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