TO SHAME EVERYWHERE ON THE PLANET, I WILL ENSURE THAT CANADA FINDS ITS PRESTIGE AGAIN ON THE INTERNATIONAL SCENE. WHERE JUSTIN TRUDEAU NEGLECTS OUR ARMED FORCES AND OUR VETERANS, I WILL GIVE THEM BOTH THE EQUIPMENT AND THE RESPECT THAT THEY DESERVE. AND WHERE JUSTIN TRUDEAU BREAKS THE LAW AND USES HIS OFFICE TO PREVENT POLICE INVESTIGATIONS, I GUARANTEE THAT MY GOVERNMENT WILL BE HONEST, ACCOUNTABLE AND WORK FOR ALL CANADIANS. [ Applause ] FOR ALL OF THESE REASONS, WE HAVE TO BEAT JUSTIN TRUDEAU’S LIBERALS ON THE 21st OF OCTOBER. ALL TOGETHER, WE WILL BE ABLE TO DO IT. [ Applause ] AND TOGETHER, FRIENDS, WE WILL ENSURE THAT JUSTIN TRUDEAU BECOMES THE PRIME MINISTER OF A SINGLE MANDATE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THANK YOU. SEE YOU ALL SOON. [ ♪♪♪ ]>>Peter: PETER VAN DUSEN WATCHING ALONG WITH YOU OUR CONTINUING COVERAGE OF VOTE 2019 AND THE FIRST CAMPAIGN STOP FOR THE CONSERVATIVE LEADER ANDREW SCHEER IN TROIS-RIVIERES, QUEBEC, WHERE THE FORMER MAYOR OF THAT CITY IS RUNNING AS A CANDIDATE AND THE CONSERVATIVES, THERE YOU SEE HIM, YVES LEVESQUE, THE CONSERVATIVES ARE HOPING THEY CAN PICK UP THAT SEAT. AS THEY TRY TO PICK UP A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT SEATS IN THE PROVINCE OF QUEBEC, LARGELY AROUND THE NORTH SHORE AND QUEBEC CITY AREA. AND POSSIBLY ACROSS THE SOUTH SHORE OF THE St. LAWRENCE AND THE BEAUCE REGION AS WELL. TALK ABOUT THAT IN JUST A FEW MOMENTS AS WELL. NOW, A LITTLE BIT OF CAMPAIGN TRIVIA. YOU’RE HEARING THE CAMPAIGN SONG “GET AHEAD.” HERE’S SOMETHING TO KNOW, IT WAS WRITTEN FOR THE PARTY BY JIM BALLANCE, IF THAT NAME RINGS A BELL TO YOU, IT SHOULD, HE’S A LONG-TIME MUSIC COLLABORATOR WITH BRYAN ADAMS AND THE MAN BEHIND THE LYRICS FOR SUCH BRYAN ADAMS HITS AS “SUMMER OF ’69” AMONG OTHERS, AND HE HAS WRITTEN THIS SONG” GET AHEAD” FOR THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY WHICH PLAYS OF COURSE ON THEIR SLOGAN, IT IS TIME FOR YOU TO GET AHEAD. SO ANDREW SCHEER NOW WE’RE TOLD WILL LEAVE THAT CAMPAIGN LAUNCH SPOT AND HE’S GOING TO HAVE ANOTHER LOCATION WHERE HE WILL BE SPEAKING WITH REPORTERS THERE. HE DID ONCE ALREADY TODAY IN THE CITY OF OTTAWA BEFORE BOARDING A PLANE TO TROIS-RIVIERES WHICH, BECAUSE OF FOG IN TYPEWRITERS, S TROIS-RIVIERES, THEY HAD TO BE DIVERTED, AND THEY BUSSED TO TROIS-RIVIERES, AND HE WILL DO IT AGAIN WHEN THEY REPOSITION FOR HIS MEDIA AVAILABILITY IN TROIS-RIVIERES. WHEN THAT HAPPENS, WE’LL HAVE THAT FOR YOU AS WELL. WHAT DID WE HEAR IN THE SPEECH? WE HEARD WHAT WE EXPECTED TO HEARD IN TERMS OF FRAMING THE ISSUE. THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY WITH A PLEDGE TO PUT MORE MONEY ON YOUR POCKET, CUT THE CARBON TAX, CUT OTHER TAXES, BALANCE THE BUDGET, MAKE LIFE MORE AFFORDABLE FOR CANADIANS WHICH IS ONE OF THE KEY ISSUES IN THIS CAMPAIGN, OF COURSE, IS AFFORDABILITY, AND ALSO TAKING AIM AT JUSTIN TRUDEAU AND SAYING, LOOK, THE CAMPAIGN BEGINS WITH THE PRIME MINISTER UNDER INVESTIGATION BY THE RCMP. AND THAT FLOWS FROM ANOTHER GLOBE AND MAIL REPORT THIS MORNING ON THE SNC-LAVALIN AFFAIR SAYING THAT THE RCMP IS BEING BLOCKED EFFECTIVELY IN ITS EFFORTS TO FIND OUT IF THERE WAS ANY OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE, ANY CRIMINALITY INVOLVED IN THE SNC-LAVALIN AFFAIR, AND IT’S BEING BLOCKED BECAUSE OF THE COVERAGE OF CABINET CONFIDENTIALITY OVER CABINET MINISTERS AND THE GOVERNMENT IS REFUSING TO LIFT THAT TO ALLOW THE RCMP TO QUESTION SOME OF THOSE WITNESSES THAT HAVE THE PROTECTIONS OF CABINET CONFIDENTIALITY TO FIND OUT WHAT THEY KNOW, WHAT THEY SAW, WHAT INFORMATION THEY MIGHT HAVE INVOLVED IN THE SNC-LAVALIN AFFAIR AND THE PRIME MINISTER RESPONDED TO THAT EARLIER TODAY AS HE ANNOUNCED THE CAMPAIGN LAUNCH HERE IN OTTAWA BY SAYING, LOOK, WE HAVE IMPLEMENTED THE WIDEST WAIVER EVER OF CABINET CONFIDENTIALITY IN THIS PROCESS TO ALLOW MINISTERS TO BE QUESTIONED BEFORE PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEES, FOR INSTANCE, BUT GAVE ABSOLUTELY NO INDICATION HE’S PREPARED TO LIFT THE WAIVER FOR THOSE PEOPLE STILL COVERED BY IT. AND SO THAT’S WHERE WE ARE TODAY. THIS STORY ON DAY ONE OF THE CAMPAIGN IS IN MANY WAYS DOMINATING THE NARRATIVE AND NOT THE KIND OF THING THE LIBERALS WOULD HAVE LIKED TO HAVE ON THE LAUNCH OF DAY ONE BECAUSE IT SIDE TRACKS THEM FROM THEIR MESSAGE WHICH IS THAT THEY WANT VOTERS TO THINK OF THE COUNTRY MOVING FORWARD AND THAT’S THEIR SLOGAN, CHOOSE FORWARD, RATHER THAN THINKING ABOUT VOTING FOR CONSERVATIVES, WHICH THEY ARE DESCRIBING AS A MOVE BACKWARDS AND NOT THE KINDS OF THINGS THAT CANADIANS SHOULD CONTEMPLATE. NOW, WE’LL STAND BY FOR ANDREW SCHEER, AND YOU HEARD HIM TOUCH A LITTLE BIT ON ROXHAM ROAD AND THAT WHOLE QUESTION OF IRREGULAR MIGRANTS MAKING THEIR WAY INTO THE PROVINCE OF QUEBEC. STILL A BIG ISSUE IN THAT PROVINCE, ALTHOUGH THE NUMBERS SEEM TO HAVE DROPPED SOMEWHAT AT THE BORDER BUT IT’S STILL A BIG ISSUE AND IT’S A BIG ISSUE FOR THE NEXT PERSON WHO WANT TO HEAR FROM, AND THAT’S BECAUSE THERE’S A NEW PARTY ON THE RIGHT IN THIS ELECTION. AND ITS LEADER COMES OUT OF THE PROVINCE OF QUEBEC, IT’S THE UPSTART PEOPLE’S PARTY OF CANADA, BARELY A YEAR OLD NOW BUT IT WILL HAVE CANDIDATES ACROSS THE COUNTRY IN THIS ELECTION, AND THE FORMER LEADER, OF COURSE, IS FORMER CONSERVATIVE CABINET MINISTER MAXIME BERNIER, AND HE WAS BOOTED OUT OF THE CONSERVATIVES SOON AFTER HE TALKED ABOUT, YOU KNOW, ATTACKS ON ANDREW SCHEER AND SO ON, AFTER HE LOST THE PARTY LEADERSHIP, HE’S GONE ON TO CREATE — HE LEFT THE CONSERVATIVES TO CREATE HIS OWN PARTY, AND HE CALLS IT THE REAL ALTERNATIVE FOR CANADIAN VOTERS. AND PRINCIPAL CAMPAIGN PLATFORMS INCLUDING IMMIGRATION, HE WANTS TO CUT THAT IN HALF, HE WANTS TO END OFFICIAL MULTICULTURALISM AND HE WANTS TO CHAMPION PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY. SO WE’RE GOING TO HEAR FROM MAXIME BERNIER IN A LITTLE WHILE BUT WE ARE STANDING BY TO HEAR FROM — STANDING BY TO HEAR FROM ANDREW SCHEER AT THAT MEDIA AVAILABILITY IN TROIS-RIVIERES, AND THIS IS AN INTERESTING DYNAMIC AT PLAY HERE IN THE PROVINCE OF QUEBEC BECAUSE, AS I MENTION, THE CONSERVATIVES ARE TRYING TO TARGET SOME OF THESE KEY SEATS THEY THINK THEY CAN WIN IN THE PROVINCE OF QUEBEC TO BUILD ON THE 11 SEATS THEY HAVE THERE NOW. AND THEY ARE ALSO TALKING ABOUT THEY BELIEVE THEY’RE GOING TO KNOCK OFF MAXIME BERNIER IN HIS OWN RIDING OF BEAUCE. THEY HAVE A WELL-KNOWN LOCAL POLITICIAN THERE WHO IS A FORMER DAIRY FARMER WHO’S RUNNING FOR THE CONSERVATIVES IN THAT RUNNING AGAINST MAXIME BERNIER, AND MAXIME BERNIER, ONE OF HIS KEY PARTY POSITIONS IS THAT HE’S AGAINST SUPPLY MANAGEMENT WHICH IS SUPPORTED BY A LOT OF DAIRY FARMERS IN THIS COUNTRY. IT’S WHAT GIVES THEM THE PRICE GUARANTEES AND THE PRODUCTION STABILITY THEY SAY THEY NEED TO SURVIVE AS FARMERS IN THIS COUNTRY. AND SO THE TORIES ARE GOING AFTER HIM, THE FORMER CONSERVATIVE, IN HIS OWN RIDING OF BEAUCE. AND SO ANDREW SCHEER WILL HE GET ASKED ABOUT THAT AT THIS MEDIA AVAILABILITY, I’M NOT SURE. HE’LL PROBABLY GET ASKED AGAIN ABOUT THE SNC-LAVALIN AFFAIR AND HE’S ALSO GOING TO BE ASKED ABOUT SPECIFICALLY WHAT HE INTENDS TO DO IN THE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE PROVINCE OF QUEBEC AND WHAT QUEBECERS CAN EXPECT TO HEAR FROM CONSERVATIVES. THE CONSERVATIVES HAVE BEEN TELLING US THAT THEY WILL HAVE THE SAME MESSAGE WHEN THEY TRAVEL TO THE PROVINCE OF QUEBEC AS THEY HAVE IN EVERY OTHER COUNTRY, NOT THIS IDEA THAT SOME POLITICIANS WILL SOMETIMES SAY ONE THING IN ONE PART OF THE COUNTRY AND SAY SOMETHING DIFFERENT TO AN AUDIENCE IN QUEBEC. THEY HAVE ASSURED US THAT WILL NOT HAPPEN. DO WE KNOW THAT FOR SURE? WELL, WE MAY HAVE SOME HINT ABOUT HOW THE CAMPAIGN STARTS BECAUSE IN HIS COMMENTS IN TROIS-RIVIERES JUST A FEW MOMENTS AGO AT THAT LAUNCH EVENT WE HEARD ANDREW SCHEER TALK A LOT ABOUT SNC-LAVALIN AND THE GOVERNMENT’S RELATIONSHIP WITH IT AND THE PROBLEMS WITH THE ACTIONS OF THE PRIME MINISTER, AND THAT’S A SENSITIVE ISSUE IN THE PROVINCE OF QUEBEC BECAUSE THERE ARE LOTS OF QUEBECERS WHO UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF SNC-LAVALIN IN THAT PROVINCE AND THE JOBS THERE THAT ARE LOCATED, AT LEAST SOME OF THEM, IN THE PROVINCE OF QUEBEC, AND THEY — A LOT OF QUEBECERS SUPPORT THE PRIME MINISTER’S ACTIONS IN TRYING TO PROTECT JOBS OR AT LEAST THE PRIME MINISTER’S STATED OBJECTIVE IN GETTING INVOLVED IN THE SNC-LAVALIN STORY WAS TO PROTECTED JOBS IN THE PROVINCE OF QUEBEC. HE’S REPEATED THAT AGAIN TODAY. BUT ANDREW SCHEER SAYS THE WAY THE PRIME MINISTER ACTED IN ALL OF THIS IS NOT ON, NOT APPROPRIATE, AND SUGGESTING HE NO LONGER HAS THE MORAL AUTHORITY TO GOVERN IN THIS COUNTRY AND SO WE’LL SEE HOW MUCH HE DOUBLES DOWN ON THAT MESSAGE IN FRONT OF THE REPORTERS TRAVELLING WITH HIM. BUT SOME OF THOSE REPORTERS IN THE PROVINCE OF QUEBEC, TOO, WILL HAVE QUESTIONS FOR THE LEADER ABOUT WHERE HE STANDS AND THERE HE IS AT THE MICROPHONE SO LET’S LISTEN IN.>>(Voice of Translator): IS EVERYONE READY? SO AS YOU HEARD OUR VERY CLEAR MESSAGE DURING THIS CAMPAIGN IS THAT THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY WILL MAKE SURE THAT OUR GOVERNMENT WILL LIVE ACCORDING TO ITS MEANS SO THAT WE CAN LEAVE MORE MONEY IN THE POCKETS OF CANADIANS. AND TO MAKE LIFE MORE AFFORDABLE? [ End of Translation ] — TRUST TO PUT MORE MONEY IN YOUR POCKETS THAT YOU CAN GET AHEAD AND A CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT WILL LIVE WITHIN ITS MEANS SO WE CAN LOWER TAXES, PUT MORE MONEY BACK IN THE POCKETS OF CANADIANS SO THAT THEY CAN GET AHEAD. IT’S TIME FOR CANADIANS TO GET AHEAD. SO WITH THAT, I’M HAPPY TO TAKE YOUR QUESTIONS.>>ON THE SNC MATTER, DO YOU HAVE ANY OPTIONS TO INSIST THE RCMP NOT BE BLOCKED FROM DOING THEIR JOB?>>WELL, AT THIS POINT, IT’S QUITE CLEAR THAT THE DECISION TO WAIVE CABINET CONFIDENTIALITY OR TO MAKE PEOPLE AVAILABLE TO THE RCMP RESTS WITH THE PRIME MINISTER. HE’S NOT TELLING THE TRUTH WHEN HE SAYS THAT IT’S NOT HIS DECISION. IT IS HIS DECISION. HE HAS THAT POWER. HE NEEDS TO STOP HIDING BEHIND THE CLERK OF THE PRIVY COUNSEL, TAKE SOME RESPONSIBILITY, WAIVE THAT PRIVILEGE AND LET THE RCMP DO THEIR JOB.>>OKAY. MR. TRUDEAU SAID THIS MORNING IT WOULD BE COUNTERPRODUCTIVE FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO GET INVOLVED IN BILL 21. WOULD A CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT INTERVENE?>>WE DO NOT HAVE THE INTENTION OF INTERVENING IN THIS CASE. WE HAVE MADE IT VERY CLEAR THIS IS NOT SOMETHING THAT WE WOULD DO AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL, AND THAT HAS BEEN OUR POSITION FROM THE BEGINNING.>>(Voice of Translator): IN FRENCH, PLEASE.>>(Voice of Translator): YES, WE HAVE NO INTENTION OF INTERVENING IN THIS MATTER, IT IS VERY CLEAR THAT THE ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES OF QUEBEC HAVE MADE THE DECISION AND THOSE WHO ARE AGAINST THIS BILL AND GOING TO COURT ABOUT IT, THAT’S THEIR RIGHT. IT’S UP TO THE COURTS TO SETTLE THE MATTER AND ONE THING IS VERY SURE IS THAT WE WILL NOT DELVE INTO THIS AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL.>>(Voice of Translator): QUESTION FROM “LE DEVOIR.” YOUR CANDIDATES, MR. LEVESQUE, WAS AGAINST THE ENERGY EAST PROJECT WHEN HE WAS IN TROIS-RIVIERES A FEW YEARS AGO. HAVE YOU TALKED TO HIM ABOUT IT NOW, HAS HE JOINED YOUR POSITION ON THIS?>>(Voice of Translator): YES, I SPOKE WITH MANY OF THE REPRESENTATIVES AT DIFFERENT LEVELS THROUGHOUT QUEBEC AND IT IS VERY CLEAR THAT A FEW HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT SPECIFIC PROJECTS. MY MESSAGE IS VERY CLEAR. IS THAT THE CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT WILL CREATE AN ENERGY CORRIDOR AND WHEN ALL THE ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES AND FIRST NATIONS ISSUES CAN BE SOLVED BY A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, BEFORE A PROJECT IS BUILT BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR, AND THIS WILL GIVE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL THESE ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS TO BE LIFTED BEFORE A PROJECT GETS STARTED, GETS UNDER WAY, AND THIS WILL ENABLE CANADA TO MOVE AWAY FROM FOREIGN OIL. AND I’M SURE THAT ALL OUR CANDIDATES AND ALL QUEBECERS WILL AGREE WITH THIS POSITION THAT IT’S BETTER TO PURCHASE CANADIAN OIL RATHER THAN TO BE RELIANT ON FOREIGN OIL.>>(Voice of Translator): SO ABOUT THIS ENERGY CORRIDOR, YOU SAID I WILL CONSULT THE PROVINCES, WE’LL HAVE DISCUSSIONS ON THIS. IF A PROVINCE, FOR EXAMPLE, QUEBEC, DOES NOT SEEM IN FAVOUR OF THIS ENERGY CORRIDOR, IF A PROVINCE SAYS THAT’S OUT OF THE QUESTION, DOES THAT PUT AN END TO THE PROJECT?>>(Voice of Translator): WELL, THAT’S JUST HYPOTHETICAL QUESTION, AND I’M VERY OPTIMISTIC QUEBEC WANTS TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE ITS HYDRO ENERGY WITH OTHER PROVINCES. WE WILL CREATE A SITUATION THAT IS WIN-WIN FOR ALL THE PROVINCES. AND I’M VERY CONFIDENT, VERY OPTIMISTIC. THE PROJECTS THAT ARE UNDER FEDERAL JURISDICTION ARE UNDER THE RESPONSIBILITY OF A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND IT IS ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WORKS WITH PROVINCES IN FULL COLLABORATION AND THAT IS THE REASON WHY I OFFERED TO HAVE THIS ENERGY CORRIDOR. SO THAT WE CAN SOLVE ALL THE QUESTIONS BEFORE THE PRIVATE SECTOR COMES IN AND STARTS OFFERING PROJECTS. [ End of Translation ] SO ONE THING THAT IS CLEAR IS THAT ALL OUR CANDIDATES THROUGHOUT QUEBEC PREFER THAT QUEBECERS AND EASTERN CANADIANS HAVE THE ABILITY TO PURCHASE CANADIAN ENERGY, CANADIAN OIL AND GAS. THAT’S WHY I’VE PROPOSED THE ENERGY CORRIDOR WHICH WILL ALLOW WESTERN CANADIAN ENERGY TO REACH EASTERN MARKETS AND WILL ALSO ALLOW QUEBEC TO SHARE ITS CLEAN HYDROELECTRICITY WITH OTHER PROVINCES AS WELL. SO THE IDEA HERE IS THAT WE CAN GET ALL THE ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS DEALT WITH UPFRONT AND ENGAGE IN ROBUST AND DYNAMIC CONSULTATIONS WITH FIRST NATIONS BEFORE, BEFORE THE PRIVATE SECTOR STARTS PROPOSING DIFFERENT TYPES OF PROJECTS. THAT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO TAKE ON AND PROJECTS THAT FALL WITHIN THE FEDERAL JURISDICTION ARE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND IT’S ESSENTIAL THAT A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WORKS IN COLLABORATION WITH THE PROVINCES.>>MR. SCHEER, YOU MENTION IN YOUR SPEECH TODAY, YOU’VE SAID BEFORE YOU THINK YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT SORT OF WORKING PEOPLE, WHAT AVERAGE CANADIANS ARE FEELING AND HOW — WORK ON THEIR FINANCES BUT FOR MOST OF YOUR ADULT LIFE THAT MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN THE CASE. HOW DO YOU EXPECT TO CONVINCE THEM YOU REALLY DO UNDERSTAND AND WHY DOES THAT MATTER?>>WELL, I’VE MADE IT VERY CLEAR THAT I GREW UP IN A HOUSEHOLD THAT DIDN’T HAVE EVERYTHING THAT WE EVER WANTED BUT WE HAD A GOOD QUALITY OF LIFE. I WATCHED MY PARENTS MAKE DIFFICULT DECISIONS. I KNOW WHAT THE IMPACT OF DOUBLE DIGIT MORTGAGE RATES HAD ON MY PARENTS AND HOW LONG IT TOOK THEM TO DIG OUT OF THAT DEBT AT THAT TIME. I WAS ONLY ABLE TO PAY MY WAY THROUGH UNIVERSITY THANKS TO WORKING AT SMALL BUSINESSES, I WORKED AT A RESTAURANT WAITING TABLES AND AN INSURANCE OFFICE AND THAT’S WHY I WAS SO PASSIONATE ABOUT DEFENDING SMALL BUSINESSES WHEN JUSTIN TRUDEAU CALLED THEM TAX CHEATS. HE’S NEVER HAD TO WORK TABLES TO PAY HIS WAY, BUT WE SEE HE DOESN’T GET IT IN HIS ACTIONS AND POLICIES. ATTACKING SMALL BUSINESSES, RAISING TAXES, SAYING HIGHER GAS PRICES ARE EXACTLY WHAT HE WANTS. MILLIONAIRE LIBERALS LIKE JUSTIN TRUDEAU MIGHT NOT MIND PAYING HIGHER GAS PRICES, HARD-WORKING CANADIAN FAMILIES CERTAINLY DO.>>SORRY, IN FRENCH.>>(Voice of Translator): WELL, FOR SURE I GREW UP IN A MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILY. MY PARENTS HAD SOME HARD CHOICES TO MAKE SOMETIMES. AND AT THAT TIME WHERE MORTGAGE RATES WERE IN DOUBLE DIGITS, CLOSE TO 20%, OUR FAMILY HAD A LOT OF DIFFICULT DECISIONS TO TAKE. AND IT TOOK A LOT OF TIME TO DIG OUT OF THE DEBT, AND I WAS ABLE TO GO TO UNIVERSITY ONLY BECAUSE I HAD JOBS IN SMALL BUSINESSES, AND AS A REASON WHY I WAS SO PASSIONATE TO DEFEND SMALL BUSINESSES WHEN JUSTIN TRUDEAU WAS ACCUSING THEM OF BEING TAX CHEATS. AND FOR SURE JUSTIN TRUDEAU HAS NO IDEA OF THE CHALLENGES THAT AVERAGE CANADIANS FACE. [ End of Translation ]>> — DOESN’T GO FAR ENOUGH AND HAS GIVEN SIX MONTHS TO FIX IT. WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO FIX IT, IF ANYTHING?>>WE’VE JUST BECOME AWARE OF THIS DECISION IN RECENT MOMENTS SO WE’LL TAKE A LOOK AT THE EXACT WORDING OF THE DECISION AND WE’LL HAVE MORE TO SAY AT A LATER DATE.>>(Voice of Translator): MR. SCHEER, RADIO CANADA, DO YOU KNOW THE MEASURES OF THIS MEDICALLY-ASSISTED DYING? THE COURT SAYS THAT THERE ARE SOME CRITERIA THAT ARE TOO RESTRICTIVE IN THIS MEDICALLY-SAFETIED DYING SO MY QUESTION IS ARE YOU IN FAVOUR OF OPENING UP THIS POSITION TO MAKE IT MORE ACCESSIBLE?>>(Voice of Translator): IT IS IMPORTANT THAT THE GOVERNMENT RESPECT THE COURT’S DECISION. THIS DECISION CAME OUT TODAY, IN THE LAST FEW HOURS. AS I SAID, WE WILL LOOK INTO IT AND HAVE MORE TO SAY ABOUT IT SOON.>>(Voice of Translator): SO YOU’RE IN THE CAMPAIGN, YOU WANT TO BE ELECTED, ARE YOU OPEN TO BROADEN THE CRITERIA?>>(Voice of Translator): I WILL LOOK INTO THE DECISION. IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT I ANSWER QUESTIONS AFTER I READ THE DECISION. AND I WILL SEE WHAT IS IN THE DECISION, WHAT ARE THE ASPECTS OF THE LAW, BUT IT IS IMPORTANT THAT THE GOVERNMENT OF ANY PARTY RESPECT THE DECISIONS OF THE COURTS.>>(Voice of Translator): ABOUT THE PIPELINES, I’D LIKE TO LISTEN TO YOU ON THIS. IF THE PROVINCE OPPOSITES OPPOSE PEOPLE WOULD LIKE TO KNOW, WOULD YOU OPPOSE PIPELINE PROJECT IN A PROVINCE THAT REFUSES IT? QUEBEC TALKS OF DIRTY OIL, HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO TO IMPOSE THIS?>>(Voice of Translator): WELL, I AM CONVINCED THAT IT IS BETTER TO HAVE OIL FROM WESTERN PROVINCES OF CANADA TO TAKE TO THE EASTERN PROVINCES THAN THE TRUE DIRTY OIL THAT COMES FROM COUNTRIES SUCH AS SAUDI ARABIA, VENEZUELA AND OTHER COUNTRIES THAT HAVE NO RESPECT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS, WOMEN, AND DEMOCRACY. THAT’S BETTER FOR CANADIANS, IT’S BETTER FOR OUR ECONOMY AND THIS WILL CREATE JOBS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY, EVEN HERE IN QUEBEC, BECAUSE THERE ARE MANY JOBS HERE THAT ARE GOOD JOBS THANKS TO THE ENERGY SECTOR. I’M CONVINCED THAT I CAN WORK TOGETHER WITH MR. LEGAULT IN FULL COLLABORATION. I’VE ALREADY TALKED ABOUT THE DYNAMIC THAT WE WOULD HAVE WITH THIS ENERGY CORRIDOR THAT WOULD ENABLE QUEBEC TO SELL ITS CLEAN ENERGY TO OTHER PROVINCES. IT’S A WIN-WIN SITUATION AND I’M FOCUSING ON THE POSITIVE ASPECTS AND I’M SURE THAT THAT’S A PROJECT THAT WE CAN FULFILL.>>GLOBAL NEWS. MR. SCHEER, I’M CURIOUS ABOUT YOUR DECISION TO LAUNCH IN THIS SPECIFIC RIDING WHEN THE CONSERVATIVES HAVEN’T HELD IT IN DECADES, IF YOU ARE HOPING TO WIN IT, HOW IS YOUR STRATEGY DIFFERENT THIS TIME AROUND?>>WE ARE GOING TO WIN SEATS ALL OVER QUEBEC. WE ARE GOING TO SURPRISE PEOPLE. THE EVENING OF OCTOBER 21st, WE ARE GOING TO WIN SEATS WE HAVEN’T HELD IN A LONG TIME. WE KNOW IT’S GOING TO HAPPEN BECAUSE IT’S ALREADY HAPPENED. WE WON A BY-ELECTION IN CHICAGO- [ Voice of Translator ] WE WILL BE WINNING SEATS EVERYWHERE IN QUEBEC. WE WON A BY-ELECTION IN A RIDING THAT WE HADN’T HELD IN A LONG TIME. AND WE HAVE AN EXCELLENT CANDIDATE HERE IF TROIS-RIVIERES AND WE’LL BE WINNING HERE, TOO. [ End of Translation ]>> — BILL 21 IF YOU FORM GOVERNMENT, DO YOU THINK THE BILL INFRINGES ON PEOPLE’S RELIGIOUS FREEDOMS?>>PEOPLE WHO ARE AGAINST THIS BILL RIGHT NOW ARE MAKING THAT CASE DIRECTLY IN THE COURTS. THAT IS THEIR RIGHT. THEY WILL HAVE THE ABILITY TO DO SO AND THE COURTS WILL ULTIMATELY DECIDE ON THAT. FOR OUR PART, WE WILL NOT PROCEED WITH THIS TYPE OF INITIATIVE AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL. WE DON’T BELIEVE THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE WOULD EVER DO AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL.>>BUT DO YOU BELIEVE IT INFRINGES — DO YOU BELIEVE IT INFRINGES ON RELIGIOUS RIGHTS?>>AS I SAID, I WOULD NEVER PROCEED WITH THIS AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL. WE’RE GOING TO SEE WHAT THE COURTS SAY. I’VE ALWAYS FELT FROM THE MOMENT THAT THIS BILL WAS INTRODUCED THAT IT IS NOT APPROPRIATE TO BE IMPLEMENTED AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL. THAT IS OUR POSITION, WE’RE GOING TO MAINTAIN THAT.>>Peter: ALL RIGHT. PETER VAN DUSEN WATCHING ALONG WITH YOU, ANDREW SCHEER AS HE LIVES TROIS-RIVIERES AND NOW HEADS TO THE GTA, TO VAUGHAN, ONTARIO FOR A CAMPAIGN EVENT THERE. ANOTHER BATTLE GROUND FOR THE CONSERVATIVES AND LARGELY THE LIBERALS AT THIS POINT, A TWO-WAY FIGHT IN SOME OF THOSE KEY RIDINGS OUTSIDE TORONTO. SO QUICKLY TO SUMMARIZE ANDREW SCHEER SAYING THAT HE WILL NOT GET INVOLVED IN ANY COURT CHALLENGES TO QUEBEC’S BILL 21, AS MUCH AS HE DOESN’T THINK IT’S APPROPRIATE AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL. HE’S NOT GOING TO GET INVOLVED IN QUEBEC AFFAIRS. AND THE OTHER THING HE SAID WAS INTERESTING I THINK WAS ENERGY EAST AND HIS CANDIDATE IN TROIS-RIVIERES USED TO OPPOSE ENERGY EAST, MAYBE STILL DOES, BUT WHEN ANDREW SCHEER SAYS ANYBODY OPPOSED TO THAT IN QUEBEC, HE HAS A WAY TO WORK AROUND IT WITH AN ENERGY CORRIDOR WHICH WOULD SATISFY ALL CONCERNS ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES BEFORE A PROJECT WOULD GO AHEAD MAKING SURE ALL PROJECTS PASS THROUGH ONE PART OF THE COUNTRY TO GET FROM EAST TO WEST. SO THAT’S IT FOR ANDREW SCHEER FOR NOW AND HE MOVES ON TO ONTARIO. JUST TO TELL YOU COMING UP ROUGHLY THE TOP OF THE CLOCK HERE, RIGHT AROUND 2:00, HAVE YOUR SAY, OUR DAILY MONDAY TO FRIDAY CAMPAIGN FEATURE WITH MARK SUTCLIFFE, HE TAKES CALLS, LOOKING AT EACH DAY OF THE CAMPAIGN FROM 2 TO 4 EVERY DAY, MARK COMING UP AT THE TOP OF THE CLOCK. JUST AHEAD OF THAT, WE’VE BEEN TALKING TO A LOT OF PEOPLE LEADING UP TO OUR ELECTION COVERAGE IN THE DAYS BEFORE THE ELECTION, AND HERE’S MY CONVERSATION WITH THE PEOPLE’S PARTY OF CANADA LEADER MAXIME BERNIER. I SPOKE TO HIM JUST BEFORE IN THE DAYS LEADING UP TO THE WRIT DROP. HERE’S THAT CONVERSATION… MAXIME BERNIER, GOOD TO S YOU AGAIN, GOOD TO SPEAK WIT YOU AGAIN. THANKS FOR BEING HERE.>>THANKU FOR THIS INVITATION.>>Peter: LET’S BEGINTH WHAT YOU THINK YOUR PARTY AND OUR LEADERSHIP IS OFFERING CANADIANS IN THLECTION.>>A VERY DERENT PERSPECTIVE. AS KNOW, WE’RE THE ONLY PARTY WHO FIGHT FOR FEWER IMMIGRANTS, ABOLISHING THE CARTEL IN DAIRY, POULTRY AND EGGS. AS YOUW, A CANADIAN FAMILY WILL O HAT. WE ALSO WANT TO ABOLISH CORPORATE WELFARE, NO MORE SUBSIDIES TOUSINESSES, AND A FLAT TAX, SO WE HAVE POLICIES THAT ARE VERY DIENT FROM THE OTHER PARTIES. WE’RE THE ONLY ONE A WHO WANTS TO BALANCE THEUDGET IN TWO YEARS, SO THA WILL BE AN INTERESTING CAMN. WIN THE ELECTION.YOU WANT TO EVERY POLITICAL LEADER DOES. T’S A GIVEN. BUT IF YOU DON’T WIN, HOW WILL YOU MEASURE SUCCESS IN T ELECTION?>>YOU KNOW, FOR US, I THINKE WORSTE SCENARIO WILL BE FOR US TO HAVE THE BNCE OF OF POWER. I THINKE POLL RIGHT NOW ARE VERY VOLATILE AND THE ONLY CHALGE THAT WE HAVE AS THE NEW PARTY IS TO BENOWN AS A PARTY, THE PEOPLEARTY OF CDA. WHEN I’M LOOKING AT THE POLL, WHEN 52% CANADIANS ARE SAYING THAT THEY’RE READY TO VOTE FOR A NEW PARTY AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL –>>Peter: YOU SAYS WORST CASE SCENARIO, YOU THINK THE WORST YOU WILL DO IS WIN ENOUGH SEATS TO BE THE BALAN OF POWER? ABSOLUTELY. ONLY THREE GREENS IN B ARE CONTROLLING THE GOVERNMEVER THERE SO WE’LL HAVE MORE THAN THREE SEATS FOR SURE. BUT I’M DOINGHE FIGHT TO BE P MINISTER BUT IF NOT, WE CAN HA THE BALANCE OF POWER WITH OUR MPs, AND WE WILL PUSH OUR IDEAS.>>Pet THE POLLS SUGGEST YOU MIGHT EVEN F A TOUGH CHALLENGE INUR OWN RIDING OF BEAUCE. THE CONSERVATIVES A WORKING HARD TO TRY AND HOLD THAT SEAT THAT YOU WON AS A CONSERVATIVE. AND I GUES WANT TONOW THIS, IFU DON’T WIN YOUR OWN SEAT AND IF THE PARTY DOT WIN A SEAT, IS THAT THE END OF THE PEOPLE’S PAR>>IT WON’T BE THE E OF THAT. I WILL WIN MY SEAT AND WE’LL HAVE COUNTRY AND I’M HERE FOR THE LONG RUN. YOUNOW, I’M YOUNG, I LI WHAT I’M DOING, IT’ MY BEST TIME IN P. WE’RE SPEAKING ABOUT REAL, BO REFORMS THAT NS TO BE DONE FOR THIS COY. WE THE ONLY PARTY WH SPEAK ON ISSUES THAT OTHER PARTIES DON’T WANT TO DIS.>>Peter: BUT TO CLEAR, YOU WON’TIF YOU LOSE, YOU WON’ STEP DOWN AS LEADER.>>I WON’T LOSE. I WON’OSE. I’LL WIN MY RIDING, YOU KNOW. MAYBE I WON’T WIN WITH 59% OF VOTES LIKE I DID LI LAST TIME BUT I’M PRETTY CONFIDENT THAT, YES, IN BEAUCE, IL WIN.>>Peter IS IT THE MAXIME BER PARTY, THEOPLE’S YOU SET THE POLICIES, YOU GOT THE PARTY STARTED. IF YOU’RE NOT HAVINGCCESS, DO YOU STOP THIS PROJECT OR IHE PEOPLE’S PARTY>>I WILL HAVE SUCCESS AND WE WON’T STOP TROJECT AND ACTUALLY, WE HAD OUR FIRST NATIONAL CONFERENCE COUPL OF WEEKS AGO IN OTTAWA WHERE 500 PEOPLE ARE CANDIDATES IN RIDING TO SPEAK ABOUT OUR POLICIES, TO BE READY FOR THE ELECTION, AND WE ARE RY WITH OUR SLATE OF CANDIDATES ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY.>>Peter: PROPOSALS ON BIG CUTS TO IMMIGRAT AND DOING AWAY WITHICIAL MULTICURALISM IN THIS COUNTRY, LET’S TALKOUT THAT. WHA WRONG WITH CANADA’S IMMIGRATION SYSTEM? RIGHT NOW, IT IS NOT THE SAME IMMIGRATION SYSTEM THAT WE HAD C. JUSTIN TRUDEAU IS OPEN FOR MASS IMMIGRATION, AND WE’ROT FOR MASS IMMIGRATION. WE WANT FEWER IMMIGRANTS, YES, BUT WE W ECONOMIC IMMIGRANTS. GHT NOW THIS YEAR CANADA WILL RECEIVE ABOUT 310,000 IMMIGRAN AND IN 2021, THATILL BE 350,000 IMMIGRANTS. BUT ONLY OF THEM ARE ECONOMIC IMMIGRANTS. THAT’S WHAT WE NEED. OUR IMMIGRATION SEM MUST BE THERE TOULFILL OUR ECONOMIC NEEDS AN RIGHT NOW IT IS NOT THAT SO, Y WE’LL HAVE FEWER IMMIGRS, A MAXIMUM OF 150,000 A YEAR BUT WE’LL HAVE A BIGGER RAT OF ECONOMIC IMMIGRANTS, INSTEAD OF 26%, WE’LL DOUBLE THAT TO 50% AND I THINK THAT’S IRTANT, THAT’S IMPORTANT TO HAVE THE T TO DO FACE-TO- INTERVIEWS WITH THESE IMMIGRANTS. WE DID THAT IN THE PAST, AND WHAT I DON’T WANT, I DON’T WANT OUR COUNTRY TO HAVE THE LENGES THAT THEY’RE HAVING IN EUROPE IN FRANCE, IN BELGIUM, IN U.K.>>Peter: WHAT DO YOU MEAN? INTEGRATE THEIR IMMIGRANTS. ERE ARE PLACES WHERE IT IS A NO-GO ZONE.>>Peter: THE KIND OF IGRANTS THEY’RE LETTING IN. SHARE OUR VALUES FOR SURE, WILL CANADIAN VALUES, LIKE WED IN PAST, PEOPLE CAME HERE SHARE OUR VALUES, OURREEDOM, EQUALITY BEFORE THE LAW, EQUALITY BETWEEN MEN AND WOMEN. THE SEPARATIONWEEN STATE AND RELIGION, THAT’S IMPORTANT. SO LET’S HAVE THE DISSION ON IMMIGRATION, TO HAVE A COUNTRY LIKE THAT IN 25 YEARS, THAT’S HE MOST IMPORTANT.>>Peter: RIGHT. YOU AND SOME OF YOUR CANDIDATES SUPPORTERS TALK ABOUT THE THREAT FROM SOMETHING CALLED LITICAL-ISLAM. WHAT IS TH>>WHAT IS THAT, YOU KNOW, POLITICALLISM, IT IS A FACT T THEY WANT TO IMPOSE THE VIEW IN THAT ARE PREACHING THAT IT’SPLE OKAY TO NO- TO BE AGAINST HOMOSEXUAL IN THIS COUNTRY, THAT IS NOT, YOU KNOW. EVERYBODY MUST BE — AE MUSLIM CANADIAN THAT ARE RUNNING. RADICAL ISLAM AND MUSLIM, THAT’S NOT THE SAMEING SO WE’RE NOT ANTI-MUSLIM, WE NOT ANTI-CSTIAN, WE’RE NOT ANTI-JEWISH. EVERYBODY IS CANADIANS, AND THAT’SY WE HAVE POLICIES TO H EVERYBODY. BUT THAT BEING SAID, POLITICAL THEY ARE IMPOSING THEIR VIEW.>>Peter: WOU YOU BLOCK IMMIGRATION FROM ISLAMIC UNTRIES?>>NO, ABSOLUTELY N THERE ARE SOME MUSLIM THAT ARE — AND THE MAJORITY OF THEM ARE SHARING O CANADIAN VALUES. MY CANDIDATES ARE SHA OUR — THEY CAMERE FOR THAT, FOR MORE FREEDOM. NOW, YOU HAVE ALITICAL PARTY AT PROVINCIAL LEVEL THAT WILL WA TO IMPOSE SHARIA LAW. IT IS NOT A CANADIAN VALUES, SO THAT’S WHY WE NEED TO DO INTERVIEW FACE-TO-FACE WITH NEWCOMERS LIKE WE DID INE PAST.>>Peter: WHAT’SHE PARTY THAT WANTS TO INTRE SHARIA LAW?>>IT’S PARTY AT THE PROVINCIAL LEVEL, THEY REGISTER AT THE PROVINCIAL LEVEL, AND EY WANT TO — THAT’S THEIR PROGRAM, THEY WANT TO IMPOSE SHARIA LAW, AND I’LL TELL YOU, THAT’S NOT CANAD VALUES, SO THAT’S W IT’S IMPORTANT TO INTERVIEW FACE-FACE INTERVIEW WITH THEM, AND E WE DID IN THE PAST, YOU KN WHEN I DID THAT ANNOUNCEMENT IN ONTARIO, MISSISSA, THE CROWD THAT WERE THERE, IT’S MULTTHNICITY AND I WAS PROUD OF THAT. COUNTRIES TO SHARE OUR CANADIA VALUES AND TO PARTICIPATE IN OUR IETY. WE WANT THE NEWANADIANS THAT WILL HAVE A JOB, THAT WILL BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN OUR SOCIETY, THAT PERSON CAN C WITH THEIR IMMEDIA FAMILY, SO THAT’S WHAE WANT.>>Peter: YOU WANTESS IMMIGRATIO->>OLUTELY.>>Peter: AND YOU’RE A BUSSMAN, YOU GOT A LONG COMMUNITY. THE BUSINESS YOU KNOW, A LOT — MOST OF THE BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS IN THIS COUNTRY TALK ABOUT THE NEED FOR MORE IMMIGRANTS, NOT LES YOU WANT LESS.>>WHAT THEY WANT ISORE ECONOMIC IMMIGRANTS ANDIKE I SAID IN THE BEGINNING, ONLY 26% ON 310 IMMIGRANTS ARE ECONOMIC IMMIGRAN 26%. S, I WILL HAVE FEWER OF THEM, BUT 50% OF THEM WILL BE ECONOMIC IMMIGRANTS SO, YES, AND THAT’S WHY I’M SAYING THATUR IMMIGRATION PY MUST BE THERE TO FULFILL OUR ECONOMIC NEEDS, LUTELY.>>Peter: YOU’VE HAD TO DEAL WITH SOME OF THE FARIGHT FORCES JOINING THARTY, SOME OF YOUR VOLUNTEERS, YOU KNOW, ANDPORTERS HAVE QUIT THE PARTY ATHEY HAVE BEEN CONCERNED THATE FAR RIGHT LEMENTS ARE TRYING TO INFILTRATE IT. IS THAT FUNNY?>>NO, IT’S NOT TR IRST OF ALL, OUR PEOPLE A COMING HERE ACTUALLY SHARE OUR ES AND THEY SHARE OUR POLICIES AND OUR POSITION O EQUAL RESPONSIBILITY, RESPECT A FAIRNESS.>>Peter: YOU REJECT THE NOTION THAT ANY FAR RIGHTERS ARE ING TO JOIN — ARE MEMBERS OF THE PEOPLE’S PARTY OFANADA?>>THEY ARE NOT WELCOME UR PARTY, WE DON’T HAVE ANY CANDIDATE THAT SHARE THESE VIEWS. ALL OUR CANDIDATES SES OUR VES AND THAT’S GREAT, THAT’S WHAT I LIKEOM DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS, BUT ARE THE ONLY BACKGROUND CHECK ON EVERY OF OUR CANDIDATES, EY OF OUR EXECUTIVE MEMBERS OF O RIDING ASSOCIATION AND WE DID A CHECK ON THEIR SOC MEDIA. VOLUNTEERS ALL ACROSS THE NTRY THAT HELP US TO BUILD THIS PARTY. AND WE ARE WRITING HISTORY. TER 11 MONTHS, WE’RE A REAL POLITICAL FORCE IN THIS COUNTRY. WE HAVE ORGANIZAN ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY WITH PEO WHO SHARE OUR VS. AND THAT’S GREAT.>>er: WE’RE GOING TO HEAR A LOTUT CLIMATE CHANGE IN THIS CAMPAIGN YOU’RE ON THE RECORDYING THAT CLIMATE CHANGE ISN’T CAUSED BY HUMANS.>>NO, I SAIDERE’S NO CLIMATE EMERGEAND I SAID ALSO THAT THE MAIN REASON — THE MAIN REASHY WE HAVE CLIMATE CHANGE, IT IS N BECAUSE OF HUMAN ACTIVITIES BUT, YES, HUMAN , BUT NOT THE MAINES, THAT’S OUR POSIN.>>Peter: OKAY. SO WHAT’S RESPONSIBLE FOHE WARMING OF THE PLANET IFS NOT HUMANS?>>I’M NOT A SCIENTIST. I HAD A DISCUSSION WITH A SCIENTIST, I HAD A DISCUSSION WITH PATRICK MOORE THAT IS THE FOUNDER OF — EX-FOUNDER OF GREENPEAN B.C., AND HE’S A SCIENTIST AND HE SAID, AND HE I NOT ALONE, THAT THE SUN HAS AN IMPA THE OCEAN HAS AN IMPACT AND OTHER FACTORS. AND WHAT IS NORMAL CLIMATE, IT IS CHANGING, THAT’S THE NORMALITY OF THE CLIMAND IT IS ALWAYS CHANGINGD WE UNDERSTAND THAUT HUMAN ACTIVITY IS NOTE MAIN FACTOR FOHAT SO THAT’S WHY IF A GOVERNMENT WS TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE ENVIENT IS A SHARED JURISION WITH PROVINCES, SO OVINCES CAN DO WHAT THEY WANT O DO ON CLIMATE CHANGE. BUT, YES, WE WON’T SIGN THE PARIS ACCORD, YES, WE WON’T IMPOSE ANY TAXES ON CANADIANS. THE TWO OT PARTIES LIKE THE LIBERALS AND CONSERVATIVE, THEY W DO T AND — IF PROVES WANT TO DEAL WITH THAT,HAT’S THEIR CHOICE.>>Peter SHOULD NOT BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF A FEDERAL GOVEENT, WE DON’T NEED A WITH CLIMATE CHANGE. TO DEALING>>I DON’TLIEVE IN A PAN-CANADIAN APPROACH, YOU’RE RIGHT. Peter: OKAY. E SPEAK, YOU’VE NOT BEE INVITE THE ELECTION DEBATES, THE DEBATES COMMISSIONER HAS SAID YOU DON’T NEED THE RULES FOR THE TWO OFFICIAL TELEVISED L. HY DO YOU THINK YOU NEED TO BE>>BECAUSE WE HAVE DIFFERENT POLICIES. BECAUSE OF CLIMATE CHAN WE’RE THE ONLY ONE WHO DN’T WANT TO IMPOSE A REGULATION ON CATE CHANGE. BECAUSE OF IMMIGRATION. WE A THE ONLY PARTY WHO WAN FEWER IMMIGRANTS, A ACTU 49% OF CANADIANSGREE WITH US. Y WANT FEWER IMMIGRANTS, ONLY 6% OF CANADIANS WANTS MORE IMMIGRANTS BECAUSE WE’ THE ONLY PARTY W WANTS TO ABOLISH CORPORATE WELFARE. [ Please Stand By ] IF YOU LOOK AT THE POLLS IT’S VERY LATILE RIGHT NOW, AND WE E ABLE TO CREATE A PAR IN 11 MONTHS. EVERY WERE SAYING, ALL THE COMMENTATORS WERE SAYING 11 MONTHS FROM NW, IT’S A ONE-MAN PARTY, BERNIE ON’T SUCCEED. PLANE WON’T TAKE OFF. BUT, YOU KNOW, WE PROED THE OPPOSIT IT’S A BIG POLITICAL MOVEMENT, AND PE WHO BELIEVE TO DO POLITICS DIFFERENTLY ARE O OUR SIDE, AND THERE’S % OF THE POPULATION T DIDN’T VOTE AT THE ELECTION BECAUSE THEY’RE FED UP WITH HE TRADITION POLITICIAN AND SOME ARE COMING WITH US BECAUSE THEY KNOW WE WON’T PANDER TO SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS.>>MAXIME BERNIER, GOOD TO TALK TO YOU.>>THANK YOU. [ ♪♪♪ ]>>>THE PRIME MINISTER OFFICIALLY LAUNCHES THE 43rd GENERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN. ANDREW SCHEER KICKS OFF THE CONSERVATIVE CAMPAIGN IF QUEBEC. IN QUEBEC. AND WITH LESS THAN SIX WEEKS TO GO UNTIL ELECTION DAY, THE POT SHOW THE GREEN PARTY AND — THE POLLS SHOW THE GREEN PARTY AND THE NDP IN A CLOSE BATTLE FOR VOTES. IT’S TIME FOR YOU TO HAVE YOUR SAY. OUR QUESTION OF THE DAY TODAY, WHAT ELECTION ISSUE MATTERS MOST TO YOU? WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU ON THIS AND ANY OTHER TOPICS IN THE FEDERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN. SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS WITH US RIGHT NOW BY CALLING 1-877-296-2722. OR YOU CAN E-MAIL US AT [email protected] JOIN THE DISCUSSION ON SOCIAL MEDIA USING THE #cpacvote2019.>>>WELCOME TO HAVE YOUR SAY. I’M MARK SUTCLIFFE. WE’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU ON THE BRAND-NEW FEDERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN. HERE’S WHAT PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SAYING ABOUT THE ISSUES THAT MATTER TO THEM. [ ♪♪♪ ]>>ELECTION ISSUE MOST IMPORTANT FOR ME IS ENVIRONMENT, PURE AND SIMPLE. EVERYTHING FALLS BEHIND THAT BECAUSE THERE’S NO QUESTION, THERE’S NO OTHER — ECONOMY, NO OTHER ISSUES WITHOUT ENVIRONMENT.>>I THINK COST OF LIVING IS NOT REASONABLE IN THE CITY. I KNOW IN THIS CITY FOR SURE. I SEE THAT ALL OVER. THE WORK IN SOCIAL SERVICES, SO THAT’S LIKE ONE OF THE BIGGEST ISSUES THAT WE SEE IS HOMELESSNESS AND PEOPLE IN CRISIS BECAUSE OF THE COST OF LIVING.>>I THINK THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE RIGHT NOW IS STUDENT ISSUES. SO THINGS LIKE TUITION FEES. STUDENTS CAN NO LONGER AFFORD TO PAY OUTRAGEOUS AMOUNTS OF TUITION FEES AND PEOPLE DON’T HAVE MONEY TO PAY DEBT. IT’S MAKING US IN DEBT, TOO.>>I THINK THE GAP BETWEEN RICH AND POOR IS BECOMING SO BIG.>>WELL, I THINK AT THE TOP OF MY LIST RIGHT NOW WOULD BE CLIMATE CHANGE, AND HOW THE GOVERNMENT IS GOING TO ADDRESS THAT. IMMIGRATION, AND THE NUMBERS OF IMMIGRATION AND WHERE WE SEE IMMIGRANTS GOING AROUND THE COUNTRY.>>THE PROBLEM RIGHT NOW WHERE WE HAVE DECLARED THAT HOUSING IS A HUMAN RIGHT AND I DON’T THINK WE’RE DOING ENOUGH TO ADDRESS IT. I THINK THAT OUR OPIOID CRISIS IS DIRECTLY LINKED TO THAT. HOUSING IS ONE OF THE MOST KEY INDICATORS OF OVERALL HEALTH.>>Mark: WHAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE TO YOU? WE’D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU. GIVE US A CALL RIGHT NOW TO JOIN THE DISCUSSION. WE HAVE A PANEL OF JOURNALISTS WITH TO US DIG INTO THESE ISSUES AND MORE. BILL CURRY COVERS FEDERAL POLICY FOR THE “GLOBE AND MAIL.” MORE MORE FOR A POLITICAL REPORTER FOR — MAURA FORREST — IS A POLITICAL COMMENTATOR FOR “THE NATIONAL POST” AND PETER MAZEREEUW IS WITH THE I WILL HILL TIMES. — WITH THE “HILL TIMES.” WELCOME TO DAY ONE OF THE 2019 FEDERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN. BILL, RIGHT OFF THE BAT THE PRIME MINISTER WAS ANSWERING QUESTIONS JUST OUTSIDE RIDEAU HALL TODAY ABOUT A “GLOBE AND MAIL” STORY ON SNC-LAVALIN. SO I’M SURE THAT’S NOT THE TOPIC HE WANTED TO BE TALKING ABOUT ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE CAMPAIGN, BUT HE’S BEEN CONFRONTED WITH THIS ISSUE AGAIN BECAUSE OF A REPORT THAT SUGGESTS THE RCMP WERE BLOCKED FROM TALKING TO SOME WITNESSES AND GAINING ACCESS TO SOME INFORMATION BECAUSE OF CABINET CONFIDENTIALITY.>>YEAH. SO THAT WAS ON THE FRONT PAGE OF THE PAPER THIS MORNING BY BOB FIFE, WHO BROKE THE ORIGINAL STORY ABOUT SNC-LAVALIN AND DANIEL DANIEL BLANC WORKED ON THIS ONE AS WELL — DANIELLE LeBLANC. WHAT IT SAYS IS ESSENTIALLY THE RCMP HAVE BEEN ASKING AROUND, NOT A FULL INVESTIGATION, BUT ASKING AROUND TO PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN THIS TO FIND OUT WHETHER OR NOT THERE IS ENOUGH TO GO THAT EXTRA STEP TO AN INVESTIGATION. I THINK ONE OF THE MOST INTERESTING PARTS OF THE STORY IS THEY INTERVIEWED. BOB PAULSON,THE RCMP COMMISSIONR 2017. ON THE RECORD HE GAVE HIS THOUGHTS ON THE MERITS OF THE ISSUES AT PLAY AND HE SAID JUST BASE ON WHAT’S ON THE PUBLIC RECORD SO FAR, HE THINKS THAT THERE IS AT LEAST ENOUGH MATERIAL THERE FOR THE POLICE TO PURSUE THIS AND LOOK FURTHER INTO IT. HE ALSO GAVE A BIT OF A WINDOW INTO HOW THE POLICE MANAGE THESE KINDS OF ISSUES BECAUSE WE’VE SEEN IN ELECTIONS WHEN THE POLICE ANNOUNCE THEY HAVE AN INVESTIGATION AND THEY LOOK INTO THINGS, IT’S HAPPENED IN THE U.S. AND CANADA AS WELL, THAT CAN REALLY TURN AN ELECTION. AND HE SAYS THE RCMP HAVE KIND OF LEARNED FROM THAT AND THEY NOW HAVE A POLICY AS FAR AS HE REMEMBERS FROM HIS TIME IN THE SERVICE IS THAT ONCE THE ELECTION STARTS, EVERYTHING’S GOING TO BE PRETTY MUCH ON HOLD AND HE SAID IF THEY’RE SMART THEY WILL NOT SAY ANYTHING MORE. SO WE SHOULDN’T EXPECT ANY KIND OF COMMENTARY OR ON THE RECORD DEVELOPMENT FROM THE RCMP. WHATEVER THEY’RE DOING, IT SOUNDS LIKE SHORT OF A FULL INVESTIGATION, AND WE’RE NOT GOING TO HAVE A FORMAL UPDATE UNTIL AFTER THE ELECTION.>>Mark: RIGHT. SO THERE WON’T BE A JAMES COMEY MOMENT IN THIS FEDERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN.>>EXACTLY.>>Mark: MAURA, WHAT DO YOU THINK THIS MEANS FOR THE PRIME MINISTER, THOUGH? IT LOOKED FOR A WHILE LIKE THE SNC-LAVALIN STORY WAS IN THE PAST. I’M SURE THE OPPOSITION PARTIES WERE GOING TO BRING IT UP DURING THE COURSE OF THIS CAMPAIGN. BUT THEN LATE THIS SUM IRIT RESURFACED AND AGAIN TODAY — SUMMER IT — AND HE WAS PUT ON THE DEFENSIVE WITH THE FIRST FEW QUESTIONS TODAY AFTER HE GAVE A STATEMENT FOLLOWING HIS MEETING WITH THE GOVERNOR GENERAL.>>I MEAN, CERTAINLY IT’S NOT THE WAY THE LIBERALS WANTED TO START THIS CAMPAIGN. THEY WON HAVING THIS STORY THAT AGAIN DREDGES UP THE SNC-LAVALIN SCANDAL. I’M NOT CONVINCED THAT THIS IS GOING TO BE A MAJOR DECIDING ISSUE IN THE CAMPAIGN. FOR THE REASON IN PART THAT IT’S A BIT DIFFICULT FOR THE OPPOSITION AT THIS POINT. ANDREW SCHEER HAS SPOKEN ABOUT THIS TODAY. AS HAS JAGMEET SINGH, THE LEADER OF THE NDP, BUT IT’S TRICKY FOR THEM BECAUSE SNC-LAVALIN, THE SCANDAL DOESN’T PLAY QUITE THE SAME WAY IN QUEBEC WHERE PEOPLE ARE MUCH MORE SYMPATHETIC TO JUSTIN TRUDEAU SAYING I WAS TRYING TO PROTECT JOBS, AND SO I THINK THAT THE OPPOSITION PARTIES HAVE TO BE A BIT CAREFUL SINCE QUEBEC IS SUCH A CRITICAL BATTLEGROUND IN THIS ELECTION. AND SO I’M NOT SURE THAT THAT SCANDAL IS GOING TO BE WHAT PEOPLE REALLY HAVE IN THAT I MIND WHEN THEY GO TO — WHAT THEY REALLY HAVE IN THEIR MIND WHEN THEY GO TO THE BALLOT BOX. I THINK IT PLAYS INTO THE NARRATIVE THAT THE LIBERALS DON’T REALLY WANT TO BE FOCUSED ON IN THIS CAMPAIGN, AND I THINK THAT NARRATIVE IS THIS SENSE THAT JUSTIN TRUDEAU IN 2015 RAN ON THIS PLATFORM OF HOPE AND CHANGE, GALVANIZED A LOT OF PEOPLE, AND NOW I THINK THERE’S A SENSE THAT THE OPPOSITION ARE TRYING TO PLAY ON THAT JUSTIN TRUDEAU IS NOT QUITE WHO HE SAID HE WAS GOING TO BE. HE HASN’T LIVED UP TO THE PROMISES THAT HE MADE. AND I THINK THAT THE SNC-LAVALIN AFFAIR MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE HAS CHANGED PEOPLE’S VIEW OF JUSTIN TRUDEAU AND THIS PROMISE THAT HE MADE TO DO POLITICS DIFFERENTLY. AND I THINK THAT THAT IS THE LASTING LEGACY THAT THIS STORY WILL HAVE AND I DO THINK THAT WILL WEIGH ON PEOPLE’S MINDS THROUGH THE CAMPAIGN.>>Mark: PETER, WHAT DO YOU THINK? BECAUSE THERE — AS MAURA JUST SAID, THERE IS THIS ISSUE FOR TRUDEAU I THINK OF WHETHER HE LIVED UP TO THE PROMISES HE MADE, BOTH IN SUBSTANCE AND IN TONE IN THE LAST ELECTION CAMPAIGN. BUT, AT THE SAME TIME, THE RECENT POLL NUMBERS SHOW HE’S VERY CLOSE, IF NOT AHEAD OF THE CONSERVATIVES. SO HAVE PEOPLE KIND OF GOTTEN OVER SNC-LAVALIN?>>YEAH, I MEAN, IT’S A SCANDAL THAT IS HARD TO EXPLAIN ON THE DOORSTEP TO PEOPLE IN FIVE MINUTES. SO PEOPLE IN OTTAWA, PEOPLE WHO FOLLOW POLITICS PROFESSIONALLY TAKE THE TIME TO DIG INTO THE DETAILS. PEOPLE AROUND THE REST OF THE COUNTRY, THEY MAY NOT HAVE THE TIME TO FIGURE OUT ALL THE TWISTS AND TURNS, AND I THINK THAT’S WHY YOU SEE THE PRIME MINISTER DOUBLING DOWN WHENEVER HE’S ASKED ABOUT THIS. I WAS THERE JUST TRYING TO PROTECT JOBS, JOBS, JOBS. THAT’S EASY TO DIGEST, AND I THINK THAT’S WHY YOU ALSO SEE HIM TRYING TO REMIND PEOPLE THAT THIS ISN’T ABOUT SO MUCH JUST HIS GOVERNMENT’S RECORD, BUT COMPARING HIMSELF — BASICALLY TRYING TO RUN AGAINST STEPHEN HARPER AGAIN AND SAYING THAT THAT GOVERNMENT WAS ABOUT CUTS AND AUSTERITY AND FAILED POLICIES AND ALL THE THINGS HE SAID TODAY TO TRY TO BRING PEOPLE AWAY FROM THOSE DETAILS OF WHAT HE IS ALLEGED TO HAVE DONE WRONG TO A BIGGER PICTURE AS HE’S FRAMING IT.>>Mark: BILL.>>I COMPLETELY AGREE THAT DETAILS OF THE SNC-LAVALIN STORE’ WOULD BE VERY HARD TO EXPLAIN ON THE DOORSTEP. YOU KNOW, YOU’RE NOT GOING TO GET INTO THE SHAW CROSS DOCTRINE OR EXPLAIN THE SEPARATIONS OF POWER BETWEEN THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND THE JUSTICE MINISTER AND WHY THAT’S IMPORTANT. I THOUGHT IT WAS PRETTY INTERESTING THE WAY ANDREW SCHEER WENT AT TODAY, AND IT PICKS UP ON SOME OF HIS FACEBOOK ADS HE’S BEEN RUNNING THE LAST FEW DAYS, WHICH IS THE RESULT OF ALL THIS IS THE CONSERVATIVES AND THE OPPOSITION PARTIES HAVE CLIPS OF JUSTIN TRUDEAU IN THE PAST SAYING VERY CLEAR STRONG STATEMENTS THAT PROVED TO BE NOT TRUE IN THE END. SO THIS ONE WHEN THE SNC-LAVALIN STORY FIRST BROKE, THE ALLEGATIONS ARE FALSE. HE SAID THAT CLEAR AS DAY. THE ALLEGATIONS WERE ULTIMATELY PROVEN TO BE EXACTLY AS REPORTED. OTHER ISSUES, THE BUDGET WILL BE BALANCED IN 2019. THERE IS A CLEAR QUOTE OF JUSTIN TRUDEAU SAYING THAT IN THE LAST CAMPAIGN. THAT DIDN’T HAPPEN. I THINK THE WAY SCHEER’S GOING AT IT, ON THE CREDIBILITY ISSUE, NOT SO MUCH THE DETAILS OF THE SNC-LAVALIN LAUGH ISSUE, IT’S THE ARGUE — SNC-LAVALIN ISSUE, IT’S THE ARGUMENT THAT WHAT HE SAYS HE DOESN’T FALL THROUGH WITH AND DOES THE EXACT OPPOSITE.>>Mark: WE’RE GOING TO GET TO SOME OF YOUR OPINIONS IN JUST A MOMENT, BUT, MAURA, WHAT DO YOU THINK THE DOMINANT THEMES OF THIS CAMPAIGN ARE GOING TO BE?>>WELL, I THINK THAT ONE OF THE BIG THINGS THAT WE’RE SEEING ALREADY FROM THE VARIOUS PARTIES IS A FOCUS ON AFFORDABILITY, AND I THINK WE’LL CARRY THAT THROUGH THE CAMPAIGN. I THINK THAT THE LIBERALS, OF COURSE, WILL POINT CONSISTENTLY TO THE FACT THAT CANADA’S ECONOMY IS DOING QUITE WELL RIGHT NOW. POVERTY IS ON THE DECLINE, UNEMPLOYMENT IS VERY LOW. THEY WILL CONSISTENTLY TRY TO DRIVE THOSE MESSAGES HOME. I THINK WHAT THE CONSERVATIVES AND THE NDP WILL FOCUS ON, AND YOU’RE SEEING THEM ALREADY, IS THE IDEA THAT EVEN THOUGH, YOU KNOW, ON A MACRO LEVEL THE ECONOMY’S DOING WELL, A LOT OF CANADIANS FEEL THAT THEY’RE NOT GETTING AHEAD. FEEL THAT THE COST OF LIVING IS TOO HIGH FOR THEM AND THEY HAVE BEEN SORT OF LEFT BEHIND. IT’S INTERESTING BECAUSE EVEN THOUGH THE CONSERVATIVES AND THE NDP HAVE VERY DIFFERENT IDEAS ABOUT HOW TO DEAL WITH THESE TENSIONS, THESE SOURCES OF STRESS FOR PEOPLE, THEIR MESSAGING ON IT IS VERY SIMILAR. THEY’RE BOTH SAYING THE LIBERALS ARE BEHOLDEN TO CORPORATE INTERESTS. WE ARE THE PARTY THAT’S GOING TO GET YOU AHEAD. WE ARE THE PARTY THAT UNDERSTANDS WHAT IT’S LIKE FOR THE LITTLE GUY, AND I THINK THAT THAT — I THINK THIS WILL BE AN ELECTION THAT FOCUSES A LOT ON FEELINGS AND SORT OF THE GUT FEELING THAT PEOPLE HAVE ABOUT JUST NOT BEING ABLE TO GET AHEAD. I THINK THAT’S GOING TO BE A DOMINANT THEME THAT YOU SEE.>>IS IT A FIGHT FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS BASICALLY? THAT’S HOW IT OFTEN GETS FRAMED, RIGHT?>>I MEAN, I GUESS EVERY ELECTION IS A FIGHT FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS. I DON’T KNOW EXACTLY WHAT THAT MEANS, BUT I THINK THAT — YOU KNOW, I THINK THAT YOU SEE ANDREW SCHEER ON THE RIGHT SAYING, YOU KNOW, WE NEED TO CUT TAXES. WE CAN’T AFFORD A CARBON TAX. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE MONEY TO SPEND RIGHT NOW. ON THE LEFT YOU HAVE JAGMEET SINGH SAYING, YOU KNOW, WE NEED TO HELP WITH EXPANDED HEALTH CARE COVERAGE. WE NEED TO HELP WITH STUDENT LOANS AND DEAL WITH A HOUSING CRISIS. I THINK THOSE ARE ALL GOING TO BE THEMES THAT YOU REALLY SEE COMING THROUGH IN THIS CAMPAIGN.>>Mark: PETER, WHAT ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE IN. THE LIBERALS VERY CLEARLY HAVE BEEN FRAMING A CHOICE BETWEEN THEIR PLANS IN THAT AREA AND ANDREW SCHEER AND THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY’S PLANS. SO DO YOU THINK THAT IS GOING TO BE AN ISSUE THAT WILL BE OF CONCERN TO CANADIANS AND WILL FACTOR INTO THEIR VOTING OR ARE THEY GOING TO BE MORE FOCUSED ON THINGS THAT DIRECTLY IMPACT THEM LIKE AFFORDABILITY?>>WELL, THAT’S THE MILLION DOLLAR QUESTION. AND THE TWO THINGS ACTUALLY REALLY OVERLAP. POLLSTERS SAY LOTS OF PEOPLE SAY CLIMATE CHANGE IS AN ISSUE, THE ENVIRONMENT IS A PRIORITY. A LOT OF PEOPLE WILL ALSO SAY TAJEN TAX, WELL, I DON’T KNOW IF I WANT TO PAY EXTRA MONEY FOR THIS. THERE THUNDERSHOWER WAY — CARBON TAX. SO IT’S WHETHER OR NOT THEY SEE A SOLUTION THAT THE CONSERVATIVES ARE SAYING IS GOING TO COST THEM MONEY, EVEN IF THE LIBERALS WILL SAY THAT’S NOT ACTUALLY TRUE. WHETHER THEY SEE THAT AS A SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM OR WHETHER THEY SEE THE CONSERVATIVES’ PROMISE OF ANOTHER PLAN THAT DOESN’T INVOLVE A CARBON A TAN — TAX AS MAYBE A SOLUTION THAT SATISFIES BOTH OF THOSE CRITERIA FOR THEM.>>Mark: ALL RIGHT. SEATS HEAR WHAT SOME OF OUR VIEWERS THINK. WE’LL TAKE A CALL FROM BOB IN BRITISH COLUMBIA. HELLO, BOB. GO AHEAD, BOB. HI.>>Caller: OH, HI. I HATE TO DO THIS, DRAG YOU BACK TO SNC-LAVALIN, BECAUSE I GUESS WHILE THE MATTER OF FINANCIAL DISCIPLINE I’LL LEAVE FOR ANOTHER DAY, BUT THE DIFFICULTY THAT I’M HAVING WITH THIS, BECAUSE EVERYBODY’S PAYING ATTENTION TO THE SOAP OPERA END OF IT, AND THE THINGS THAT COULD BE BEING INVESTIGATED THAT AREN’T COVERED BY CABINET PRIVILEGE IS WHY IS IT THAT FINANCIALLY CONNECTED PEOPLE OUT OF MONTREAL CAN ACCESS THE GOVERNMENT BY LOBBYING A PRIVY COUNCIL OFFICE, PLACE WHERE NO LOBBYING SHOULD EVER OCCUR? THAT SHOULD BE DOWNRIGHT ILLEGAL, I WOULD ASSUME. SO THEY HAVE A PLACE TO INVESTIGATE THAT’S NOT PROTECTED BY CABINET PRIVILEGE IN ANY WAY, SHAPE, OR FORM, ESPECIALLY NOW THAT THE FORMER CLERK IS NOW THE FORMER CLERK OF THE PRIVY COUNCIL, AND IF YOU REMEMBER BACK TO THE HARPER YEARS, THERE WERE SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT ACTIVITIES OF THE PRIVY COUNCIL WHEN THEY WERE PLAYING A BIGGER ROLE IN SOME DECISIONS AROUND ENERGY, THAT THEY WERE WELL AT A PLACE FOR, AND IT APPEARS TO ME THAT GENIE HASN’T BEEN PUT BACK IN THE BOTTLE. I’M SURPRISED THE PRESS HASN’T PAID MORE ATTENTION TO THAT. HOW IS IT THAT FINANCIALLY CONNECTED PEOPLE OUT OF MONTREAL CAN ACCESS A GOVERNMENT BY LOBBYING A PRIVY COUNCIL OFFICE, A PLACE WHERE NO LOBBYING SHOULD EVER OCCUR? THEIR ROLE IS BETWEEN THE PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE AND THE PUBLIC SERVICE THAT IS INTERNAL AND THAT SHOULD BE THE END OF THEIR ACTIVITY.>>Mark: SO, BOB, IS THAT A CRITICAL ISSUE FOR YOU IN THIS CAMPAIGN IS THE SCANDAL ITSELF, THE DEFINING ISSUE FOR YOU.>>Caller: WELL, IT’S ONE OF THEM. FINANCIAL DISCIPLINE IS ANOTHER ONE. PUTTING POLICY DIRECTION ASIDE, BUT WHAT BOTHERS ME IS NO ATTENTION HAS BEEN PAID BY THE MEDIA TO THE FACT THAT THE INTERLOPERS IN THIS CASE APPEAR TO HAVE BEEN ABLE, IF YOU WILL, TO INTIMIDATE THE PRIME MINISTER FOR PRACTICAL TERMS, AND USED EVERYTHING AROUND THE PRIME MINISTER TO TRY TO FORCE HIM INTO A DECISION. SO HOW IS –>>Mark: OKAY. I’LL JUMP IN. I APPRECIATE YOUR CALL. BUT I JUST WANT TO GO TO LIVE EVENT THAT’S HAPPENING NOW. THE PRIME MINISTER, AS YOU CAN SEE, IS BOARDING HIS AIRCRAFT. HE’S GOT THE LIBERAL JACKET ON WITH THE MAPLE LEAF ON THE BACK, AND HE IS GETTING ON BOARD THE TEAM TRUDEAU AIRPLANE AND HEADING TO BRITISH COLUMBIA WHERE HE WILL BEGIN CAMPAIGNING LATER TODAY. ANDREW SCHEER, WE SAW NOT SO LONG AGO, WAS IN TROIS-RIVIERES, QUEBEC. JAGMEET SINGH IN LONDON, ONTARIO. AND ELIZABETH MAY, THE GREEN PARTY LEADER, WAS IN BRITISH COLUMBIA ON VANCOUVER ISLAND. SO, BOB, THANK YOU FOR YOUR CALL. BILL, QUICK REACTION TO THE SUBSTANCE OF WHAT BOB WAS SAYING THERE, THAT THERE’S MORE THAT NEEDS TO BE LOOKED INTO THERE?>>I WOULD TAKE ISSUE WITH THE CLAIM THAT THE MEDIA WASN’T LOOKING AT THE LOBBYING INDUSTRY. I HAVE PERSONALLY WRITTEN STORIES ABOUT THE LOBBYING THAT WENT ON IN THIS CASE. THERE IS A LOBBYING REGISTRY. LOBBYING IS A LEGAL ACTIVITY. COMPANIES ARE FREE TO MEET THE PCO AND OTHER BRANCHES OF THE GOVERNMENT, INCLUDING THE PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE. THE ISSUE THAT HAS TO BE DISCLOSED, THERE’S ISSUES, THOUGH, AROUND HOW GREAT THAT DISCLOSURE IS. IT COULD BE BETTER. BUT WE ARE ABLE TO DOCUMENT AND WE’VE REPORTED ON ALL OF THESE CONTACTS. HE CAN ASK THE QUESTION BECAUSE THAT’S BEEN REPORTED IN THE MEDIA, ALL THESE CONTACTS. IT WAS INTERESTING WHAT WHERE HE LEARNED FROM THE ETHIC COMMISSIONERS’ REPORT IN THE SUMMER THAT THERE WERE ADDITIONAL CONTACTS GOING ON WITH FORMER SUPREME COURT JUSTICES, OTHER KINDS OF CONVERSATIONS THAT DIDN’T QUITE GET REFLECTED IN THE LOBBYING REGISTRY. SO THERE’S A LOT OF KIND OF INFORMAL CONTACTS FROM PEOPLE WHO ARE ON THE BOARD AND, YOU KNOW, IN THAT WORLD THAT MEET THAT WE CAN GET A MORE TRANSPARENT PICTURE IS. IS THERE THERE’S TWO TESTS. –>>Mark: THERE’S TWO TESTS HERE, THE LEGAL TEST AND THE ETHICAL TEST. HOW CANADIANS WILL VIEW ALL OF THOSE ACTIVITIES, WHETHER THEY WILL PERCEIVE IT TO BE A BUNCH OF, AS BOB PUT IT, A BUNCH OF BUSINESS PEOPLE FROM MONTREAL WHO HAVE UNIQUE ACCESS TO THE GOVERNMENT, RIGHTED? EVEN IF THERE — RIGHT? EVEN IF THERE WASN’T ANYTHING ILLEGAL OR IMPROPER ABOUT IT, SOME CANADIANS MAY FEEL IT REFLECTS SOMETHING, RIGHT?>>YEAH. I THINK IT WAS THE LEVEL OF DETAIL, AND ESPECIALLY IF YOU READ THE ETHIC COMMISSIONERS’ REPORT YOU GET MORE OF A FLAVOUR THAT WAS GOING ON. IT WASN’T SO MUCH THAT MEETINGS WERE TAKING PLACE, IT WAS ALMOST LIKE BILL MORNEAU WAS MEETING WITH THE COMPANY AND HAVING CONVERSATIONS. BILL MORNEAU, THE FINANCE MINISTER, HAVING A MEETING WITH COMPANY OFFICIALS TALKING ABOUT POTENTIAL STRATEGY. MEANWHILE, THE JUSTICE MINISTER’S UNAWARE OF THESE CONVERSATIONS TAKING PLACE. YES, COMPANIES CAN MEET, BUT THE NATURE OF THE MEETINGS, FREQUENCY OF THE MEETINGS, WAS THE JUSTICE MINISTER AWARE. THAT’S THE KIND OF THING THAT THE PUBLIC CAN WEIGH IN.>>I THINK THAT’S RIGHT. THE ETHNIC COMMISSIONER’S REPORT, WHAT WAS MOST SURPRISING TO ME WAS THE SENSE THAT YOU GOT THAT GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND OFFICIALS IN THE PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE SEEM TO BE WORKING ALMOST VERY CLOSELY WITH SNC-LAVALIN UNBEKNOWNST TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AT THE TIME. AND THAT DID SEEM — WHETHER OR NOT IT WAS — THE ETHIC COMMISSIONER DID RULE IN THIS CASE THAT THE PRIME MINISTER BROKE ETHICS RULES, BUT PERHAPS MORE IMPORTANTLY THAN THAT IT GAVE THIS IMPRESSION I THINK THAT THEY ARE TOO COZY.>>Mark: THAT THEY WERE ALL ON ONE SIDE AND THE ATTORNEY GENERAL WAS ON THE OTHER.>>THAT’S RIGHT. AND, OF COURSE, NOW THE CHALLENGE IS FOR THE PRIME MINISTER TO BE ABLE TO TRY AND SPIN THAT AND SAY THAT, WELL, NO, I DID THIS IN THE INTERESTS OF JOBS, IN THE INTERESTS OF PROTECTING JOBS FOR CANADIANS, AND THAT’S REALLY WHAT’S FUNDAMENTALLY AT STAKE HERE.>>Mark: ALL RIGHT. LET’S TAKE A CALL FROM RALPH IN WINNIPEG. HELLO, RALPH.>>Caller: HELLO.>>Mark: HI. GO AHEAD.>>Caller: HOW ARE YOU?>>Mark: GOOD, THANK YOU.>>Caller: I GOT TWO QUESTIONS. TRUDEAU KEEPS SAYING THAT WE DON’T WANT TO GO BACK TO THE HARPER DAYS AND WHEN HE DID THIS HE CUT $100 MILLION FROM THE CBC, AND THAT WASN’T BECAUSE OF A CUT. THAT WAS — WE STOPPED GIVING THE CBC 100 MILLION, WHICH IS UNBELIEVABLE. AND ALSO THE PART OF LAVALIN, JUSTICE MINISTER — HE FIRED HER. CANADIANS ARE NOT STUPID. HE’S IN TROUBLE. LET’S GET THE MESSAGE OUT, ESPECIALLY ON HARPER. HE CUT $100 MILLION FROM THE CBC. HE GOT LOTS OF OTHER MEDIUMS WHO DON’T GET SUBSIDIZED. THANK YOU.>>Mark: ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU FOR YOUR CALL. LET’S GO NOW TO SCOTT IN BRAMPTON, ONTARIO. SCOTT. GO AHEAD.>>Caller: CAN NEEDS A PRIME MINISTER WHO IS PROUD OF SAME-SEX MARRIAGE. ON JULY 3rd, 2016, JUSTIN TRUDEAU BECAME THE FIRST CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER TO MARCH IN THE TORONTO PRIDE PARADE. HAPPY PRIDE. LOVE IS LOVE.>>Mark: OKAY. THANK YOU. WE HAVE A CALL FROM SCOTT IN WESTMINSTER, BRITISH COLUMBIA. HELLO, SCOTT.>>Caller: HI THERE. NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C., ACTUALLY. IT’S JUST SUBURBAN VANCOUVER BASICALLY, BUT I THINK THE OPIOID CRISIS, I MEAN, THAT’S PROBABLY THE KEY — KEY THING FOR ME. I MEAN, THERE’S — IT’S — OUT HERE, I MEAN, IT’S — IT’S A CRISIS. SO I WANT TO KNOW WHAT THESE PARTIES ARE GOING TO DO. WE’VE GOT HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE DYING, AND IT’S A REAL ISSUE OUT HERE. I MEAN, IT COULD BE THE FACT THAT I WORK IN MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTIONS, BUT, YEAH, I JUST WANTED TO SEE WHAT THE PANEL HAD TO SAY ON THAT.>>Mark: SURE. LET’S TALK ABOUT THAT FOR A MOMENT. PETER, DO YOU HAVE A SENSE OF WHERE THE PARTIES STAND ON THAT PARTICULAR ISSUE? OBVIOUSLY THE GOVERNMENT HAS PUT MORE RESOURCES TOWARDS FIGHTING THE OPIOID CRISIS AND SOME OF THE CONSEQUENCES THAT HAVE ARISEN FROM IT, BUT IS THERE ANY POINT OF DIFFERENTIATION ON HOW WE MOVE FORWARD ON THIS?>>IT’S A TRICKY ISSUE CERTAINLY. OBVIOUSLY IT OVERLAPS WITH HEALTH CARE, WHICH IS PRIMARILY A PROVINCIAL CONCERN. AND THE FEDERAL PARTIES, THEY DON’T ALWAYS LIKE TO MAKE BIG, BIG PROMISES ABOUT HEALTH CARE AND SORT OF WADE INTO ANOTHER DOMAIN. YOU DO CERTAINLY HEAR INDIVIDUAL MPs TALKING ABOUT THIS WHO REPRESENT RIDINGS WHERE THIS IS AN ESPECIALLY BIG ISSUE. JENNY KWAN IN VANCOUVER HAS RAISED IT A NUMBER OF TIMES. BUT IT IS AN ISSUE THAT SEEMS TO HAVE SORT OF FALLEN TO THE BACK BURNER I THINK, AS A LOT OF OTHER ICE US MORE UNIVERSAL ACROSS — ACROSS THE COUNTRY THAT ARE MORE UNIVERSAL HAVE COME TO THE FORE.>>THE ONLY FEDERAL LEADER THAT MENTIONED IT DIRECTLY THIS MORNING WAS NDP LEADER JAGMEET SINGH WHO DURING HIS CAMPAIGN LAUNCH WAS ASKED ABOUT THIS AND DID SAY THAT THE NDP WOULD DECLARE A NATIONAL EMERGENCY I THINK ON DAY ONE. — BUT I DO THINK — YOU KNOW, I AGREE THAT THE OPIOID CRISIS IS SOMETHING THAT’S GOING TO BE SORT OF A BACK BURN ISSUE IN THIS CAMPAIGN THAT PROBABLY SHOULD GET MORE ATTENTION THAN IT WILL, BUT I THINK PETER’S RIGHT. I THINK IT’S NOT THE EASIEST ONE FOR FEDERAL PARTIES TO ADDRESS, AND IT’S SUSPECT IT’S SOMETHING WE DON’T HEAR A LOT ABOUT EXCEPT FROM PERHAPS THE NDP.>>Mark: ALL RIGHT. LET’S SEE WHAT PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SAYING ON SOCIAL MEDIA. WE’VE ASKED YOU TO RESPOND TO OUR QUESTION OF THE DAY WITH THE #cpacvote2019. AND HERE’S ONE RESPONSE SAYING… SO THAT IS ONE RESPONSE. HERE IS ONE PERSON SAYING… AND FINALLY… AND FINALLY… SO A BIT OF A SHOPPING LIST THERE FROM SOME PEOPLE. THAT’S INTERESTING. IT’S INTERESTING –>>IT KIND OF REFLECTS THE NEWS CONFERENCES TODAY, TOO. YOU COULDN’T WALK AWAY FROM THOSE NEWS CONFERENCES AND SAY THIS IS A ONE-ISSUE CAMPAIGN. THIS IS NOT A FREE-TRADE ELECTION. THAT’S STILL TO BE DETERMINED WHAT’S GOING TO JUMP OUT AT THE FOREFRONT AS TO WHAT THIS CAMPAIGN IS ABOUT AND OBVIOUSLY CANADIANS HAVE ALL KINDS OF DIFFERENT PRIORITIES, TOO.>>ALL RIGHT. LET’S TAKE A CALL FROM GARY WHO IS CALLING FROM STRATFORD, ONTARIO. HELLO, GARY.>>Caller: EXCUSE ME. HELLO.>>Mark: HI. GO AHEAD.>>Caller: OKAY. MY PROBLEM IS WITH THE DEFICIT AND I FEEL THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE DON’T UNDERSTAND WHAT A BILLION DOLLARS IS, SO I’D LIKE TO CHALLENGE YOUR PANEL THERE AND THE QUESTION IS IF I HAD AN INTEREST-FREE LOAN OF $1 BILLION AND I HAD TO PAY IT BACK AT $25,000 A YEAR, HOW MANY YEARS WOULD IT TAKE TO PAY BACK?>>Mark: WELL, I PROMISED THE PANEL THERE WOULD BE NO MATH ON THE SHOW TODAY, SO I’M NOT GOING TO ASK THEM TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION, BUT WHY DON’T YOU JUST TELL US THE ANSWER.>>Caller: CAN I GIVE YOU THE QUICK ANSWER?>>Mark: YEAH. LONG TIME I KNOW IS THE ANSWER.>>Caller: YEAH. FOUR TIMES 25,000 GIVES YOU 100,000.>>Mark: YEAH.>>Caller: AND THEN 1 MILLION GIVES YOU A MILLION. THERE’S 40. TO MAKE A BILLION IT WOULD BE 40,000 YEARS TO PAY OFF THAT BILLION DOLLARS.>>Mark: YEAH. I DON’T THINK THE BANK WOULD LET YOU GET AWAY WITH THAT. I DON’T THINK THE BANK WOULD LET YOU GET AWAY WITH THAT, EVEN IF THIS HE LOANED YOU THE BILLION DOLLARS IN THE FIRST PLACE.>>Caller: BUT THE PROBLEM IS THAT NOBODY REALLY UNDERSTANDS WHAT A BILLION DOLLARS IS. THEY WILL UNDERSTAND WHAT 50,000 IS, BUT WHEN YOU MENTION BILLIONS, IT’S BEYOND WHAT THEY UNDERSTAND.>>Mark: RIGHT. SO YOU’VE MADE A POINT, BUT WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR YOU IN TERMS OF THIS ELECTION CAMPAIGN? ARE YOU SAYING THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE SPENDING LESS.>>Caller: DEFINITELY, DEFINITELY.>>Mark: OKAY.>>Caller: AND WHEN ALL THESE PEOPLE ARE PUTTING THEIR HANDS OUT, THIS HAS TO BE SOME SOURCE FOR THAT MONEY. AND THERE IS NO SOURCE. I KNOW THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CAN CREATE MONEY, BUT, LIKE, A PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT CAN’T CREATE MONEY, AND, YOU KNOW, SOMEHOW OR OTHER THIS DEBT HAS TO BE PAID OFF. AND SO YOU GET PEOPLE COMPLAINING THAT, YOU KNOW, SAY THE CONSERVATIVES ARE GOING TO TAKE AND SLASH AND CUT. WELL, IT’S ABOUT TIME.>>Mark: ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU FOR YOUR CALL, GARY. THIS BRINGS UP AN INTERESTING POINT BECAUSE UNTIL 2015 I WOULD SAY IN THE PRECEDING EIGHT TO TEN YEARS OR MAYBE EVEN LONGER THAN THAT THERE WAS A BIT OF A PREVAILING THEME IN CANADIAN POLITICS THAT YOU EITHER HAD TO BALANCE THE BUDGET EVERY YEAR OR HAVE A VERY CLEAR PLAN FOR WHEN YOU WERE GOING TO RETURN THE BOOKS TO BALANCE. IS THAT NO LONGER THE CASE ANY MORE, BILL? IS THAT OUT THE WINDOW NOW? YOU DON’T HEAR A LOT OF THAT BEING — YOU KNOW, THAT’S CERTAINLY NOT FRONT AND CENTRE IN THE CAMPAIGNS.>>YOU’RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. 2015 REALLY SHOOK THAT UP. THE NDP UNDER THOMAS MULCAIR WENT ALONG WITH THAT CONSENSUS AND HE SAID HE WOULD SUPPORT A BALANCED BUDGET AND TRUDEAU AT THE TIME WAS TRAILING THE NDP, AND FLIPPED THAT ON ITS HEAD AND SAID HE WOULD RUN DEFICITS. HE SAID SHORT-TERM DEFICITS AND THEY WOULD BE ERASED BY 2019, AND HE WON A MAJORITY GOVERNMENT AND SO THE CONCLUSION BY PEOPLE WHO MONITOR POLITICS IS MAYBE DEFICITS DON’T MATTER AS MUCH AS EVERYBODY THOUGHT THEY WOULD AND WHETHER OR NOT THAT WAS THE FACTOR THAT LED TO THE MAJORITY OR NOT, WHO KNOWS. BUT THOSE TWO THINGS HAPPENED. NOW WE’RE IN A SITUATION WHERE HE DID NOT BALANCE THE BOOKS IN 2019. WE’VE GOT A DEFICIT OF ABOUT $14 BILLION AS THINGS CLOSE, AND IT’S KNOTTED GOING ON A DOWN — NOT GOING ON A DOWNWARD TREND. IT’S GOING TO GO UP ABOVE $20 BILLION FOR THE NEXT TWO YEARS AND THEN START GOING DOWN, BUT THERE IS NO DATE THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS ANNOUNCED FOR WHEN IT WILL BE BALANCED. AND THAT CREATES A LOT OF INTERESTING QUESTIONS FOR ALL THE PARTIES BECAUSE IF YOU ARE ANDREW SCHEER AND YOU SAY YOU’RE GOING TO CUT TAXES, WELL, WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO GET THAT REVENUE FROM? ARE YOU GOING TO CUT SOMEWHERE ELSE? IF YOU’RE THE LIBERALS, HOW CAN YOU ANNOUNCE NEW THINGS WITHOUT DRIVING THE DEFICIT BEYOND $20 BILLION? THE NDP, ONE OF THEIR FIRST ANNOUNCEMENTS HAS BEEN THIS WEALTH TAX THAT IT’S GOING TO RAISE ACCORDING TO THEM 7 OR $8 BILLION A YEAR, BUT THAT WOULD RAISE ALL KINDS OF QUESTIONS ABOUT THE WEALTH OF THE COUNTRY. SO THE DEFINITE DYNAMIC IS VERY DIFFERENT FROM 2015 AND IT RAISES A LOT OF QUESTIONS ABOUT HOW PEOPLE COST THEIR PLATFORMS.>>Mark: SURE, YEAH. OR WHETHER THEY JUST END UP RUNNING BIGGER DEFICITS.>>RIGHT.>>Mark: ALL RIGHT. WE’LL GET BACK TO YOUR OPINIONS IN JUST A MOMENT. WE’RE VERY INTERESTED IN HEARING FROM YOU ON OUR QUESTION OF THE DAY. WHAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE IN THE CAMPAIGN FOR YOU. AND WE’VE ALREADY HEARD WIDE RANGE OF ISSUES SO FAR. SO PLEASE GIVE US A CALL IF YOU WANT TO SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS. YOU’RE GOING TO KEEP AN EYE ON WHAT’S HAPPENING ON SOCIAL MEDIA THROUGHOUT THIS CAMPAIGN. WINSTON SIH IS OUR SOCIAL MEDIA ANALYST FOR VOTE 2019 AND JOINS US LIVE. HI, WINSTON.>>HI, MARK. GOOD TO BE WITH YOU.>>Mark: GREAT DOVE YOU WITH US — GREAT TO HAVE YOU WITH US. GIVE US A SENSE OF WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ON DAY ONE OF THIS ELECTIONCAMPAIGN.>>WELL, IT’S BEEN AN INTERESTING ONE, ESPECIALLY ON SOCIAL MEDIA BECAUSE WHEN YOU TAKE A LOOK AT THE CONVERSATION, IT’S HAPPENED WEEKS BEFORE. BUT NOW THAT THE WRIT HAS DROPPED, THIS IS WHEN THE CONVERSATION REALLY STARTS TO INTENSIFY. SO ONE OF THE BIG TOPICS FROM SOCIAL MEDIA JUST KIND OF COMBING THROUGH THE TRENDS IS CLIMATE CHANGE. DEFINITELY DOMINATING THE HEADLINES, AND WE’RE NOTICING A LOT OF THE GREEN PARTY WANTING TO CAPITALIZE ON THAT. THEY’VE SEEN SOME SUCCESS ON THE PROVINCIAL LEVEL. WE KNOW IN ATLANTIC CANADA WE SAW SITUATIONS OF NDP CANDIDATES POTENTIALLY DEFECTING, IF YOU WILL, TO THE GREEN PARTY. SO WE’RE SEEING INTERESTING TRENDS FROM THERE AS WELL. THIS IS A TWEET AT THAT SAYS, I THINK THERE IS AN IMPORTANT ROLE FOR PARTIES LIKE THE GREENS. IN MANY WAYS THEY’VE PUSHED THE AGENDA OF THE CLIMATE CHANGE INTO THE MAINSTREAM AND HELPED PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THAT AND CANADIANS WOULD BENEFIT FROM A POTENTIAL SMALLER CAUCUS. THEY ALSO ADDED THERE THAT TOO BAD TRUDEAU LIED ABOUT ELECTORAL REFORM, QUOTE, LIED ABOUT THAT, THEN EVERY VOTE WOULD COUNT. SOMEONE ELSE ALSO SAYING HERE… MARK, WHAT’S REALLY INTERESTING IS EXACTLY THIS. IF WE’RE DEALING WITH A POTENTIAL MINORITY GOVERNMENT, YOU KNOW, EVERY RIDING IS GOING TO MATTER. AND — [ Audio Difficulties ]>>Mark: ALL RIGHT. WE SEEM TO HAVE LOST OUR CONNECTION WITH WINSTON. WE’LL TRY TO CONNECT WITH HIM AGAIN IN A MOMENT. BUT LET’S TALK ABOUT THAT LAST POINT THAT SOMEBODY MADE MAURA. THERE IS QUITE A CONSENSUS WHEN YOU TALK TO POLLSTERS, THEY’LL SAY KEY BATTLEGROUNDS IN ONTARIO AND QUEBEC. YOU’LL HEAR THAT OVER AND OVER AGAIN. THEY’LL ZERO IN ON THE NUMBERS IN THOSE PROVINCES IN PARTICULAR. IS THAT WHERE THE ELECTION’S GOING TO BE DECIDED THIS TIME AROUND?>>I MEAN, I THINK YOU CAN’T DENY THAT THOSE ARE VERY IMPORTANT REGIONS. QUEBEC ESPECIALLY, YOU KNOW, WE’RE SEEING THE LIBERALS WITH A BIT OF AN ADVANTAGE THERE AT THE MOMENT. THE CONSERVATIVES ARE BEHIND A BIT IN QUEBEC. BUT YOU SAW ANDREW SCHEER LAUNCHING HIS CAMPAIGN FROM TROIS-RIVIERES TODAY, AND MAKING A LOT OF HIS SPEECH REALLY TARGETED TO QUEBECERS. THEY’VE GOT A CANDIDATE THERE THAT THEY ARE HOPING WILL BE SUCCESSFUL. THERE ARE A NUMBER OF RIDINGS IN THE QUEBEC CITY REGION AND IN THE REGIONS FROM MONTREAL TO QUEBEC THAT THE CONSERVATIVES ARE REALLY TARGETING. BUT THE LIBERALS ARE ALSO GOING TO FIGHT HARD TO INCREASE THEIR SEED COUNT IN QUEBEC IN PART BY TRYING TO TAKE AWAY SOME OF THE NDP SEATS THERE. SO YOU CAN’T DISCOUNT THE IMPORTANCE OF QUEBEC AND IN THE GTA ALSO, THAT’S GOING TO BE A REALLY KEY AREA. HOWEVER, I WOULDN’T SAY THOSE ARE THE ONLY TWO REGIONS OF IMPORTANCE. I ALSO THINK EVEN THOUGH ATLANTIC CANADA IS SMALL, THAT’S GOING TO BE AN INTERESTING REGION TO WATCH. THE LIBERALS CURRENTLY HAVE ALL OF THE SEATS IN THAT REGION, SO THEY CAN ONLY GO IN ONE DIRECTION AND I THINK IT’S GOING TO BE VERY INTERESTING TO SEE TO WHAT EXTENT THE CONSERVATIVES CAN MAKE INROADS IN THE MARITIMES AND NEWFOUNDLAND. AND I THINK ALSO, YOU KNOW, B.C. IS GOING TO BE AN IMPORTANT AREA THERE. THE CONSERVATIVES AND LIBERALS THERE, TOO, ARE VERY CLOSE I THINK AT THE MOMENT IN THE POLLS. YOU KNOW, THERE’S A LOT OF MIXED OPINIONS THERE ABOUT PROJECTS LIKE TRANS MOUNTAIN, THAT WILL CERTAINLY FACTOR INTO THE ELECTION THERE, AND, OF COURSE, YOU’VE GOT THE GREENS PRESENTING A PRETTY CREDIBLE CHALLENGE IN SOME B.C. SEATS, PARTICULARLY ON VANCOUVER ISLAND. SO, YES, I DO THINK QUEBEC AND THE GTA ARE IMPORTANT. I DON’T THINK THEY’RE THE ONLY REGIONS TO WATCH IN THIS CAMPAIGN.>>Mark: OKAY. LET’S TRY TO CONNECT WITH WHICH IS TON AGAIN. WINCE — TO CONNECT WITH WINSTON SIH AGAIN. ARE YOU THERE?>>I AM THERE. HI.>>Mark: OKAY. ALL RIGHT. SO JUST BEFORE WE WERE TALKING ABOUT WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ON SOCIAL MEDIA ALREADY ON DAY ONE, ONE OF THE THINGS I THINK THAT’S INTERESTING IS JUST HOW MUCH SOCIAL MEDIA WILL BE A FACTOR IN THIS CAMPAIGN COMPARED TO, SAY, EVEN FOUR YEARS AGO. WE’VE REALLY SEEN AN EXPLOSION IN ACTIVITY ON — AND PARTICULARLY POLITICAL DISCOURSE FOR BETTER AND FOR WORSE ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND EVEN SINCE HE LAST CAMPAIGN, RIGHT?>>THAT’S RIGHT. AND ONE OF THE AREAS THAT YOU CAN TRACK VERY EASILY ARE THE HASHTAGS. THAT’S A GOOD KIND OF BAROMETER OF WHAT THE PRESSURE IS LIKE. IF YOU LOOK AT THE — HASHTAGS YOU’LL SEE THE DEBATES ON SOCIAL MEDIA. ONE OF THE INTERESTING TRENDS ARE SOME OF THE SMALLER GROUPS BUBBLING UP, GROUPS LIKE CANADA PROUD THAT AREN’T OFFICIAL PARTIES, THEY’RE NOT OFFICIAL GROUPS WITH OFFICIAL AGENDAS, BUT THEY ARE KIND OF BUBBLING UP AS SUBGROUPS THAT TRY TO PROMOTE A POTENTIAL ANGLE AS WELL. THOSE CAN EITHER BE BENEFICIAL TO HELPING YOU DECIDE OR THEY CAN BE — [ Audio DIFFICULTIES ]>>Mark: OKAY. WE LOST WINSTON AGAIN. WE’RE GETTING LITTLE SNIPPETS, THOUGH, OF WHAT HE HAS TO SAY ABOUT THESE TOPICS. BUT I DO FIND IT INTERESTING BECAUSE I THINK LAST TIME AROUND, PETER, IT WAS ONLY FOUR YEARS AGO, BUT IN 2015 I FEEL LIKE THAT WAS SORT OF THE FIRST CAMPAIGN WHERE THE PARTIES REALLY HAD A BIG PRESENCE ON SOCIAL MEDIA, AND NOW WE’LL PROBABLY SEE A LOT MORE OF THAT THIS TIME AROUND.>>OH, YEAH, YOU CAN COUNT ON IT. AS YOU SAID, IT REALLY RAMPED UP LAST TIME AROUND AND BY ALL ACCOUNTS THAT’S ONLY GOING TO INCREASE THIS TIME AROUND. NOW, THERE IS A BIT OF A TWIST TO IT. YOUTUBE, GOOGLE, SOME OF THESE BIG SOCIAL MEDIA APPS HAVE BANNED POLITICAL ADS BECAUSE OF THE NEW REQUIREMENTS THAT LIBERALS BROUGHT IN FOR KEEPING TRACK OF THOSE ADS. SO THAT’S A LOSS OF A BIG PLATFORM FOR THE PARTIES, BUT FACEBOOK, THEY ARE GOING TO BE SHOWING ADS. THAT OFFERS THE PARTY, A LOT OF PEOPLE SAY, THE BEST BANG FOR THEIR BUCK TO MICRO TARGET THESE ADS AND MAKE SURE IF THE CONSERVATIVES WANT A PARTICULAR AD AND A PARTICULAR ISSUE TO GO WITH CERTAIN PEOPLE, THEY’RE ONLY PAYING TO SHOW IT TO THOSE PEOPLE AND LIKEWISE FOR ALL THE OTHER PARTIES. I THINK WE’RE GOING TO SEE A LOT OF ACTIVITY AND A LOT MORE MONEY BEING SPENT ON DIGITAL ADS THIS TIME AROUND.>>Mark: YEAH, ALL RIGHT. LET’S TAKE A CALL FROM KIM IN BARRIE, ONTARIO. HELLO, KIM. KIM, GO AHEAD.>>Caller: HELLO?>>Mark: HI, GO AHEAD.>>Caller: I HAVE TO ADMIT, SO, I MISSED SOME OF YOUR PROGRAM EARLIER AND MY TV’S OFF, SO I’M LISTENING OVER THE PHONE THROUGH TWITTER. [ Laughter ] SO I MISSED THE PIECE THERE, BUT I WANTED TO GO BACK, WHEN I POPPED INTO THE PROGRAM YOU FOLKS WERE TALKING ABOUT THE SNC ISSUE. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I WANTED TO KIND OF RAISE UP, SO I HAVE REALLY HIGH HOPES FOR JODY WILSON-RAYBOULD, AND I FOUND HER TO BE A HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT. AND I WANT TO SAY WHY. SO I THINK THAT THE BIG MISTAKE THERE IN THE LIBERAL AND THE TRUDEAU GOVERNMENT WAS PUTTING HER IN THE A.G. JOB IN THE FIRST PLACE, AND THAT WAS BECAUSE SHE WAS ONLY A JUNIOR PROSECUTOR FOR THREE YEARS, AND I THINK THAT THERE WERE OTHER PEOPLE WHO HAD FAR MORE EXPERIENCE THAN HER, BUT TAKING THAT A STEP FURTHER, I ALSO THINK IF YOU LOOK AT HER HISTORY — SO SHE OWNS A LOBBY COMPANY WITH HER HUSBAND, AND THAT LOBBYIST COMPANY HAS LOBBIED THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT A LOT, AND PRIOR TO THE — PRIOR TO THE LAST ELECTION, THEY HAD LOBBIED SITE “C” IN BRITISH COLUMBIA, WHICH WAS TO BE PARTIALLY AN SNC-LAVALIN PROJECT, AND I THINK THAT’S A HUGE CONFLICT OF INTEREST, AND SHE PROBABLY SHOULD HAVE RECUSED HERSELF FROM THAT WHOLE ISSUE RIGHT FROM THE START.>>Mark: OKAY.>>Caller: AND ADDING TO THAT, BY THE WAY, IS THAT JUST RECENTLY IT CAME OUT THAT THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT MPs’ EXPENSES, SPOUSAL TRAVEL EXPENSES. AND HER TRAVEL EXPENSES ARE FOUR TIMES THE AMOUNT OF ANY OTHER LIBERAL. AND SO YOU KIND OF HAVE TO ASK YOURSELF WHY IS HER PARTICULAR SPOUSE GOING TO OTTAWA SO MUCH AND PROBABLY ON THE TAXPAYERS’ DIME?>>Mark: SO WHAT DOES ALL THAT MEAN FOR YOU, THOUGH? DOES THAT MEAN THAT WHAT SHE SAID ABOUT SNC-LAVALIN WASN’T TRUE? BECAUSE THE ETHICS COMMISSIONER LOOKED INTO IT AND FOUND THAT THE PRIME MINISTER BROKE THE CONFLICT OF INTEREST GUIDELINES.>>Caller: WELL, SO I THINK THAT — AGAIN, YOU KNOW, I’M BIG ON SOCIAL MEDIA. I FIND — I LOVE TWITTER. I FIND TWITTER VERY FAST AND I FOLLOW A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO ARE PROFESSORS AND LAWYERS AND THINGS LIKE THAT, AND A NUMBER OF THEM CAME OUT — LAWYERS IN PARTICULAR, POLITICAL LAWYERS IN PARTICULAR, WHO CAME OUT AND SAID THEY COULD POKE ALL KINDS OF HOLES IN THE ETHICS COMMISSIONER’S REPORT. WHETHER OR NOT AGAIN, GOING BACK TO THIS, BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE IT’S AN OLD DOG THAT’S BEEN SLOGGED TO DEATH, WHETHER OR NOT THERE WAS A LITTLE BIT OF PRESSURE ON HER, I THINK THE PRESSURE COMES FROM IT BEING A NEW, YOU KNOW — A NEW TOOL AND NOT GIVING IT ITS DO. AND I PERSONALLY FEEL THAT MISS VRABEL WAS — HOW CAN I SAI THINK IT WOULD BE ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE FOR HER TO LOOK AT THAT OBJECTIVELY WITHOUT PUTTING HER PERSONAL FEELINGS ASIDE.>>Mark: OKAY. KIM, THANK YOU FOR YOUR CALL. I APPRECIATE THAT. IF YOU HAVE A COMMENT ON THAT OR ANY OTHER TOPIC, GIVE US A CALL RIGHT NOW. PETER.>>YEAH, JUST ONE POINT ON THAT, I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER, IT SOMETIMES GETS OVERLOOKED, TALKING ABOUT IT BEING A NEW TOOL AND MAYBE SHE DIDN’T EVALUATE IT PROPERLY. WE HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT SNC-LAVALIN HAD LOBBIED FOR SEVERAL YEARS EXPLICITLY FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO CHANGE THE CRIMINAL CODE TO MAKE THESE DEFERRED PROSECUTION AGREEMENTS AN OPTION — A LEGAL OPTION. THEY LOBBIED EXPLICITLY TO HAVE THE GOVERNMENT DO THAT THROUGH AN IMPLEMENTATION ACT AND THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT THEY DID. THEY DIDN’T PUT IT THROUGH THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM ACT THAT THE MINISTER OF JUSTICE PUT THROUGH THE HOUSE OF COMMONS. THEY PUT IT THROUGH BILL MORNEAU’S BUDGET ACT, WHICH, OF COURSE, GOES THROUGH THE HOUSE MUCH MORE QUICKLY. WHICH, OF COURSE, IS A GIGANTIC ACT THAT IS HARD TO SCRUTINIZE CLOSELY. THE JUSTICE MINISTER, FORMER JUSTICE MINISTER, EXCUSE ME, SHE WOULD HAVE KNOWN ALL OF THAT WHEN SHE WAS BEING PRESSURED TO CONSIDER THIS OPTION. SHE WOULD HAVE KNOWN THE OPTION ONLY EXISTED BECAUSE OF SNC-LAVALIN ASKED THE GOVERNMENT TO MAKE IT A POSSIBILITY.>>Mark: GREAT POINT. ALL RIGHT. LET’S GO BACK TO WINSTON SIH, OUR SOCIAL MEDIA ANALYST. WINSTON, WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN SEEING ABOUT SNC-LAVALIN ON REACTING TO IT?D HOW PEOPLE ARE>>WELL, WE’RE SEEING COMMENTS ON BOTH SIDES. OF COURSE IT’S GOING TO BE SOMETHING THAT IS GOING TO CARRY INTO THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL AND THE CONVERSATIONS THAT ARE GOING TO BE HAD BY ALL CANDIDATES. I HAVE A FEW TWEETS HERE. THIS ONE SAYS… OF COURSE, THAT ISN’T HAPPENING. BUT ON THE OTHER SIDE, WE’RE ALSO SEEING A LOT OF COMMENTS, TOO, FROM THE OTHER SIDE SAYING… THIS ISN’T THE CONSERVATIVES’ GOLDEN TICKET EITHER. YOU’RE DEFINITELY SEEING ARGUMENTS ON BOTH SIDES. IS IT GOING TO BE AN OVERARCHING THEME? LIKELY NOT. JUST FROM WHAT I’M SEEING ON SOCIAL MEDIA SO FAR, MARK.>>Mark: OKAY. AND JUST BEFORE WE LET YOU GO, WINSTON, GIVE US MORE OF A SENSE. WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THIS A MOMENT AGO, BUT ABOUT HOW THE PARTIES THEMSELVES ARE GOING TO USE SOCIAL MEDIA DURING THIS CAMPAIGN AS WE TALKED ABOUT BEFORE. A LOT HAS CHANGED IN THE LAST FOUR YEARS.>>THAT’S RIGHT. SOCIAL MEDIA, OF COURSE, IS GOING TO PLAY A MUCH LARGER ROLE AND I HEARD THIS COME UP AT THE PANEL WHERE THERE ARE A LOT MORE RULES WHEN IT COMES TO POLITICAL ADVERTISING. IT IS DEFINITELY A TOOL THAT WILL BE USED TO SEND ADVERTISEMENTS THROUGH THINGS LIKE PAYROLLS, THROUGH WHAT WEBSITES ARE GOING. MICRO TARGETING IS A HUGE REALITY AS WELL. AND THEN WE’RE DEALING WITH A LARGER CONVERSATION AROUND MISINFORMATION OF WHAT IS BEING PRESENTED AS POTENTIAL NEWS STORIES AS WELL. SO AS NEWS CONSUMERS, WE’RE DEFINITELY GOING TO HAVE TO BE MUCH MORE CAREFUL ABOUT HOW WE’RE GOING AT CONSUMING OUR SOCIAL MEDIA, WHAT IS FAKE, WHAT ISN’T FAKE. BUT, YOU KNOW, ALL OF THE PARTIES, ALL OF THE CANDIDATES ARE DEFINITELY GOING TO BE AT IT IN FULL FORCE IN ALL THOSE CONVERSATIONS IN THOSE HASHTAGS AND WITH POTENTIAL VOTERS AS WELL.>>Mark: OKAY. GREAT STUFF, WINSTON. THANK YOU SO MUCH. LOOK FORWARD TO TALKING MORE ABOUT THESE ISSUES WITH YOU OVER THE COURSE OF THE CAMPAIGN, INCLUDING THINGS LIKE FAKE NEWS AND MANIPULATION AND HOW NEWS CONSUMERS ARE GOING TO SORT THROUGH ALL OF THAT. IT’S GOING TO BE VERY INTERESTING TO WATCH. THANKS FOR YOUR TIME TODAY.>>THANK YOU.>>Mark: WINSTON SIH, OUR SOCIAL MEDIA ANALYST FOR VOTE 2019.>>>LET’S TAKE ANOTHER LOOK AT WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ON SOCIAL MEDIA. AGAIN, WE’VE ASKED YOU TO USE THE #cpacvote2019 FOR YOUR COMMENTS. WE’RE ASKING YOU WHAT ELECTION ISSUE MATTERS MOST TO YOU. AND HERE IS MY TOP THREE… SO AGAIN A WIDE RANGE OF ISSUES. WE’RE INTERESTED IN HEARING FROM YOU. YOU CAN CALL US ANY TIME WITH YOUR COMMENTS AS WELL OR SHARE THEM WITH THAT #cpacvote2019. BUT MAURA, IT IS INTERESTING BECAUSE WHITEHORSE SEEN A NUMBER OF TIMES SOME OF THESE AFFORDABILITY ISSUES COME UP IN THE SOCIAL MEDIA COMMENTS THAT PEOPLE WANT SECURITY AND THEY WANT AFFORDABILITY.>>THAT’S RIGHT. AND I THINK YOU’RE SEEING IT COMING UP IN DIFFERENT WAYS. YOU KNOW, PEOPLE MIGHT BE TALKING ABOUT HOUSING OR UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE COVERAGE. YOU KNOW, IT’S COME UP IN SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT WAYS, BUT I THINK IT IS SOMETHING THAT YOU’RE HEARING FROM A LOT OF PEOPLE. PEOPLE IN THE CLIPS — THE VIDEO CLIPS EARLIER IN THE SHOW, YOU HAD A NUMBER OF PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT STUDENT DEBT AND THE COST OF LIVING, THE COST OF HOUSING. SO I THINK YOU REALLY ARE SEEING THAT COME THROUGH. ONE OF THE THINGS I WAS NOTICING THERE, TOO — AND THIS SORT OF — THIS IS RELATED TO THE ISSUE OF AFFORDABILITY, BUT YOU ARE SEEING HEALTH CARE COMING UP, AND I THINK THAT PHARMACARE IS GOING TO BE ANOTHER ISSUE. WE HAVEN’T TALKED ABOUT IT YET TODAY, BUT I THINK THAT IS GOING TO BE ANOTHER ISSUE THAT YOU DO HEAR ABOUT, PARTICULARLY FROM THE LIBERALS AND THE NDP. THE NDP ARE TRYING TO MAKE THIS ONE OF THEIR SORT OF CENTRAL PITCHES SAYING THEY’RE GOING TO IMPLEMENT UNIFORM PHARMACARE STARTING NEXT YEAR — UNIVERSAL PHARMACARE — AND THEY WANT TO EX-SPEND THAT TO EYE — EXPAND THAT TO EYE CARE AND DEPARTMENTAL CARE. THE LIBERALS HAVE TAKEN STEP TOWARDS SOME KIND OF PHARMACARE PROGRAM. WE DON’T KNOW DETAILS OF THAT YET. BUT THEY ARE SAYING THEY WILL IMPLEMENT SOME KIND OF PHARMACARE. SO I THINK THAT IS ANOTHER ISSUE THAT YOU’RE GOING TO SEE COMING FORWARD. AND, AGAIN, IT IS RELATED TO THIS OVERARCHING NARRATIVE AROUND AFFORDABILITY.>>Mark: I WANT TO COME BACK TO JODY WILSON-RAYBOULD FOR A MOMENT. SHE WAS RAISED BY A PREVIOUS CALLER, AND SHE AND JANE PHILPOTT ARE RUNNING AS INDEPENDENT CANDIDATES IN THIS ELECTION CAMPAIGN. AND I KNOW WHEN THEY ANNOUNCED THEY WOULD DO THAT THERE WAS SPECULATION MAYBE THEY’D JOIN THE GREENS OR ANOTHER PARTY, BUT THEY CHOSE TO RUN AS INDEPENDENTS IN THEIR RESPECTIVE RIDINGS. A FEW PEOPLE COMMENTED AT THE TIME OKAY, YOU KNOW, THEY’RE GETTING LOT OF ATTENTION NOW AS THE TWO PEOPLE WHO LEFT THE TRUDEAU CABINET WHO WOULD NOT BE RUNNING AS LIBERALS NEXT TIME AROUND. IN FACT, WOULD BE RUNNING AGAINST THE LIBERALS. BUT THEY SAID AT THE TIME, YOU KNOW, SOME OBSERVERS SAID WAIT UNTIL THE CAMPAIGN BEGINS AND YOU WON’T HEAR ABOUT THEM AT ALL. WE’RE HEARING, OF COURSE, TODAY FROM ALL OF THE MAJOR PARTY LEADERS, BUT WE PROBABLY WON’T HEAR A LOT FROM JANE PHILPOTT AND JODY WILSON-RAYBOULD. WILL THEY BE FACTORS IN THIS CAMPAIGN, DO YOU THINK?>>WELL, I THINK MORE JODY WILSON-RAYBOULD BECAUSE SHE’S GOT A BOOK COMING OUT THIS CAMPAIGN. SO THAT’LL GENERATE A NEWS CYCLE FOR A FEW DAYS AT LEAST, AND IT SEEMS LIKE SHE’S IN A RIDING THAT HAS MORE OF A CHANCE OF WINNING I THINK. SO IT’S BEEN INTERESTING TO SEE — THEY HAVEN’T REALLY BEEN OVERLY CRITICAL, EVEN THOUGH THEY LEFT THE LIBERALS AND HAVE BEEN INDEPENDENTS. IT’S NOT LIKE THEY ARE ACTING LIKE AN OPPOSITION CRITIC AND LOBBYING ATTACKS AT THE GOVERNMENT ALL THE TIME. HOW THEY HANDLE THAT WILL BE INTERESTING. IT’S VERY, VERY HARD TO WIN AS AN INDEPENDENT, OBVIOUSLY. IT VERY RARELY HAPPENS.>>Mark: YEAH. MAYBE MORE THAT HAVE WILL COME OUT WHEN THEY’RE IN ALL-CANDIDATES MEETINGS OR THAT KIND OF THING OR THEY’RE A LITTLE MORE ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL. PETER, WHAT DO YOU THINK?>>YEAH, I THINK IT’S TOO EARLY TO WRITE THEM OFF JUST YET, BUT THEY CERTAINLY HAVE AN UPHILL BATTLE. YOU’VE GOT — IF YOU’RE AN INDEPENDENT, OBVIOUSLY BOTH.>>Jane: WILL AND JODY WILSON-RAYBOULD HAVE A FAIR AMOUNT OF NAME RECOGNITION — JANE PHILPOTT — BUT THEY’RE PITTING THEIR NAME AGAINST THE PARTY BRANDS, MULTIPLE DIFFERENT PARTIES, AND PARTIES THAT CAN AFFORD TO SPEND MONEY ON ADS AND HAVE RAISED MONEY FOR FOUR YEARS TO TRY TO WIN IN THAT YOU RIDING. IT’S GOING TO BE VERY DIFFICULT FOR THEM TO DISTINGUISH THEMSELVES AND THEY’LL HAVE TO COUNT ON VOTERS WHO NOT ONLY SEE THEM IN A POSITIVE LIGHT, BUT ALSO THINK THAT IT’S WORTH SENDING A VOTE THEIR WAY EVEN IF THEY KNOW JODY WILSON-RAYBOULD IS NOT GOING TO FORM GOVERNMENT AND DELIVER ON PRIORITIES THAT ANY PARTICULAR VOTER WANTS ON HER OWN, AND SAME FOR JANE PHILPOTT, OF COURSE.>>Mark: ALL RIGHT. LET’S TAKE A CALL FROM CHRISTOPHER IN TORONTO. HELLO, CHRISTOPHER.>>Caller: GREETINGS FROM SUNNY TORONTO. THANKS FOR TAKING MY CALL AND I HOPE TEAM C PAC HAD A GREAT SUMMER.>>Mark: THANK YOU.>>Caller: THANK YOU. THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE FOR ME THIS FEDERAL ELECTION IS COMPETENCY. LIKE, WHO CAN FORM THE MOST COMPETENT SUMMER. AND WHAT I HOPE THAT CANADIANS AND WHAT I’M GOING TO BE DOING, I HOPE THEY LOOK AT TWO THINGS. THE FIRST ONE, TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT ALL THE CANDIDATES AND THE PARTIES. AND ASK YOURSELF, YOU KNOW, WHICH CANDIDATES HAVE A SUCCESSFUL TRACK RECORD ADVANTAGEMENT AND BEING A PHILADELPHIA DOUCHE YARY DASH — — IWOULD ENCOURAGE CANADIANS O LOOK AT THE PBO’S PLATFORM COSTINGS. HOPEFULLY THEY’LL COME OUT WITH THAT SHORTLY. TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT THAT. MAKE SURE THE NUMBERS ADD UP. LOOK FOR YOURSELF. GOD BLESS YOU TALKING HEADS. YOU NEED TO LOOK AT IT YOURSELF BEFORE YOU GET THE ADDITIONAL OPINION, AND FINALLY, I WANT TO QUOTE — I WANT TO GIVE ONE EXAMPLE OF A COMPETENCY. I’M GOING TO QUOTE JENNIFER QUAID ON TWITTER TODAY. I KNOW SHE’S A C PAC CONTRIBUTOR. SHE SAID THIS TODAY — CPAC — SHE SAID THE GOVERNMENT’S HAILING OF THE CASE HAS DELEGITIMIZED THE REGIME IN THE WHOLE OF THE EYES OF THE PUBLIC. THIS IS A TERRIBLE OUTCOME. REMEDIATION AGREEMENTS ARE NOT A PANACEA BUT THEY ARE AN IMPORTANT TOOL IN AN ANTI-CORRUPTION ENFORCEMENT THAT PROSECUTORS SHOULD BE ABLE TO USE IN APPROPRIATE CASES. ACCORDING TO ONE OF YOUR CONTRIBUTORS, COMPETENCY WAS NOT FULLY APPLIED.>>Mark: SO WHERE DOES THAT LEAVE YOU, CHRISTOPHER? YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU APPLY THAT, WHAT DO YOU CONCLUDE ABOUT THIS ELECTION CAMPAIGN?>>UM, I LOOK — I THINK CANADIANS — IN 2019, CANADA SURROUNDED BY AND SOMETIMES ENGAGED IN A LOT OF GLOBAL CONFLICTS BOTH TRADITIONAL AND ECONOMIC. THERE’S ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES, AND RESOURCES HAVE ALWAYS, ALWAYS REMAINED SCARCE. WE NEED THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST PEOPLE RUNNING THIS NATION. I CAN GO — I DON’T NEED THE SHOWBIZ. I NEED COMPETENCY.>>Mark: OKAY, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR CALL. LET’S TAKE A CALL FROM BARBARA IN EDMONTON. HELLO, BARBARA.>>Caller: HELLO?>>Mark: YEAH. GO AHEAD.>>Caller: OH. MY BIGGEST CONCERNS ARE THE ECONOMY. FIRST OF ALL, YOU CAN’T DO ANYTHING UNLESS YOU GOT MONEY, AND THEN THE BUDGET AND SOME PLAN THAT THEY WILL WORK AT REDUCING IT, INCREASED WORLD TRADE, AND SAFETY OF OUR BORDERS.>>Mark: OKAY.>>Caller: THAT’S MY INPUT. BESIDES DIGITAL SECURITY.>>Mark: RIGHT. AND DO YOU HAVE A SENSE YET OF WHO YOU FEEL IS STRONGEST IN SOME OF THOSE AREAS.>>Caller: OH, DEFINITELY. THE CONSERVATIVES.>>Mark: OKAY, BARBARA. THANK YOU FOR YOUR CALL. WE’LL TAKE A CALL FROM ANDREW IN RICHMOND HILL, ONTARIO. ANDREW, GO AHEAD.>>Caller: HI, EVERYBODY ON THE PANEL. I HOPE YOU’RE HAVING A GOOD DAY. YOU HAVE GOOD ENERGY SO FAR ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE ELECTION. I HOPE IT CONTINUES ALL THE WAY THROUGH. I LIKE TO POSE A QUESTION TO THE PANEL — I’D LIKE TO POSE — ABOUT WHAT THE HEADS OF THE MAJOR PARTIES WOULD DO TO TAKE ON TELECOMMUNICATIONS REFORM. I KNOW IN THE WEEKS LEADING UP TO THE ELECTION IT WAS A BIG MEDIA POINT THAT THE LIBERALS WOULD LOWER THE RATES FOR WIRELESS FOR THE MAJORITY OF CANADIANS. YET THEY’VE YET TO SHOW ANY REGULATORY CHANGES THAT WOULD SAY HOW THEY WOULD DO THIS, AND IF THE PAST WE’VE SEEN THE CONSERVATIVES HAVE ONLY MADE MEANINGFUL HEADWAY IN PUSHING DOWN RATES BY DESUBSIDIZING THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMPANIES AND MAKING THEM MORE DEPENDENT ON THEMSELVES AND NOT PUBLIC WELFARE.>>Mark: ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR CALL. LET’S GET SOME REACTION. BILL, ANY THOUGHTS ON THIS? BECAUSE THERE HAVE BEEN PROMISES TO LOWER CELLPHONE BILLS.>>THE CALLER’S RIGHT. NOT A WHOLE LOT OF DETAIL ON HOW TO DO THAT BECAUSE IT IS NOT REALLY SOMETHING CABINET CAN DO ON ITS OWN. WE HAVE A CRTC REGULATOR. I’M NOT ENTIRELY UP TO SPEED ON THE DETAILS OF HOW THAT WOULD WORK OUT AT THE CRTC. BUT THERE’S A FEW ISSUES WE’RE SEEING. CERTAINLY WE’RE SEEING THE BIG PHONE COMPANIES AND MEDIA PROVIDERS LIKE TELUS AND THE TV NETWORKS PUSHING FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO STEP IN ON THINGS LIKE NETFLIX AND HAVING CONTENT FOR, YOU KNOW, THE TV STATIONS TO HAVE TO PAY INTO CONTENT TO PRODUCE CANADIAN CONTENT. NETFLIX AND OTHERS DON’T HAVE TO DO THAT. THE APPLES OF THE WORLD. THAT’S SOMETHING THE TWO PARTIES HAVE BEEN KEEN TO TOUCH ON. THEY’VE DANCED AROUND THAT QUESTION. JAGMEET SINGH SEEMS TO BE MAKING CELLPHONE ISSUES TOP OF MIND AS WELL. HE RAISED THAT AT THE NEWS CONFERENCE. AGAIN, HOW DO THAT WHEN YOU HAVE AN INDEPENDENT REGULATOR IS THE LINE BETWEEN POLITICAL ACTION AND REGULATORY REFORM IS NOT CLEAR.>>Mark: YEAH. MAURA, ANY THOUGHTS ON THAT? IT FITS INTO THAT ENVELOPE OF AFFORDABILITY AND IT’S SOMETHING VERY RELATABLE, RIGHT? THINGS — YOUR CELLPHONE BILL, ELECTRICITY BILL, THE PRICE OF GAS, THESE ARE ALL THE NUMBERS THAT CANADIANS SEE ON A REGULAR BASIS.>>YEAH, I MEAN, I AGREE WITH WHAT BILL SAID. I THINK THE NDP HAS BROUGHT THIS UP. THEY’VE MADE THAT ONE OF THEIR KIND OF MAIN TALKING POINTS THE LAST LITTLE WHILE. AGAIN, YEAH, I THINK NOT A TON OF DETAIL YET ABOUT HOW THAT WOULD WORK, BUT CERTAINLY IT PLAYS INTO THE NDP’S SORT OF OVERALL MESSAGE OF TRYING TO HELP OUT WITH AFFORDABILITY AND WITH THE COST OF LIVING, IS BUT YOU ARE ALSO SEEING THE LIBERALS MAKE SOME NOISE ABOUT THIS. I THINK THE LIBERALS IN GENERAL ARE TRYING TO SORT OF TAKE THE WIND OUT OF THE NDP’S SAILS IN AS MANY AREAS AS THEY CAN. SO THIS IS ONE OF THOSE SPOTS WHERE I THINK THEY ARE TRYING TO SORT OF OCCUPY THE SAME TERRITORY THAT NDP’S TRYING TO CARVE OUT FOR ITSELF.>>Mark: ALL RIGHT. LET’S GO TO MICHAEL WHO IS IN GLACE BAY, NOVA SCOTIA. MICHAEL. WELCOME, THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. GO AHEAD.>>Caller: HOW ARE YOU DOING TODAY, MARK.>>Mark: GREAT. THANK YOU.>>Caller: HERE WE ARE BACK AT ANOTHER FEDERAL ELECTION AGAIN, MARK. I THINK THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES ARE HEALTH CARE, AFFORDABLE HOUSING, AND ELIMINATION OF FOOD BANKS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THEY KEEP TELLING US AS TAXPAYERS AND PEOPLE THAT ARE JUST LIVING ON THE MARGINS THAT THERE’S NO MONEY. SINCE THE LATE ’60s THERE HAVE BEEN BILLIONS OF DOLLARS GIVEN TWO CORPORATIONS IN QUEBEC. OUTSIDE OF QUEBEC YOU CAN GO TO THE BIG OIL COMPANIES. BILLIONS OF DOLLARS BEING GIVEN TO THEM. THE IRVINGS IN NEW BRUNSWICK. MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. ALL BEING WROTE OFF AT THE TAXPAYERS’ EXPENSE, AND THEY SAY THERE’S NO MONEY FOR HEALTH CARE. THERE’S NO MONEY FOR HOUSING. AND AS FAR AS THE LIBERALS AND THE GREENS GO, ALL THEY’RE DOING IS STEALING GOOD NDP IDEAS, WHICH I DON’T MIND, BY THE WAY, BUT THE THING ABOUT IT IS, MARK, THEY’LL NEVER CARRY THEM OUT. THEY’RE JUST USING THOSE GOOD IDEAS AND DESTROYING THE WHOLE PRINCIPLE OF IT, WHICH IS TO HELP PEOPLE THAT ARE ON THE MARGINS AND TO SAVE A HEALTH-CARE SYSTEM THAT WAS BROUGHT INTO THIS COUNTRY BY TOMMY DOUGLAS. MARK, IT’S NO SECRET, I THINK I’LL BE VOTING FOR JAGMEET SINGH THIS TIME BECAUSE I’M NOT A RACIST AND I THINK A LOT OF IMMIGRANTS IN THIS COUNTRY SHOULD THINK THE SAME WAY. THANKS FOR YOUR TIME.>>Mark: OKAY. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR CALL. MARCUS IS IN SURREY, BRITISH COLUMBIA. HELLO, MARCUS. GO AHEAD.>>Caller: OH, WELL, HELLO THERE. IT’S VERY NICE TO BE ABLE TO SPEAK WITH YOU ALL. I WANT TO SHARE THE THOUGHT THAT I FEEL LIKE THE PARTIES NEED TO PAY MORE ATTENTION TO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES. I MYSELF HAVE CEREBRAL PALSY. I KNOW IT’S A MOUTHFUL. BUT I DO FEEL LIKE THERE MIGHT BE A WAY TO HAVE, LIKE, A BIT MORE OF A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE FEDERAL AND PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENTS, I FEEL.>>Mark: WHAT SPECIFICALLY WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE?>>Caller: UM, WELL –>>Mark: IS IT MORE FUNDING IN THESE AREAS.>>Caller: WELL, I THINK THAT’S PART OF IT. ALTHOUGH I DO FEEL LIKE THERE NEEDS TO BE A BIT MORE COOPERATION AND OVERSIGHT. SEE, ‘CAUSE I THINK THAT WHEN THE PROVINCES GET THE MONEY, IT’S ALL DONE ON TRUST THAT THE PROVINCES WILL DO WHAT THEY’RE SUPPOSED TO. ALTHOUGH I DO FIND THAT SOMETIMES SOME OF THAT FUNDING SEEMS TO GET LOST AND I STRONGLY FEEL LIKE THERE’S NOT ENOUGH WAYS FOR PEOPLE LIKE ME TO ACTUALLY HAVE OUR VOICES HEARD. ACTUALLY THERE’S BEEN OCCASIONS WHEN I’VE WANTED TO EXPRESS MY VIEWS ON CERTAIN THINGS, ALTHOUGH IT’S BEEN OFTEN EXPRESSED TO ME THAT IF I DO THAT PEOPLE ARE GOING TO ASSUME THAT I’M JUST ECHOING THE THOUGHTS OF OTHER INDIVIDUALS. AND I DON’T THINK THAT THAT’S FAIR.>>Mark: OKAY. WELL, I REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR CALL, AND I HOPE YOU FEEL YOU’VE HAD A CHANCE TO USE YOUR VOICE TODAY ON CPAC. SO THANK YOU FOR CALLING.>>WELL, I DO THANK YOU, AND I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR WHAT YOUR PANEL HAS TO SAY ON THIS.>>Mark: OKAY. THANK YOU FOR YOUR CALL. LET’S TAKE ONE MORE CALL, BOB FROM CHILLIWACK, BRITISH COLUMBIA. BOB, GO AHEAD.>>Caller: I’D LIKE TO RESPOND TO A PREVIOUS CALLER REGARDING JODY WILSON-RAYBOULD. I DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW JODY WILSON-RAYBOULD SUDDENLY BECAME A LOBBYIST FOR SNC IN SOME WAY, SHAPE, OR FORM ON SITE “C.” IF YOU REMEMBER CORRECTLY WHEN THIS FILE LANDED ON HER DESK SHE WAS THE ONE PERSON OUT OF A SEA OF CONFUSION OR WHATEVER ELSE THAT UNDERSTOOD, OKAY, IT’S TIME FOR ME TO BE THE ATTORNEY GENERAL NOW AND WHEN OTHER MATTERS WERE BEFORE HER, NOW IT’S TIME FOR ME TO BE THE POLITICAL MINISTER. SHE WAS THE ONLY ONE THAT HAD THAT FIGURED OUT. AND ANNE McLELLAN PROBABLY USED THAT AS AN EXAMPLE WHEN SHE BROUGHT HER REPORT IS YOU DON’T NECESSARILY HAVE TO SEPARATE THE ROLES IF YOU HAVE SOMEBODY THAT’S STRONG ENOUGH, SMART ENOUGH, WITH ENOUGH INTEGRITY AND HAVE ENOUGH TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT THEY’RE INVOLVED WITH, IN THIS CASE THE LAW, TO SORT OUT WHETHER OR NOT IT’S TIME TO BE THE POLITICAL MINISTER OR WHETHER IT’S TIME TO BE AN OFFICER OF THE COURT. [ Please Stand By ] OBVIOUSLY THE CONFLICT INTEREST AND THE ETHICS COMMISSIONER FOUND THAT IT WAS THE PRIME MINISTER WHO BROKE THE RULES, NOT JODY WILSON-RAYBOULD. I DIDN’T COME ACROSS ANY CRITICISM OF HER IN THAT ENTIRE REPORT.>>OBVIOUSLY WE’RE STILL HNG FRO A NUMBER OF YOUR CALLERS, YOU KNOW, A LOT OF DEBATE ABOUT WHO JODY WILSON-RAYBOULD IS AND HOW HER EFFECTIVENESS IN THAT PORTFOLIO PLAYS INTO THE SNC LAVALIN AFFAIR, AND THAT’S UNDERSTANDABLE. I THINK THERE WAS A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF FOCUS ON HER PAST RECORD. WHEN THE STORY BROKE, WHETHER THAT WAS FAIR OR NOT. I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER, THE ETHICS COMMISSIONER DID COME OUT WITH A REPORT ON THIS. AND DID FIND OUT THAT THE ETHICS COMMISSIONER BROKE RULES AND THE QUESTION IS WHO JODY WILSON-RAYBOULD IS AND HOW WELL SHE PERFORMED AS ATTORNEY-GENERAL. I THINK THOSE QUESTIONS ARE ALMOST SECONDARY. SHE’S NO LONGER A MEMBER OF THE LIBERAL CAUCUS AND NOT THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL AT THIS POINT T QUESTIONS NOW ARE ON THE SNC LAVALIN AFFAIR ARE AROUND THE PRIME MINISTER’S RN.>>Mark: ALL RIGHT. IF YOU ARE JUST JOINING US, THIS IS “HAVE YOUR SAY” ON CPAC AND WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU ON WHAT ELECTION ISSUE MATTERS THE MOST TO YOU AS WE START THE CAMPAIGN. WE ARE GOING TO BE HERE EVERY WEEKDAY THROUGHOUT THE CAMPAIGN FROM 2 O’CLOCK TO 4 O’CLOCK EASTERN TIME. GIVEN THAT THERE ARE SOMETIMES EVENTS INVOLVING THE PARTY LEADERS THAT WILL AFFECT OUR TIMING. BUT WE ARE INTERESTED IN HEARING FROM YOU ON THE ISSUES THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO YOU SO SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS WITH US RIGHT NOW. WE HAVE LINES AVAILABLE NOW IF YOU WANT TO JOIN THE DISCUSSION. YOU CAN ALSO JOIN US ON SOCIAL MEDIA BY USE THE HASHTAG CPAC VOTE 2019. LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ON SOCIAL MEDI LET’S SEE WHAT PEOPLE HAVE TO SAY SO FAR ON THIS FIRST DAY OF THE CAMPAIGN. HERE’S A LIST FROM JAY MASK. WHAT ISSUES MATTER TO YOU? NUMBER ONE, FULL TRANSPARENCY ON LAV SCAM AND ADMIRAL NORMAN SCANDALS. NUMBER TWO, FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY AND THE ECONOMY. THREE, HEALTH CARE AND STANDARD OF LIVING. FOUR, HONEST AND ACCOUNTABLE GOVERNMENT. FIVE, RESPONSIBLE IMMIGRATION AND ENFORCEMENT. AND HERE’S SOMEONE WRITING, WE NEED SOLID OPPOSITION TO EVERYTHING TRUMP STANDS FOR. IT’S CANADA, BUT IF WE GO CONSERVATIVE AND IN ANY WAY START KOW-TOWING TO HIS FASCIST DESIGNS, WE’LL LOSE EVERYTHING THAT MAKES CANADA GREAT JUST LIKE THE AMERICANS HAVE UNDER TRUMP. IT WILL BE A FIGHT FOR OUR LIS. SO IF YOU’VE GOT A COMMENT ON ANY OF THAT, WE WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU. WE’RE ALSO HEARING A LOT ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE DURING THIS ELECTION CAMPAIGN AND HERE’S SOME MORE ON TH. [ ♪♪♪ ]>>I THINK IT’S PRETTY IMPORTANT CONSIDERING THAT THE AMAZON RIGHT NOW IS ON FIRE, SO IT’S NONE OF THE G-7 COUNTRIES DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT, INCLUDING CANADA, I THINK WE’RE REALLY DOOMED, AND I THINK IF YOU WANT MY POLITICAL OPINION, I THINK IF THE CONSERVATIVE WIN, THEY’RE NOT REALLY GOING TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT. I FEEL LIKE THE LIBERALS HAVE BIGGER SAY IN WHAT’S GOING ON WITH THE ENVIRONMENT. SO, YH.>>SAME GOES TO ME. HONESTLY WITH GLOBAL WARMING AND ALL THE ISSUES THAT ARE HAPPENING WITH THE ENVIRONMENT, WE SHOULD SERIOUSLY THINK OF SOMEONE THAT WILL CARE ABOUT THE SUBJECT AND THAT WILL HELP IT AND BENEFIT MORE.>>I BELIEVE THAT THE PARTIES SHOULD DEFINITELY FOCUS ON THE CLIMATE CHANGE. I THINK IT WILL AFFECT OUR FUTURE GENERATIONS ON HOW WE LIVE SO I THINK IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT THEY START FIXING THE ENVIRONMENT NOW RATHER THAN LATER.>>I THINK THAT NOW THEY’RE STARTING TO A LITTLE BIT BUT IT SEEMS LIKE PEOPLE CAN TALK ABOUT IT BUT NOT MUCH HAS REALLY BEEN DONE.>>IF WE RUIN THE ENVIRONMENT, OUR, YOU KNOW, WHAT HAVE WE GOT? REALLY. I THINK THAT SHOULD BE THE MOST IMPORTANT THING. AND GET AWAY FROM THE TAR SANDS AND THAT KIND OF THING. IT’S RUINING THE CLIMATE AND THE COUNTRY AND THE ENVIRONMENT.>>I THINK THAT THE ENVIRONMENT IS PRETTY IMPORTANT AT THIS POINT IN TIME. AS A CAMPAIGN ISSUE, I THINK THAT IT WOULD BE SOMEWHAT IMPORTANT.>>IT IS IMPORTANT. IT’S GOOD TO BE CONSCIOUS BUT LET’S BE REAL. I WOULD CHALLENGE ANYONE WHO’S FOCUSED ON THE ENVIRONMENT SO MUCH TO MAYBE TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT’S HAPPENING GLOBALLY AS OPPOSED TO OUR OWN BACKYARD. THERE’S DOUBLE-EDGED SWORD THAT’S KILLING US AT THE SAME TIME. SO ANY TRUE ENVIRONMENTALIST, I’M PRETTY SURE THERE ARE OTHER PEOPLE PLACES IN THE WORLD THAT WE CAN BE ADVOCATING TO MAKE THINGS BETTER.>>I THINK RIGHT NOW, IN TODAY’S DAY AND AGE, THE ENVIRONMENT IS A HUGE COMPONENT. I THINK IT WILL MAKE OR BREAK OUR CANDIDATE FOR SURE. WHEN YOU’VE GOT SOMEONE CAMPAIGNING STRONGLY ON THAT AND THEY NEED TO, AGAIN, FOLLOW THROUGH AND BE CLEAR WHAT THAT IS. BECAUSE CARBON PRICING, JUST SAYING CARBON PRICING ON SOMETHING DOESN’T SAY A WHOLE LOT TO THE AVERAGE VOTER. [ ♪♪♪ ]>>I DEFINITELY THINK CLIMATE CHANGE WILL BE THE NUMBER ONE ISSUE IN THIS ELECTION, ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE. WE’RE SEEING A LOT OF YOUNG ACTIVIST AND VOICES COMING TO THE MAINSTREAM AND REALLY PLAYING THAT ISSUE ON THE FOREFRONT AND FOR ME, MYSELF, PERSONALLY, I THINK THAT WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO HAVE, LIKE, A LEADERS’ DEBATE SPECIFICALLY SURROUNDED AROUND THE CLIMATE CHANGE SPECIFICALLY. YOU KNOW, IF WE CAN HAVE ONE ON FOREIGN POLICY OR DIFFERENT ISSUES, WE CAN DEFINITELY HAVE ONE ON THE ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE. AND IT’S BECOMING THE NUMBER ONE ISSUE AS YOU SAW WITH THE IPCC REPORT. THAT GIVES US ELEVEN YEARS. THAT IS NOT A LOT OF TIME AND WE NEED TO ACT NOW AND IT’S VERY URGENT ISSUE AND THAT’S WHY CLIMATE CRISIS WILL DEFINITELY BE NUMBER ONE ISSUE IN THIS ELECTION.>>I DEFINITELY AGREE AS YOUNG PEOPLE, WE SHOULD BE LOOKING FORWARD TO THE FUTURE. NOT ONLY FOR OURSELVES BUT FOR OUR KIDS. WE’RE YOUNG KIDS. I WANT MY CHILDREN TO ENJOY THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT THE WAY THAT I HAVE. SO AS A YOUNG PERSON LOOKING FORWARD, THE ENVIRONMENT THAT’S A TOP CONCERN OF MINE. JUST NOT FOR MY SAKE BUT FUTURE GENERATIONS AS WELL.>>I’M ACTUALLY REALLY HAPPY IT’S BECOMING INCREASINGLY — PEOPLE ARE INCREASING THEIR AWARENESS ON THE ENVIRONMENT. WHICH IS REALLY EXCITING.>>I THINK IT ABSOLUTELY NEEDS TO BE A TOP ISSUE IN THIS ELECTION. I MEAN, YOU MENTIONED THE IPCC REPORT. THEY’VE GIVEN US ELEVEN YEARS. THAT MEANS WE ONLY HAVE ABOUT TWO ELECTIONS AFTER THIS SO WE REALLY NEED TO — WE DON’T HAVE A LOT OF TIME. WE NEED TO GET IT TOGETHER. NOW, YOU KNOW, WE’RE CALLING IT A CLIMATE CRISIS. I THINK IT NEEDS TO BE TREATED LIKE A CRISIS. AND THAT MEANS ADDRESSING IT IMMEDIATELY.>>PERSONALLY, I THINK THAT IT’S NO LONGER EVEN A QUESTION ABOUT WHETHER IT’S AN ISSUE OR NOT. IT’S MORE SO HOW BIG OF AN ISSUE DO YOU WANT TO MAKE IT IN THIS ELECTION. BECAUSE AT THE END OF THE DAY, IT’S GOING TO BE A BIG ISSUE FOR US TODAY, FURTHER DOWN THE LINE, REGARDLESS OF THE POLITICAL STRIPE, YOUR RACE, ETHNICITY OR RELIGION. IT AFFECTS ALL OF US EQUALLY. [ ♪♪♪ ]>>Mark: WELCOME BACK TO “HAVE YOUR SAY.” WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU ON OUR QUESTION OF THE DAY WHERE ANY OTHER TOPIC ABOUT THIS FEDERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN. IT IS DAY ONE AND WE WILL BE HERE EVERY WEEKDAY THROUGHOUT THE ELECTION CAMPAIGN. SO WHAT ELECTION ISSUE MATTERS MOSTYOU? WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU. YOU CAN CALL US RIGHT NOW AT: YOU CAN E-MAIL US AT: OR JOIN THE DISCUSSION ON SOCIAL MEDIA BY USE THE HASHTAG CPAC VOTE 2019. AND WE ARE JOINED ONCE AGAIN BY A PANEL OF JOURNALISTS WHO ARE COVERING THE FEDERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN. BILL CURRY, WHO COVERS FEDERAL POLICY FOR “THE GLOBE AND MAIL,” MAURA FOREST, POLITICAL REPORTER FOR THE “NATIONAL POST” AND DEPUTY EDITOR OF THE HILL TIMES. WELCOME ONCE AGAIN TO ALL OF YOU AND I WANT TO SPEND A MOMENT ON THE GREEN PARTY. WE’VE TALKED A LOT ABOUT THE LIBERALS, THE CONSERVATIVES, THE NDP, SO FAR A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE GREEN PARTY. BUT MAURA, I FEEL LIKE THIS CAMPAIGN, THERE’S GOING TO BE A LOT MORE SCRUTINY ON ELIZABETH MAY AND GREEN PARTY CANDIDATES ACROSS THE COUNTRY BECAUSE THEY ARE MUCH MORE OF A FACTOR IN THIS ELECTION BASED ON THE OPINION SURVEYS SO FAR THAN THEY HAVE BEEN IN THE PAST. THIS IS NOT NECESSARILY ABOUT THEM JUST WINNING ELIZABETH MAY’S SEAT ANYMORE OR MAYBE ONE MORE. THEY’RE RIVALING THE NDP FOR THIRD PLACE AND WE’VE ALREADY STARTED TO SEE THE IMPACT OF CLOSER SCRUTINY ON THE GREEN PARTY.>>THAT’S RIGHT. THIS IS NEW GROUND FOR ELIZABETH MAY AND THE GREEN PARTY. I MEAN, IT’S LARGELY GOOD NEWS FOR THEM. THEY’RE UP IN THE POLLS. THEY MAINTAIN, YOU KNOW, GOOD SHOWINGS IN THE POLLS FOR THE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS. THEY’VE REALLY BEEN ON A ROLL. THEY ARE, YOU KNOW, REAL CONTENDERS IN AT LEAST FOUR RIDINGS, POTENTIALLY MORE. AND SO THIS IS ALL COMING UP NICELY FOR THE GREENS SO FAR BUT, OF COURSE, THAT DOES HAVE — IT DOES PRESENT A CERTAIN LEVEL OF RISK AND WE ARE SEEING THAT NOW. ALL OF A SUDDEN, THERE IS MORE ATTENTION BEING PAID TO THEM. THEIR CANDIDATES ARE GETTING GREATER SCRUTINY THAN THEY EVER HAVE, AND SO JUST IN THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS, WE’VE SEEN A FEW STORIES COME OUT THAT HAVE THE GREENS SORT OF ON THE DEFENSIVE AND KIND OF SCRAMBLING A LITTLE BIT. AND SO ONE OF THOSE WAS AROUND THE QUESTION OF ABORTION RIGHTS. ELIZABETH MAY SAID THAT SHE WOULD NOT PREVENT CANDIDATES FROM RAISING THE ISSUE FROM ENGAGING IN A DEBATE ON ABORTION RIGHTS. SHE QUICKLY TRIED TO CLARIFY THAT AND SAY, YOU KNOW, SHE EXPECTS ALL OF HER CANDIDATES TO BE PRO-CHOICE AND, YOU KNOW, THAT THAT IS SOMETHING THAT’S NOT NEGOTIABLE, THE GREEN PARTY CANDIDATES HAVE TO SIGN AN OATH AND SO SHE WAS — SHE’S HAD TO CLARIFY THAT SHE SIMPLY MEANT THAT, YOU KNOW, SHE DOESN’T WHIP VOTES AND THAT HER MPs WILL HAVE THE RIGHT TO RAISE THE ISSUES THAT THEY WANT TO RAISE. THAT WAS QUICKLY FOLLOWED UP BY ANOTHER STORY YESTERDAY IN WHICH HER HIGHEST PROFILE GREEN PARTY CANDIDATE FROM QUEBEC, WHO RECENTLY DEFECTED FROM THE NDP, TO RUN FOR THE GREENS, HE WAS QUOTED IN AN INTERVIEW SAYING THAT QUEBEC NEEDS TO SEPARATE AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. AND SO ONCE AGAIN, THIS PUT THE GREEN PARTY ON THE DEFENSIVE. SO, YOU KNOW, IT’S INTERESTING. WE’RE GOING TO SEE HOW THAT PLAYS OUT. YOU KNOW, ARE THERE GOING TO BE OTHER MISHAPS LIKE THAT THROUGH THE CAMPAIGN WHERE YOU’VE GOT INDIVIDUAL CANDIDATES SORT OF SPEAKING OUT OF LINE PERHAPS? AND, YOU KNOW, ELIZABETH MAY, THUS FAR, HAS NOT REALLY HAD TO DEAL WITH IT. SHE’S LARGELY BEEN SORT OF A ONE-PERSON SHOW. THAT’S CHANGING NOW. AND IT WILL BE VERY INTERESTING TO SEE HOW SHE — WHETHER OR NOT SHE CHOOSES TO REIN HER CANDIDATES IN.>>Mark: I GUESS, PETER, AT THE HEART OF THIS, SOMETHING MAURA ALLUDE TO, IT’S NOT JUST THAT WE’RE LOOKING MORE CLOSELY AT THE GREEN PARTY FOR THE FIRST TIME BUT THEY HAVE A DIFFERENT WAY OF DOING THINGS, AND THIS IS SOMETHING THAT THEY HAVE BEEN PROUD OF, BUT WE’VE NEVER ACTUALLY SEEN IT IN ACTION BECAUSE ELIZABETH MAY HAS NEVER HAD A CAUCUS AROUND HER. BUT THEY DO HAVE DIFFERENT RULES AND IF, IN THEORY, THERE WERE A LARGE CAUCUS OF GREEN MPs OR SOME DAY THE GREEN PARTY FORMED A GOVERNMENT, BASED ON THEIR CURRENT RULES, THERE WOULDN’T BE THE SAME TYPE OF PARTY UNITY ON HOW TO VOTE AND THE SAME TYPE OF MECHANISMS IN PLACE TO FORCE PEOPLE TO VOTE A CERTAIN WAY AS THERE ARE IN THE OTHER PARTIES.>>RIGHT. RIGHT. THIS IS THE PROBLEM WHEN YOU HAVE A FRINGE PARTY THAT STARTS TO GET A REAL TASTE OR SHOT AT POWER. SOME OF THE HARSH REALITIES OF POLITICS COME INTO PLAY. OF COURSE, ELIZABETH MAY HAS BUILT A REPUTATION ON TRYING TO KEEP OF THE MORAL HIGH GROUND BUT WHEN IT COMES TO PARTY DISCIPLINE, CAUCUS DISCIPLINE, I CAN’T THINK OF ANY CASE OF A PARLIAMENTARY GOVERNMENT OR EVEN A MAJOR PARTY THAT’S BEEN ABLE TO DO WELL BY ANY MEASURE WITH A LOT OF MEMBERS AND WITHOUT ANY KIND OF PARTY DISCIPLINE. SO THAT’S GOING TO BE AN INTERESTING CHALLENGE FOR SURE.>>YEAH.>>Mark: BILL, WHAT ABOUT THIS ISSUE OF THE INITIAL REACTION OF THE GREEN PARTY TO PETER NANTEL WAS NATIONAL UNITY ISN’T REALLY PART OF OUR CORE PLATFORM SO, THEREFORE, MEMBERS OF THE GREEN PARTY CAN HAVE THEIR OWN OPINIONS ABOUT THAT. CAN YOU BE A FEDERAL PARTY IN THIS COUNTRY AND NOT HAVE FEDERALISM AS PART OF YOUR CORE TENANTS?>>WELL, THIS CAME UP THIS MORNING AND IT WAS A STRONG CONTRAST IN TERMS OF STYLE BECAUSE YOU HAD THE THREE OTHER PARTY LEADERS WHO ALL HAD THESE EVENTS THAT WERE HIGHLY SCRIPTED WITH ALL KINDS OF PEOPLE STANDING BEHIND THEM AND ANY KIND OF QUESTION THEY WERE ASKED WAS ALL CANNED ANSWERS. IT WAS A VERY SAFE AND IN CONTRAST, I WENT TO ELIZABETH MAY, SO PANELS LIKE THIS WERE ALL KILLING TIME AND THEY SHOOT OVER TO ELIZABETH MAY, WHO WAS JUST KIND OF TRYING TO FILL TIME IN THE ROOM, AND SHE’S HAMMING IT UP BY PLAYING ON THE COMPUTER AND LIVE ON TV JOKING AROUND. VERY LIGHT AND UNSCRIPTED BUT THEN WHEN THE QUESTIONS CAME, THEY DID ASK THIS QUESTION. YOU’VE GOT A MEMBER OF YOUR TEAM THAT SEEMS TO BE OPEN TO SEPARATISM, AND SHE HAD SOME UNUSUAL ANSWERS, I GUESS, WOULD BE ONE WAY TO PUT IT, SAYING SOMETHING — SHE DIDN’T THINK THAT WAS THE CASE. THAT WASN’T HER READ OF HIS COMMENTS. SHE WAS GOING TO TALK TO HIM LATER. THIS WAS THE STORY FROM THE DAY BEFORE. SHE HADN’T ACTUALLY TALKED TO HIM. YOU THINK THAT WOULD BE AN OBVIOUS QUESTION TO KNOW. AS HER ANSWER WENT ON, WITH ABOUT THE PARTY’S POSITION ON QUEBEC SEPARATION, SHE SAID, WE ARE ALL EARTHLINGS, SO THAT WAS THE QUOTE OF THE DAY. SO SHE’S WILLING TO JUST SAY THINGS THAT MIGHT GET HER INTO HOT WATER, BUT, YOU KNOW, THAT MIGHT BE APPEALING TO PEOPLE AS WELL THAT SHE’S JUST — >>Mark: AS YOU ALLUDED TO, THIS BECOMES A TEST OF THE IDEA THAT YOU CAN DO POLITICS DIFFERENTLY, RIGHT? BECAUSE EVERYBODY SAYS THAT BEFORE THEY ARE DOING POLITICS. AND THEN WHEN THEY’RE FORCED TO DO POLITICS, BECAUSE THEY FORM A GOVERNMENT OR HAVE LOTS OF MPs IN THE CAUCUS, MORE THAN JUST THEMSELVES, AS THE PARTY LEADER, THEN YOU SORT OF TEST WHETHER OR NOT THOSE PRINCIPLES CAN STAND OR WHETHER YOU KIND OF SUCCUMB TO THE SAME FORCES THAT HAVE AFFECTED OTHER POLITICAL LEADERS IN THE PAST.>>RIGHT. WE HAD THE LIBERALS RUNNING ON REAL CHANGE BACK IN 2015 AND NOW HERE WE ARE, NDP MAKING SIMILAR PROMISES, AND OF COURSE THE GREENS, THE PARLIAMENTARY SYSTEM IS WHAT IT IS. AND THE MEDIA, OF COURSE, AS WELL, WE TRY TO LATCH ONTO THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS AND SUBJECT. THEY TAKE MULTIPLE STANCES ON MULTIPLE ISSUES AT THE SAME T THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE TOO TRY TO ORGANIZE THEMSELVES A LITTLE BIT MORE.>>Mark: MAURA, DO YOU THINK THAT THERE REALLY IS A BATTLE FOR THIRD PLACE IN THIS ELECTION CAMPAIGN? IS IT REALLY POSSIBLE THAT THE GREEN PARTY COULD END UP WITH MORE SEATS THAN THE NDP AS AN OUTCOME?>>THERE ARE POLLS THAT ARE SUGGESTING THAT COULD BE THE CASE. I’M SKEPTICAL. I THINK THAT THE NDP IS STILL THE MORE ESTABLISHED PARTY WITH MUCH STRONGER FOUNDATION IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE COUNTRY. I THINK WITH THE GREENS, YOU KNOW, I THINK THEY ARE A REAL THREAT ON VANCOUVER ISLAND CERTAINLY. THERE IS A NUMBER OF SEATS THERE THAT ARE IN CONTENTION. THERE ARE OTHER SPOTS WHERE THEY COULD POTENTIALLY MAKE BREAKTHROUGHS IF THINGS GO REALLY WELL FOR THEM. CERTAINLY THE ENVIRONMENT IS THE MAJOR ISSUE, ESPECIALLY IN QUEBEC. THEY COULD MAKE SOME GAINS THERE POSSIBLY. THERE’S A FEW SPOTS IN ATLANTA CANADA, EVEN ONTARIO. BUT I’M NOT CONVINCED THAT YOU CAN REALLY COMPARE THAT YET TO WHAT THE NDP HAS, WHICH IS A LONG HISTORY OF HAVING AN ACTUAL PRESENCE IN PARLIAMENT AND HAVING PARLIAMENTARIANS WHO ARE WELL-KNOWN IN THE CONSTITUENCIES AND WHO HAVE REPRESENTED THEIR CONSTITUENTS FOR A LONG TIME. I DO THINK THAT THE NDP ARE CERTAINLY A THREAT FOR THE GREENS. I THINK THAT’S VERY REAL AND IT SHOULDN’T BE DOWNPLAYED. HOW THAT BEARS OUT IN THE — THE GREENS HAVE DERISION TRA DIGSALLY FARED BETTER IN THE POLLS WHEN IT COMES TO THE ANNUAL ELECTION RESULTS. I’M NOT CONVINCE THAT HAD WILL BE DIFFERENT THIS TIME AROUND BUT WE’LL SEE.>>Mark: BILL, WHAT’S AT STAKE FOR JAGMEET SINGH AND THE NDP HERE IN THIS ELECTION CAMPAIGN? BECAUSE I THINK THAT PREVAILING NARRATIVE, THE CONSENSUS FOR MANY MONTHS NOW, HAS BEEN THAT IT’S BEEN VERY ROCKY FOR SINGH, THAT HE HAS NOT CONDON A GOOD JOB AS LEADER SO FAR, THAT THERE ARE RUMBLINGS AND GRUMBLINGS WITHIN THE PARTY OVER HIS LEADERSHIP. AND THE POLLS SEEM TO SUGGEST. THERE HAVE BEEN SOME POLLS THAT SHOW THEM HIGHER. THEY COULD BE ALMOST WIPED OUT IN QUEBEC WHICH WAS A BIG BASE FOR THEM IN 2011, AND THAT THEY COULD SUFFER LOSSES ELSEWHERE. WHAT’S GOING ON HERE? IS THIS ALL ABOUT JAGMEET SINGH OR IS THERE SOMETHING ELSE AT PLAY?>>WELL, OBVIOUSLY, THE TRUDEAU GOVERNMENT HAS MOVED LEFT SO IT’S EATING SOME OF THE NDP’S LUNCH. THAT’S A FACTOR. JAGMEET SINGH SEEMS TO BE A FACTOR AS WELL. THE FUND RAISING NUMBERS SHOW THEY’RE NOT DOING GREAT. THAT’S A SIGN THE DATA POINT OF A LACK OF ENTHUSIASM WITH THE PARTY. YOU’LL SEE FORMER MPs HAVING NO PROBLEM GOING ON THE RECORD CRITICIZING THE LEADER IN NEW BRUNSWICK, CRITICIZING THE PARTY LEADER FOR NEVER GOING TO NEW BRUNSWICK IN HIS FIRST.>>Mark: THEY ALSO HAVE A LOT OF RIDINGS RIGHT NOW WHERE THEY DON’T HAVE CANDIDATES.>>EXACTLY. THAT’S ANOTHER POINT THAT’S FUELLING THESE KINDS OF STORIES. WHEN HE FIRST ARRIVED ON THE HILL, HE TOOK A LONG TIME BEFORE GETTING A SEAT IN THE HOUSE. THAT WAS AN ISSUE. WHEN HE FIRST SHOWED UP AT NEWS CONFERENCES, HE JUST DIDN’T SEEM VERY WELL BRIEFED. SO WE WOULD ASK QUESTIONS AND HE WOULD HAVE OTHER MPs WITH HIM AND HE WOULD DEFER, HAVING THEM ANSWER FOR HIM. HE CAME FROM ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLITICS, AND WHEN HE ARRIVED HE DIDN’T SEEM UP TO SPEED ON THE FEDERAL ISSUES. HE HAS, TO HIS CREDIT, REALL

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