Singh uses Sherbrooke visit to announce plan for Quebec – Sherbrooke Record

Singh uses Sherbrooke visit to announce plan for Quebec - Sherbrooke Record
NDP unveils Quebec platform, promising more power on immigration and language
NDP party leader Jagmeet Singh made a campaign stop in Sherbrooke on Sunday to announce his partys plan for the province of Quebec. Standing among a crowd of supporters at the Le President Hotel, Singh made it clear that he believes his party offers the best option when it comes to standing up for Quebec culture and identity. We must stop the condescending approach with Quebec taken by previous federal governments, the NDP Leader said. One of the goals of our plan is to give Quebec all the tools it needs to move forward, to achieve its full potential. Alexandre Boulerice, the NPD MP for Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie, spoke more directly to the details of the plan, which includes elements such as enforcing Bill 101 for businesses under federal jurisdiction and going after web giants for tax income as ways of helping to defend Quebecs distinct cultural identity, as well as other items like ensuring that all supreme court appointees are bilingual. See full story in the Monday, Sept. 16 edition of The Record.

NDP's Jagmeet Singh starts week two in the province which was once his party's stronghold, promising more powers to Quebec on portfolios including the environment, language, immigration and justice. 

SHERBROOKE, Que. — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh extended a hand to Quebec nationalists on Sunday, promising the province new powers and funding in a bid to revive the so-called orange wave of support that carried his party to official Opposition status eight years ago.

Singh presented his platform for the province, dubbed Ensemble pour le Québec, in Sherbrooke today. 

He also pledged more money to help integrate immigrants, increased powers in areas such as environmental assessment and trade agreements, and to expand the provinces language law, Bill 101, to cover all federally regulated companies in Quebec.

It includes allowing the province to have specific powers and flexibility, including the right to withdraw from federal programs but still receive the federal financial compensation.

The NDP leader was forced once again to explain why he would not commit to joining any court challenges of Bill 21, which would prevent Singh himself from working as a teacher or a police officer in the province. As a Sikh, he wears a turban.

He is positioning his party as "an ally to Quebec and the French language," building on the work of the late Jack Layton in the 2006 federal election — whose popularity in the province has been unmatched by any NDP leader since.

SHERBROOKE, Que. — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh extended a hand to Quebec nationalists on Sunday, promising the province new powers and funding in a bid to revive the so-called orange wave of support that carried his party to official Opposition status eight years ago.

"At the beginning, some people didn't think Jack was someone who could excite Quebec and maybe some people don't think Jagmeet can. But Jack was a builder, he was optimistic and Jack and Jagmeet have similar progressive values that resonate in the province," said Marie Della Mattia, NDP campaign co-chair.

He also pledged more money to help integrate immigrants, increased powers in areas such as environmental assessment and trade agreements, and to expand the province’s language law, Bill 101, to cover all federally regulated companies in Quebec.

Singh's proposals include giving Quebec the final word on environmental evaluations for major infrastructure projects on its territory, such as pipelines. 

The NDP leader was forced once again to explain why he would not commit to joining any court challenges of Bill 21, which would prevent Singh himself from working as a teacher or a police officer in the province. As a Sikh, he wears a turban.

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He would also allow the provincial government to apply Bill 101, Quebec's law to protect and strengthen the French language, to national companies with a presence in Quebec, such as banks and the telecommunications sector. 

Jagmeet Singh, leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada since 2017 and candidate in the 2019 federal election, will be hosting a town hall in Sudbury Sept. 17. 

All of Canada's Supreme Court judges would be required to be able to read and speak in French. 

This will be an opportunity for Singh to communicate his campaign platform and how his party plans to make life more affordable for Canadians. 

The platform offers more money to Quebec cultural organizations, particularly those whose goal is to promote and protect the French language. 

People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier was also campaigning in his home province of Quebec Sunday, while Green Party Leader Elizabeth May is in her home riding on Vancouver Island, expected to travel to Toronto late Sunday in preparation for her party’s platform launch on Monday.

Singh would allocate $73 million more to Quebec's immigration ministry. The funds would allow the province to invest in programs teaching French to and integrating newcomers. This program was announced last week.

No unilateral agreements would be made with web giants to stream content in Canada without consulting with Quebec. The NDP also promises to make sure companies like Netflix pay federal taxes.

The NDP would consult with Quebec before signing major international trade agreements. Quebec dairy farmers were upset by the new Canada-U.S.-Mexico Agreement (new NAFTA) deal signed in 2018, which allowed more American milk products into the country.

Peoples Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier was also campaigning in his home province of Quebec Sunday, while Green Party Leader Elizabeth May is in her home riding on Vancouver Island, expected to travel to Toronto late Sunday in preparation for her partys platform launch on Monday.

Quebec support for the NDP has been eroding since Jack Layton's Orange Crush in 2011 when they took 59 of the 78 seats.

Under Tom Mulcair's leadership the party was reduced to 16 MPs in 2015. Singh's team is focusing on how Layton won over Quebecers.

The choice of Sherbrooke to make the announcement is symbolic. It's where Layton presented the party's position on asymmetrical federalism, recognizing Quebec's specific character. 

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