Where to find the federal leaders in Quebec Wednesday – CTV News

Where to find the federal leaders in Quebec Wednesday - CTV News
Bill 21: Legault lashes out at Trudeau over debate comments
MONTREAL — It is the 29th day of the 2019 federal election campaign, and five of the six party leaders are in Quebec.

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh gave a speech at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the CUPE biennial convention in Montreal. Singh continues to try to motivate union support for the party and spoke about the NDPs plan to help working people.

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Elizabeth May, the Green Party Leader, is also in Montreal for what is scheduled to be a very busy day.

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She will then head down to 6839 St. Hubert Street to speak with patrons at Pub La Cale, Montreals first zero-waste pub, for lunch at 1:15 p.m.

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From there, May and deputy leader Daniel Green will make an announcement about affordable housing in the Mile End at 3 p.m.

Its been a pretty good 24 hours for New Democratic Party leader, Jagmeet Singh. Not only has Singh been widely applauded for his contribution to Monday nights English-language leaders debate, he has also been followed on Instagram by both Drake and Rihanna, and has earned himself the title the king-of-shade-throwing. 

This morning, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer was in Hemmingford, near the U.S. border, for an announcement. The border crossing is the spot in Quebec where thousands of irregular migrants crossed into Canada.

Maxime Bernier, the Peoples Party of Canada Leader, is campaigning in his riding of Beauce today, while Bloc Québécois Leader, Yves-Francois Blanchet is in Gatineau for a news conference at the Canadian Museum of History.  

Following two successful English-language leaders debates, many Canadians seem to be both surprised and impressed by Singhs hilarious one-liners, and his strong responses to questions.

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“I dont want to meddle in who we vote for, but still we have to say that what Mr. Trudeau said last night was very regrettable”

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QUEBEC — An irritated Premier François Legault has lashed out at Justin Trudeau for boasting he is the only federal party leader who might make use of the courts to fight Quebec’s secularism law.

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“I find it pretty special that Mr. Trudeau comes and says he’s ready to contest a law against the popular will of Quebecers,” Legault told reporters arriving for question period.

“What I saw last night is that Mr. Trudeau boasted that he was the only one ready to challenge Bill 21, as if he wanted to distinguish himself, in English, from the other leaders.

Singhs visit to Ryerson University was planned by campaign staff, but the students who came out didnt know in advance about the mainstreeting event. In fact, the leader was supposed to walk around campus and meet people as he went but the student mob was so big he didnt move more than a block in his nearly two hours on campus.

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In the heat of Monday’s English-language debate, the Liberal leader went further than he ever has in saying he might oppose Bill 21, the Quebec law barring certain authority figures in the public service — including teachers — from wearing religious symbols on the job.

The NDP is proposing a number of policies it believes will entice young voters: the party says it will immediately end interest on student loans, eventually make tuition free, cap cell phone plans and give rent subsidies to make housing more affordable.

At the beginning of the campaign, Trudeau only suggested it might be a possibility, but he was much firmer Monday.

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Trudeau noted Jagmeet Singh had spoken eloquently about his experience with discrimination, but said he was disappointed the NDP leader did not follow his lead and open the door to a court challenge of the law.

The parliamentary budget office estimates removing the interest on all current and future student loans would cost about $200 million in the first year, ramping up to more than $500 million annually.

“Yes, it’s awkward politically,” Trudeau said — because Bill 21 is popular in Quebec — “but I am the only one on this stage who has said, yes, a federal government might have to intervene on this.”

Singh highlighted those promises today, as well as a pledge to put a cap on cellphone bills and creating more affordable housing, as a way to woo young voters.

Trudeau made the remarks despite Legaults statement at the start of the campaign that federal leaders should stay out of Quebecs affairs and pledge to not take part in any legal challenge.

“I don’t want to meddle in who we vote for, but still we have to say that what Mr. Trudeau said last night was very regrettable,” Legault said.

Unifor national president Jerry Dias says his union — the biggest in Canadas private sector — has officially taken an "anyone but Conservative" position but ultimately doesnt tell its members whom to vote for. In Quebec, while Unifor is supporting some well-known NDP incumbents such as Ruth Ellen Brosseau and Alexandre Boulerice, he expects most members to back Liberal or Bloc Quebecois candidates.

“It’s important to remember Bill 21 is a moderate law if we compare it with equivalent laws which are in place in some countries in Europe. It’s important that we understand the law first and, second, that we respect the will of 70 per cent of Quebecers.”

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But the Bill 21 issue has crept into the campaign despite Legault’s warnings, with all the leaders trying to play it both ways — not appearing too hostile to the law while in Quebec, but standing up for rights in the rest of the country.

Singh got a rock-star welcome in the packed room at Montreals Palais des Congres, where he was cheered onstage by some 2,000 delegates of the 700,000-member public-sector union as he pitched the NDPs promises to bring in pharmacare, to address on-the-job violence faced by some public workers such as nurses and teachers, and to crack down on tax havens to fund better public services.

Campaigning in Nunavut on Tuesday, Trudeau said he is not at all worried about his Quebec support as a result of his statement because people know where he stands.

"We have our incredible loyalties to many who are in the NDP, but were also practical," he said in a phone interview. "If I take a look at a riding and the NDP candidate is a distant third, or maybe even fourth, and the Liberals and Conservatives are in a horse race for first, maybe our members well talk about supporting a Liberal," he said.

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“I have been defending minorities throughout my career,” Trudeau told reporters. “The Quebecers in the riding of Papineau that I have represented for 10 years and even people across Quebec and the country know very well I will always defend fundamental rights.”

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May is also in Montreal for a handful of events, including an announcement alongside the party’s Outremont candidate Daniel Green at Places des Arts, at around 10:45 a.m. For lunch, she’s keeping things green by making a pitstop at Pub La Cale, billed as the city’s “first zero-waste pub.” She also plans to spend the day canvassing at Mile End and Outremont before hitting the train station to make her way back to Ottawa for tomorrow’s French-language leaders’ debate.

Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet, meanwhile, said while campaigning in Gatineau he has had enough of all the talk about secularism.

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is spending the day in Markham, Ont., to stump for the party’s local candidates—incumbent Mary Ng, Helena Jaczek, who’s facing off against ex-Liberal cabinet minister, now Independent MP Jane Philpott, and Alan Ho. Mr. Trudeau and his team will be holding an appearance at WinCo Food Mart at around 8 a.m. Poll aggregator 338Canada has Ms. Philpott’s riding, Markham-Stouffville, leaning Liberal.

While Bill 21  is a very important subject, he said, it should not be an issue in the federal campaign because the law is exclusively a Quebec matter.

He again denounced Trudeau’s comments about possibly participating in a court challenge, and said it is yet another reason to elect Bloc MPs to Ottawa — so they can stand guard for Quebec.

Elsewhere, Mr. Scheer sought to shore up his party’s base in Brampton and Mississauga, using his scheduled appearances in the 905 to tout his party’s transit plan to those who rely on public transportation to commute to work. Like Mr. Trudeau, Mr. Scheer has been making multiple rounds to the 905 area to win over voters who will be key to determining who forms government.

“Justin Trudeau is going to use the tax dollars of Canadians, including those from Quebecers, to go fight and render inoperative a Quebec law desired by 70 per cent of Quebecers and adopted by 70 per cent of MNAs in the National Assembly,” Blanchet said.

Asked if there would be a political price to pay for such a talk, Blanchet said it could help the cause of Quebec sovereignty.

Blanchet said he wants the election discussion to move to other topics: infrastructure, regional development and seniors care, for example.