Jagmeet Singh makes health-care announcement in Brampton, Ont.

Jagmeet Singh makes health-care announcement in Brampton, Ont.


THAT BY 2020 WE HAVE PHARMACARE FOR ALL, SO THAT EVERYONE IN OUR COUNTRY HAS ACCESS TO THE MEDICATION THEY NEED. IF YOU NEED MEDICINE IN OUR COUNTRY, YOU SHOULD USE YOUR HEALTH CARD, NOT YOUR CREDIT CARD. THAT’S GOING TO HELP THIS HOSPITALS. IT’S GOING TO FREE UP TIME. SOMEONE WHO CAN’T AFFORD THEIR MEDICATION SHOULD NOT END UP IN A HOSPITAL BED BECAUSE THEY COULDN’T TREAT THEIR ILLNESS. WE’RE GOING TO PUT AN END TO THAT. SO THANK YOU SO MUCH FORGING US. WE’RE GOING TO MAKE BETTER CHOICES — FOR JOINING US. WE’LL MAKE SURE WE TAKE CARE OF THE PEOPLE THAT NEED SUPPORT. THIS IS A CRISIS YEAR IN BRAMPTON, BUT IT’S A REALITY FOR FAR TOO MANY PEOPLE. WE WILL INVEST MORE IN HEALTH CARE TO TURN THINGS AROUND. THANK YOU SO MUCH. AND I WANT FOLKS TO KNOW I’M IN IT FOR THEM. I’M IN IT FOR YOU, AND WE’RE READY TO TAKE YOUR QUESTIONS. YEAH.>>Question: HOW CAN YOU COMMIT TO BUILDING A HOSPITAL? ISN’T THAT A PROVINCIAL JURISDICTION? HOW WOULD YOU ACTUALLY DO THAT?>>IT’S ABSOLUTELY A PROVINCIAL JURISDICTION. WHAT WE’RE COMMITTING TODAY IS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE PUT THE FUNDING ON THE TABLE TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN. WE ARE COMMITTED TO BUILDING THIS HOSPITAL, AND WE KNOW WE HAVE TO WORK WITH THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT, BUT WE CAN’T JUST STAND BY AND GIVE UP WHEN WE’VE GOT A CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT THAT DOESN’T SEE THE IMPORTANCE OF BUILDING AND INVESTING IN HEALTH CARE AND WE’VE GOT A LIBERAL PRIME MINISTER, Mr. TRUDEAU, WHO HAS NEGLECTED HIS RESPONSIBILITY. WHAT WE’RE DOING TODAY IS SAYING WE WILL PARTNER, WE WILL PUT THE FUNDING IN PLACE TO SUPPORT THE BUILDING OF A NEW HOSPITAL AND EXPAND PEEL MEMORIAL.>>YOU SPOKE ABOUT YOUR PLAN TO TREAT DRUGS AS A HEALTH ISSUE RATHER THAN A CRIMINAL ISSUE. CAN YOU TELL US SPECIFICALLY WHAT THAT MEANS? WOULD YOU DECRIMINALIZE DRUGS? WHICH DRUGS WOULD YOU WANT TO SEE DECRIMINALIZED? CAN YOU TELL US EXACTLY WHAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT WHEN YOU SAY THAT?>>SURE. I SPENT A LOT OF TIME AS A CRIMINAL DEFENCE LAWYER AND I MET A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT WERE IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM AND WHEN I MET WITH THEM AND I SPOKE WITH THEM REALLY WHAT THEY WERE STRUGGLING WITH, THEY WERE STRUGGLING WITH ADDICTION. THEY WERE STRUGGLING WITH MENTAL HEALTH. THEY WERE STRUGGLING WITH POVERTY. AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM WASN’T THE WAY TO DEAL WITH THEIR PROBLEMS. AND WE SEE THAT IN CANADA. WE HAVE AN OPIOID CRISIS. THOUSANDS OF CANADIANS ARE DYING. AND WE’VE GOT TO DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY. WE CAN’T CONTINUE DOWN THE SAME PATH IF WE WANT TO CHANGE THE RESULTS. WE HAVE TO CHANGE OUR APPROACH. SO WHAT OUR APPROACH IS THIS. WHEN PEOPLE ARE STRUGGLING WITH ADDICTION FOR PERSONAL USE, WHEN PEOPLE ARE STRUGGLING WITH MENTAL HEALTH AND PEOPLE ARE STRUGGLING WITH POVERTY, THEY SHOULDN’T BE TREATED WITH A CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. THEY SHOULD BE TREATED WITH COMPASSION AND CARE WITH THE HEALTH CARE RESPONSE, AND THAT’S WHAT I’M COMMITTED TO DOING, MAKING SURE PEOPLE WHO ARE IN NEED, PEOPLE WHO ARE ADDICTED, PEOPLE WHO ARE DEALING WITH MENTAL HEALTH GET MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES, GET ADDICTION SERVICES. THAT IS THE WAY THAT WE HELP PEOPLE OUT AND THE WAY WE SAVE LIVES.>>Question: [ Speaking French ] [Voice of Translator]: Mr. SINGH, RADIO CANADA. REGARDING MEDICAL ASSISTANCE FOR DYING, TRIBUNALS AND COURTS BELIEVE THAT THE CRITERIA ON REASONABLY IMMINENT DEATH ARE TOO STRINGENT. DO YOU BELIEVE THE RULES SHOULD BE MORE FLEXIBLE AND WHY?>>YES, WHAT WE’VE SEEN IS THAT THE CRITERIA ARE INADEQUATE. THEY ARE MUCH TOO SPECIFIC. THEY ARE TOO PRECISE. AND DON’T TAKE IN ALL POTENTIAL SITUATIONS WITH THE RESULTS THAT WE’VE BEEN SEEING IN QUEBEC COURTS. THERE IS A PROBLEM WITH EXISTING REGULATIONS. SO I’M EXTREMELY OPEN TO ENSURING THAT EVERYONE WHO NEEDS MEDICAL ASSISTANCE FOR DYING CAN GET THAT ASSISTANCE. IT’S EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO DIGNITY AND WHAT WE’VE SEEN SO FAR IS THAT THE LIBERAL GOVERNMENT HASN’T DONE THE WORK THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE. I’M VERY READY TO HAVE A CONVERSATION ON INCREASING ACCESS. [ End of Translation ] SO THE QUESTION WAS AROUND RIGHT NOW THE ACCESS TO FOLKS WHO NEED MEDICAL ASSISTANCE IN DYING. THERE’S BEEN CONCERNS, A COURT DECISION THAT FOUND THAT THE CRITERIA WERE TOO SPECIFIC, TOO NARROW, AND I UNDERSTAND THAT THAT’S A REALITY. PEOPLE WHO NEED TO MAKE THIS CHOICE FOR THEIR DIGNITY SHOULD BE ABLE TO MAKE THE CHOICE, AND RIGHT NOW THE CRITERIA BEING TOO NARROW DOESN’T ALLOW ACCESS TO THIS DECISION FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE, AND SO I’M OPEN TO LOOKING AT WAYS TO MAKE SURE THE ACCESS IS IMPROVED AND THAT WE DO IT IN A WAY THAT RESPECTS THE DIGNITY OF SOMEONE TO MAKE WHAT CHOICE.>>Question: [ Speaking French ] [Voice of Translator]: TONIGHT WILL BE YOUR THIRST DEBATE AS LEADER. ARE THERE SOME TIPS AND TRICKS THAT PEEP CLOSE TO YOU HAVE GIVEN YOU TO HELP YOU AND HOW WILL YOU MEASURE YOUR SUCCESS IN TONIGHT’S DEBATE?>>WHAT I WILL DO IN ALL DEBATES IS ALWAYS SHARE PEOPLE’S STORIES. THE STORIES OF ORDINARY CANADIANS. MY JOB IS TO BE A VOICE FOR THE PEOPLE, PEOPLE WHO DON’T HAVE A VOICE, AND I WILL USE MY PLATFORM. I WILL ALWAYS USE MY PLATFORM TO SHOW WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE LIVES OF CANADIANS AND HOW WE CAN HELP PEOPLE. SO THAT’S THE TRICK TO ALWAYS DO WHAT I HAVE ALWAYS DONE, TELL THE STORIES OF ORDINARY PEOPLE, THE PEOPLE FOR WHOM I AM FIGHTING. I’M IN IT FOR THEM. AND I WILL CONTINUE TO DO THAT. [ End of Translation ]>>Question: “GLOBAL NATIONAL.” THERE’S A VIGOROUS DEBATE NOW GOING AROUND ON E-CIGARETTES. DO YOU THINK THAT CANADA SHOULD BE DOING SOMETHING TO BAN VAPING?>>WELL, I MEAN, ALL OUR DECISION WHEN IT COMES TO ANY SORT OF PRODUCT THAT’S IN THE MARKET SHOULD BE BASED ON EVIDENCE, AND SHOULD BE BASED ON THE SCIENCE, AND IF WE HAVE SOME SCIENCE AND EVIDENCE THAT POINT TO A PROBLEM THEN WE SHOULD RESPOND. AND RIGHT NOW THAT SCIENCE IS UNCLEAR. THERE IS SOME CONCERNS BEING RAISED, AND I THINK WE SHOULD BE VERY CAREFUL TO ASSESS ANY SORT OF INFORMATION THAT WE HAVE AND MAKE THE BEST DECISION POSSIBLE TO PROTECT CITIZENS. AND THAT INCLUDES VAPING, E-CIGARETTES, AND ANYTHING ELSE THAT MIGHT ARISE IN TERMS OF INFORMATION THAT WE NOW HAVE THAT SHOULD INFORM OUR DECISIONS.>>Question: WE ALREADY HAVE SOME JURISDICTIONS, AND I KNOW MORE RECENTLY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IS LOOKING AT IT IN A FLAVOURED NICOTINE AND THAT SORT OF THING. WOULD YOU — IF YOU WERE PRIME MINISTER — CONSIDER A NATIONWIDE BAN ON E-CIGARETTES.>>WHAT MY CONCERN WOULD BE, AS SOMEONE WHO DOESN’T SMOKE OR DRINK, I REALLY WANT TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO MAKE HEALTHY DECISIONS. I’M PARTICULARLY WORRIED ABOUT YOUNG PEOPLE THAT MIGHT BE INFLUENCED TO GET INTO A PRACTICE THAT THEY THINK IS SAFE WHEN IT’S REALLY DETRIMENTAL TO THEIR HEALTH. I WANT US TO MAKE GOOD DECISIONS AND GOOD POLICIES THAT PROTECT THE SAFETY AND THE HEALTH OF CANADIANS. AND SO EVERYTHING WE SHOULD DO, EVERYTHING WE DO SHOULD BE WITH THAT FOCUS IN MIND, AND IF THERE IS A WAY TO MOVE FORWARD WHICH DISCOURAGES YOUNG PEOPLE FROM MAKING A BAD DECISION, I WANT TO DO THAT. IF THERE IS INFORMATION THAT WE CAN PROVIDE TO HELP PEOPLE MAKE A BETTER DECISION TOWARDS THEIR HEALTH I WANT TO DO THAT.>>Question: Mr. SINGH, KEVIN GALLAGHER WITH CTV NEWS. WE KNOW THAT YESTERDAY TWO NDP CANDIDATES HAD TO STEP DOWN FOR VARIOUS REASONS. THERE’S BEEN LOTS OF REPORTS ABOUT DIFFICULTY THAT YOUR PARTY’S HAD TO VET, RECRUIT CANDIDATES, SID RYAN CALLED THE PROCESS UNPROFESSIONAL. HOW CAN CANADIANS VOTE FOR YOU FOR PRIME MINISTER IF IT SEEMS YOU’RE HAVING TROUBLE ORGANIZING CANDIDATES FOR THIS UPCOMING ELECTION?>>WELL, I WANT TO BE CLEAR. WE’RE GOING TO HAVE ALL THE CANDIDATES IN PLACE SO THAT EVERYONE IN CANADA CAN VOTE FOR A NEW DEMOCRAT NO MATTER WHERE THEY LIVE. THERE’S PEOPLE THAT HAVE TO STAND UP, LIVE UP TO OUR STANDARDS. AS SOON AS INFORMATION ARISES WHERE THEY ARE NOT MEETING THE STANDARDS THAT WE BELIEVE IS IMPORTANT FOR OUR CANDIDATES TO MEET WE THEN MOVE AHEAD TO ENSURE THAT THEY’RE NO LONGER CANDIDATES. AND THAT’S WHAT HAPPENED RECENTLY. WE’LL CONTINUE TO DO THAT. IF ANY INFORMATION ARISES WHICH MAKES US DOUBT THE QUALITY OF A CANDIDATE, WE’RE THEN GOING TO MOVE TO SAY THAT THOSE FOLKS CAN NO LONGER BE CANDIDATES. I’M CONFIDENT THAT PEOPLE CAN TRUST US TO KNOW WE’RE MAKING GOOD DECISIONS ABOUT THE CANDIDATES WE HAVE. THERE IS A HIGH QUALITY STANDARD THAT WE’RE TRYING TO ACHIEVE, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY WE’RE ALSO TRYING OUR BEST TO RECRUIT THE REAL REPRESENTATION OF CANADA. WE HAVEN’T SEEN ENOUGH MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIES REPRESENTED. WE HAVEN’T SEEN ENOUGH WOMEN PARTICULARLY REPRESENTED IN POLITICS. SO I’M WORKING HARD TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR CANDIDATES REFLECT CANADA AND THAT’S A TOUGH THING TO DO, BUT A VERY IMPORTANT THING TO DO.>>Question: BUT AT WHAT POINT DO YOU HAVE TO STRIKE A BALANCE HERE TO GET A CANDIDATE IN THE RIDING BEFORE SEPTEMBER 30th CUTOFF, RIGHT? SO IS THERE AN ISSUE WITH THE VETTING PROCESS IN THE PARTY? WHAT’S HOLDING YOU BACK HERE?>>NO, NOT AT ALL. WE HAVE A STRONG PROCESS. I’VE JUST PUT IN PLACE SOME SORT OF RIGID DEMANDS THAT I REALLY WANT TO ENCOURAGE EQUITY-SEEKING FOLKS TO BE REFLECTED. I REALLY BELIEVE IT’S IMPORTANT TO CHANGE THE WAY THINGS HAVE BEEN DONE IN THE PAST. I WANT TO DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY, AND THAT’S HARD TO DO, I KNOW. BUT IT’S IMPORTANT FOR ME AND SO I’M REALLY COMMITTED TO MAKING SURE WE HAVE THE MOST DIVERSE LIST OF CANDIDATES POSSIBLE, PEOPLE THAT REALLY REFLECT WHO WE ARE AS CANADIANS. AND PARTICULARLY FOR ME A BIG EMPHASIS IS WORKING HARD ON RECRUITING AS MANY WOMEN AS POSSIBLE. THAT’S IMPORTANT. IT’S HARD. HE KNOW MANY PEOPLE WHO ARE SO QUALIFIED, DON’T SEE THEMSELVES REFLECTED IN POLITICS AND THEN DON’T WANT TO RUN. I REALLY WANT TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO RUN. IT’S IMPORTANT FOR ME. THAT’S WHY I’M WORKING HARD.>>Question: YOU JUST MENTIONED — OH, HI. YOU JUST MENTIONED AT THE TOP THERE.>>HI, HANNA.>>Question: HI. STRICTER RIGID DEMANDS. WHEN DO YOU HAVE TO CUT YOUR LOSSES SO YOU GET THE 338?>>WELL, I’M AN OPTIMIST AND I BELIEVE WE CAN ALWAYS FIGHT TO MAKE THINGS BETTER. I DON’T WANT TO EVER GIVE UP. I’M COMMITTED TO THE VISION OF MAKING SURE WE HAVE A CANDIDATE AND THAT WILL REPRESENT CANADA. THAT WILL REPRESENT WHO WE ARE. SO IT’S TOUGH WORK, BUT IT’S IMPORTANT WORK AND I’M HAPPY AND PROUD THAT WE’RE DOING IT AND WE’RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE’VE GOT THE BEST LIST OF CANDIDATES POSSIBLE FOR PEOPLE TO CHOOSE FROM, BUT REST ASSURED THAT BY ELECTION DAY EVERYONE IN CANADA CAN VOTE FOR A NEW DEMOCRAT NO MATTER WHERE THEY LIVE.>>Question: I WANT TO ASK YOU ABOUT TONIGHT. THIS IS YOUR FIRST OFFICIAL DEBATE IN A CAMPAIGN AS LEADER. SO WHAT ARE YOU PERSONALLY THINKING? WHAT DO YOU THINK WILL BE YOUR CHALLENGES IN THIS?>>I’M REALLY EXCITED, AND I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO IT. ONE BIG CHALLENGE IS Mr. TRUDEAU HASN’T SHOWN UP FOR FOUR YEARS AND HE’S NOT SHOWING UP TO THIS DEBATE. I’M REALLY DISAPPOINTED BY THAT. I THINK CANADIANS ARE DISAPPOINTED. THEY EXPECT THAT THE PRIME MINISTER SHOULD BE ABLE TO STAND UP AND RESPOND TO QUESTIONS, HOLD UP AND DEFEND HIS RECORD. HIS RECORD IS PRETTY ABYSMAL, BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN HE SHOULD GIVE UP ON THE DEBATE. SO THAT’S GOING TO BE ONE OF OUR CHALLENGES. HOW DO WE DEBATE THE PRIME MINISTER WHO’S RESPONSIBLE FOR MANY OF THE OUTCOMES THAT WE’VE SEEN OVER THE PAST FOUR YEARS WHEN HE’S NOT PRESENT? BUT WE’RE STILL GOING TO MOVE AHEAD, OF COURSE, AND WE’LL MAKE SURE PEOPLE KNOW WHERE WE STAND. I’LL TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE THE STORIES I HEAR FROM PEOPLE ACROSS THIS BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY.>>Question: HI, Mr. SINGH. BRIAN PLAT WITH POSTMEDIA. YOU MENTIONED OFF THE TOP THE LIBERALS HAVE EVERY SEAT IN BRAMPTON RIGHT NOW.>>THAT’S RIGHT.>>Question: THIS IS AN AREA YOU WON PROVINCIALLY AND ALMOST WON FEDERALLY IN 2011. WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO DO TO WIN HERE IN THIS ELECTION?>>WE JUST HAVE TO LOOK BACK AND POINT OUT WHAT LIBERALS HAVE FAILED TO DO OVER THE PAST FOUR YEARS. RIGHT HERE WE’RE AT BRAMPTON CIVIC HOSPITAL, AND WITH FIVE LIBERAL MPs, THEY HAVE FAILED TO IMPROVE THE HEALTH-CARE CONDITIONS HERE IN BRAMPTON. IT’S ONE OF THE BIGGEST CONCERNS. WHEN YOU SPEAK TO PEOPLE IN BRAMPTON, THEIR CONCERN IS THE HOSPITAL. THE PEOPLE WHO ARE STANDING IN THIS LINE RIGHT NOW, THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT FOR THEM. THAT WE HAVE A HOSPITAL THAT SERVES THE NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY. THIS IS ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING COMMUNITIES IN CANADA. IT IS UNDERSERVED AND THE FIVE LIBERAL MPs HAVE FAILED THE PEOPLE OF THIS CITY. WE’RE GOING TO SHOW THEM THAT YOU DON’T HAVE TO ACCEPT BAD OR WORSE WITH CONSERVATIVES WHO ARE GOING TO CUT SERVICES EVEN MORE, THAT THEY’VE GOT A REAL CHOICE WITH NEW DEMOCRATS WHO ARE GOING TO INVEST IN BUILDING A NEW HOSPITAL. WE’RE GOING TO INVEST IN EXPANDING OUR HEALTH CARE, MAKING SURE THAT MEDICATION IS COVERED FOR ALL. THESE ARE THINGS THAT ARE REALLY APPEALED TO THE PEOPLE OF BRAMPTON, AND I’M CONFIDENT THEY’LL SEE IN US A REAL CHAMPION FOR THEM, SOMEONE WHO IS GOING TO FIGHT FOR THEM, SOMEONE ON THEIR SIDE BECAUSE IT’S REALLY CLEAR, WE’RE IN IT FOR PEOPLE. AND THEY’RE GOING TO SEE THAT.>>Question: ALSO STICKING IN BRAMPTON, THE ISSUE OF PUBLIC SAFETY IS A BIG DEAL HERE AS WELL. I’D LIKE TO KNOW WHAT PLANS YOU HAVE FOR PUBLIC SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS IN BRAMPTON AS WELL, PARTICULARLY WITH PEEL REGIONAL POLICE.>>CERTAINLY PUBLIC SAFETY IS A CONCERN THAT IMPACTS PEOPLE ACROSS CANADA. WHEN WE’VE SPOKEN WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE PARTICULARLY CONCERNED ABOUT PUBLIC SAFETY, WE’RE WORRIED ABOUT YOUNG PEOPLE, AND YOUNG PEOPLE WHO END UP GOING DOWN THE WRONG PATH. THERE’S CONCERNS AROUND YOUNG PEOPLE WHO DON’T SEE A BRIGHT FUTURE, DON’T SEE HOPE AND THEY END UP GOING AND MIXING UP IN THE WRONG CROWD AND THEN IT CREATES A SPIRAL. SO FROM — SPEAKING TO PEOPLE WHO ARE EXPERTS IN THE FIELD, PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY, PEOPLE THAT I’VE SPOKEN TO, THEY WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE BRIGHT, PROMISING FUTURES, AND THAT MEANS MAKING SURE WE HAVE THE PROGRAMS FOR THEM. MAKING SURE WE MAKE THE RIGHT INVESTMENT SO YOUNG PEOPLE CAN SEE A BRIGHT FUTURE. THEY CAN GET A JOB. THEY CAN OWN A HOME THAT THEY DON’T HAVE TO RESORT TO SOME OF THE NEGATIVE DECISIONS THAT SOMETIMES THE PRESSURES AROUND THEM ENCOURAGE. WE ARE CONFIDENT WITH OUR PLAN TO BUILD AFFORDABLE HOUSING, OUR PLAN TO CREATE 300,000 NEW QUALITY JOBS TO TACKLE CLIMATE CRISIS, AND OUR PLAN TO IMPROVE HEALTH CARE, WE’LL CREATE THE CLIMATE AND THE CONDITIONS TO IMPROVE PUBLIC SAFETY, BUT ALSO JUST THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR EVERYONE IN OUR COUNTRY, BUT PARTICULARLY HERE IN BRAMPTON.>>(Inaudible Question by the Media).>>ABSOLUTELY. WE’VE GOT TO INVEST FEDERAL MONEY IN YOUTH EDUCATION, YOUTH SERVICES, YOUTH PROGRAMS. WE WANT KIDS TO HAVE ACCESS TO FITNESS PROGRAMS. WE WANT PEOPLE TO BE HEALTHY AND ACTIVE, AND WE WANT TO ENCOURAGE POSITIVE AND BRIGHT FUTURES THAT WE KNOW ARE POSSIBLE IF WE MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICES, AND THAT’S WHAT WE’RE COMMITTED TO DOING. YES. .>>Question: — HOSPITALS OF BRAMPTON AS YOU MAKE AN ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE NEW BRAMPTON HOP, BUT HOW YOU MAKE SURE THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT WILL NOT PUT THEIR NOSE IN THIS MATTER AS WE ALL KNOW IF YOU MPs WILL GET ELECTED AND HOW THE BENEFITS WILL BE GIVEN TO THE BRAMPTON?>>IT’S A REALLY GOOD QUESTION. IT’S GOING TO BE DIFFICULT TO WORK WITH A CONSERVATIVE PREMIER WHO HAS NOT MADE HEALTH CARE A PRIORITY AND INSTEAD HAS BEEN CUTTING SERVICES. THAT IS GOING TO BE A CHALLENGE. BUT WHAT I’M COMMITTED TO DOING RIGHT NOW IS JUST BECAUSE IT’S A CHALLENGE, DOESN’T MEAN WE GIVE UP. NEW DEMOCRATS DON’T GIVE UP ON PEOPLE. WE’RE IN IT FOR PEOPLE. AND THAT MEANS WE’LL FIGHT HARD. WE’LL SAY THIS IS IMPORTANT. HERE IS THE FUNDING. WE ARE READY TO PUT MONEY ON THE TABLE TO MAKE SURE WE BUILD THIS HOSPITAL. WE HAVE TO WORK WITH THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT. THAT’S TRUE. BUT IF WE SHOW THE COURAGE, WE SHOW THE CONVICTION, WE SHOW THAT WE’RE READY AND WE HAVE MONEY AVAILABLE ON THE TABLE TO MAKE THIS A REALITY, I CAN’T SEE WHY A PREMIER WOULD SAY “NO” TO THAT, ESPECIALLY WHEN THE PEOPLE NEED IT SO DESPERATELY.>>Question: THIS IS FROM CTV PUNJABI. MY QUESTION TO YOU IS IN PUNJABI.>>SURE.>>Question: [ Speaking>>[ Speaking alternate language ] [ Speaking alternate LANGUAGE ] THANK YOU. SAME QUESTION? SURE. QUESTION WAS ON HOW CAN I CONVINCE THE PEOPLE OF BRAMPTON TO VOTE FOR NEW DEMOCRATS WHEN THEY VOTED FOR LIBERALS IN THE PAST. AND I SAID, WELL, LET’S JUST LOOK AT THE PAST FOUR YEARS. THE PAST FOUR YEARS HAVE SHOWN THAT LIBERAL MPs, ALL OF WHICH WHO REPRESENT BRAMPTON, HAVE FAILED THE PEOPLE OF BRAMPTON, THEY’VE FAILED MAKING SURE THAT HEALTH CARE, WHICH IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST CONCERNS FOR BRAMPTON, HAS NOT BEEN ADDRESSED. THEY’VE FAILED TO ADDRESS THAT PROBLEM. AND SO WHAT WE’RE COMMITTING TODAY SAYING THAT, YOU KNOW, YOU DON’T NEED TO CHOOSE BETWEEN LIBERALS OR CONSERVATIVES. CONSERVATIVES WHO ARE GOING TO CUT TO MAKE THINGS WORSE AND LIBERALS WHO ARE GOING TO TAKE YOU FOR GRANTED. WE’RE SAYING THAT YOU CAN CHOOSE NEW DEMOCRATS WHO ARE GOING TO FIGHT FOR YOU. WE’RE IN IT FOR YOU BECAUSE WE BELIEVE YOU DESERVE EQUAL AND ADEQUATE FUNDING. THAT MEANS BUILDING THE ADDITIONAL HOSPITAL HERE IN BRAMPTON, A CITY THAT IS AS FAST GROWING AS BRAMPTON DESERVES. THE RIGHT TYPE OF FUNDING. THAT MEANS EXPANDING PEEL MEMORIAL. WE ALSO BELIEVE IN MAKING SURE WE HAVE MEDICATION COVERAGE FOR ALL BY 2020. THAT’S SOMETHING THAT WILL SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVE THE CONDITIONS IN THE HOSPITAL, BUT FOR PEOPLE’S LIVES IN GENERAL. PEOPLE CAN COUNTED ON US. WE’LL BE THERE FOR THEM.>>Question: SO WHY ARE YOU PROMISING TO BUILD A HOSPITAL IN ONE COMMUNITY WHEN HALLWAY HEALTH CARE DOES APPEAR TO BE A PROBLEM FOR ALL ACROSS CANADA? I GUESS WHY ARE YOU SPENDING THIS MORNING TALKING ABOUT ONE SPECIFIC COMMUNITY WHEN THIS ISSUE IS ALL ACROSS CANADA?>>THE ISSUE TRULY ACROSS CANADA, BUT IF WE LOOK AT HALLWAY MEDICINE, IT’S REALLY HERE IN BRAMPTON CIVIC WHERE IT’S AT A REAL CRISIS LEVEL. I MENTIONED IN 2017 A REPORT SHOWED IT’S LITERALLY 4,352 PEOPLE WERE TREATED IN HALLWAYS. THAT’S A NUMBER THAT FAR EXCEEDS ANYWHERE ELSE IN CANADA. IT’S ONE OF THE HIGHEST NUMBERS FOR HALLWAY MEDICINE. IT’S A CRISIS LEVEL HERE, AND WHAT WE’RE SAYING IS WE’RE COMMITTED TO PROVIDING THE FUNDING TO ADDRESS THIS CRISIS. THERE’S A CRISIS IN BRAMPTON AND IT’S BEEN NEGLECTED AND THAT’S NOT GOING TO STAND WITH NEW DEMOCRATS. WE BELIEVE THAT’S WRONG. WE’RE ALSO TALKING ABOUT A BROADER SOLUTION WITH PHARMACARE FOR ALL BY 2020. THAT’S GOING TO ALLEVIATE A LOT OF PRESSURES OFF HOSPITALS ACROSS CANADA. MANY PEOPLE END UP IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM BECAUSE THEY COULDN’T AFFORD THE MEDICATION THAT WOULD HAVE KEPT THEM WELL IN THE FIRST PLACE. THAT’S CREATING A BURDEN ON THE HOSPITAL SYSTEM. THAT’S A LOT OF WASTE BECAUSE PEOPLE WHO COULD HAVE TREATED THEIR ILLNESS END UP IN A $1,500 A DAYBED IN AN EMERGENCY ROOM. IT COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED. THAT’S WHY OUR PLAN IS TO TACKLE THIS CRISIS HERE IN BRAMPTON, BUT ALSO THE CRISIS BROADLY SPEAKING ACROSS CANADA.>>Question: WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE CANADA HEALTH TRANSFER? DO YOU PLAN TO INCREASE IT OR KEEP IT AT CURRENT LEVELS?>>GREAT QUESTION. I REALLY WANT TO POINT THIS OUT THAT HARPER, Mr. HARPER PUT IN PLACE A CUT OF $30 BILLION. THAT’S WHAT HIS PLAN WAS TO CUT HEALTH-CARE TRANSFERS BY $30 BILLION. NOW, HE MADE THE PLAN, BUT HE DIDN’T ACTUALLY PUT IT IN PLACE. IT WAS Mr. TRUDEAU WHO PUT IN PLACE HIS $30 BILLION CUT. AND Mr. TRUDEAU’S TALKING ABOUT KEEPING IT IN PLACE. WE’RE SAYING THAT IS WRONG. WE NEED TO ACTUALLY INCREASE INVESTMENTS IN HEALTH CARE. THE HEALTH CARE TRANSFERS USED TO BE 50/50 BETWEEN PROVINCES AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. NOW THEY’VE DROPPED TO 25% APPROXIMATELY AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL AND 75% AT THE PROVINCIAL LEVEL. THAT IS WRONG AND THAT’S A LOT OF THE REASON WHY HEALTH CARE IS IN SUCH A DISMAL CONDITION RIGHT NOW. WE WANT TO CHANGE THAT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, EVERYBODY. THANK YOU SO MUCH. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. WE’RE JUST GOING TO SHAKE HANDS WITH THESE GOOD FO

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