Summary of French debate, and other campaign promises


On the 20th day of the federal election campaign, the leader addressed a variety of issues, including mandatory vaccinations for travelers, stricter legislation on illegal firearms, and the Quebec platform.

But this week’s highlight was a two-hour French debate on September 2nd, aired on Quebec’s Network TVA. This did not include the leaders of the Greens and the People’s Party.

During the debate, liberal leader Justin Trudeau was burned by other leaders on his rationale for calling for elections in the midst of a pandemic. Conservative leader Erin O’Toole asked Trudeau for an answer.

“We are currently in the process of making decisions. Trudeau replied, noting that a minority government was elected in 2019 before a pandemic that overturned federal priorities.” We have to give Canadians a choice. ”

When asked if all adults would need mandatory vaccination to end the COVID-19 pandemic, Trudeau replied: reason. ”

Bloc Québécois leader Eve François Blanche said winning a majority in parliament was the main motivation for LDP leaders. Trudeau is also from Blanche that the federal government is interfering with state issues by trying to impose national standards on long-term care facilities that will bring more civil servants rather than more nurses. Faced with blame.

Trudeau said he would like to work with the state and respects the state’s jurisdiction over healthcare.

Quebec’s secularist law, which bans civil servants from wearing religious symbols such as crosses, hijabs, turbans, and yamarks in bill 21, is strongly opposed by Mr. Trudeau and could be challenged in court. He said he did not rule out sex.

Trudeau also said that if Canadians do not elect a majority on September 20, another election could take place within 18 months, but at a subsequent press conference the Liberal Party was a minority government. He said it meant that he had exceeded the average lifespan of 18 months.

During the debate, Outur was repeatedly challenged with his view of compulsory vaccination. He didn’t answer directly, but when Blanchett asked his three opponents if all of their candidates had been vaccinated, Outur said the Conservatives would use daily screening tests.

When the debate organizer Pierre Bruno asked if employees who refused vaccination should be dismissed, Autour replied that he had to find a “reasonable accommodation.”

Outur was on the defensive when asked if the $ 6 billion childcare contract promised by the Liberal government to Quebec would be maintained under a conservative government shortly before the elections took place. The Conservative Party has proposed replacing the transaction with a refundable tax credit of up to $ 6,000 and explained that it would “coordinate” with Quebec’s Prime Minister Francois Legor.

“You don’t know your file. You don’t know the Quebec,” Trudeau replied.

In Trudeau’s healthcare exchange, Trudeau repeatedly boosted federal health care transfer to Quebec with $ 60 billion in funding over a decade, following Trudeau’s approach to long-term care: Criticized. Fatherhood. ”

He also refuted Trudeau’s claim that the Conservatives support folk remedies by referring to a video released by liberal candidate Chrystia Freeland talking about out-of-the-box medical care. But deleted his comment that “universal access is still a top priority.” Twitter has flagged this video as “operational media.”

Conservative leaders also promised to convene the country’s prime minister during the first 100 days as prime minister to address the medical disparities exposed by the pandemic.

NDP leader Jagmate Singh promises to remove commercial care facilities, saying he won’t be lazy when “profit kills our elders effectively.” bottom.

When he called Block MP Allantellien a racist in June 2020, the debate rekindled the dispute a year ago with Singh’s Blanche.

Blanchett pressured Shin to apologize, but he refused, saying that Terien made a negative gesture to him.

Campaign trail

At Pearson Airport on September 3, Trudeau repeatedly vaccinated persons over the age of 12 before boarding interstate trains, commercial flights, cruise ships, or other federal regulated vessels. Announced the party’s pledge to end the battle with COVID-19. , Is part of the liberal election platform.

On September 3, Otur, in Montreal, by cracking down on “straw purchases” of firearms, by introducing stricter legislation to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals, gangsters and gun smugglers. Announced to fight gun violence.

Specifically, the Firearms Law will be amended to require a firearms business license for individuals who transfer firearms for financial purposes in three separate installments in the same year. O’Toole’s plans also include amendments to the criminal law to increase judgments based on the number and cost of firearms transferred. He also promised to support the RCMP and CBSA to work closely with the United States to prevent illegal firearms from crossing the border.

At the suspension of the campaign in Quebec City on September 3, Singh announced the Quebec Party Platform, which includes efforts to protect French, and introduced a 1% wealth tax on assets over $ 10 million. Started a 15% temporary pandemic. Corporate excess profit tax. Shin promised that the NDP government would build at least 110,000 social and affordable homes in Quebec over the next decade and fully electrify the state’s public transport by 2030.

Singh also promised to reverse the reduction to the annual Canadian Health Transfer and establish a national Pharmacare program that offers free prescription medications.

At a press conference in Toronto on September 3, Greens leader Annamie Paul called for the creation of a national database to record data on the use of police force against racial minorities.

Paul also posted a tweet earlier that day explaining why she didn’t participate in the leader’s debate on September 2. “Today people asked me why I didn’t participate in the TVA debate last night. I want to be clear, I wasn’t invited to participate,” she wrote. I am.

PPC leader Maxime Bernier campaigned on September 3 in several locations in northern British Columbia. This includes Fort St. John, Chetwind, Mackenzie Junction and Prince George.

In a series of Twitter posts, Bernier thanked the media for reporting his party in an “unbiased and professional way.”

“Thank you for respecting our readers and viewers and trying to provide information rather than manipulating it. Thank you for maintaining ethical and professional standards. Playing an important role in our democracy. Thank you for giving me, “he wrote.

With files from Canadian Press

Isaac Theo

Isaac is a Toronto-based reporter.