Have Your Say – October 11, 2019 | Vote 2019

Have Your Say – October 11, 2019 | Vote 2019


(♪♪♪)>>Mark: JUSTIN TRUDEAU RALLIES LIBERAL SUPPORTERS IN OTTAWA. JAGMEET SINGH SHARES NUMBERS FOR THE NDP PLATFORM. AND ELIZABETH MAY SPEAKS ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE AND GLOBAL AFFAIRS.>>Mark: IT’S TIME TO “HAVE YOUR SAY,” I’M MARK SUTCLIFFE, THANK YOU FOR JOINING US, AFTER LAST NIGHT’S FINAL DEBATE OF THE ELECTION CAMPAIGN THE PARTY LEADERS HAVE RESUMED CAMPAIGNING TODAY TRAVELLING FAR AND WIDE ACROSS THE COUNTRY, IT WAS ONE MONTH AGO TODAY THAT THE CAMPAIGN WAS OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED. NOW WITH TEN DAYS LEFT UNTIL THE RESULTS ARE ANNOUNCED ALL OF THE PARTY LEADERS ARE EXPECTED TO MAINTAIN BUSY SCHEDULES AND DO EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO ATTRACT VOTERS IN THE FINAL DAYS OF THE CAMPAIGN. >>>AN ADVANCED VOTING HAS ALREADY BEGUN TODAY AND WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE WEEKEND. TODAY, WE ARE ASKING YOU, WHO HAS MOMENTUM HEADING INTO THE FINAL STRETCH OF THE CAMPAIGN? IF YOU HAVE A COMMENT CALL US AT THE NUMBER ON THE SCREEN. OR TWEET US. YOU CAN SEND US AN E-MAIL AT HAVE A SAY SAY CPAC.ca. JOINING US IS THEO ARGITIS FOR BLOOMBERG NEWS AND MELANIE MARQUIS FOR LA PRESS. MELANIE, WHO DO YOU THINK HAS MOMENTUM. >>>I WOULD SAY FIRSTLY JAGMEET SINGH NATIONALLY HE’S BEEN DOING VERY WELL IN THE DEBATES. HE’S BEEN POSITIONING HIMSELF AS AN ALTERNATIVE BETWEEN ANDREW SCHEER AND JUSTIN TRUDEAU, BEEN SAYING WHY CHOOSE BETWEEN WHICH ONE IS WORSE THAN THE OTHER AND THEN — BUT IF THAT IS GOING TO TRANSLATE IN SEATS I THINK IT’S A BIG QUESTION PERHAPS IN BRITISH COLUMBIA PERHAPS A BIT IN ONTARIO BUT THEY’RE NOT YET IN THE PAYING ZONE AS THE POLLSTERS LIKE TO SAY. AND YVES-FRANCOIS BLANCHET IN QUEBEC HAS BEEN HAVING A SGE IN THE POLLS, IT WAS UNEXPECTED, YOU KNOW, THE FIRST THREE-WEEKS HE WAS CAMPAIGNING NOBODY WAS REALLY MINDING HIM AND THEN IT TURNS OUT HE MIGHT BE SECOND — HE MIGHT BE NECK TO NECK WITH THE LIBERALS AND THAT IS A THREAT TO IT THE LIBERALS FOR — AS MUCH AS FOR THE CONSERVATIVES WHO WERE BETTING ON THE PROVINCE TO MAKE GAIN SEATS AS WELL SO I’D SAY SINGH AND BLAUSHT. >>Mark: WOULD YOU AGREE, THEO. >>I WOULD SAY DEFINITELY BLAUSHT.NCHET. >>Mark: WOULD YOU AGREE, THEO. L. YOU KNOW, I THINK THAT’S A SITUATION WHERE QUEBECERS ARE TAKING A LOOK AT THE OPTIONS AVAILABLE THE FEDERAL OPTIONS AND DECIDING THEY DON’T LIKE THEM AND GOING TO AN OLD FRIEND IN THE BLOC. IN TERMS OF SINGH, I THINK DEFINITELY THERE’S AIR IN THE WINGS OF THE NDP. >>I DON’T KNOW IN THE POLLS ARE SHOWING MOMENTUM. SINGH HAS DONE A GOOD JOB AT CONSOLIDATING SUPPORT OF THE BASE, HE’S PRODUCED A SOLID LEFTIST PLATFORM, YOU KNOW, TWICE AS MUCH SPENDING AS THE LIBERALS, RAISING REVENUE FROM THE WEALTHY SO I THINK THEY’VE LEARNED FROM 2015 WHEN LIBERALS OUTFLANKED THE NDP ON THE LEFT AND FOR THE OTHER TWO LEADERS, FOR TRUDEAU AND FOR SCHEER I THINK IT’S KIND OF THE SAME OLD STORY IT’S BEEN SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE CAMPAIGN, JUST FLAT-LINING OF SUPPORT I THINK THEY HAVE ALSO CONSOLIDATED SUPPORT MOCK THE BASE BUT THEY HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO BUILD IT BEYOND THAT. >>Mark: HERE IS WHAT’S INTERESTING, IF WE HAD SAID A MONTH AGO THAT WE’D BE ASKING THIS QUESTION TODAY AND THAT THE ANSWER WOULD BE YVES-FRANCOIS BLANCHET AND JAGMEET SINGH NOBODY WOULD HAVE BELIEVED US. >>WHEN WE SAY CAMPAIGNS MATTER, THEY DO. YVES-FRANCOIS BLANCHET HAS PROVEN TO BE A — WELL, WE KNEW IN QUEBEC HE HAD THIS REPUTATION AS BEING A GOON ESSENTIALLY AND WE KNOW HOW COMBATIVE HE IS, BUT, REMEMBER, IT’S NOT EVEN BEEN A YEAR SINCE HE TOOK HELM OF THE PARTY AND THE PARTY WAS IN SHAMBLES AND YOU REMEMBER THE MADSEN-OUELLET FIASCO AND IT WAS HARD TO IMAGINE BECAUSE ESPECIALLY IN QUEBEC WHICH IS HIS ONLY FIELD, THE LIBERALS WERE RIDING HIGH IN THE POLLS AND IT WAS PRETTY MUCH A GIVEN THAT JUSTIN TRUDEAU WOULD KEEP THE SEATS 40 SEATS HE HAD OVER THIS IN 2015 AND SO YOU’RE RIGHT, NOBODY WOULD HAVE SAID, I CERTAINLY WOULDN’T HAVE SAID BLANCHET A MONTH YEAR. >>Mark: AND A YEAR AGO THEO I THINK THE BIG HE QUESTION WAS WHETHER JAGMEET SINGH WOULD EVEN MAKE IT TO THE CAMPAIGN. >>I THINK THE ONE THING THAT PROBABLY COULD HAVE PREDICTED AT THE BEGINNING OF THE CAMPAIGN IS THERE WOULD BE MORE FRAGMENTED PARLIAMENT THAT THE PARTIES WOULD HAVE DONE BETTER THAN THEY DID IN 2015 ONLY BECAUSE WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE APPROVAL RATINGS OF THE TWO MAIN LEADERS, THEY ARE BOTH RUNNING WITH VERY NEGATIVE APPROVAL RATINGS AND THAT’S FUELED A LOT OF NEGATIVITY BECAUSE WHAT DO UNPOPULAR LEADERS DO? THEY TRY TO PULL THE OTHER LEADER DOWN, YOU KNOW, YOU THINK I’M BAD, YOU DON’T LIKE ME CHECK OUT THIS GUY. SO WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE ELECTORATE DON’T LIKE THE TWO MAIN LEADERS ON OFFER, THEY LOOK ELSEWHERE AND SO I THINK THAT, YOU KNOW, NO ONE WAS PREDICTING THE BLOC WITH 30 SEATS IN QUEBEC, BUT I THINK MAYBE YOU COULD HAVE SEEN THE BLOC DOING BETTER CERTAINLY THAN THEY DID IN 2015 AND THE NDP, I MEAN, THE EXPECTATIONS WERE SO LOW FOR SINGH. THEY WEREN’T SURE WHAT TYPE OF LEADER HE WOULD BE AND WHETHER HE COULD REALLY RUN A CAMPAIGN LIKE THIS AND I THINK HE EXCEEDED EXPECTATIONS SO THAT’S PART OF THE EXPLANATION WITH SINGH IS THAT THE EXPECTATIONS ARE THE THING — LOW THAT HE EXCEEDED THE EXPECTATIONS. >>GREAT DEBATES AND HE SEEMS TO HAVE FUN CAMPAIGNING. HE SEEMS TO BE ENJOYING IT JUST LIKE JUSTIN TRUDEAU WAS IN 2015, VERY MUCH MORE POSITIVE IN CONTRAST WITH STEPHEN HARPER’S CAMPAIGN.>>Mark: IF YOU WERE TO DRAW A DISTINCTION BETWEEN THE FORTUNES OF BLANCHET AND SINGH, WOULD IT BE THIS, THAT BLANCHET’S SUCCESS IS LIKELY TO TRANSLATE INTO MORE VOTES AND SEATS, SINGH, WHO KNOWS RIGHT. NOT VOTING FOR HIS PARTY BUT I REALLY LIKE THE GUY. IS IT POSSIBLE THAT THERE COULD BE THAT DYNAMIC THAT HE COULD TOMBLY WIN A LOT OF PEOPLE’S ADMIRATION BUT NOT THE SUPPORT?>>AND NOT ENOUGH EFFICIENCY FOR THE VOTE. NOT ENOUGH CONCENTRATION. I THINK HIS PERSONALITY POPULAR HAS RISEN. HE’S BEEN — HE’S PROVEN WHILE CAMPAIGNING THAT HE IS AN OPTION AND I THINK HE MIGHT GET SOME PEOPLE WHO WERE THINKING OF VOTING GREEN BACK IN THE NDP, BUT THEN AGAIN THE QUESTION IS WILL IT TRANSLATE IN SEATS? IT’S STILL UNCLEAR WHEREAS FOR BLANCHET IS PRETTY MUCH HE’S GOING TO GET MORE SEATS. >>Mark: AND I GUESS IT ALSO DEPENDS ON WHAT YOU COMPARE D TO IF YOU COMPARE THE OUTCOME OF THE ELECTION TO WHAT THE NDP HAD LAST TIME, IT’S GOING TO LOOK LIKE A LOSS FOR THE NDP IF YOU COMPARE IT TO WHERE THE NDP MIGHT HAVE ENDED UP IN THIS ELECTION IF THINGS HAD NOT GONE WELL DURING THE CAMPAIGN WHERE THEY MIGHT HAVE BEEN RELEGATED TO FOURTH OR FIFTH PLACE WITH THE BLOC RISING MAYBE IT WON’T BE SO BAD. THEO, DO YOU THINK IT FOLLOWS THAT IF JAGMEET SINGH IS GETTING MORE RESPECT THAT HE GETS MORE VOTES AND SEATS OR THE TWO THINGS MAYBE NOT CONNECTED. >>WHERE THE NDP IS VULNERABLE IS THE ASSERTION THAT IF YOU VOTE NDP THAT YOU’RE ESSENTIALLY VOTING FOR A CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT SO THAT IS THE THING THAT THE NDP, YOU KNOW, FIGHT AGAINST PARTICULARLY AT THE END OF A CAMPAIGN, THIS IS THE LIBERAL TACTIC ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY THINK THEY REALLY NEED TO GO HARD AND IT’S A CLOSE RACE THEY’LL TRY TO CONVINCE LEFT-WING VOTERS THAT PUTTING YOUR VOTE WITH THE NDP IS NOT THE BEST THING TO DO BECAUSE YOU’LL GET A CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT, SOMETIMES IT WORKS SOMETIMES IT DOESN’T. BUT, AGAIN, I THINK WHY I THINK THE — SOCIALIST ISSUES HAS BEEN SUCH A VERY MUCH A LEFT-WING CAMPAIGN THAT IT ACTUALLY HELPS HIM CONSOME LATE HIS SUPPORT AND, YOU KNOW, THERE ARE SOME THINGS THERE THAT I THINK ARE VERY APPEALING TO LEFT-WING VOTERS AND S-YOU KNOW, MAYBE THE VOTE WILL BE THIS TIME THAT, YOU KNOW, MAYBE NDP KIND OF KING MAKER IN A MINORITY PARLIAMENT IS THE BEST WAY FOR THE LEFT WING VOTE TO GO BUT THEY ARE VULNERABLE TO THAT ISSUE.>>Mark: ELECTIONS ARE OFTEN PORTRAYED AS A CONSENSUS OF THE VOTERS HAD A WE ALL GOT TOGETHER AND FIGURED OUT WHAT WE WANTED FOR EXAMPLE SOMETIMES WHEN THERE’S A MINORITY PARLIAMENT THE LEADERS WILL SAY OR EVEN PUNDITS AND JOURNALISTS WILL SAY AFTERWARDS CANADIANS WANTED ADD MINORITY GOVERNMENT. IT’S ACTUALLY THAT’S NOT THE WAY IT WORKS. IT’S THE NET RESULT OF A WHOLE BUNCH OF INDIVIDUAL DECISIONS SOME OF WHICH ARE IN DIRECT CONFLICT WITH EACH OTHER. YOU CAN HAVE 30% OF PEOPLE WANTING A LIBERAL MAJORITY AND 30% WANTING CONSERVATIVE MAJORITY AND IT ADDS UP TO A MINORITY PARLIAMENT BUT IT LOOKS LIKE THERE’S A MINORITY COMING DOES THAT HELP JAGMEET SINGH AND ELIZABETH MAY AND YVES-FRANCOIS BLANCHET THAT THERE WILL BE VOTERS WHO WILL SAY I DON’T NEED TO PICK BETWEEN THE CONSERVATIVES AND THE LIBERALS. MAYBE SOME OF THE OTHER PARTIES ESPECIALLY WITH THE TACTICS THEY’RE USING NOW ELIZABETH MAY SAYING IN THE ENGLISH DEBATE GOD HELP US IF YOU GET A MAJORITY AND ANDREW SCHEER YOU’RE NOT GOING TO BE PRIME MINISTER, THE GREEN PARTY WILL BE A VOICE IN THIS PARLIAMENT, JAGMEET SINGH YESTERDAY LAYING OUT HIS CONDITIONS FOR SUPPORTING OTHER PARTIES IN A MINORITY PARLIAMENT SITUATION. DOES IT HELP THEM PERHAPS A LITTLE BIT THAT VOTERS WILL SAY IF IT IS REQUESTING TO BE AN MINORITY PARLIAMENT I’LL VOTE FOR THE PARTY I LIKE MOST. >>THAT’S A GOOD QUESTION, MARK.>>>I FEEL AS THOUGH FEEL WILL BE SOME PEOPLE MIGHT WANT TO MAKE SURE THE PARTY THEY DISLIKE THE MOST DOESN’T GET INTO OFFICE BECAUSE MINORITY GOVERNMENT MEANS EITHER THE CONSERVATIVES OR THE LIBERALS WILL GET INTO POWER MOST PROBABLY. >>>SO IN MY OPINION, DOES IT HELP THEM?>>>IT’S A GOOD QUESTION WHICH I FIND POLLSTERS COULD ANSWER BUT I FEEL AS THOUGH PEOPLE IN THE PERSPECTIVE OF A MINORITY GOVERNMENT WILL TRY AND MAKE A CHOICE FOR THE PARTY THEY DON’T WANT TO GET IN OFFICE. >>Mark: WHAT JAGMEET SINGH IS HOPING I GUESS IS THAT THE PEOPLE WHO WOULD HAVE VOTED FOR THE LIBERALS TO STOP ANDREW SCHEER FROM GETTING A MAJORITY, IF THEY THINK OKAY IT’S GOING TO BE A MINORITY ANYWAY THEN I CAN VOTE FOR THE NDP BECAUSE THEN I KNOW THE CONSERVATIVES WON’T END UP IN POWER, RIGHT. >>I THINK IT WORKS BEST WHEN THE STRATEGIC VOTING ARGUMENT WORKS BEST WHEN THERE IS THE POSSIBILITY THAT THE CONSERVATIVES COULD FORM A MAJORITY SO WE SAW THAT IN 2006 FOR EXAMPLE. I THINK IT DOESN’T WORK AS WELL IF NO ONE BELIEVES THE CONSERVATIVES WILL GET A MAJORITY AND I THINK THE LIKELIHOOD OF THE CONSERVATIVES GETTING A MAJORITY ARE RELATIVELY LOW IN THIS PARTICULAR CASE, THE PATH TOWARDS 170 SEATS FOR THE CONSERVATIVES IS A TOUGH ONE. AND I THINK IN THOSE SITUATIONS, YOU KNOW, YOU’D SEE LESS STRATEGIC VOTING BECAUSE IF YOU’RE AN NDP VOTER EVEN A CONSERVATIVE MINORITY GOVERNMENT IS NOT A STRONG GOVERNMENT. THEY JUST CAN’T DO — [ SPEAKING SIMULTANEOUSLY ]>>Mark: BY THAT YOU MEAN THE NDP MIGHT SURRENDER FEWER STRATEGIC VOTES TO THE LIBERALS.>>THAT’S RIGHT. BECAUSE IN THIS ELECTION IT’S NOT THE QUESTION OF STOPPING A LIBERAL MAJORITY IT’S A QUESTION OF WHETHER TO GIVE THE LIBERALS ANOTHER MAJORITY.>>Mark: MELANIE I WANTED TO HEAR FROM YOU ON THE DEBATE LAST NIGHT. IT WAS AN IMPROVED DEBATE. >>WE COULD HEAR WHAT THE LEADERS HAD TO SAY, THAT’S AN INTERESTING CONCEPT. IT WAS — I WOULD SAY IT WAS, AFTER AN HOUR-AND-A-HALF THERE WEREN’T ANY LIVELY EXCHANGES, WHEN IT DID HAPPEN IS WHEN THE ANDREW SCHEER AND YVES-FRANCOIS BLANCHET STARTED DISCUSSING ANDREW SCHEER TOLD Mr. BLANCHET HE HAD A SECRET AGENDA. HE’S NOW PRETENDING TO BE QUEBEC PREMIER’S FRANCOIS LEGAULT’S BEST FRIEND WHEREAS RIGHT AFTER THE ELECTION HE’S GOING TO START WORKING ON SOVEREIGNTY WITH THE PARTI QUEBECOIS AND LED TO AN INTERESTING EXCHANGE BETWEEN THE TWO-TIER. SO MOST OF ALL, IT WAS A REALLY GOOD FORMAT. THE MODERATOR DID GOOD JOB AND THE QUESTIONS FROM THE JOURNALISTS AS WELL WERE INTERESTING AND IT WAS EVEN THOUGH IT’S A NATIONAL DEBATE I FOUND IT WAS REALLY MORE ABOUT QUEBEC. REALLY MORE ABOUT TRYING TO GET QUEBEC VOTES. Mr. TRUDEAU TELLING PEOPLE, YOU KNOW, IF YOU VOTE FOR THE BLOC QUEBECOIS HE SAID IN 2015 QUEBECERS YOU VOTED FOR A LOT OF LIBERAL CANDIDATES, SEE WHAT HAPPENED, WE GOT STEPHEN HARPER OUT SO LET’S JUST RALLY UP TOGETHER AND VOTE LIBERAL AGAIN AND NOT VOTE BLOC BECAUSE THIS WILL HELP THE CONSERVATIVES. >>Mark: WHAT WAS YOUR ASSESSMENT OF THE DEBATE, THEO?>>I THOUGHT THE DEBATE LAST NIGHT WAS THE BEST OF THE BUNCH. I THINK THROUGHOUT THE FOUR DEBATES, I KNOW A — SO WE’RE FAMILIAR WITH POLICIES AND THAT THING AND FOR MANY CANADIANS IT’S THEIR FIRST OR ONLY OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR THE LEADERS BUT THEY LARGELY STUCK TO THEIR TALKING POINTS THROUGHOUT THE FOUR DEBATES AND PROMOTED THEIR NARRATIVES AND THAT SORT OF THING. I DIDN’T GET A SENSE THAT ANY OF THE DEBATES PRODUCED CERTAINLY NO KNOCKOUT PUNCHES OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT. YOU KNOW, I THINK THEY JUST BECAUSE THEY UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS FOR MANY CANADIANS AND QUEBECERS IT’S THE ONLY OPPORTUNITY THEY’LL HAVE TO SPEAK TO THEM. THEY JUST LARGELY STICK TO THEIR NARRATIVES AND I KNOW THERE ARE MOMENTS OF DRAMA AND SHOUTING AND THAT THING BUT I DIDN’T REALLY HEAR ANYTHING THAT I HADN’T HEARD BEFORE. SO BUT AS FAR AS TELEVISION IS CONCERNED AND KIND OF JUST MORE PLEASANT TO LISTEN TO OR WATCH LAST NIGHT WAS GOOD. I DON’T KNOW WHAT THE NUMBERS WERE LAST NIGHT, THE CANADIANS WERE PLAYING LAST NIGHT IN MONTREAL HOME-OPENER SO I’D BE INTERESTING TO SEE HOW MANY QUEBECERS ACTUALLY WATCHED LAST NIGHT. >>Mark: MELANIE, IS IT A GIVEN THAT IF THE BLOC QUEBECOIS IS RISING AND THEY PASS A CERTAIN THRESHOLD THAT THAT MAKES IT ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE FOR ANYBODY TO GET A MAJORITY?>>IT DOES. BECAUSE OF THE ODDS, THERE IS A REALLY HARD-FOUGHT BATTLE IN TORONTO AND THE G.T.A., WHICH THE LIBERALS LAST TIME AROUND PRETTY MUCH SWEEPED, RIGHT, REMEMBER. THE LIBERALS WON’T GET ALL 32 SEATS IN ATLANTIC LIKE THEY DID IN 2015 AND WITHOUT IF THEY GO DOWN THE NUMBER OF SEATS, I MEAN, 40 SEATS FOR QUEBEC OUT OF 78 IN 2015 WAS PRETTY IMPRESSIVE SO INDEED, IF THE BLOC OR ANY OTHER PARTY AS WELL AND THE CONSERVATIVES MIGHT GET GRAB A COUPLE OF SEATS HERE AND THERE. THE NDP NOT SO MUCH, BUT FOR SURE FOR THE LIBERALS THE BLOC SURGE IS VERY THREATENING CONCEPT. ESPECIALLY IN THE LAST LEG OF THE CAMPAIGN, RIGHT.>>Mark: YEAH. ALL RIGHT LET’S SEE WHAT VIEWERS THINK. WE ARE VERY INTERESTED IN YOUR OPINIONS WHO HAS MOMENTUM GOING INTO THE FINAL DAYS OF THE CAMPAIGN. OR ON ANY OTHER TOPIC ARISING FROM THE ELECTION CAMPAIGN SO FAR. IT’S NOW 30 DAYS OLD, GIVE US A CALL NOW AND SHARE YOUR COMMENTS WITH US ON SOCIAL MEDIA OR US AT “HAVE YOUR SAY.” CAMI. >>I THINK MELANIE JUST MADE A MISTAKE, SHE BETTER WATCH QUEBEC WITH JAGMEET SINGH. SHE SAID THE NDP NOT SO MUCH, I DON’T AGREE WITH HER. >>Mark: DO YOU THINK THE NDP HAS SOME MOMENTUM IN QUEBEC. >>YES, MY GOSH, YES, I DON’T KNOW WHERE SHE’S BEEN. >>Mark: I THINK SHE’S BEEN IN QUEBEC. >>I THINK HE’S THE STRONG EPTS LEADER, JAGMEET SINGH, HE’S THE MOST HONEST AND IS THE ONLY THING THAT’S GOING TO CHANGE WITH THE LIBERALS AND THE TOIRP IS THE COLOUR YOU’RE GOING TO GET BLUE OR RED. THANKS FOR TAKING MY CALL AND YOUR GUESTS I ENJOY BUT MELANIE I STILL LIKE YOU.>>Mark: ALL RIGHT, CAMI, THANK YOU. >>PAMELA IS IN SALT SPRING ISLAND BRITISH COLUMBIA, HELLO. >>HELLO.>>Mark: HI. >>GO AHEAD. >>HI. I’M JUST VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE VAPING CRISIS WE HAVE IN THE COUNTRY CONCERNING SO MANY YOUNG CANADIANS USING THESE VAPING PRODUCTS INCLUDING THC MARIJUANA PRODUCTS AND I DON’T KNOW WHY IT IS THAT NONE PCHT FEDERAL LEADERS CAN TAKE IT UPON THEMSELVES TO REALIZE THIS IS A CRISIS EVEN THOUGH WE’RE IN AN ELECTION AND WE HAVE 26 DEAD KIDS IN AMERICA AND HOW LONG IS IT GOING TO HAVE A CANADIAN DEATH. AND WHAT THE SCIENTISTS TOLD THIS LIBERAL GOVERNMENT BACK WHEN THEY WERE LOOKING AT THIS BILL ON HOW TO BETTER PROTECT CANADIANS SO I’M JUST VERY CONCERNED THAT, YOU KNOW, POLITICS IS TAKING A PRECEDENT OVER PUBLIC HEALTH. >>Mark: WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE HAPPEN. >>THERE NEEDS TO BE A MORATORIUM ON THESE PRODUCTS LIKE THE C.D.C. SAID EVERYBODY STOP USING THESE THINGS ESPECIALLY IF THEY’RE THC UNTIL WE FIGURE OUT WHAT IS KILLING THE KIDS AND CAUSING THESE LUNG PROBLEMS THAT MAYBE KIDS AREN’T DYING FROM IT BUT THEY’RE BEING HOSPITALIZED. >>Mark: THERE HAVE BEEN 1800 ILLNESSES TIED TO VAPING IN THE UNITED STATES. OBVIOUSLY IT’S A SERIOUS ISSUE. SO. >>THEY’RE NOT ADDRESSING IT AND THEY SHOULD BE. LIKE THE PHYSICIANS FOR A SMOKE-FREE CANADA, THIS COUNTRY ABOUT SMOKING HAS TOLD THEM WHAT TO DO IS HOW TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE AND ALL OF THE LEADERS HAVE BEEN VERY LACKLUSTRE AND HAVEN’T GONE ALONG WITH IT. I THINK THAT THAT’S, I DON’T KNOW WHY ONE OF THEM WOULDN’T STEP UP AND SAY LET’S ADDRESS THIS. ANDREW SCHEER SHOULD TAKE THE LEAD ON THIS SINCE IT’S A CONSERVATIVE FAILURE AND I DON’T KNOW WHY ANDREW SCHEER ISN’T TAKING UP THIS CONVERSATION ON BEHALF OF THE CANADIAN FAMILIES.>>Mark: THANK YOU FOR YOUR CALL. >>OKAY. THANKS.>>Mark: CHRIS IN LONDON, ONTARIO. >>>THANK YOU. >>HI, MARK, AND TO YOUR PANEL AND IN TERMS OF THE QUESTION THE MAIN QUESTION THAT YOU’RE POSING AS FAR AS WHO HAS THE MOMENTUM GOING INTO THE FINAL WEEK.>>Mark: YEAH. >>I WOULD SAY BOTH THE BLOC AND THE NDP EVEN THOUGH Mr. SINGH POPULARITY HASN’T IN THE POLLS THUS FAR TRANSLATED INTO AN INCREASE IN SEATS. THERE’S ALWAYS A DELAYED REACTION TO THESE THINGS AND I THINK YOU COULD SEE RIGHT UP UNTIL THE WEEKEND BEFORE THE VOTE, YOU KNOW, A SIGNIFICANT SURGE FOR THE NDP IN TERMS OF SEAT COUNT AND POPULAR VOTE. AND IN RELATION TO ANOTHER ASPECT OF THE CURRENT SITUATION WHERE IT LOOKS LIKE IT’S GOING TO BE A MINORITY EITHER TORY OR LIBERAL, IT’S ALMOST NATURAL THAT IF IT’S A LIBERAL MOISHT THEY WILL WORK OUT AN ARRANGEMENT OF SOME KIND WHETHER FORMAL OR INFORMAL WITH BOTH THE GREENS AND THE NDP SIMPLY BECAUSE OF WHERE THE THREE PARTIES STAND ON THE IDEOLOGICAL SPECTRUM BUT IF THE CONSERVATIVES WIN A MINORITY I WOULD SAY THE BLOC ARE A POTENTIAL INFORMAL PARTNER FOR THEM BECAUSE PEOPLE AT FIRST GLANCE THEY MIGHT SEEM LIKE STRANGE BED FELLOWS BUT THERE’S TWO OR THREE ISSUES WHERE THERE’S COMMON GROUND WHERE THEY COULD NEGOTIATE A FAIRLY SUSTAINABLE ARRANGEMENT BETWEEN THE TWO. ONE OF THEM BEING MORE VIGILANCE ABOUT THE BORDER CROSSINGS, THROUGHOUT CANADA BUT ALSO ON PROVINCIAL AUTONOMY HISTORICALLY THE CONSERVATIVES HAVE BEEN MORE PROPONENTS OF MORE OF A DECENTRALIZED FEDERATION GIVING THE PROVINCES MORE AUTONOMY AND ALSO ON THE SINGLE TAX FORM THAT Mr. SCHEER HAS BEEN PROPOSING FOR QUEBEC INCOME TAX FILERS. SO IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE IN THE LAST WEEK HOW IT PLAYS OUT. I MEAN, I EXPECT THE LIBERALS, JUSTIN TRUDEAU TO GO IN HARD CORE IN THE LIBERAL FEAR MACHINE TO REALLY RAMP UP TO TRY AND SCARE THE PROGRESSIVE INTO CONSOLIDATING BEHIND TRUDEAU BUT THEN ON THE OTHER HAND I WOULDN’T BE SURPRISED TO SEE SCHEER MAKING SOME FRIENDLY OVERTURES TO QUEBEC NATIONALIST VOTERS THAT ARE CONSIDERING THE BLOC BECAUSE I’M SURE IT ISN’T JUST MYSELF THAT IT’S OCCURRED TO THAT, YOU KNOW, IF HE MAKES AN APPEAL TO THE BLOC THAT COULD SOLIDIFY THINGS FOR HIM.>>Mark: I THINK IT’S A GIVEN UNTIL ANDREW SCHEER WINS THE POPULAR VOTE BY A SIGNIFICANT MARGIN THAT IT’S GOING TO BE VERY DIFFICULT FOR HIM TO FORM A GOVERNMENT IN A MINORITY PARLIAMENT SITUATION, RIGHT, I THINK ELIZABETH MAY AND JAGMEET SINGH HAVE ALREADY MADE IT CLEAR THEY WOULD NOT SUPPORT HIM. >>>SO THAT LEAVES THE BLOC. THE MATH MAY NOT WORK. TO PUT THE CONSERVATIVES OVER THE TOP. >>BUT ON A LOT OF ISSUES, THEY DO HAVE A LOT OF COMMON GROUND, THEY CAN WORK TOGETHER ON A LOT OF THINGS. >>Mark: LET’S NOT FORGET THE BLOC WAS BORN OUT OF THE PC PARTY GOING BACK 30 YEARS. >>OVER A WEEK AGO I WAS IN LISA RAITT’S RIDING, SHE’S HAVING A HARD BATTLE TO FIGHT THERE AGAINST ADAM VAN KOEVERDEN AND WHEN I ASKED ABOUT WHO MINORITY CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT COULD STRIKE A DEAL WITH, SHE WRITE OFF THE BAT SHE SAID I DON’T KNOW HOW IS THE BLOC DOING? SO THAT WAS HER FIRST ANSWER AND SHE WASN’T SAYING THAT WOULD BE THE CASE, BUT I THINK THE CONSERVATIVES SEE MORE ROOM, YOU KNOW, SEE MORE OF A POSSIBILITY TO WORK WITH THE BLOC. >>Mark: YEAH. THEO, IT’S WORTH POINTING OUT THAT AND JUST AS A REMINDER TO PEOPLE OF HOW THIS ALL WORKS, YOU DON’T WIN A MINORITY GOVERNMENT, RIGHT, YOU NEGOTIATE ONE EFFECTIVELY AFTER THE ELECTION, RIGHT, SO JUST BECAUSE ONE PARTY FINISHES WITH THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF SEATS IF THEY DON’T HAVE A MAJORITY DOESN’T MEAN GOING TO GOVERN. >>THAT’S RIGHT. AND THE PRIME MINISTER IS THE PRIME MINISTER UNTIL HE’S NOT SO HE GETS THAT FIRST CRACK AT FORMING A GOVERNMENT OR GETTING THE CONFIDENCE OF THE HOUSE SFL AND THE PRIME MINISTER IS NOT THE LEADER OF THE PARTY WITH THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF SEATS IN THE HOUSE IT’S THE LEADER THE PRIME MINISTER IS THE LEADER OF THE PARTY THAT HAS THE CONFIDENCE OF THE HOUSE AND THAT COULD BE ANYBODY. >>I GUESS THERE IS A SCENARIO WHERE THE CONSERVATIVES GET A PLURALITY OF THE SEATS BUT THE LIBERALS ARE STILL OR THE PRIME MINISTER TRUDEAU IS STILL PRIME MINISTER WITH THE CONFIDENCE OF THE HOUSE BECAUSE OF SUPPORT FROM THE NDP OR THE GREENS. AS FAR AS THE BLOC AND THE CONSERVATIVES ARE CONCERNED, THERE IS A TRACK RECORD IN 2006 OF THAT HAPPENING SO, YOU KNOW, BUT I THINK FOR THE CONSERVATIVES TO REALLY HAVE A CRACK AT THIS I THINK THE GAP BETWEEN THE CONSERVATIVES AND THE LIBE TO BE WIDE ON THE SEATS. I DON’T THINK WE CAN, YOU KNOW, LIKE, CONSERVATIVES WITH 140 SEATS AND THE LIBERALS BACKED BY THE BLOC AND THE LIBERALS WITH 137 SOMEHOW SOME TYPE OF SITUATION WHERE THE CONSERVATIVES ONLY HAVE A SMALL LEAD IN THE SEATS WOULD MAKE IT VERY DIFFICULT I THINK TO SUSTAIN A GOVERNMENT WHERE I THINK IT’S EASIER FOR THE LIBERALS TO DO THAT. >>Mark: AND LET’S KEEP IN MIND AS WELL THAT WHILE IT DOES HAPPEN FROM TIME TO TIME THAT THERE IS A FORMAL COALITION THAT IS STRUCK IT DOESN’T NEED TO BE A FORMAL COALITION, YOU JUST GO ISSUE TO ISSUE. STEPHEN HARPER DURING THE FIRST FIVE OR SIX YEARS THAT HE WAS PRIME MINISTER LED A SUCCESSION OF MINORITY GOVERNMENTS AND NEVER HAD A FORMAL COALITION WITH ANY OF THE OPPOSITION PARTIES JUST ISSUE BY ISSUE. >>WHICH IS SOMETHING THAT LIKE FOR INSTANCE THE BLOC MIGHT AGREE TO AND SAME FOR THE NDP AND THE LIBERALS THEY WOULDN’T GIVE THEM RUBBER STAMP APPROVAL THEY WOULD GO CASE BY CASE AT LEAST THAT’S — THE DEPUTY LEADER IF QUEBEC TOLD. >>IT CAN FUNCTIONAL GOVERNMENTS AS WELL, THESE ARE NOT DYSFUNCTIONAL GOVERNMENTS IN 2009 THE GOVERNMENT WAS A MORGENTALER AND IT DEBT A GREAT RECESSION AS MINORITY GOVERNMENT. >>>BY THE WAY COMING UP AT 3 O’CLOCK EASTERN TIME WE ARE EXPECTING ANDREW SCHEER TO SPEAK ON THE DAY THAT THE PARTY’S PLATFORM IS BEING RELEASED A FULLY COSTED PLATFORM SO WE’LL GO TO THAT LIVE AS SOON AS IT BEGINS RIGHT HERE ON CPAC. LET’S TAKE A CALL FROM BERNADETTE IN MARKHAM, ONTARIO. >>GOOD AFTERNOON, MARK. YOU’RE ASKING WHO YOU THINK HAS THE MOMENTUM. I THINK ACTUALLY RIGHT NOW IT’S PROBABLY THE BLOC AND THE NDP AND MY PROGNOSIS — I ENJOY MINORITY GOVERNMENTS BECAUSE SOME OF THE BEST LEGISLATION WE EVER HAD CAME OUT OF MINORITIES AND FOR ME THE ONLY THING THAT DISAT MY CRAW IS SOMEBODY LIKE THE BLOC CAN COME IN FROM ONE PROVINCE AND THAT’S BASICALLY WHAT THEY ARE REPRESENTING AND THAT’S A HARD THING FOR ME TO SWALLOW AND I HOPE WHATEVER GOVERNMENT GETS MADE THAT THE NEXT TIME THEY CAN DO SOMETHING SO THAT’S NOT THE OUTCOME. >>Mark: OKAY. BERNADETTE, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR CALL. WE’VE TALKED MELANIE ABOUT THE IMPACT OF THE BLOC ON THIS ELECTION. WHAT’S YOUR SENSE OF WHAT THEIR IMPACT WOULD BE ON THE NEXT PARLIAMENT IF THEY DO INDEED HAVE A SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF SEATS?>>I THINK THEY WOULD BE VERY AGGRESSIVE ON THE TAX HAVEN, THE COMBAT AGAINST TAX HAVENS, THE IMMIGRATION AS WELL, THEY MIGHT WANT TO IF THE FLOW OF ASYLUM-SEEKERS CONTINUES OVER THE ROAD THEY MIGHT WANT TO PRESS THE GOVERNMENT ON THIS. BUT, YOU KNOW, PRETTY MUCH STANDING UP TO DEFEND QUEBEC’S INTERESTS AND THE ENVIRONMENT WILL BE A BIG ISSUE AS WELL BECAUSE OF COURSE THEY’RE AGAINST THE TRANS-MOUNTAIN BUT THE LIBERALS BUYING THE TRANS-MOUNTAIN PIPELINE BUT THERE IS A NATURAL GAS PROJECT IN QUEBEC THAT MIGHT COME IN AND IT WAS MENTIONED ACTUALLY IN THE DEBATE YESTERDAY. THAT MIGHT COME IN AND KIND OF PUT THE BLOC IN A DIFFICULT POSITION OF SAYING WE DON’T WANT THE OIL FROM THE ALBERTA BUT THIS PROJECT OVER IN QUEBEC, THE BLOC PROVED IT SO WE’RE FOR IT. >>Mark: SO ASIDE FROM THE ISSUES, THEO, AS BERNADETTE JUST SAID, OUR CALLER, IT RANKLES SOME PEOPLE TO SEE THE BLOC QUEBECOIS DO WELL, THAT THIS PARTY WHO IS THERE TO DEFEND ONLY QUEBEC’S INTERESTS HAS A PRESENCE IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS AND EVEN SOME CLOUT. SO ARE THERE OTHER CONSEQUENCES THAT COULD ARISE OUT OF THE RISE OF THE BLOC QUEBECOIS?>>YOU KNOW, THIS IS MORE THAN 150 YEARS OF CANADIAN HISTORY HERE ON THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN QUEBEC AND THE REST OF CANADA SO I’VE NEVER SEEN ANY PROVINCE CAN DEVELOP THEIR OWN KIND OF PROVINCIAL CENTRIC PARTY AND WE HAVEN’T SEEN THAT SO THERE A UNIQUE NATURE TO QUEBEC THAT I THINK MOST CANADIANS ACCEPT. NOW IN TERMS OF THE BLOC, I THINK THERE’S NOT A LOT REALLY THAT WHERE THE BLOC AND THE CONSERVATIVES CAN KIND OF SEE EYE-TO-EYE ON ESPECIALLY BEGIN SOME OF THE DIFFERENCES AROUND THE ENVIRONMENT. IN 2006 THERE WERE MORE ISSUES WHERE THEY COULD AGREE ON BECAUSE THAT WAS THE FISCAL IMBALANCE ISSUE SO THE HARPER GOVERNMENT GAVE MORE MONEY TO QUEBEC AND THROUGH TRANSFERS AND CUT THE G.S.T. AND WHAT DID QUEBEC DO, RAISE THE P.S.T. AND SO THERE WAS MORE KIND OF THINGS THAT COULD UNITE THE BLOC AND THE CONSERVATIVES. THIS TIME AROUND IT’S GOING TOR MORE DIFFICULT AND SINGLE INCOME TAX, I DON’T KNOW, THAT’S NOT A LOT THERE. IT’S IMPORTANT BUT IT’S NOT –>>BUT THE BLOC ISN’T THE POLITICAL FORCE IT USED TO BE. WE’RE NOT POST-REFERENDUM, THIS ISN’T 1996 SO THE THREAT OF THEM TRYING TO BREAK UP THE COUNTRY I FIND IS NOT THE SAME AS IT WAS A COUPLE OF DECADES AGO. AND TO WHICH I WOULD ARGUE AS WELL THAT WHEN YOU ELECT AN ONTARIO MP NORMALLY IT’S TO REPRESENT ONTARIO INTERESTS. >>Mark: EVERY REPRESENTATIVE IS MEANT TO BE LOCAL AND THE ALBERTA MPs ARE SUPPOSED TO BE REPRESENTING THE INTERESTS OF THEIR LOCAL CONSTITUENTS AND THE SAME WITH ANY REGION IN THE COUNTRY BUT IT IS DIFFERENT WHEN THEY RUN UNDER A BANNER AND THEY BLOCK TOGETHER TO USE THAT BLOCK TOGETHER TO PROMOTE THE INTERESTS OF ONE PART OF THE CAPTURE AGAINST THE OTHER. THAT’S HOW IT’S VIEWED BY SOME CANADIANS AND EVEN THE LANGUAGE THAT’S USED LIKE YVES BELAN FWLN IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE DEBATE SAYING QUEBEC AND THE PROVINCE, NOT QUEBEC AND THE OTHER PROVINCES, BUT QUEBEC AND THE PROVINCES EMPHASIZING THE SPECIAL STATUS OF QUEBEC. THAT’S NOT GOING TO GO OVER WELL IN ALBERTA AND B.C. >>IT NEVER DOES BUT IT’S THE COST OF DOING BUSINESS IN CANADA.>>Mark: OKAY. WE ARE GOING TO GET BACK TO YOUR PHONE CALLS IN A FEW MINUTES, WE ALSO, AGAIN, HAVE ANDREW SCHEER COMING UP WITHIN THE NEXT HALF HOUR LIKELY AS THE CONSERVATIVES UNVEIL THEIR PLATFORM ALREADY CRITICIZED FOR DOING SO LATE IN THE CAMPAIGN AND THIS MORNING CRITICIZED BY JUSTIN TRUDEAU FOR DOING IT LATE ON A FRIDAY BEFORE A LONG WEEKEND. AS JUSTIN TRUDEAU SUGGESTING THAT YOU WOULD NEVER RELEASE YOUR BEST WORK ON THE FRIDAY BEFORE A LONG WEEKEND. SO WE’LL SEE WHAT’S IN THE CONSERVATIVE PLATFORM AND WHAT ANDREW SCHEER SAYS ABOUT IT. >>>WE’LL GET THE SCOOP ON SOCIAL MEDIA NOW WITH S.P.C.A.’S OWN SOCIAL MEDIA ANALYST WINSTON SEE. >>TALK ABOUT LAST NIGHT’S FRENCH LANGUAGE DEBATE. DID PEOPLE FEEL LIKE THERE WAS A CLEAR WINNER OF THE DEBATE?>>WELL, IT WAS DEFINITELY INTERESTING TO ANALYZE THE SOCIAL MEDIA OF LAST NIGHT OVER THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE DEBATE FROM MONDAY. ONE OF THE POINTS OF CONSENSUS I THINK IS THAT THERE WAS A SENSE OF CIVILITY AND THAT WAS DEFINITELY REFLECTED IN THE DIFFERENT MESSAGES THAT WERE SENT AS YOU CAN SEE THERE. LOOK AT SOME OF THE COMMENTS, THIS IS A COMMENT.>>>POST-DEBATE AS FAR AS I’M CONCERNED IF THERE’S A WINNER IT’S JAGMEET SINGH AND I THINK MY VOTE WILL LEAD TOWARDS THE ORANGE SIDE AND ANOTHER ONE I THINK YVES-FRANCOIS BLANCHET STILL THE WINNER AND BY FAR HE IS VERY STRONG AND DESERVES QUEBEC’S COMPLETE TRUST. SOMEONE ELSE ALSO RANKING THE WINNERS HERE SAYING THAT THE WINNER HERE WAS YVES-FRANCOIS BLANCHET FOLLOWED BY SINGH AND AT THE BOTTOM OF THE LIST ACTUALLY GREEN PARTY LEADER ELIZABETH MAY SO WE’RE SEEING STUFF FROM ALL OVER THAT REFLECTED ALSO IN SOME OF THE SOCIAL MEDIA WHERE JAGMEET SINGH GARNERING A A LOT OF THE CONVERSATION.>>Mark: OKAY. THAT’S INTERESTING TO SEE THAT. NOW WHAT ABOUT THE ISSUES THAT WERE DISCUSSED IN THE DEBATE? WHAT WAS THE REACTION TO THAT ON twitter. >>IT WAS INTERESTING TO SEE WHAT ISSUES POPPED UP. THIS IS A MESSAGE FROM KEN SMITH, IT WAS INTERESTING TO SEE HOW LIBERAL LEADER JUSTIN TRUDEAU BROUGHT UP OF COURSE ONTARIO PREMIER DOUG FORD BROUGHT IT UP SEVERAL TIMES ONCE IN THE FRENCH LANGUAGE DEBATE ALSO BROUGHT UP DURING THE ENGLISH DEBATE AS WELL I THINK TRUED SHOULD RUN FOR LIBERAL PROVINCIAL LEADERSHIP HIS DREAM WILL COME TRUE OF DEBATING DOUG FORD IN THE LEGISLATURE EVERY DAY. THIS IS ANOTHER ONE FROM MUSE AND RANTS. THERE IS NO CREDIBLE SCIENTIST OR SCIENTIFIC DATA THAT DENIES THE MODERN DAY CLIMATE CRISIS. BERNIER IS DENYING THE FACTS OF SCIENTIST AND WILLFULLY PROPPING UP SUPEREDO SCIENCE AND MISINFORMATION ON A NATIONAL STAGE SO CLIMATE CHANGE DISCUSSED THERE. >>>FROM JOE, THE TOPIC OF ASSISTED DEATH WAS BROUGHT UP TONIGHT AND THIS STOOD OUT BECAUSE EACH LEADER WAS IN SUPPORT OF IMPROVING POLICIES CURRENTLY IN PLACE. THIS MAY HAVE BEEN THE ONLY TOPIC WHERE ALL LEADERS AGREED AND THIS WAS QUITE A DIFFICULT TOPIC BUT WAS ALSO ONE THAT WAS HEAVILY DISCUSSED ON SOCIAL MEDIA AS WELL. >>Mark: AND CAN YOU GIVE US SOME THOUGHTS ON WHAT GOOGLE TRENDS IS TELLING US ABOUT WHAT PEOPLE ARE THINKING POST-DEBATE?>>WELL, WE SAW A VERY INTERESTING TREND WHERE A COUPLE WEEKS IT WAS VERY MUCH VERY RED COUNTRY WITH A COUPLE EXCEPTIONS OF CONSERVATIVE IN TERMS OF WHAT GOOGLE SEARCH, JUST WHAT PEOPLE ARE SEARCHING ABOUT, BUT ALL THROUGHOUT THE WEEK WE’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT JAGMEET SINGH AND HOW IMPORTANT IT IS FOR ALL OF THE LEADERS AND HOW THEY USE THE SOCIAL MEDIA MOMENTS REFLECTED ON HOW THE CONVERSATION IS HAD ONLINE — [ NO AUDIO ]>>Mark: OKAY. I THINK WE LOST OUR CONNECTION TO WINSTON — THERE YOU ARE. >>SORRY. >>Mark: YOU’RE BACK. >>I AM BACK. THIS MAP SHOWING THE INTERESTING TREND WHERE JAGMEET SINGH DEFICIT TOOK SOME LEADERSHIP. IN PROVINCES LIKE ONTARIO, MANITOBA QUEBEC, BRITISH COLUMBIA, LEADING THE WAY WHERE IT’S BEEN RED AND BLUE TREND IN TERMS OF THE PROVINCES. >>Mark: THAT SUGGESTS MOMENTUM BECAUSE I KNOW YOU POINTED OUT BEFORE WHEN THERE WERE A LOT OF SEARCHES ABOUT JUSTIN TRUDEAU SHORTLY AFTER THE BLACKFACE BROWNFACE SCANDAL BROKE THAT DIDN’T NECESSARILY MEAN IT WAS PEOPLE WHO WERE GOING TO VOTE FOR HIM BUT THERE HASN’T BEEN A CONTROVERSY AROUND JAGMEET SINGH IF PEOPLE ARE SEARCHING FOR JAGMEET SINGH RIGHT NOW THAT DOES SORT OF SUGGEST THAT THEY ARE TRYING TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HIM AND THEY ARE SEEING HIM AS MORE RELEVANT IN THE CAMPAIGN NOW THAN PERHAPS A COUPLE WEEKS AGO. >>AND RELEVANT IS IMPORTANT WHEN IT COMES TO THE YOUNGER VOTE. I WAS NEAR RYERSON ON TUESDAY AFTER THE DEBATE WHERE JAGMEET SINGH WAS AND TO SEE DROVES OF STUDENTS COME OUT TO SUPPORT HIM WHETHER THAT WAS — JUST TO THE CAPTURE THAT MOMENT WAS DEFINITELY INTERESTING. IS HE RESONATING WITH THE YOUNGER VOTERS ESPECIALLY WITH ADVANCED POLLING THIS WEEKEND. >>Mark: YEAH. ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU FOR JOINING US ONCE AGAIN TODAY. >>THANK YOU.>>Mark: HAPPY THANKSGIVING. >>THANK YOU. TO YOU TOO. >>Mark: WINSTON SEE. THEO, I KNOW YOU FOCUS ON ECONOMIC ISSUES, WE’RE EXPECTING THE CONSERVATIVE PLATFORM TO BE RELEASED LATER WITHIN THE NEXT HALF HOUR PERHAPS. HOW IMPORTANT IS THIS? BECAUSE WE’VE SEEN A LOT OF EMPHASIS ON IT IN THE CAMPAIGN AND OF COURSE THERE’S A FACILITY THERE AVAILABLE TO THE PARTIES TO HAVE THEIR PLATFORMS COSTED BY THE PARLIAMENTARY BUDGET OFFICE IN A WAY THAT DID NOT EXIST BEFORE IN PREVIOUS CAMPAIGNS BUT AT THE SAME TIME NOBODY IS PROMISING TO BALANCE THE BOOKS ANYTIME SOON APART FROM THE PARTY PEOPLE OF CANADA IN TWO YEARS. >>>SO ARE THESE FULLY COSTED PLATFORMS REALLY THAT SIGNIFICANT?>>I THINK IT IMPOSES DISCIPLINE ON THE PARTIES. THEY HAVE TO EXPLAIN HOW THEY’RE GOGAMA PAY FOR ALL THE PROMISES SO FOR EXAMPLE THE LIBERALS WHO HAVE MAYBE AROUND 15, $16 BILLION WORTH OF NEW SPENDING HAD TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE TO RUN HIGHER DEFICITS. THIS IS WHAT WE’RE WAITING TO SEE HERE IN THE CONSERVATIVE PLATFORM. WE KNOW THEY HAVE SAID THAT THEY PLAN TO BALANCE THE BUDGET OVER FIVE YEARS I THINK. WHAT WE DON’T KNOW IS HOW THEY’RE GOING TO DO THIS. SO TODAY WHAT WE’RE LOOKING AT IS WHERE ARE THEY GOING TO FIND THE MONEY FOR THE PROM PROMISES THEY ARE MAKING. AND WHETHER THOSE MEASURES ARE CREDIBLE. SO THEY ARE IMPORTANT BECAUSE IT IMPOSES DISCIPLINE ON THE PARTIES TO ACTUALLY SHOW HOW THEY ARE GOING TO RUN BUDGETS IN THE FUTURE. >>Mark: RIGHT. ARE WE MOVING OUT OF, THOUGH, AND ARE WE PERMANENTLY OUT OF AN ERA WHERE YOU HAD TO BALANCE THE BUDGET OR HAVE A PLAN TO DO SO PRETTY SOON?>>I THINK PRIME MINISTER TRUDEAU BROKE THAT TABOO IN 2015 AND NOT ONLY DID HE BREAK THAT TABOO EXPLICITLY IN THAT CAMPAIGN, BUT THEN WHEN HE CAME TO POWER RAN MUCH LARGER DEFICITS AND OBVIOUSLY THEY FELT IT WASN’T SOMETHING THAT WOULD HURT THEM THAT MUCH POLITICALLY. I’M SURE ALL THIS STUFF IS FOCUS GROUP TESTED AND EVERYTHING. AND NOT ONLY DID THEY RUN LARGER DEFICITS WHILE IN GOVERNMENT NOW THEY’RE DOUBLING DOWN WITH EVEN LARGER DEFICITS SO CLEARLY THE LIBERALS THINK CERTAINLY TO THE PEOPLE THAT THEY’RE TALKING TO THIS DOESN’T MATTER AS MUCH. I THINK IT MATTERS MORE TO CONSERVATIVE VOTERS AND I THINK THE PEOPLE WHO ARE MORE LIKELY TO VOTE CONSERVATIVE ARE MORE WORRIED ABOUT THIS SO THAT’S WHY I –>>SO IT’S TWO DIFFERENT TYPES OF VOTERS THEY ARE SPEAKING TO. >>Mark: WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THAT FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF THE COUNTRY’S ECONOMIC HEALTH. THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE SAYING THAT WHILE IT THE DEBT-TO-GDP RATIO IS DROPPING SLOWLY AS JUSTIN TRUDEAU HAS POINTED OUT, AND THAT AS LONG AS WE STAY WITHIN A CERTAIN RANGE IT’S NOT THE END OF THE WORLD AND IT’S ACCEPTABLE DEBT BUT THERE ARE OTHERS SAYING IF WE TALL INTO A RECESSION AND THE DEFICITS GET LARGER WE COULD BE IN TROUBLE. >>>I THINK YOU DESCRIBED IS THE TWO SIDES OF THE DEBATE PRETTY WELL. THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO WILL ARGUE CANADA’S DEBT RATIO IS NOT THAT HIGH CERTAINLY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS NOT THAT HIGH AND THERE IS SCOPE TO RUN DEFICITS AND DO MORE PARTICULARLY AT A TIME WHEN PEOPLE ARE RUNNING HAVE A HIGH DEBT LEVEL SO THE GOVERNMENT CAN DO MORE TO GET THE ECONOMY GOING. >>>NOW, THERE ARE OTHERS SAYING FINE IF YOU’RE RUNNING DEFICITS WHEN TIMES ARE GOOD WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE GET INTO RECESSION AND DON’T WE WANT THIS RESERVE DOWN THE LINE AND THAT IS ONE OF THE THEMES THAT IS NOT BEING DISCUSSED IN THIS ELECTION. THERE ARE A LOT OF CONCERNS WE’RE HEADED INTO A SHARP GLOBAL ECONOMIC SLOWDOWN POSSIBLY EVEN A RECESSION. SO THOSE DEFICITS OF 27 BILLION NEXT YEAR THAT THE LIBERALS ARE TALKING ABOUT AND I THINK IT’S MORE THAN 30 BILLION FOR THE NDP. IF WE’RE IN A RECESSION NEXT YEAR THAT’S GOING TO BE 40 BILLION AND 60 BILLION, YOU KNOW, SO THERE ARE MERITS TO BOTH ARGUMENTS AND SO DEPENDS ON WHICH SIDE. >>Mark: YOU’RE NOT TAKING SIDES. >>I LOOK AT IT OBJECTIVELY. I CAN SEE THE MERITS OF BOTH ARGUMENTS. >>Mark: MELANIE, HOW DO YOU THINK THIS GOES OVER IN THE PUBLIC? THERE WAS A COLLECTIVE GASP WHEN JUSTIN TRUDEAU SAID IN 2015 I’M GOING TO RUN $10 BILLION DEFICITS FOR THREE YEARS AND THEN BALANCE THE BOOKS. HE ENDED UP BECOMING PRIME MINISTER WITH A MAJORITY GOVERNMENT. >>BILL MORNEAU AND JUSTIN TRUDEAU CERTAINLY HAD NO ISSUE BRINGING EVEN HIGHER DEFICITS AND NOW LIKE THEO SAID, IT’S EVEN BIGGER WHAT THEY’RE PROMISING. I THINK WHAT’S IS GOOD FOR THE LIBERALS NOW IS THAT THE ECONOMY IS IN GOOD SHAPE, BUT I AGREE WITH THEO THAT THERE ARE SIGNS THAT DOWNTURN OR RECESSION MIGHT BE COMING, BUT WHAT IS INTERESTING IS THAT FOR A SEGMENT OF THE POPULATION SINCE THE ECONOMY IS GOING, SINCE WE’RE IN A FULL JOB CREATION EVEN THERE’S A PROBLEM WITH THE LACK OF — SO NOT ENOUGH WORKERS. >>Mark: LABOUR SHORTAGE. >>EXACTLY. AND THEN SO THERE IS THE ARGUMENT THAT HAPPEN LIBERALS ARE IN A GOOD POSITION TO SAY OUR PLAN HAS BEEN WORK ARE BUT WHAT IS INTERESTING IS THAT IT HASN’T BEEN DISCUSSED. IT WAS A BIG THEME ON THE LAST ELECTION AND THEN THE NDP DOESN’T SEEM TO HAVE A BIG PROBLEM WITH THE DEFICITS AND, YEAH, SO…>>Mark: OKAY. LET’S TAKE A CALL FROM DANIEL IN TWO MOUNTAINS QUEBEC. HELLO. >>HELLO, EVERYONE. SO MY POINT I WANTED TO MAKE WAS THAT WE’VE BEEN HEARING A LOT OF TALK ABOUT THE BLOC AND THE CONSERVATIVES GETTING TOGETHER, BUT I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT TO REMIND EVERYONE THAT THE MAIN BASE OF THE CONSERVATIVES IS ALBERTA SO IF THEY WANT TO KEEP IT THEY HAVE TO DELIVER ON THAT PIPELINE PROMISE AND WE KNOW THAT THE BLOC IS NOT GOING TO TO ALLOW ANY PIPELINE TO BE BUILT OVER QUEBEC AND THAT’S ONE OF THE MAIN PROMISES OF THE CONSERVATIVES. SO MAYBE THEY’RE GOING TO PROMISE THAT ON THE SECOND YEAR OR THE THIRD TO MAYBE TO DELAY IT BUT I THINK THAT’S GOING TO A POINT WHERE THERE’S A BIT OF THE A FIGHT. ALSO ANOTHER POINT I WANT TO MAKE, I DISAGREE WITH MELANIE, EVEN IF THE BLOC WAS REALLY STRONG DURING THE REFERENDUM PERIOD AND MAYBE AFTER THE REFERENDUM IT STARTED TO REALLY GO DOWN WHEN THE LIBERALS WERE IN POWER IN QUEBEC, THE QUEBEC LIBERAL PARTY, BUT NOW IT’S STARTING TO GROW AGAIN NOT BECAUSE OF ANY SEPARATION ISSUE BUT MOSTLY BECAUSE OF THE NATIONALISTIC ISSUE IN QUEBEC SO I THINK THAT’S SOMETHING THAT THE BLOC COULD USE MAYBE TO FURTHER THEIR POSITION IN QUEBEC AND MAYBE PROMOTE SEPARATISM LATER BY SHOWING THAT CANADA DOESN’T WANT ANY NATIONALISM FROM QUEBEC AND THE LAST POINT I ALSO WANT TO MAKE, I DON’T KNOW IF YOU’VE SEEN THE CBC POLL TRACKER THIS MORNING BUT IT WAS A REALLY, REALLY INTERESTING RESULT THAT THEY HAD. THEY HAD 170 SEATS FOR THE TORIES, THE BLOC AND THE PPC AND 168 FOR THE LIBERALS THE NDP AND THE GREENS SO THAT’S GOING TO BE A HYSTERICAL ELECTION. >>IF I CAN SPEAK TO THE TMX ISSUE, THE CALLER, DANIEL, I THINK HE’S RIGHT, THEY DON’T SEE EYE-TO-EYE ON THE ENVIRONMENT BUT YOU DON’T NEED LEGISLATION. SO SAME THING IF THE LIBERALS HAVE TO FORM A GOVERNMENT WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE NDP OR THE GREENS, YOU DON’T NEED LEGISLATION FOR THAT. SO THAT’S SOMETHING YOU CAN GET DONE WITHOUT HAVING A VOTE IN PARLIAMENT. >>Mark: GOOD POINT. DANIEL, THANK YOU FOR YOUR CALL. LET’S LOOK AT WHAT PEOPLE SAY ON SOCIAL MEDIA. USE THE #CPAC VOTE 2019S SHARING THE COMMENTS. THIS PERSON WRITES. I WOULD SAY THE NDP HAVE MOMENTUM THROUGHOUT DNA AND BOTH NDP AND LIBERALS HAVE MOMENTUM IN QUEBEC. DARE I PREDICT A MINORITY LIBERAL GOVERNMENT WITH THE NDP HOLD THS THE BALANCE OF POWER. >>>ANOTHER COMMENT:>>Mark: ALL RIGHT OF THE APPRECIATE THE COMMENT KEEP THEM COMING. AGAIN THE #IS CPAC VOTE 2019 BILL IN ST. CATHATRINES ONTARIO HELLO. >>>HELLO. MARK.>>Mark: HI. >>I KNOW YOU TOLD ME TO CALL YOU AFTER THE ELECTION. IF I WAS RIGHT OR WRONG ABOUT THE PREDICTION I GAVE YOU. REMEMBER THAT?>>Question: YEAH, I THINK YOU PREDICTED A CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT. >>WHAT I’M CALLING ABOUT IS HOW CAN SINGH HELP ANOTHER PARTY, LIKE, HE’S AGAINST THE PIPELINE. HE’S AGAINST THE CARBON TAX AND THEN HE WANTS A TAX BIG CORPORATIONS. NOW WE LOST JOHN DEERE AND G.M. AND HE KEEPS TAXING THESE BIG COMPANIES I CAN PREDICT YOU IN A YEAR OR TWO WE’RE GOING TO LOSE FORD. IF YOU CAN’T SELL YOUR RESOURCE HOW IS ANY BIG COMPANY COME TO CANADA FOR BUSINESS AND WE CAN’T SELL OUR RESOURCES. AND I GUARANTEE YOU, HE TAX BECAUSE WHEN YOU TAX BIG. >>Mark: JUST TO BE CLEAR, BILL, IF THE NDP SUPPORTS ANOTHER PARTY THAT HAS MORE SEATS THAN IT IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS DOESN’T MEAN THE ENTIRE NDP PLATFORM GETS ADOPTED BY THAT PARTY. >>BUT HOW COULD HE WORK WITH THEM IF HE DON’T BELIEVE IN THE PIPELINE OR CARBON TAX? DON’T FORGET, THESE COMPANIES GOTTA PAY MORE TAX EVERY THREE OR FOUR YEARS THE DARN UNION IS TAXING THEM FOR MORE MONEY FOR THE EMPLOYERS, COME ON, YOU CAN’T DO IT. >>Mark: BILL, THANK YOU. OBVIOUSLY THIS IS THE STAGE OF THE CAMPAIGN MELANIE WHERE EVERYBODY STICKS OUT CLEAR POSITIONS, DIG IN HEALS AND IF THERE’S A MINORITY PARLIAMENT PEOPLE TO SIT DOWN AND WORK THINGS OUT AND MAKE COMPROMISES UNLESS THEY WANT ANOTHER ELECTION AND NONE OF THEM CAN AFFORD THAT. >>THEY HAVE BEEN SKUPSING THIS AFTER THE DEBATE YESTERDAY IT WAS THERE WERE A LOT OF QUESTIONS FROM THE MEDIA ON THAT ISSUE AND THEY ARE STARTING TO CONTEMPLATE THAT IDEA. THERE IS NO CONCEPT OR PROJECT FORMING COALITION BUT DEFICIT THE PARTIES ARE STARTING TO THINK THAT THEY MIGHT WANT — HAVE TO WORK WITH EACH OTHER TO MAKE IT WORK. TO MAKE THE PARLIAMENT WORK. >>Mark: THEO, WE’RE STANDING BY FOR ANDREW SCHEER’S UNVEILING OF THE PLATFORM. WHAT WILL YOU BE WATCHING FOR IN THE PLATFORM. >>I’LL BE WATCHING FOR ASSUMING THAT HE STILL PLANS TO BALANCE THE BUDGET IN FIVE YEARS, I’LL BE WATCHING FOR HOW HE PLANS TO DO THAT. HOW IS HE GOING TO RAISE THE REVENUE? AND WHETHER THOSE REVENUES, WHETHER THAT PLAN IS CREDIBLE AND WE’LL JUDGE AFTER WE SEE THAT. >>OR HE’S GOING TO CUT AS WELL BECAUSE HE SAID THERE WILL BE NO BIG CUTS, OTHER THAN THE 25% OUT OF FOREIGN AID AND THE INFRASTRUCTURE BANK AND THE ASIAN BANK BUT THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS. >>THEY WILL BE SIGNALLING HOW CLEARLY THEY ARE THE BUDGET BALANCING PARTY, RIGHT.>>Mark: ALL RIGHT. THEO, MELANIE, THANK YOU FOR JOINING US TODAY. APPRECIATE IT. HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO BOTH OF YOU AS WELL. >>YOU TOO.>>Mark: WE ARE WAITING ON THE ANNOUNCEMENT FROM CONSERVATIVE LEADER ANDREW SCHEER UNVEILING THE PARTY’S ELECTION PLATFORM WITHINMENT NEXT FEW MINUTES. AS WE WAIT OUR QUESTION TO YOU IS WHAT SHOULD BE IN THE CONSERVATIVE PLATFORM. WE WELCOME YOUR THOUGHTS ON THAT. CALL US OR SEND US A COMMENT ONLINE USING #CPAC VOTE 2019. LET’S LOOK AT WHAT VOTERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY SAY MATTERS TO THEM IN THIS ELECTION. I’M MORE LIBERAL I WOULD SAY BUT I GET NERVOUS WITH VOTING BECAUSE I GET LIKE WITH TRUDEAU WHEN I VOTED FOR HIM I WAS EXCITED ABOUT IT AND THEN IT DIDN’T GO THAT GREAT IN MY OPINION SO I’M I GET KIND OF HESITANT. SO I’M GOING TO VOTE AND HOPEFULLY IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE A LITTLE BIT. IN GENERAL TERMS, I DON’T KNOW TO BE HONEST WITH YOU. I THOUGHT TRUDEAU, I DON’T DISLIKE HIM BUT HE’S A LITTLE BIT HYPOCRITICAL WITH ALL THAT RECENT SCANDAL THAT CAME OUT, YOU KNOW. BUT, ON THE OTHER HAND, I THINK THE CONSERVATIVE GUY IS MORE RUTHLESS WHEN IT COMES TO PENSION AND IS STUFF LIKE THAT. I’M FRIGHTENED HE’S GOING TO RAISE IT TO BEYOND 65. SO I LIKE THE NDP GUY AS WELL SO I’M A LITTLE UNDECIDED TO BE HONEST WITH YOU. I JUST DON’T KNOW. I’M NOT PARTICULAR ON ANY OF THEM IF YOU WANT TO KNOW THE TRUTH. (♪♪♪)>>>CONTEXT MATTERS IN AN ELECTION SO WHEN WE POLLSTERS ARE TRYING TO GET A SENSE OF WHAT ISSUES MATTER, WHICH ARE MORE SALIENT, WE WANT TO GET TO KNOW THE GENERAL MOOD OF THE COUNTRY, DO THEY THINK THE COUNTRY IS HEAD IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION HAVE THINGS GOTTEN BETTER OR WORSE. SO IF PEOPLE ARE FEELING THAT IT’S HARDER TO GET AHEAD THAT LIFE IS MORE EXPENSIVE, THAT HEALTH CARE IS NOT THERE FOR THEM THOSE ARE WHAT ARE GOING TO DRIVE THEIR PRIORITIES SO WHEN WE ASK PEOPLE WHAT ARE THINGS GOING TO DRIVE YOUR VOTE WE HEAR ON A — WHAT PART OF THE COUNTRY YOU’RE IN. EACH CANADIAN HAS UNIQUE CIRCUMSTANCES WHEN IS WE PUT THEM TOGETHER TELL US WHAT THE ISSUES ARE. US POLLSTERS ARE TRYING TO GET A SENSE OF WHICH OF THOSE PARTIES DO THEY THINK WILL DO THE BEST JO AND BE THAT ULTIMATELY AND USUALLY DRIVES HOW SOMEBODY MIGHT VOTE. >>> (♪♪♪)>>>19-YEARS OLD AND THIS IS MY FIRST YEAR I CAN VOTE. >>I’M 20, I AM AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT HERE AT THE UNIVERSITIES BUT THAT’S WHY I’M NOT ELIGIBLE TO VOTE BUT I’M CONCERNED ABOUT THE ISSUES AROUND THE ELECTION SO I AM TRYING MY BEST TO BE INVOLVED. >>I’M 20 AND JUST LIKE LINDEN IT WILL BE MY FIRST TIME VOTING.>>THE TWO YOUNG PEOPLE HERE WHO ARE ELIGIBLE TO VOTE SAY THEY DON’T THINK THEY WILL BECAUSE THEN DON’T TRUST ANY POLITICIAN.>>I CAN’T REALLY DECIDE ON WHICH PARTY I’M FOR. HOW ABOUT YOU GUYS. >>I THINK I AGREE WITH LINDEN, THE PROMISES BEING MADE ARE 2000 GOOD TO BE TRUE. >>I’M GOING IN WITH A LEVEL OF UNCERTAINTY THAT I HAVEN’T HAD BEFORE AND I DO THINK THAT THERE’S GOING TO BE A LARGE AMOUNT OF YOUTH VOTE INFLUENCING HOW ELECTION GOES THIS YEAR. >>RIGHT AROUND THE FEDERAL ELECTION TIME THEN SAY A LOT OF BLA AND A LOT OF THIS IS GOING TO HAPPEN AND THEN IT DOESN’T HAPPEN. >>>IF YOU MAKE ALL THESE OBLIGATIONS OVER FREE DENTAL CARE FOR HOUSEHOLD INCOME $70,000 OR LESS, I WANT TO THAT NEEDS TO BE FINALIZED OR WE’RE GOING TO PLANTS 2 BILLION TREES FOR THE LIBERAL GOVERNMENT THAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN. WE CAN’T FIND OUT WHO WE CAN ACTUALLY TRUST JUST WITH THE RECENT NEWS THINGS THAT ARE COMING UP IN THE NEWS, BROWNFACE, THE MENTIONS ANDY SHERPA SHEER TALKED ABOUT LGBTQ, IT’S UPSETTING WE’RE UNABLE TO DECIDE ON WHO IS THAT ONE PERSON, THAT ONE ADULT THAT WE CALL AN ADULT WE CAN ACTUALLY TRUST FOR THE NEXT FOUR YEARS. >>>IF IT’S ABOUT TRUST WE CAN TALK ABOUT THE MANY SCANDALS. I DON’T KNOW IF WE CAN EXPECT MORE FROM THE LEADERS IF ALL THESE SCANDALS HAVE BEEN WRAPPED AROUND THEM. THE CONSERVATIVE CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN VOTE FOR US BECAUSE THE LIBERALS HAVE DONE THIS AND THAT, THAT HAS PUT YOU AT A LEVEL OF DISADVANTAGE IN TERMS OF CIVILIANS AND I DON’T THINK THAT’S REACHING A LEVEL OF DECISION WE NEED AS A POPULACE. I DON’T THINK WE’RE GETTING INFORMATION OUT TO THE VOTERS BESIDES THE FACT THAT ONE PARTY DID SOMETHING WRONG AND ONE PARTY DID SOMETHING THAT WAS –>>A LOT OF THE PARTY LEADERS ARE NOT TAKING A FIRM STANCE ON BILL 21 THAT BANS PEOPLE FROM WEARING ANY RELIGIOUS OR CULTURAL SYMBOLS AT THEIR WORKPLACE WHICH TO ME IS A BLATANTLY DISCRIMINATORY BILL. >>WITH THE GROWING PAINS OF THE BILL I MEAN, IT’S TO THEIR COLLECTIVE SHAME THAT THEY ARE NOT ALL PUTTING FORWARD A DETAILED STANCE ON THE BILL AND TO THEIR COLLECTIVE SHAME THAT THEY HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO RATIONALIZE WHAT THE BILL MEANS. I THINK THERE’S A POLL DONE THAN OTHER PROVINCES WOULD SUPPORT THE SAME TYPE OF LEGISLATION IN THEIR OWN PROVINCE. IF THAT’S NOT SOMETHING WE SHOULD STAND UP AGAINST, I DON’T KNOW WHAT WILL BE AND I DON’T NECESSARILY THINK IT’S UP TO THE COURTS TO DECIDE. OF COURSE LEGALLY IT WILL BE BUT IT’S OUR CIVIC DUTY TO DISCUSS THAT BILL, RIGHT, IT’S OUR CIVIC DUTY TO DISCUSS WHAT THAT BILL MEANS FOR US, WHETHER OR NOT THAT BILL WILL HAVE A TRICKLE-DOWN EFFECT FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO THE PUBLIC SECTOR. >>BUT WHERE ARE THEY THROUGHOUT THE YEAR? [ PLEASE STAND BY >>TO THE CON CAMPAIGN, IT’S BEEN TALKED ABOUT A LOT MOSTLY BY ANDREW SCHEER’S OPPONENTS. >>IT HAS, YEAH. THEY HAVE DEFINITELY WAITED. THEY TOOK THEIR TIME GETTING IT OUT. REALLY THIS IS AS LATE AS THEY COULD BE BEFORE ADVANCED POLLS OPEN. AND I THINK IT WILL GIVE HIS — ANDREW SCHEER’S OPPONENTS AN OPPORTUNITY TO LOOK AT WHERE HE’S ACTUALLY GOING TO FIND THE MONEY THAT HE WILL NEED TO MEET SOME OF THE PROMISES HE’S MADE FOR SOME OF THE SPENDING AND ALSO HE PLANS TO BALANCE THE BUDGET WITHIN FIVE YEARS. HE SAYS WHERE IS THAT MONEY COMING FROM? THAT’S WHAT WE’LL BE LOOKING FOR. >>YEAH. BILL, HOW IMPORTANT DO YOU THINK THIS IS?>>WELL, I MEAN, THE PLATFORM IS YOUR CORE PRESENTATION TO VOTERS. IT’S VERY IMPORTANT. >>Mark: IT’S NOT LIKE HE HASN’T SAID WHAT HE’S GOING TO DO THROUGHOUT THE CAMPAIGN. THIS IS BRINGING IT ALL TOGETHER IN ONE DOCUMENT AND ATTACHING SOME COSTING TO IT. IT’S NOT THE UNVEILING OF A WHOLE BUNCH OF BRAND NEW PROMISES. >>YES. THE ISSUE IS THERE WAS A GAP WHAT HE’S BEEN SAYING ON THE ROAD AND THE NUMBERS. HE SAID HE WAS GOING TO BALANCE THE BUDGET. PEOPLE TALLYING THOSE PROMISES SAID THERE’S ROUGHLY ABOUT A $15 BILLION GAB HE’S GOT TO EXPLAIN SOMEHOW. WE’RE IN A BIT OF AN AWKWARD SITUATION HERE. WE HAVE GOT THE PLATFORM HERE. WE HAVE READ IT. IT’S UNDER IMBARGO. THERE ARE THINGS, SURPRISES, IN TERMS OF WHERE THE MONEY COMES FROM WHICH WE CAN GET INTO LATER.>>Mark: YEAH. >>IT’S SOMETHING THAT’S GOING TO DRIVE CONVERSATION THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND AND THE NEXT WEEK, I THINK. >>Mark: WHY DO YOU THINK IT’S BEING RELEASED TODAY? LIBERAL LEADER JUSTIN TRUDEAU THIS MORNING IMPLIED THAT IT OBVIOUSLY WASN’T ANDREW SCHEER’S BEST WORK IF IT WAS COMING OUT FRIDAY AFTERNOON BEFORE A LONG WEEKEND. >>WELL, I MEAN, IT’S SO MUCH EASIER TO TALK ABOUT THINGS YOU’RE GOING TO DO FOR PEOPLE VERSUS THINGS YOU’RE GOING TO CUT. I MEAN, THAT’S THE CHALLENGE. THE NDP DID IT AS WELL THIS MORNING. THEY RELEASED THEIR PLATFORM TODAY. THAT MEANS FOR BOTH OF THOSE LEADERS, THEY DIDN’T GET SPECIFIC QUESTIONS ABOUT HOW THEY’RE GOING TO PAY FOR THEIR PLATFORM. IT CAME OUT TODAY. THE LAST DEBATE WAS LAST NIGHT. >>Mark: YEAH. KIM, DO YOU THINK THIS IS THE KIND OF THING THAT GETS FED INTO THE MILL OF CANADIAN POLITICS AT THE LEADERSHIP, AT THE CAMPAIGN LEVEL? IS IT SOMETHING THAT TRICKLES DOWN TO CANADIANS AND AFFECTS HOW THEY WILL VOTE?>>SO I THINK SOME CANADIANS WILL THINK — I MEAN, I THINK THERE’S MAYBE TWO PARTS OF. THAT’S THE TIMING OF THE RELEASE OF THE PLATFORMS AND SOME CANADIANS MIGHT THINK, YOU KNOW, I’M A LITTLE FRUSTRATED THAT I’M NOT SEEING WHAT IS BEHIND THESE PROMISES UNTIL RIGHT BEFORE ELECTION DAY AND RIGHT BEFORE THE ADVANCED POLLS AND THEN IN TERMS OF WHAT’S ACTUALLY IN THERE, IT MAY BE TOUGH FOR PEOPLE TO, YOU KNOW — PLATFORMS ARE NOT SOMETHING A LOT OF PEOPLE SIT DOWN AND READ THROUGH IN A LOT OF DETAIL BEFORE THEY MAKE THEIR DECISION. WHEN PEOPLE SPEND THEIR WEEKEND HAVING THANKSGIVING DINNER WITH THEIR FAMILIES, WHETHER OR NOT, YOU KNOW, THE VERY SPECIFICS OF WHAT’S IN THAT PLATFORM COME UP, IT MIGHT NOT. IT MIGHT NOT GET THE ATTENTION THAT IT WOULD HAVE IF IT HAD COME OUT EARLIER. >>BILL, IN AN ERA WHERE IT’S NOT AS IMPORTANT TO HAVE BALANCED BUDGET AS IT WAS TWENTY YEARS AGO, IS A FULLY COSTED PLATFORM LESS IMPORTANT?>>I THINK WHAT IT DOES IS IT — THERE’S A LITTLE LESS ATTENTION ON THE DETAILS. IT’S KIND OF FUNNY. JUST FIVE YEARS AGO, YOU WOULD HAVE HAD THE LIBERAL FINANCE CRITIC ATTACKING THE CONSERVATIVES FOR BEING A LITTLE BIT OVER OR OFF THEIR DEFICIT TARGETS. >>RIGHT. >>WE GO AFTER THE MINUTIA OF THINGS THAT MIGHT BE A $50 MILLION ENTRY. >>THAT’S RIGHT. YOU SAID THERE WAS GOING TO BE A $3 BILLION DEFICIT. THERE’S A $4 BILLION DEFICIT WHICH SOUNDS LIKE IT’S 33% MORE. OF COURSE, IT’S A MINOR DIFFERENCE, A MINOR VARIATION WHEN YOU CONSIDER THE SCOPE OF THE CANADIAN BUDGET.>>YEAH, YEAH, FOR A YEAR SCOTT BRISON THE LIBERAL FINANCE CRITIC WAS GOING BONKERS EVERY TIME THE DEFICIT NUMBERS CAME OUT. THE CONSERVATIVES HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH DEFICITS EITHER. ANDREW SCHEER IS PROMISING A BALANCED BUDGET WITHIN FIVE YEARS. AS MAXIME BERNIER SAID LAST NIGHT DURING THE DEBATE YOU’RE CAMPAIGNING FOR A FOUR-YEAR MANDATE. THE BALANCED BUDGET IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN BEFORE THE NEXT, NEXT ELECTION. >>Mark: YEAH. WHAT SHOULD WE WATCH FOR, KIM, AS THESE PLATFORMS COME OUT?>>I THINK FOR THE CONSERVATIVES, AS BILL HAS ALREADY SAID, WE’RE LOOKING FOR WHERE THEY MAKE UP THAT GAP IN TERMS OF THE COSTING. HOW DO THEY ACTUALLY BALANCE THE BUDGET AND FUND THINGS THEY PROMISED TO DO? THAT WILL BE, I THINK — I’M SURE WE’LL HAVE MORE TO TALK ABOUT ABOUT THAT LATER. >>YEAH.>>ALSO JUST LOOKING AT WHERE THEY — I WILL BE INTERESTED TO SEE WHEN ANDREW SCHEER MAKES THE ANNOUNCEMENT WHERE HE PUTS HIS EMPHASIS, HOW HE TRIES TO TALK ABOUT WHERE HE SEES THOSE CUTS COMING FROM AND WHAT HE PLANS TO DO. JUST INTERESTING TO SEE WHAT HE WANTS TO EMPHASIZE. >>BUT IT’S FAIR TO SAY, BILL, THAT THE LIBERALS ARE WAITING TO BE ABLE TO POUNCE ON THE IDEA THAT — AND I’M GOING TO USE WHAT HAS BECOME ALMOST A TRADEMARK PHRASE FOR JUSTIN TRUDEAU, LIKE DOUG FORD IN ONTARIO, ANDREW SCHEER IS GOING TO CUT, CUT, CUT, RIGHT?>>YEAH. RIGHT OFF THE BAT FROM THIS CAMPAIGN, IT WAS ALL ABOUT DOUG FORD AS YOU MENTIONED. JUSTIN TRUDEAU HAD MENTIONED DOUG FORD MORE OFTEN THAN HE WOULD ANDREW SCHEER BECAUSE DOUG FORD PLATFORM, HE DIDN’T HAVE A WHOLE LOT OF DETAIL WHEN HE CAMPAIGNED. ONCE IN OFFICE, THERE WERE SOME SPENDING CUTS THAT CREATED SOME CONTROVERSY. THAT’S BEEN THE LIBERAL MESSAGE. THEY HAVEN’T HAD THE DETAILS FROM THE CONSERVATIVES IN ORDER TO REALLY GO AFTER THEM. PRESUMABLY ONCE THEY GET THIS DOCUMENT IN THEIR HANDS, THEY’RE GOING TO FIND THE PARTS THAT THEY THINK THAT MESSAGE AND GO AFTER THEM. >>OKAY. WE ARE STANDING BY FOR ANDREW SCHEER TO BEGIN SPEAKING IN TSAWWASSEN, BRITISH COLUMBIA. THERE’S A LOOK AT THE PODIUM WHERE HE WILL BE ADDRESSING CANADIANS IN JUST MINUTES FROM NOW. IT WAS SCHEDULED IN THE LAST FEW MINUTES. AS YOU KNOW THESE CAMPAIGN EVENTS DON’T ALWAYS RUN ON PRECISE TIMING. THEY’RE KIND OF LIKE BUDGET DEFICITS THAT WAY. YOU CAN FORGIVE THEM A FEW MINUTES HERE AND THERE. IN THE MEANTIME WE’RE GOING TO GET BACK TO YOUR PHONE CALLS. WE MIGHT HAVE TO JUMP IN AND INTERRUPT YOU IF ANDREW SCHEER STARTS SPEAKING. LET’S TAKE A CALL FROM KAY IN MOOSE JAW, SASKATCHEWAN. KAY, GO AHEAD.>>HI. >>HI. GO AHEAD, KAY. >>HAPPY THANKSGIVING. >>HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU.>>THANK YOU. MY BIRTHDAY FALLS ON THAT DAY AS WELL. >>OKAY. WELL, HAPPY BIRTHDAY. >>THANK YOU. THE REASON I’M CALLING IN, SORRY, MY VOICE IS A LITTLE RUSTY. I COME DOWN WITH A LITTLE BIT OF A STOMACH FLU OR SOMETHING. THE TAXES, LIKE, MY HUSBAND IS A TRUCKER. WE TRUCK TOGETHER FOR YEARS. AND THE TAXES, LIKE, HE MAKES ABOUT 14 TO $1,700 EVERY TWO WEEKS FOR ONE OF THE LARGEST TRUCKING COMPANIES. THEY’RE BASED OUT OF SASKATCHEWAN AND ALBERTA. BUT HERE IN SASKATCHEWAN, WHENEVER I GO OVER HIS PAY, THEY PUT DOWN, LIKE, HIS MILES AND EVERYTHING THAT HE PAYS OUT, RIGHT? AND THE TAXES THAT COME OFF OF THEM ARE LIKE $800.>>Mark: RIGHT.>>LIKE, THAT — >>Mark: YEAH. WHICH WOULD BE A COMBINATION OF INCOME TAX, CPP, EI. >>YES.>>Mark: YEAH.>>EXACTLY. AND I THINK THAT NEEDS TO BE LOOKED INTO.>>Mark: SO YOU THINK TAXES ARE TOO HIGH. IS THERE ANYONE WHO IS SPEAKING TO YOU WHEN THEY TALK ABOUT THAT OVER THE COURSE OF THIS CAMPAIGN?>>NO. NO.>>Mark: OKAY.>>AND I’M REALLY, LIKE — LIKE, WE MOVED AWAY FROM NEW BRUNSWICK TO COME OUT HERE TO HAVE A BETTER LIFE AND TO BE ABLE TO, YOU KNOW, LIVE. AND WE’RE BARELY MAKING ENDS MEET. THE TAXES ARE JUST OUTRAGEOUS. THE COST OF THINGS ARE UNBELIEVABLE.>>Mark: YEAH. WELL, I’M SORRY TO HEAR THAT, KAY. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR CALL. HOPE YOU’RE FEELING BETTER. LET’S GO NOW TO A CALL FROM DAVE IN ST. CATHARINES, ONTARIO. HELLO, DAVE.>>HI, MARK. HOW YOU DOING?>>Mark: GOOD, THANK YOU. >>YOU’RE THE BEST AS I ALWAYS SAY EVERY TIME I TALK TO YOU AND BILL AND KIM AND MARK, HAPPY THANKSGIVING. >>Mark: HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU. >>SAME TO YOU. >>ALL THE BEST TO ALL OF YOU. YOU’RE ALL DOING A GREAT JOB. I HAVE A CRAZY QUESTION. YOU HAVE PROBABLY MOST LIKELY HEARD IT BEFORE. ALL THE INDIVIDUALS WITH THE EXCEPTION OF ONE, I MEAN, I WOULD THINK THAT MOST REPRESENTATIVES HAVE REPRESENTATIVE CANDIDATES THROUGHOUT CANADA. I DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW A QUEBEC PERSON IS ALLOWED JUST TO TALK ON HIS BEHALF. AND I THINK SCHEER NAILED HIM LAST NIGHT. HE SAID, WELL, ALL YOU WANT TO DO IS SEPARATE FROM CANADA. I JUST WANT TO HEAR — MY COMMENT IS IT DRIVES ME CRAZY. I’M NOT ANTI-QUEBEC. DON’T GET ME WRONG. I WAS BORN IN MONTREAL. I DON’T KNOW HOW SOMEBODY HAS THE ABILITY TO, IN FACT, REPRESENT HIMSELF ON A PLATFORM THAT ONLY HAS TO DO WITH QUEBEC. I’M CONFUSED, PARDON ME. BUT I’M CONFUSED. >>Mark: SURE. NO, I KNOW THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE THAT REACTION ACROSS THE COUNTRY ABOUT WHY THE LEADER OF THE BLOC QUEBECOIS, A PARTY THAT’S ONLY RUNNING CANDIDATES IN ONE PROVINCE GETS TO APPEAR IN THE NATIONAL LEADER’S DEBATE [ Speaking in French, No Translation ] I CAN SPEAK PERFECT FRENCH IF I HAVE TO TO. >>Mark: I UNDERSTAND YOUR POINT.>>YOU’RE THE BEST, MARK. >>Mark: THANK YOU. I APPRECIATE THAT. THANK YOU, DAVE. MIKE IS IN DALHOUSIE, NEW BRUNSWICK. HELLO, MIKE. >>HELLO. HOW’S SHE GOING?>>Mark: GOOD THANKS. >>GOOD AND HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO EVERYBODY. >>Mark: SAME TO YOU.>>OKAY. SO THE LADY A WHILE AGO FROM SASKATCHEWA — SHE LIKES IT. >>Mark: I’M HAVING TROUBLE HEARING YOU. I DON’T KNOW IF YOU COULD SPEAK MORE DIRECTLY INTO THE PHONE. >>THE LADY WHO MOVES AWAY FROM HERE, NEW BRUNSWICK HERE, SHE SHOULD COME BACK HERE IF SHE WANTS TO SEE WHAT REAL TAXES ARE LIKE. >>Mark: IF SHE WANTS TO SEE WHAT REAL TAXES ARE LIKE. >>YEAH. AND THE QUEBEC THING, THIS IS A 152-YEAR-OLD RUNNING SCAM. YOU KNOW, SOMEBODY SHOULD TELL THEM GOODBYE DON’T SLAM THE DOOR. THEY WOULD NEVER LEAVE. THEY’RE LIKE KINDERGARTEN KIDS THERE. THE SQUEAKY WHEEL GETS THE GREASE.>>Mark: OKAY.>>AS FAR AS WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE IN THE CONSERVATIVE PLATFORM, I WOULD LIKE TO SEE MORE MONEY FOR NATIONAL DEFENCE AND A VERY ROBUST FOREIGN POLICY AND HELP FOR OUR VETERANS.>>Mark: OKAY. MIKE, THANK YOU. LET’S GO TO RICHARD IN HALIFAX. HELLO, RICHARD.>>HELLO. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I’VE MANAGED TO GET THROUGH TO ANYONE. >>Mark: OKAY. WELL, WE APPRECIATE YOUR CALL. >>I HAVE A QUESTION. IT DOESN’T RELATE TO THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY IN PARTICULAR. BASICALLY I’M CONCERNED THAT MORE AND MORE YOUNG PEOPLE ARE NOT GETTING INVOLVED IN VOTING. AND I THINK THAT ONE OF THE REASONS IS THAT WE’VE SPENT SO MANY YEARS THINKING OF YOUNG PEOPLE AS JUST BEING KIDS. WE HAVE FORGOTTEN. AT 16 YEARS OLD, A YOUNG PERSON CAN DRIVE. THEY CAN GO OUT AND BE IN CONTROL OF A VEHICLE ON THE HIGHWAY. THEY CAN JOIN THE MILITIA. THEY CAN DO MANY THINGS. THEY CAN GO TO WORK AND BE TAXED. THERE’S SOMETHING TO ME THAT’S WRONG WHERE YOU CAN HAVE A YOUNG PERSON WHO PAYS TAX BUT HAS NO REPRESENTATION.>>Mark: DO YOU THINK WE SHOULD LOWER THE VOTING SNAJ. >>I THINK WE SHOULD LOWER THE VOTING AGE TO 16. >>Mark: RIGHT.>>IF WE’RE TALKING ABOUT YOUNG PEOPLE NOT GETTING INVOLVED AND NOT BEING AWARE, SOME OF THE SMARTEST PEOPLE THAT I’VE EVER COME ACROSS ARE 16, 17, AND 18 YEARS OLD. YOU KNOW? AND IT JUST — IT IRKS ME TO NO END THAT, AS I SAY, THEY CAN DRIVE, THEY CAN GO OUT. THEY CAN GO TO WORK. THEY CAN PAY TAX. THEY CANNOT CHOOSE THE PARTY IN POWER THAT MIGHT REPRESENT THEIR INTERESTS.>>Mark: SURE.>>YEAH. IT’S NOT RIGHT. >>Mark: THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR CALL. THE NDP, OF COURSE, ARE PROPOSING THIS BILL, THAT THEY WOULD LOWER THE VOTING AGE. WE HAVE HEARD LOTS OF TALK ABOUT ELECTORAL REFORM BEFORE. NOT A LOT HAS CHANGED, OF COURSE. WE’LL SEE.>>Mark: OKAY. LET’S GO TO LAWRENCE IN CHETWYND, BRITISH COLUMBIA. HELLO, LAWRENCE.>>YEAH. I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO GET THROUGH. I HAVE WATCHED THE COMMENTS AND THAT AND THE LEADERS AND DIFFERENT ONES. AND THE ONE THING I NOTICED, THERE’S NOT VERY MUCH TALK ABOUT VETERANS. NOW, OVER THE YEARS, WE HAVE HAD 30 PLUS SOME PETITIONS IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS. AND EVERY PARTY THERE HAS TURNED A DEAF AND BLIND EAR TO IT AND PUT US IN THE PATH OF FORGETFULNESS. NOW, GREAT BRITAIN, NEW ZEALAND, AND AUSTRALIA HAVE ALL WAIVED A MORATORIUM OF FIVE YEARS AND GONE BACK TO THE ’40s AND SO ON. VETERANS, A VOLUNTEER MEDAL, THIS MEDAL HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH BEING OVERSEAS. IT’S FOR THE VOLUNTEER SERVICE TO CANADA. AND I’M — I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF ANY OF THESE LEADERS HAVE GOT THE COURAGE TO STAND UP IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS, BRING BACK OUR PETITION OFF THE TABLE AND SAY, YES, WE WILL CREATE THIS MEDAL AGAIN AND HONOUR OUR VETERANS AS THEY SHOULD BE. NOW, IT WOULDN’T COST THEM VERY MUCH. THE VETERANS WENT TOGETHER AND POOLED MONEY AND HAD THE DYES MADE, THE METAL MADE, THE RIBBONS MADE. EVERYTHING IS MADE. ALL THEY HAVE TO DO IS TURN AROUND AND SAY YES ALL PAST AND PRESENT VETERANS WOULD GET THIS BECAUSE RIGHT NOW, THE WAY IT IS, I CANNOT SEE MYSELF VOTING FOR A PARTY BECAUSE THE WAY VETERANS ARE TREATED, THEY’RE TAKING AWAY BENEFITS. THEY’RE CUTTING BACK BENEFITS FOR THE VETERANS. AND IT’S A SLAP IN THE FACE. WE SIGNED UP AND I SIGNED UP — WHEN I SIGNED UP, I GOT $86 A MONTH. AND THAT WAS TO PUT MY LIFE, POSSIBLY PUT MY LIFE ON THE LINE. AND I HAVE DONE TWO U.N. TOURS, THREE YEARS IN EUROPE AND VARIOUS POSTINGS THROUGH CANADA IN MY CAREER. AND I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF THE PARTY LEADERS HAVE GOT THE BACK BONE AND THE COURAGE TO STAND UP AND HONOUR AND RECOGNIZE THE VETERANS LIKE THEY SHOULD BE.>>Mark: OKAY. WELL, THANK YOU FOR RAISING THAT, AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY. >>THANK YOU. >>Mark: THANK YOU FOR YOUR CALL. SO WE’RE STANDING BY FOR ANDREW SCHEER. AGAIN, WE EXPECTED THIS TO BEGIN ABOUT 15 MINUTES AGO. AND THEY’RE STILL DOING SOME SETUP AT THE LECTURN IN BRITISH COLUMBIA WHERE SCHEER IS EXPECTED TO SPEAK. YOU CAN SEE IT. VERY PICTURESQUE SETTING. WE WILL GO LIVE THERE ON CPAC AS SOON AS HE BEGINS TO TALK. AT THAT POINT WE WILL BE ABLE TO TELL YOU MORE ABOUT WHAT IS IN THE CONSERVATIVE PLATFORM. WE ASKED THE QUESTION EARLIER, WHO HAS MOMENTUM GOING INTO THE FINAL TEN DAYS OF THE CAMPAIGN? KIM, WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THAT? WHO HAS THE MOMENTUM RIGHT NOW?>>THAT’S INTERESTING. STARTING TO FEEL LIKE IN QUEBEC AT LEAST THE BLOC HAS THE MOMENTUM. >>Mark: YEAH.>>WHICH WILL HAVE AN IMPACT ON BOTH THE CONSERVATIVES AND CLEARLY THE NDP IS NOT THAT — IT LOOKS STILL WITH THE POLLS NOT THAT LIKELY TO DO VERY WELL IN QUEBEC DESPITE JAGMEET SINGH’S STRONG EFFORTS TO TRY TO WIN SOME MORE QUEBECERS OVER. BUT FOR BOTH THE CONSERVATIVES AND THE LIBERALS, THAT WILL CAUSE A LITTLE BIT OF PAIN. AND OTHERWISE, YOU KNOW, DESPITE WHAT I JUST SAID ABOUT JAGMEET SINGH, HE HAS SHOWN SOME MOMENTUM IN THE LAST LITTLE WHILE. KIND OF REACHING A LITTLE BIT MORE OF HIS STRIDE IN THE DEBATES AND COMING ACROSS AS THE BETTER COMMUNICATOR, I WOULD SAY.>>Mark: YEAH. BILL, WHAT DO YOU THINK? IS THE RISE OF THE BLOC QUEBECOIS GOING TO COST THE LIBERALS A MAJORITY IN THE END? DO YOU THINK IT MAKES IT HARDER TO GET A MAJORITY FOR ANYBODY?>>YEAH. THE GENERAL THING IS THAT AS THE BLOC GOES UP, AT FIRST THEY EAT INTO CONSERVATIVE VOTES. IF THEY KEEP GOING HIGHER IN QUEBEC TOTALS THEN IT STARTS HURTING LIBERAL RIDINGS. I THINK ESPECIALLY WITH THIS ELECTION BECAUSE YOU HAVE GOT THE BLOC WHICH IS HIGHER THAN THEY HAVE BEEN THE LAST COUPLE ELECTIONS AND THE GREEN IS HIGHER THAN NORMAL, I THINK WE SHOULD ALL PUT OUR CRYSTAL BALLS IN THE CLOSET. IT’S VERY HARD TO MAKE PREDICTIONS WHEN YOU HAVE GOT SUCH SPLITS. >>Mark: BECOMES SO COMPLICATED. YOU DON’T KNOW. >>EXACTLY. YOU COULD WIN A RIDING WITH 28% OF THE VOTE BECAUSE IT’S SPLIT. >>Mark: YEAH. >>THE REGIONS ARE SO DIFFERENT. I SAW SOME REGIONALS WHICH HAD THE GREENS UP 15% IN THE MARITIMES WHICH IS UNUSUAL. PROVINCIAL BREAKDOWNS TOO ALSO HAVE A HIGH MARGIN OF ERROR. A HUGE GRAIN OF SALT NEEDS TO BE TAKEN WHEN YOU’RE READING THESE POLLS BECAUSE ALSO THERE’S DIFFERENT FACTIONS OF POLLSTERS TOO. SOME HAVE THE CONSERVATIVES AHEAD. SOME HAVE THE LIBERALS SLIGHTLY AHEAD. WHO KNOWS WHAT’S GOING ON?>>YOU JUST DON’T KNOW WHERE THE VOTES ARE. IT’S NOT ABOUT THE POPULAR VOTE IN THE END. IT’S WHERE THE VOTES ARE ACTUALLY LOCATED. WE WILL SEE. LET’S GO TO KAREN IN REGINA. HELLO, KAREN.>>HELLO.>>Mark: HI, GO AHEAD. >>HOW ARE YOU?>>Mark: GOOD THANKS. HAPPY THANKSGIVING. >>I’M CALLING IN REGARDS TO TRUDEAU WAS IN FOR FOUR YEARS, RIGHT? AND NOTHING HAS CHANGED, NOTHING, I MEAN OTHER THAN THE TAXES, THE CARBON TAXES AND THINGS LIKE THAT. INSTEAD OF THINGS GETTING BETTER, THINGS ARE GETTING WORSE. SO WHAT IS THE CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT — I’M FOR THE CONSERVATIVES. BUT I’M WONDERING, WHAT IS ANDREW SCHEER GOING TO DO IN THE FOUR YEARS THAT TRUDEAU WAS NOT ABLE TO DO?>>Mark: WELL, THAT’S A FAIR QUESTION. AND I THINK THE CONSERVATIVES ARE HOPING THE ANSWER IS IN THEIR CAMPAIGN PLATFORM. WE COULD LIST OFF SOME OF THE THINGS THAT ANDREW SCHEER HAS PROMISED TO DO. ALL OF THAT INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE ON THE CONSERVATIVE WEBSITE. YOU KNOW, I APPRECIATE THE CALL, KAREN. THANK YOU. YOU KNOW, IT IS — THERE ARE DIFFERENCES OBVIOUSLY BETWEEN THE DIRECTION THESE PARTIES ARE GOING TO TAKE. THEY’RE NOT INCREDIBLY STARK DIFFERENCES AS ELECTIONS GO AND AS — AND EVEN IF YOU WERE TO COMPARE CANADA TO OTHER COUNTRIES WHERE THERE ARE SOME PRETTY DRAMATIC GAPS BETWEEN THE PARTIES. CANADIAN POLITICAL PARTIES IN THEIR PLATFORMS CLOSE TO THE CENTRE.>>ABSOLUTELY. I THINK WE HAVE SEEN ECHOING OF VERY SIMILAR PROMISES. >>MATCHING TAX CUT FOR TAX CUT AND SON. >>I THINK THERE IS A DIFFERENCE. WHEN YOU GET THE PLATFORMS AND ADD UP ALL THE NUMBERS THAT’S WHEN THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE PARTIES SEEM PRETTY STARK. THE CONSERVATIVES GENERALLY WOULD BE THE SMALLER GOVERNMENT ADVOCATES. THEIR PLATFORMS WILL ADD UP TO A CERTAIN NUMBER. THE LIBERALS OVER FOUR YEARS ARE TALKING ABOUT OVER 50 BILLION IN PROMISES. THE NDP PLATFORM IS 130 BILLION IN SPENDING AND TAX HIKES TO PAY FOR THE SPENDING.>>RIGHT.>>THEN THE GREENS ARE CLOSER TO 300 BILLION. AS MUCH AS YOU THINK THAT THE NDP AND THE GREENS ARE SIMILAR ON A LOT OF ISSUES, THE GREEN PLATFORM IS TWICE AS LARGE IN TERMS OF SPENDING AND TAX INCREASES THAN THE NDP PLATFORM.>>YEAH. ALL RIGHT. WINKLER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, HELLO, CRORNEELIUS. >>HELLO. >>Mark: GO AHEAD. GO AHEAD, CORNELIUS. >>YES. I STARTED TALKING ABOUT THESE ONGOING DEFICITS, YOU KNOW, THAT TRUDEAU HAS BEEN ROLLING UP.>>Mark: YEAH.>>HE DOESN’T GO ON TO BALANCE A. BUDGET ANY TIME. IN FACT, HE SAYS THE BUDGET BALANCES ITSELF. >>Mark: OKAY.>>YEAH.>>OKAY. AND I STARTED OFF BY SAYING, PIERRE ELLIOTT TRUDEAU RAN A WHOLE STRING OF DEFICITS. AND AS A RESULT, IN THE 1980s, INTEREST RATES WENT UP TO 20 AND 24%. PEOPLE LOST THEIR HOUSES.>>Mark: OKAY. THANK YOU FOR YOUR CALL. CYNTHIA IN CALGARY, HELLO, CYNTHIA. >>YES. >>Mark: HI. >>THANK YOU FOR TAKING MY CALL. HELLO. >>Mark: THANK YOU FOR CALLING. >>I HAVE A QUESTION IN THE DEBATE, CERTAINLY, AND OTHER. ALL THE LEADERS ARE — SEEM TO TALK ABOUT OR IT KEEPS COMING UP, THE 3,400 JOBS IN QUEBEC THAT ARE IN JEOPARDY OR WERE LOST. BUT NOT ONE LEADER, INCLUDING Mr. SCHEER, TALKS ABOUT THE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF JOBS THAT WERE LOST IN ALBERTA AND OF THE HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT THAT IS STILL GOING ON IN ALBERTA. YES, THEY TALK ABOUT PIPELINES. BUT NO ONE IS REALLY TALKING ABOUT ALBERTA AND ALL OF THE PEOPLE THAT ARE OUT OF WORK AND HAVE LOST JOBS. THERE ARE BUSINESSES CLOSING ALL THE TIME. SO WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO DO ABOUT THAT?>>Mark: OKAY. CYNTHIA, THANK YOU FOR YOUR CALL. IS IT — IS THE REASON THAT THE LEADERS AREN’T TALKING ABOUT ALBERTA BECAUSE ALBERTA IS NOT A BATTLEGROUND? IS THAT WHAT IT COMES TO? IT’S CYNICAL. IS THAT THE CASE. >>YEAH. I MEAN, ANDREW SCHEER WILL TALK ABOUT EMERGENCY ISSUES TO THE EXTENT THAT HE THINKS HE HAS A BETTER CHANCE OF BUILDING A PIPELINE OR AN ENERGY CORRIDOR AS HE CALLS IT THROUGH — WHEN HE TALKS ABOUT IT IN QUEBEC. IN TERMS OF JOBS IN ALBERTA MORE SPECIFICALLY, YOU’RE RIGHT. IT PROBABLY ISN’T COMING UP A LOT BECAUSE THE FOCUS IS MORE ON POCKETBOOK ISSUES FOR PEOPLE IN OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY.>>RIGHT.>>BILL. I THINK WHEN THE DUST SETTLES AFTER THIS CAMPAIGN, THERE WILL BE A LOT OF PEOPLE EXPRESSING THAT SENTIMENT IN WESTERN CANADA, ESPECIALLY IN ALBERTA, THAT THEIR ISSUES DIDN’T REALLY RESONATE IN THIS CAMPAIGN. A LOT OF PARTIES WERE HAPPY FOR PROBABLY STRATEGIC REASONS TO NOT WORRY TOO MUCH ABOUT THE ENERGY SECTOR AND FOCUS ON OTHER ISSUES. >>OKAY. LET’S GO TO RICK IN BRANTFORD, ONTARIO. HELLO, RICK. >>HI, MARK, HOW ARE YOU?>>Mark: GOOD THANKS. >>GOOD. I WANTED TO GIVE YOU A QUICK RUNDOWN ON MY IMPRESSIONS OF EACH OF THE LEADERS. AND I’LL LEAVE IT AT THAT ONCE I’M DONE. >>Mark: SURE. >>Mr. TRUDEAU, I’VE NOTICED THERE’S SCANDAL AFTER SCANDAL. I CAN’T REALLY SEE THAT HE’S, YOU KNOW, A LEADER TYPE QUALITY BECAUSE OF — HE SEEMS TO BE OUT OF TOUCH AND AWFULLY RUDE. NOW, Mr. SINGH, I GET THE IMPRESSION SHE’S LIKE SANTA CLAUS AND ROBIN HOOD ALL IN ONE. LIKE, HE WANTS TO RUN A $32.7 BILLION DEFICIT. AND THAT WILL RUIN US COMPLETELY. ELIZABETH MAY, SHE’S LIKE THE SKY IS FALLING. LIKE, WE ONLY PRODUCE 1.6% OF THE CARBON IN THE WORLD. NOW, IF WE DON’T HAVE THE REST OF THE WORLD INVOLVED IN THIS, ALL WE’RE GOING TO DO IS REALLY HURT OURSELVES. SHE’S TALKING ABOUT GETTING RID OF GASOLINE AND DIESEL ENGINES AND I’M THINKING $150,000 TRACTORS AND COMBINES FOR THE FARMERS. THEY CAN’T RUN ON BATTERIES AND STUFF LIKE THAT. AND FINALLY Mr. SHEER THERE, I THINK HE REALIZED THAT WYNNE AND McGUINTY HAVE MADE ONTARIO BROKE. WE’RE IN SUCH A HOLE. AND PEOPLE MUST UNDERSTAND THAT WE HAVE GOT TO LIVE WITHIN OUR MEANS AND WE CAN’T LIVE OFF OF CREDIT CARD BECAUSE WE’RE PAYING MASSIVE SPENDING ON JUST THE INTEREST ON WHAT WE OWE. IF WE COULD GET BACK TO A BALANCED BUDGET HERE IN ONTARIO AND ACROSS THE WHOLE COUNTRY, THEN WE WOULD BE IN MUCH BETTER SHAPE BECAUSE WE COULD TAKE THAT MONEY AND ACTUALLY SPEND IT ON PROGRAMS. THAT’S ABOUT WHAT I HAVE GOT TO SAY. >>Mark: OKAY. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR CALL. WE HAVE JUST GOTTEN AN UPDATE FROM BRITISH COLUMBIA WHERE THEY ARE NOW SAYING ANDREW SCHEER WILL START SPEAKING AT 3:40 EASTERN TIME, 12:40 p.m. PACIFIC TIME. THAT’S IN LESS THAN 15 MINUTES FROM NOW. HE WAS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED TO BEGIN SPEAKING AT 3 O’CLOCK EASTERN, NOON PACIFIC. WE’RE IN A BIT OF A HOLDING PATTERN WAITING FOR ANDREW SCHEER TO UNVEIL THE CONSERVATIVE BUDGET. WE ARE INTERESTED IN YOUR OPINIONS ABOUT THE BUDGET AND ABOUT OTHER TOPICS ARISING DURING THIS FEDERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN. TEN DAYS LEFT TO GO. NO MORE DEBATES. WE’RE INTO THE FINAL STRETCH HERE. AND THE PARABLE OF CANADIAN POLITICS, ESPECIALLY NOW THAT WE HAVE FIXED ELECTION DATES IN OCTOBER IS THAT CANADIANS GATHER ON THE THANKSGIVING WEEKEND AND TALK ABOUT POLITICS AND DECIDE WHO TO TO VOTE FOR AND EMERGE FROM THE THANKSGIVING LONG WEEKEND WITH THEIR MINDS MADE UP. THAT’S WHEN WE SEE CHANGES IN THE POLLS. AND THAT LEADS US TO A CONCLUSION IN THE ELECTION. IT WOULD BE INTERESTING IF THAT HAPPENED THIS TIME AROUND, BILL, BECAUSE WE HAVEN’T SEEN A LOT OF MOVEMENT OVER THE COURSE OF THIS CAMPAIGN. IT’S BEEN THAT — FOR BOTH THE CONSERVATIVES AND THE LIBERALS IT’S BEEN IN THAT 32 TO 35% RANGE ALMOST SINCE DAY ONE. >>YEAH. THE KEY IS TO WATCH, ESPECIALLY WITH THE LIBERALS, THE NDP AND THE GREENS BECAUSE THE CONSERVATIVE VOTE TENDS TO BE PRETTY ROCK SOLID. IT’S THE OTHERS THAT KIND OF LIKE TO JUMP BETWEEN CAMPS. THEY TEND TO JUMP TO WHOEVER I THINK IS THE FRONTRUNNER. YOU KNOW, YOU FORGET. TWO ELECTIONS AGO, THE LIBERALS ONLY HAD ABOUT 30 SOME SEATS. THE NDP WAS WAY OUT AHEAD OF THEM. THAT FLIP LAST TIME. THAT’S THE BATTLE THAT’S PLAYING OUT IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS HERE IS THOSE PEOPLE WHO SWITCH BETWEEN THOSE THREE PARTIES. WHERE DO THEY FINALLY LAND?>>Mark: RIGHT. WHAT DO YOU EXPECT IN THE FINAL TEN DAYS, KIM? WHAT ARE SOME OF THE THINGS TO WATCH FOR HERE?>>I THINK WE’LL BE WATCHING FOR AFTER THE CONSERVATIVES BRING OUT THEIR COSTED PLATFORM SOME OF THE — WHAT’S IN THERE AND SOME OF THE ATTACKS THAT WILL LIKELY COME FROM THE OTHER PARTIES FROM THE LIBERALS IN PARTICULAR ON WHERE THE CUTS ARE COMING FROM. I THINK, YOU KNOW, WE WILL WATCH FOR — ESPECIALLY NOW THAT THE DEBATES ARE DONE AND THE PLATFORMS ARE OUT THERE, THERE’S NOT MUCH MORE IN THE WAY OF SPECIFIC ANNOUNCEMENTS THE PARTIES ARE GOING TO BE MAKING. IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE HOW — WHO THE DIFFERENT PARTIES GO AFTER, WHERE THEY THINK THAT THEY’RE GOING TO SEE SOME RISKS. SO PROTECTION, LAST NIGHT AND MORE RECENTLY, WE HAVE SEEN THE LIBERALS GO AFTER THE NDP A LITTLE BIT MORE WHICH I THINK SPEAKS TO WHAT BILL WAS JUST SAYING ABOUT WHERE THEY SEE SOME RISK OF THE VOTE MOVING AWAY FROM.>>YEAH. WE WILL ALSO SEE WHERE THEY GO AND SPEND THEIR TIME, RIGHT? WHICH IS ANOTHER INDICATOR. >>YEAH, THERE’S TALK THIS MORNING, JUSTIN TRUDEAU’S FIRST EVENT WAS DOWNTOWN OTTAWA. THERE’S A LOT OF SPECULATION. IS THAT JUST BECAUSE HE WAS HERE FOR THE DEBATE SO IT’S EASY? AS CATHERINE MCKENNA THE CABINET MINISTER IN OTTAWA CENTRE WHO WON THIS RIDING FROM THE NDP, YOU KNOW, ARE THE LIBERALS WORRIED ABOUT THAT RIDING? IS THE NDP CHALLENGING? SO THAT’S THE KIND OF THING THAT HAPPENS WHEN A LEADER STOPS OFF IN A DEFENSIVE RIDING AS OPPOSED TO AN OFFENSIVE RIDING?>>Mark: RIGHT. NOW HAVING SAID THAT, HE’S ON HIS WAY TO BURNABY NEXT. HE’S GOING TO CAMPAIGN IN JAGMEET SINGH’S RIDING, RIGHT?>>ROBINSON IS RUNNING IN THAT AREA TOO. >>Mark: WE WILL SEE IF HE GOES ON THE OFFENSIVE THERE. ALL RIGHT. LET’S TAKE A CALL FROM MONICA IN BURLINGTON, ONTARIO. HELLO, MONICA. >>HELLO. >>Mark: HI, GO AHEAD. >>HI. HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO EVERYONE. >>Mark: AND THE SAME TO YOU.>>THANK YOU. I WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK ABOUT THE PENSION PLAN, RETIRES PENSION PLAN AND THE SITUATION WITH COST OF LIVING WENT UP MANY TIMES OVER. THE PROPERTY TAXES ARE GOING UP. AND AFTER, MOST OF CANADIAN PEOPLE ARE. AFTER ABOUT 37 YEARS, MY HUSBAND GOT 900, I BELIEVE, 30 DOLLARS OF THAT CANADA PENSION PLAN, THE OLD AGE PENSION. NOW WITH ALL THE TAXES AND SOMEHOW THIS GOT COMPLETELY OMITTED THAT THESE PEOPLE THEY RETIRED. THEY HAVE TO LIVE BUT NOT AT THAT COST WHEN EVERYTHING GOES UP AND INCLUDING TAXES THAT WE HAVE BEEN PAYING OVER SO MANY YEARS. BUT THE RETIREMENT PENSION PLAN JUST IS PROBABLY FROM, LIKE, 70. SO HOW THAT WAS NEVER MENTIONED IN ANY OF THE PLATFORMS OR ANY ISSUES. AND I WAS WONDERING IF THAT WOULD EVER BE ADDRESSED. >>Mark: SO I’M NOT SURE WHAT YOU’RE SPECIFICALLY REFERRING TO. BILL, DO YOU HAVE AN ANSWER HERE? [ Please Stand By ] THAT YOU HAVE TO WAIT TO THE AGE OF 75 TO BE ABLE TO COLLECT SOME SUPPORT.>>Mark: OKAY, MONICA, THANK YOU FOR YOUR CALL. LET’S GO TO BOB IN CHILLIWACK, BRITISH COLUMBIA. HELLO, BOB.>>HELLO. HOW ARE YOU GUYS?>>Mark: GOOD, THANK YOU.>>WELL, I HAVE TO TELL YOU, I DID DO THE ADVANCE POLL THIS MORNING AND WHAT KIND OF FINISHED IT FOR ME — I HAVE TO TELL YOU, I AVOIDED THE TWO MAIN PARTIES BECAUSE THEY BOTH AGREED THAT THEY WERE GOING TO APPEAL THE DECISION THAT CINDY BLACKSTOCK MANAGED TO PULL OUT OF THE COURTS AND THAT DID IT FOR ME SO I SORT OF DID A BIT OF A PROTEST VOTE AND OF COURSE I’M IN A SAFE RIDING, IT WON’T HAVE MUCH OF AN IMPACT. BUT THOSE ARE THE LITTLE THINGS THAT SORT OF BUG ME IN THE BIGGER PICTURE, LIKE A PREVIOUS CALLER, LIKE THE LADY THAT JUST PHONED YOU, THE TAXATION IS AT THE WRONG LEVEL. IT’S AT THE WORKING CLASS LEVEL. THE CALLER BEFORE, A COUPLE OF CALLERS AGO SAID THE SAME THING, MY HUSBAND IS DRIVING A TRUCK AND YOU’RE PULLING $800 PER PAY PERIOD OUT OF US. AND YET, CORPORATE WEALTH IN THIS COUNTRY IS STAGGERING, DESPITE THE SHAPE OF THE REST OF THE ECONOMY. I HATE TO SAY IT BUT WHEN THE MACROECONOMY LOOKS GOOD, IT SEEMS EVERYBODY THAT GET THEIR FINGERNAILS SEEMS TO DO A LITTLE BIT WORSE. LIKE A SPIKE IN HOMELESSNESS AND CHANGES IN THE MARKET AS FAR AS SHELTER COSTS ARE CONCERNED, VERSUS WHAT’S AVAILABLE. WE STILL NEED THOSE — IT’S HIKE WE NEVER SEEM TO QUITE GET IT RIGHT, IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN. BUT ANYWAY, I SORT OF DID A PROTEST VOTE AND GOT IT OVER WITH. AND THAT WAS THE REASON — I CAN IMAGINE CINDY BLACKSTOCK AND PAM POMETT ARE THE TWO OF THEM, AFTER THEY GOT THE NEWS OF THAT COURT RULING APPEAL, YOU KNOW, THEY JUST MUST HAVE BEEN SHAKING THEIR HEAD AND SAYING, WILL THESE GUYS EVER, EVER GET IT RIGHT? IT SEEMS EVERY TIME THEY GET AN INCH GAIN ON SOME KIND OF A REPAIR AND REPAIR WHAT IT IS, BECAUSE WE ARE THE BENEFICIARIES OF ALL THE DISPLACEMENT AND ALL OF THE THINGS WE DID TO DESTROY THESE PEOPLE, SO WE ARE RESPONSIBLE, BECAUSE WE ARE BENEFITING, YOU KNOW, THEY JUST MUST SHAKE THEIR HEAD AND SAY WONDER WHEN WILL THESE GUYS EVER GO. SO VETERANS WEREN’T TOP OF MIND, FIRST PEOPLES AGAIN SORT OF GOT SWEPT ASIDE IN THE MIX OF THINGS. AND YOU KNOW — SO IT WAS KIND OF A — I DID A DISCOURAGE VOTE, IF YOU WILL. SO SORRY ABOUT THAT BEING NEGATIVE, BUT IT’S — AND HAPPY THANKSGIVING, ANYWAY, BUT I JUST — IT’S JUST I DIDN’T FEEL VE GOOD AND I WAS UNDECIDED WHICH WAY TO PICK UNTIL I WENT IN THERE. BUT THAT REASON WAS ENOUGH FOR ME TO AVOID THE TWO MAIN LINE PARTIES.>>Mark: OKAY.>>A LAST DECISION, YEAH.>>Mark: THANKS FOR YOUR CALL. NICHOLAS IS IN EDMONTON. HELLO, NICHOLAS.>>HELLO THERE.>>Mark: HI, GO AHEAD.>>YEAH, I THINK THAT THE CONSERVATIVES ARE GAINING A LOT OF MOMENTUM, AND SO FROM THAT PERSPECTIVE, THERE IS ONE AREA THAT HASN’T SEEN ENOUGH INVESTMENT, AND THAT IS IN BANANA CREAM PIES TO HIT THOSE CONSERVATIVES IN THE FACE WHEN THEY COME TO VISIT ALBERTA.>>Mark: OKAY. THANK YOU FOR YOUR CALL. WE HAVE SOME COMMENTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA. LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF WHAT — SOME OF THE COMMENTS FROM PEOPLE WHO ARE SHARING THEIR VIEWS WITH THE #cpacvote2019dpliewfd. 2019. WE’RE ASKING YOU WHAT SHOULD BE IN THE PLATFORM. PEOPLE NEED MEDICINE, DENTAL CARE. IKE NOT GOING TO CONTINUE THEM EITHER BECAUSE SOME ALMOST CONSERVATIVE THINKS THERE’S NO MONEY TO PAY FOR IT UNTIL THEY SEE SOME BALANCE SHEET, HASH TAG PRIORITIES. PATRICK WRITES WELL OVER 100,000 VOTES WERE CAST BY STUDENTS ACROSS CANADA IN POLLS THAT CLOSED YESTERDAY. ALL OF THEM WITHOUT THE BENEFIT OF HAVING SEEN FULLY COSTED PLATFORMS FROM ALL FEDERAL PARTIES. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THAT? AND THIS PERSON WRITES, DISAPPOINTER COSTED PLATFORM ON THE SAME LATE DATE AS THE CONSERVATIVES. I KNOW THE STRATEGY, CAN’T BE QUESTIONED ON IT DURING THE DEBATE. BUT IN PAST THE NDP HAS USUALLY BEEN BETTER THAN THE CONSERVATIVES ON THIS. LET’S GO TO ROBERT IN CALGARY. HELLO, ROBERT.>>YES, THANK YOU FOR TAKING MY CALL. I’M REALLY DISAPPOINTED IN THIS ELECTION HERE, BECAUSE I AS AN ALBERTAN BELIEVE IN THE PIPELINE TO GO THROUGH. PLUS OUR M.P. IN CALGARY SHEPHERD THOMAS KERMICK DOES NOT LIKE US PEOPLE IN EAST SIDE CALGARY, OF OUR VIEWS BECAUSE WE STATE OUR VIEWS WITH THAT M.P. AND HE IS NOT FOR US. ALL WE WANT IS BETTER EDUCATION FOR OUR PEOPLE, EMPLOYMENT, BETTER PENSIONS FOR OUR SENIORS, AND WE NEED RESPECT, NOT DISRESPECT FROM EITHER THE CONSERVATIVES, THE LIBERALS, THE NDP AND THE GREEN PARTY. SO THE THING IS MY SUPPORT WILL GO TO THE PPC PARTY AND AS LONG AS I’M ALIVE IN THIS CITY OF CALGARY, IN ALBERTA, I’LL KEEP CHANGING MY VOTE FOR WHATEVER PARTY IS OUT THERE THAT I AGREE WITH. AS WHEN IT COMES TO PROVINCIAL I’LL SUPPORT THE ALBERTA PARTY. WHEN IT COMES TO PROVINCIAL POLITICS. AND WHEN IT COMES TO FEDERAL I’LL SUPPORT THE PPC, IF THEY DON’T DO ANY GOOD I’LL KEEP SWITCHING NIGH VOTE UNTIL I FIND A PARTY THAT RESONATES WITH THE PEOPLE LIKE MYSELF IN EAST CALGARY, AND I’M CALLING FROM DOVER AND FOREST LAWN. BUT I WANT –>>Mark: THANK YOU.>>– TO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR BRINGING ME ON THIS PROGRAM.>>Mark: THANK YOU FOR YOUR CALL. CAROLYN IN BRANDON, MANITOBA. HELLO, CAROLYN.>>HI.>>Mark: HI, GO AHEAD.>>WELL, I’M A LITTLE CONCERNED ABOUT HOW TRUDEAU HAS SEPARATED THE WHOLE COUNTRY. WE’VE GOT THE WEST THAT NOBODY REALLY CARES ABOUT, BECAUSE IT’S NOT JUST ALBERTA, IT’S MANITOBA, SASKATCHEWAN AND NORTHERN B.C. AND THEN YOU’VE GOT THE QUEBEC SEPARATISTS RISING. LIKE, WHAT HAS HE DONE? HE’S HURT CANADA. HE’S EMBARRASSED US ON THE GLOBAL STAGE, LIKE, I DON’T GET IT. I DON’T GET WHY MAINSTREAM MEDIA KEEPS KNOCKING CONSERVATIVES DOWN. AND THAT’S — I’M DISGUSTED. IT’S TURNING ME RIGHT OFF.>>Mark: OKAY, CAROLYN, THANK YOU.>>I’M SORRY.>>Mark: THANK YOU FOR YOUR CALL. VINCENT IN TORONTO, HELLO, VINCENT.>>HI, HOW ARE YOU?>>Mark: FINE, THANK YOU.>>GOOD. YEAH, I JUST WANTED TO SORT OF MAKE A NOTE TO THE PEOPLE — TO THE VOTERS OF THIS NATION, TO MAYBE THINK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE BROADER STROKES. LIKE WHAT — AND CONCENTRATE A LITTLE BIT MORE ON WHAT’S GOOD FOR THE COUNTRY, NOT — NOT SO MUCH ABOUT, LIKE, WHAT THE LEADER IS GOING TO DO FOR ME KIND OF THING. SO — BECAUSE I JUST THINK THAT FEDERAL POLITICS ARE ABOUT BIGGER ISSUES AND NOT ABOUT, LIKE, IDENTIFYING — AND I THINK THIS IS PART OF WHAT THE PROBLEM HAS BEEN WITH THE TRUDEAU GOVERNMENT, IS THAT THEY’RE TRYING TO INDIVIDUALIZE AND COMPARTMENTALIZE PEOPLE INTO GROUPS AND WHATNOT. SO I THINK JUST THIS BROADER STROKE THINKING JUST MIGHT BE A LITTLE MORE BENEFICIAL TO — YOU KNOW, JUST TO — YOU KNOW, LIKE JUST MAKE A BETTER DECISION I GUESS IS WHAT I’M TRYING TO GET TO, YEAH. AND THEN I GUESS JUST THE LAST PART WOULD BE ASKING YOUR PANEL THERE WITH WHAT THEY FEEL ABOUT HOW THE MEDIA IS REPRESENTING ALL PARTIES. DO YOU THINK IT’S EVEN BALANCED OR DID THEY THINK THAT THERE’S A BIAS IN THE MEDIA?>>Mark: SO YOU WANT PEOPLE FROM THE MEDIA TO COMMENT ON WHETHER THERE IS A BIAS IN THE MEDIA?>>THE PANEL THAT YOU HAVE WITH YOU THERE.>>Mark: YEAH, WELL, I CAN GUESS WHAT THEIR ANSWERS ARE GOING TO BE. AND YOU KNOW, IF YOU HAVE A COMMENT ON THAT I WELCOME IT, ALTHOUGH, YOU KNOW, I WANT THE FOCUS OF “HAVE YOUR SAY” TO BE ON THE ELECTION CAMPAIGN AND ON THE PARTIES THAT — YOU KNOW, THIS IS A WIDE OPEN FORUM WHERE PEOPLE CAN SAY WHATEVER THEY WANT AND I WANT — THAT SHOULD BE THE UNFILTERED CONVERSATION THAT WE’RE HAVING ABOUT THE ELECTION, NOT ABOUT THE MEDIA’S PERFORMANCE DURING THE ELECTION CAMPAIGN.>>RIGHT, I THINK — WELL, IT’S IN TERMS OF JUST THE PEOPLE’S PARTY BEING SO UNDER-REPRESENTED IN THE MEDIA. I THINK IT’S A BIT OF A PROBLEM. CONSIDERING –>>Mark: I GUESS THE CHALLENGE IS WHERE DO YOU DRAW THE LINE BETWEEN WHAT PARTIES GET COVERAGE AND WHAT PARTIES DON’T? THERE ARE 16 PARTIES THAT ARE REGISTERED WITH ELECTIONS CANADA, AND –>>RIGHT.>>Mark: AND YOU KNOW, THE PEOPLE’S PARTY HAS NEVER ELECTED A MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT BEFORE, SO THAT PUTS THEM IN THE SAME CATEGORY AS THE MARIJUANA PARTY, THE MARXIST LENNONIST PARTY, THE COMMUNIST PARTY, THE LIBERTARIAN PARTY, THE RHINOCEROS PARTY AND SO ON. SO I’M NOT DISPARAGING THEM, BUT I’M JUST SAYING, YOU KNOW, DECISIONS HAVE TO BE MADE ABOUT WHERE YOU’RE GOING TO DEPLOY YOUR RESOURCES AND WHAT’S OF MOST INTEREST TO CANADIANS, RIGHT?>>RIGHT, RIGHT, RIGHT, YEAH, YEAH.>>Mark: OKAY, THANK YOU.>>FAIR ENOUGH.>>Mark: THANK YOU FOR YOUR CALL. LET’S TAKE ANOTHER LOOK AT WHAT’S HAPPENING IN BRITISH COLUMBIA, WHERE WE ARE EXPECTING WITHIN MINUTES ANDREW SCHEER WILL BEGIN SPEAKING, THE CONSERVATIVE LEADER IS ABOUT TO TAKE THE LECTURN THERE. YOU CAN SEE THAT THERE ARE SUPPORTERS GATHERED. THE HUMAN BACKDROP IS BEING ASSEMBLED NOW AND BEING PUT IN PLACE, AS HAS BECOME THE CUSTOM IN — AT POLITICAL EVENTS NOW. THAT IS NOT ANDREW SCHEER, OF COURSE. THAT IS SOMEBODY WHO IS GETTING THINGS SET UP SO THAT SCHEER CAN TAKE THE MICROPHONE. WHILE WE’RE WAITING FOR THAT, LET’S GO TO PAUL IN SASKATOON. HELLO, PAUL.>>HELLO.>>Mark: HI.>>I WOULD LIKE TO BASICALLY REGISTER MY DISAPPOINTMENT WITH VERY LITTLE DISCUSSION ON WHERE ACTUALLY WEALTH IS GENERATED OR HOW WEALTH IS GENERATED IN CANADA. THERE’S BEEN A LOT OF TALK ABOUT THE BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF PROPOSED SPENDING TO RAISE — TO SPEND ON SOCIAL PROGRAMS, ET CETERA, BY CERTAINLY THE LEFT-WING PARTIES, WITHOUT ANY RECOGNITION OR EVEN ANY UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT ACTUALLY DRIVES WEALTH GENERATION, IE, INCLUDING LARGE CORPORATIONS, SMALL BUSINESSES. THIS IS WHERE WEALTH IS GENERATED, WHERE MONEY IS MADE, AND THERE SEEM TO BE NO RECOGNITION OR UNDERSTANDING OF THAT.>>Mark: OKAY. THAT’S A FAIR POINT. I MEAN, I THINK THAT NEEDS TO BE PART OF THE DISCUSSION. PAUL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR CALL. WE HAVE A COUPLE OF eMAILS AS WELL. LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING AT “HAVE YOUR SAY @cpac.ca. NATHALIE WRITES… WHAT ABOUT MILLIONS OF ANGLOPHONE QUEBECERS THAT HAVE NO REPRESENTATION? WILL THE BLOC REPRESENT US TOO? THE GREENS AND NDP ARE ALSO RUNNING OPENLY SEPARATIST CANDIDATES. … AND GARY WRITES… WE APPRECIATE YOUR eMAILS. AGAIN YOU CAN eMAIL US AT HAVEYOURSAY @cpac.ca. LET’S GO TO ERIC IN MONTREAL. HELLO, ERIC.>>HI, THANKS FOR HAVING ME. I WANT TO TELL PEOPLE IN THE WEST, WE SUPPORT THEM IN THE PIPELINES, NOT LIKE THE MEDIA IS SAYING IN SOME WAYS. AND WE REALLY WANT TO GET BACK ON TRACK — AND I NOTICE IN YOUR PANELS, BECAUSE I WATCHED IT THE ENGLISH AND FRENCH PANELS, EVEN THE ORGANIZED DEBATES, WHY ALWAYS THEY HAVE TO DO WITH THE BLOC QUEBECOIS IS REPRESENTING QUEBE- LET’S PUT IT THIS WAY, QUEBEC IS FILLED WITH INTELLIGENT PEOPLE BUT IT’S NOT ALWAYS PRESENTED. IT’S ONE THING TO SAY QUEBEC ON THE FRENCH SIDE AND ONE THING TO SAY ENGLISH SPEAKING CANADA SO LIKE IN TERMS OF THAT I THINK LIKE THE DISCUSSION IS LIKE IF YOU REALLY WANT TO BE FAIR BEING IT’S LIKE WHY NOT BRING LIKE THE REAL PEOPLE, LIKE DIFFERENT DISTRICTS AND NOT LIKE JUST CALLING — ABOUT HAVE TO DO LIKE THE MEDIA OR [INDISCERNIBLE] BETWEEN THE LEADERS IN THE QUEBEC, LIKE THE BLOC QUEBECOIS OR THE CONSERVATIVES OR THE LEADER — I DON’T GET IT. WHY PEOPLE IN CANADA TRYING TO SAY OKAY THE NDP WILL SOLVE ALL THEIR PROBLEMS. YOU KNOW THE COMMUNIST PARTY — [INDISCERNIBLE]>>Mark: ERIC, THANK YOU. CLAUDETTE IN KITCHENER, ONTARIO.>>GOOD AFTERNOON, FOLKS AND HAPPY THANKSGIVING.>>Mark: SAME TO YOU.>>I’M JUST GOING TO RUN THROUGH MY SHORT LIST VERY QUICKLY AND I’LL JUST THEN LEAVE IT WITH YOU. OKAY, I AM A CONSERVATIVE AND THIS IS WHAT I HAVE FOUND UNDER TRUDEAU… 60 BILLION OVERSEAS, ALONG WITH MILLIONS TO THE U.N FOR HIS POPULARITY. YES, HE TREATS OUR MILITARY AND FIRST NATIONS HORRIBLY. ENVIRONMENT, HE FLIES TWO THINGS. INTERNATIONAL EMBARRASSMENT, WHICH HAS CAUSED AN ENORMOUS LOSS OF TRADE, HIS PAST SCANDALS AS THE TEACHER AND HIS BLACKFACE SCANDAL, HE’S A LIAR, HE’S IMMATURE, HE’S THE WORST PRIME MINISTER EVER IN OUR HISTORY. AND THE OTHER THING I JUST CANNOT GET OVER… HOW CAN YOU PAY YOUR BILLS IF YOU’RE CAUSING HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS TO BE EMPLOYED? NOW, Mr. SCHEER, THE LAST THING I HAVE TO TELL YOU, YOU DAMN WELL BETTER KEEP YOUR PROMISES, BECAUSE I’VE HAD IT. THANK YOU.>>Mark: THANK YOU FOR YOUR CALL. ALL RIGHT, LET’S TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE DEBATE LAST NIGHT, WHILE WE’RE WAITING FOR ANDREW SCHEER TO BEGIN SPEAKING IN BRITISH COLUMBIA. DO YOU THINK ANYTHING CHANGED AS A RESULT OF THAT DEBATE, BILL?>>WELL I THINK ANYBODY WHO WATCHED IT WOULD COME AWAY FAR MORE INFORMED THAN THEY DID FROM THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE DEBATE. IT WAS MUCH BETTER IN TERMS OF FORMAT. THERE WAS A LOT LESS TALKING OVER, FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN’T SEEN IT, THEY WERE BROKEN OFF INTO GROUPS OF THREE SO THERE WEREN’T SIX AT A TIME, ONLY IN RARE CIRCUMSTANCES I THINK THERE WAS SIX AT A TIME. SO LESS TALKING OVER. AND SO I THINK ALL SIX OF THEM HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE PEOPLE A REASONABLE SENSE OF WHERE THEY STOOD. SO YOU KNOW, I DON’T THINK THERE WAS ANY DRAMATIC KNOCK-OUTS OR HEATED EXCHANGES, BUT IT WAS ACTUALLY A DECENT DISPLAY OF WHERE ALL THE PARTIES STAND AND WHAT THE PEOPLE ARE LIKE.>>YEAH.>>THEY BROUGHT OUT SOME OF THE JOURNALIST TOSS GIVE SOME RAPID FIRE QUESTIONS TO EACH OF THE CANDIDATES, WHICH I THINK AS BILL SAID, I’M NOT SURE WE GOT ANYTHING REALLY SPECIFIC OUT OF THAT, BUT IT REALLY PUT EACH OF THEM ON THE SPOT, TO ANSWER FOR SOME THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN UP IN THE AIR AND IN A QUICK AND EFFICIENT MANNER. SO YOU KNOW, I THINK IT WAS A REALLY EFFECTIVE DEBATE. THEY ALSO — THAT SPOTLIGHT THAT THEY HAD, THEY BROUGHT IN A COUPLE OF TIMES –>>Mark: THERE WAS SOMETHING GAME SHOW-ISH ABOUT THAT BUT — BUT IT WORKED, YEAH.>>AND THERE WAS ONE POINT WHEN Mr. TRUDEAU WAS NOT PART OF THE GROUP DEBATING BUT HE WAS ATTACKED ON A PARTICULAR THING AND THEY PUT THE SPOTLIGHT BACK ON HIM, BROUGHT HIM BACK IN TO ANSWER, TURNED IT BACK OFF AGAIN AND — YOU KNOW, IT KEPT THEM IN LINE.>>Mark: SO THERE WILL BE SOME DISCUSSION AT THE RIGHT TIME, OBVIOUSLY, BILL, ABOUT THE FORMAT OF THESE DEBATES AND WHAT THE TAKEAWAYS ARE AND WHAT WE NEED TO DO DIFFERENTLY NEXT TIME, I’M SURE?>>WELL, WE’RE HEARING THAT FROM THE CALLERS TOO, SOME FRUSTRATION FROM ENGLISH CANADA, PARTICULARLY ABOUT THE PRESENCE OF THE BLOC QUEBECOIS. I THINK QUESTIONS SHOULD BE ASKED, YOU KNOW, YOU SET THE THRESHOLD AT RUNNING MORE THAN ONE PROVINCE AND THEN THERE’S NO BLOC QUEBECOIS M.P. ON THE ENGLISH DEBATE. I THINK THERE’S A LOT OF FRUSTRATION WITH THE SIX PEOPLE IN THE DIMINISH DEBATE, BUT THEN WE DID SEE IN THE FRENCH DEBATE IT WASN’T NECESSARILY THE NUMBER 6 THAT WAS THE PROBLEM, IT WAS — YOU CAN STILL HAVE SIX PEOPLE AND HAVE A DECENT DEBATE AND YOU’RE SEEING THAT IN THE LAST TOUR, THE AMERICANS WILL HAVE DEBATES WITH TWELVE PEOPLE ON THE STAGE AND IT CAN BE MANAGED WITH A LOT OF PEOPLE BUT — YOU KNOW, IT’S BEEN AN ISSUE THE LAST FEW ELECTIONS WITH THE GREEN PARTY IN PARTICULAR, WHAT’S THE THRESHOLD FOR. SOMETIMES ELIZABETH MAY IS IN, SOMETIMES SHE’S NOT. IT’S SO ARBITRARY, HOW DO YOU DEFINE THESE THINGS. IT WAS INTERESTING, THE RULES WITH MAXIME BERNIER, THAT COMES UP A LOT WITH YOUR CALLS, THEY HAD THIS CRITERIA I THINK YOU HAD TO MEET TWO OUT OF THREE THRESH HOLDS AND ONE WAS PROVING THAT YOU’RE COMPETITIVE IN FIVE RIDINGS SO YOU ACTUALLY HAD TO COMMISSION RUN BY OUR FORMER GOVERN OTHER GENERAL FRANK GRAVES AND — TO DO POLLING IN NIPISSING AND FIVE SPECIFIC RIDINGS TO MAKE THE CASE THAT THEY’RE COMPETITIVE SO IT WAS –>>Mark: YEAH, AND I WONDER IF POTENTIAL SOLUTION IS TO HAVE NATIONAL DEBATES AND THEN HAVE REGIONAL DEBATES TOO, RIGHT. SO YOU COULD HAVE A DEBATE THAT’S JUST ABOUT QUEBEC ISSUES AND YOU INVITE THE BLOC TO THAT ONE, BUT DOES IT MAKE SENSE TO HAVE THE BLOC AT A DEBATE WHERE IT’S IN ENGLISH AND IT’S FOR THE WHOLE COUNTRY, RIGHT?>>RIGHT, AND I THINK YOU CAN DEFINITELY MAKE AN ARGUMENT THAT THERE ARE OTHER REGIONS OF CANADA THAT DESERVE THAT KIND OF FOCUS, THAT QUEBEC ENDED UP GETTING BY HAVING TWO FRENCH LANGUAGE DEBATES THAT NATURALLY INCLUDED SOME VERY SPECIFIC QUESTIONS.>>Mark: AND PRESUMABLY THE PARTIES COULD CHOOSE FOR THEMSELVES WHO REPRESENTS THEM AT SOME OF THESE DEBATES, IF YOU DECIDE YOU AS THE LEADER WANT TO GO TO THE QUEBEC DEBATE OR YOU WANT TO GO TO THE ALBERTA DEBATE, GREAT. IF YOU’VE GOT A CANDIDATE IN ALBERTA THAT YOU WANT TO CARRY THE BATON FOR THAT DEBATE YOU COULD DO THAT. SO I THINK THERE ARE LOTS OF OPTIONS. BUT IT DOES FEEL AS THOUGH THIS TIME AROUND, THE DEBATES WERE A LOT MORE SIMILAR TO WHAT WE’VE HAD IN THE PAST THAN PEOPLE EXPECTED WHEN THIS DEBATE COMMISSION WAS STRUCK.>>I THINK THE IDEA TOO WOULD BE TO LOCK EVERYBODY IN EARLY ON, THE FIRST YEAR AFTER AN ELECTION, BECAUSE WHAT HAPPENS IS YOU GET SIX MONTHS OUT FROM A CAMPAIGN AND WHOEVER THINKS THAT THERE’S AN ADVANTAGE TO BEING IN MORE DEBATES OR LESS DEBATES, THEY START GAMING THE SYSTEM –>>Mark: YEAH, IT’S HARD FOR THE PARTIES NOT TO MAKE DECISIONS BASED ON THEIR OWN ELECTORAL SELF-INTEREST WHEN IT’S SO CLOSE TO THE ELECTION, RIGHT, ABSOLUTELY. ALL RIGHT, ROBERT IN ROCK RIDGE, MANITOBA. HELLO, ROBERT. ROBERT, GO AHEAD. THAT’S LINE 1, ROBERT IN ROCK RIDGE, MANITOBA. HELLO?>>HELLO?>>Mark: HI, GO AHEAD.>>JUST WANT TO COMMENT ABOUT THE — WHICH LEADER IS BETTER OR WHAT, WHATEVER. BUT MY CALL IS — MY CALL — THE REASON WHY I’M CALLING, I’M ASKING ALL THE FIRST NATIONS TO VOTE, THIS TIME TO VOTE, WHICH PARTY TO GO TO. SO MY POINT IS Mr. TRUDEAU HAS BEEN GOOD TO US, ALL THE FIRST NATIONS, EVEN — THEY BUILD WATER AND NEW HOUSING AND THEY’RE GIVING HOUSING AND THEY REALLY WANT A PERSON TO WORK, TO RECOGNIZE US TOO AS FIRST NATIONS, THAT WE ARE THE FIRST NATIONS OF THIS WORLD, MIGHT AS WELL SAY. SO MY POINT IS I ASK ALL THE FIRST NATIONS TO VOTE, TO VOTE WHICH PARTY YOU SATISFY DERBY NEVER PHONE — BUT I MAKE UP MY MIND LAST NIGHT AFTER THE DEBATE THEY HAVE, Mr. TRUDEAU HAS BEEN GOOD ON THAT DEBATE SO — MY POINT IS WE’RE GOING TO SUPPORT HIM. THERE’S A PC RIDING HERE IN ROCK RIDGE, M.P. FROM DAUPHIN, WE NEVER SEE HIM AROUND HERE ALL THESE YEARS. HE’S BEEN THERE TWO TERMS ALREADY BUT WE NEVER SEE HIM TO COME AROUND TO COMMUNITIES LIKE THAT.>>Mark: I’M GOING TO JUMP IN BECAUSE ANDREW SCHEER — THANK YOU FOR YOUR CALL. ANDREW SCHEER, THE CONSERVATIVE LEADER IS NOW GOING TO SPEAK IN TSAWWASSEN, BRITISH COLUMBIA. LET’S GO THERE LIVE.>>WELL, GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING ME HERE TODAY, AS I UNVEIL OUR PLATFORM — MY PLAN TO HELP YOU GET AHEAD. AND UNLIKE JUSTIN TRUDEAU’S SO-CALLED PLAN, THIS HAS BEEN FULLY COSTED BY THE PARLIAMENTARY BUDGET OFFICER, THIS IS A FULLY COSTED PLATFORM WITH ALL THE NUMBERS. (Applause) NOW, THROUGHOUT THIS CAMPAIGN AND THROUGHOUT MY TRAVELS, I’VE BEEN CONSTANTLY REMINDED THAT CANADIANS ARE TRULY THE MOST FORTUNATE PEOPLE IN THE WORLD. WE ARE THE KEEPERS OF A PROUD HISTORY. WE HAVE FOUGHT AND HELPED TO DEFEAT FORCES OF TYRANNY AND HELPED TO BRING PEACE AROUND THE WORLD. WE ARE THE PROTECTORS OF A RICH DEMOCRACY, ONE ROOTED IN A COMMITMENT TO PLURALISM, PERSONAL FREEDOM AND INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY. WE ARE THE STEWARDS OF BREATHTAKING NATURAL BEAUTY, FROM RIGHT HERE ON THE PACIFIC TO THE ARCTIC AND TO THE ATLANTIC. I BELIEVE CANADA’S POTENTIAL IS AS VAST AS THE DISTANCE BETWEEN OUR SHORES AND I BELIEVE OUR BEST DAYS YET ARE STILL AHEAD. BUT WE HAVE TO CHANGE COURSE NOW. FOUR YEARS AGO, JUSTIN TRUDEAU CAME TO OFFICE ON A PROMISE OF SUNNY WAYS AND POSITIVE POLITICS. HE SPOKE OF HIS HOPEFUL VISION FOR THE FUTURE, BUT IT DIDN’T TAKE LONG FOR HIS PROFESSED OPTIMISM TO GIVE WAY TO OUT RIGHT CYNICISM. FOR HIS COMMITMENT TO UNITY TO DISSOLVE INTO DIVISIVENESS. THE LAST FOUR YEARS HAVE CLEARLY DEMONSTRATED THAT JUSTIN TRUDEAU IS NOT AS ADVERTISED. HE SAID HE WOULD BE ACCOUNTABLE AND ETHICAL, INSTEAD HE HAS USED THE POWER OF HIS OFFICE TO REWARD HIS SUPPORTERS AND PUNISH HIS CRITICS. HE SAID HE WOULD HELP THE MIDDLE CLASS, INSTEAD HE RAISED TAXES ON 80% OF MIDDLE CLASS CANADIANS AND IMPOSED A CARBON TAX THAT’S MAKING EVERYDAY LIFE MORE EXPENSIVE. HE SAID HE WILL BALANCE THE BUDGET. INSTEAD HE’S RUNNING MASSIVE DEFICITS THAT THREATEN HIGHER TAXES AND IMPORTANT SOCIAL PROGRAMS LIKE HEALTH CARE. UNDER JUSTIN TRUDEAU, CANADIANS ARE WORKING HARDER AND HARDER BUT THEY’RE JUST NOT GETTING AHEAD. AND I HEAR IT EVERYWHERE I GO. EVERYTHING IS GETTING MORE AND MORE EXPENSIVE, THERE’S LESS AND LESS MONEY LEFT AT THE END OF THE MONTH. YOUR GOALS ARE GETTING FURTHER OUT OF REACH AND YOU’RE FALLING FURTHER AND FURTHER BEHIND. BUT I’M HERE TODAY TO SAY THAT BETTER DAYS ARE COMING AND THAT ON OCTOBER 21ST YOU’LL HAVE THE CHANCE TO END JUSTIN TRUDEAU’S COVER-UPS, DEFICITS AND TAX HIKES AND ELECT A CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT THAT WILL FINALLY HELP YOU GET AHEAD. (Applause) THROUGHOUT THE CAMPAIGN, I HAVE ANNOUNCED SEVERAL NEW WAYS MY GOVERNMENT WILL LOWER TAXES AND PUT MORE MONEY IN THE POCKETS OF CANADIANS, AND TODAY I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT WHAT THAT WILL MEAN FOR THREE DIFFERENT FAMILIES, MANY CANADIANS WILL BE ABLE TO RELATE TO. CONSIDER THE EXAMPLE OF A RETIRED COUPLE LIVING RIGHT HERE IN TSAWWASSEN. UNDER OUR CONSERVATIVE PLAN, THEY WILL GET $2580 BACK IN THEIR POCKET EVERY YEAR TO HELP THEM GET AHEAD.>>(Voice of Translator): OR THE EXAMPLE OF A FAMILY OF FOUR IN MONTREAL, AT THE END OF THE YEAR A NEW CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT WILL HAVE PUT 4, $642 IN THEIR POCKETS.>>OR THE EXAMPLE OF A FAMILY OF FOUR SOON TO BE FIVE IN MONTREAL, A NEW CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT WILL PUT $4,642 BACK INTO THEIR POCKETS. AND ONE FINAL EXAMPLE… A FAMILY OF FOUR IN MARKHAM. EACH YEAR, THIS FAMILY WILL HAVE $3,264 MORE TO PUT TOWARDS ITS FUTURE. WE’RE THE ONLY PARTY WITH A PLAN FOCUSED ON YOU AND ON YOUR NEEDS. WE’RE GOING TO START BY SCRAPPING THE TRUDEAU CARBON TAX THAT IS MAKING EVERYDAY ESSENTIALS MORE EXPENSIVE FOR CANADIAN FAMILIES. IF JUSTIN TRUDEAU IS RE-ELECTED, GASOLINE IS GOING TO GO UP 31 CENTS A LITRE, WHILE THE AVERAGE COST OF NATURAL GAS FOR CANADIAN HOUSEHOLDS IS GOING TO INCREASE BY $469. A NEW CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT WILL ALSO INTRODUCE THE UNIVERSAL TAX CUT, SAVING A COUPLE EARNING AVERAGE SALARIES $850. WE WILL TAKE THE GST OFF OF HOME HEATING COSTS, SAVING YOUR FAMILY OVER $100 A YEAR. WE WILL INTRODUCE THE GREEN PUBLIC TRANSIT TAX CREDIT, SAVING A FAMILY OF FOUR WHO TAKE TRANSIT UP TO A THOUSAND DOLLARS. WE’LL MAKE MATERNITY BENEFITS TAX-FREE, PUTTING UP TO $4,215 BACK IN THE POCKETS OF NEW PARENTS. WE’LL INTRODUCE THE CHILDREN’S FITNESS TAX CREDIT, ALLOWING PARENTS TO CLAIM UP TO A THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR SPORTS ACTIVITIES. WE’LL ALSO INTRODUCE THE CHILDREN’S ARTS AND LEARNING TAX CREDIT, LETTING PARENTS CLAIM UP TO $500 FOR ARTS AND LEARNING PROGRAMS. WE’LL EXPAND THE AGE CREDIT, BENEFITING THE LOWEST INCOME CANADIANS THE MOST AND GIVING A SENIOR COUPLE UP TO $300 BACK. WE’LL BOOST GOVERNMENT MATCHING TO RESPs BY 50%, HELPING PARENTS GET MORE FOR THEIR KIDS’ EDUCATION. AND WE’LL INTRODUCE THE GREEN HOME RENOVATION TAX CREDIT, PUTTING UP TO $3,800 BACK IN THE POCKETS OF FAMILIES DOING THEIR BIT TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE BY MAKING THEIR HOMES MORE ENERGY-EFFICIENT.>>(Voice of Translator): JUSTIN TRUDEAU HAS SPENT HIS CAMPAIGN TELLING CANADIANS ABOUT EVERYTHING IS GOING WELL AND PERHAPS IT’S THE CASE IN HIS WORLD. I’M SURE THAT PEOPLE WHO HAVE NEVER HAD TO WORRY ABOUT MONEY ARE NOT REALLY WORRIED ABOUT THE PRICE OF GAS OR THEIR HYDRO BILLS OR THEIR MORTGAGE EVEN BUT I’M HERE FOR PEOPLE WHO NEED A BREAK. PEOPLE WHO NEED TO POINT OF VIEW FOR THEIR KIDS’ EDUCATION, WHO NEED TO PAY THEIR BILLS BUT THEY DO ALL THAT BUT ARE STILL NOT ABLE TO GET AHEAD. AND FOR THESE PEOPLE, THEIR DREAMS GET FURTHER AND FURTHER AWAY. THE PARENTS AROUND THE DINNER TABLE IN THE EVENING TALKING ABOUT HOW THEY’RE GOING TO MAKE ENDS MEET AT THE END OF THE MONTH. OUR CONSERVATIVE PLATFORM IS FULL OF CONCRETE MEASURES WHICH WILL HELP CANADIAN FAMILIES TO SAVE AND TO PLAN FOR THE FUTURE. AND UNHIKE JUSTIN TRUDEAU, WE KNOW HOW MUCH THESE MEASURES WILL COST AND WHERE THE MONEY IS GOING TO COME FROM. (End of Translation).>>JUSTIN TRUDEAU ON THE OTHER N TELLING CANADIANS HOW GREAT EVERYTHING IS GOING, AND PERHAPS IN HIS WORLD IT IS. I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT PEOPLE WHO HAVE NEVER HAD TO WORRY ABOUT MONEY AREN’T CONCERNED OVER THE HIGH PRICE OF GASOLINE OR THE UTILITY BILL OR THEIR MORTGAGE RITE. BUT I’M HERE FOR THE PEOPLE WHO JUST NEED A BREAK THE PEOPLE WHO ARE DOING EVERYTHING RIGHT, GOING TO UNIVERSITY, WORKING HARD, PAYING THEIR BILLS ON TIME BUT WHO STILL CAN’T SEEM TO GET AHEAD IN WILL I BE, WHOSE HOPES AND DREAMS KEEP GETTING FURTHER AND FURTHER AWAY. THE PARENTS WHO SIT AROUND THE DINNER TABLE LIKE MINE OFTEN DID IN A TOWNHOUSE IN SOUTH OTTAWA STRESSING HOW THEY WILL MAKE IT TO THE END OF THE MONTH. OUR CONSERVATIVE PLATFORM IS FULL OF REAL CONCRETE MEASURES THAT WILL HELP CANADIAN FAMILIES SAVE AND PLAN FOR THE FUTURE. AND UNLIKE JUSTIN TRUDEAU, WE KNOW HOW MUCH IT WILL COST AND WHERE THE MONEY IS GOING TO COME FROM. OUR PLATFORM HAS BEEN VERIFIED BY Dr. JACK MINS, PRESIDENT FELLOW AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY WHO SAYS THIS FISCAL PLAN IS REASONABLY ESTIMATED, RESULTING IN A BUDGETARY BALANCE IN FIVE YEARS. (PLEASE STAND BY) TEST.>>A PEACE-LOVING COUNTRY THAT ALLOWS PEOPLE TO PRAY, THINK, AND SPEAK FREELY. A STRONGER COUNTRY, A MORE UNITED COUNTRY WHICH IS WORTHY OF THOSE WHO CAME BEFORE US AND ONE THAT OUR KIDS AND GRANDCHILDREN DESERVE. AS CANADIANS, WE NEED TO START THINKING BIG, AND WE HAVE TO DO IT TOGETHER. THE POTENTIAL OF OUR COUNTRY IS UNLIMITED. WE HAVE EVERYTHING WE NEED TO SUCCEED. WHAT WE NEED NOW IS A GOVERNMENT THAT IS ABLE TO ALLOW US TO DO THAT. WE DON’T WANT A GOVERNMENT THAT STOPS US DOING IT. [End of Translation]>>A NEW CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT WILL BRING OUR COUNTRY TOGETHER FROM COAST TO COAST IN PURSUIT OF SOMETHING BIGGER THAN OURSELVES. A PEACEFUL COUNTRY WHO ALLOWS PEOPLE TO WORSHIP, THINK, AND SPEAK FREELY. A STRONGER, MORE UNITED COUNTRY WORTHY OF THOSE WHO CAME BEFORE US AND THAT OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN DESERVE. AS CANADIANS, I WANT US TO START DREAMING BIG AGAIN. I WANT US TO START DREAMING TOGETHER. WE CAN BE A COUNTRY OF “YES” AGAIN. YES TO BIG IDEAS. YES TO BIG PROJECTS THAT CREATE PROSPERITY AND BRINGS OUR COUNTRY CLOSER TOGETHER. OUR COUNTRY’S POTENTIAL TRULY IS BOUNDLESS. WE HAVE EVERYTHING WE NEED TO SUCCEED. WHAT WE NEED IS A GOVERNMENT THAT EMPOWERS US, NOT DIMINISHES US. THIS ELECTION IS ABOUT THE FUTURE OF YOUR FAMILY AND THE FUTURE OF OUR COUNTRY. AND THE CHOICES BETWEEN A JUSTIN TRUDEAU-LED GOVERNMENT THAT DIVIDES CANADIANS WERE SHORT-TERM POLITICAL GAINS AND A NEW CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT THAT BRINGS CANADIANS TOGETHER. THE CHOICE BETWEEN A JUSTIN TRUDEAU-LED GOVERNMENT THAT FAVOURS ITS WELL-CONNECTED FRIENDS AND A NEW CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT THAT WORKS FOR ALL CANADIANS. THE CHOICE BETWEEN A JUSTIN TRUDEAU-LED GOVERNMENT THAT CUTS DEALS FOR THE MILLIONAIRES WHO RUN BILLION-DOLLAR COMPANIES AND GIVES MASSIVE EXEMPTIONS TO THE LARGEST EMITTERS AND A NEW CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT THAT E. THE CHOICE BETWEEN A JUSTIN TRUDEAU-LED GOVERNMENT THAT MAKES LIFE MORE EXPENSIVE AND A NEW CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT THAT WILL MAKE LIFE MORE AFFORDABLE.>>Voice of Translator: THIS IS A TIME TO TURN THE PAGE ON FOUR YEARS OF NEGATIVITY AND BROKEN PROMISES. AS CANADIANS, WE HAVE TO LOOK TOWARDS THE FUTURE WITH CONN AND OPTIMISM. IT’S HIGH TIME FOR A NEW CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT THAT IS GOING TO LIVE ACCORDING TO OUR MEANS AND PUT MORE MONEY IN YOUR POCKETS SO THAT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AND ALL OF CANADA WILL BE ABLE TO HAVE BETTER DAILY LIVES. [End of Translation]>>TIME TO TURN THE PAGE ON FOUR YEARS OF NEGATIVITY AND BROKEN PROMISES. AS CANADIANS, IT’S TIME FOR US TO LOOK TO THE FUTURE ONCE AGAIN WITH CONFIDENCE AND OPTIMISM. IT’S TIME FOR A NEW CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT THAT WILL LIVE WITHIN ITS MEANS, PUT MORE MONEY IN YOUR POCKETS SO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AND ULTIMATELY CANADA CAN GET AHEAD. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. HAPPY TO TAKE YOUR QUESTIONS. []>>HELLO, MR. SCHEER. MY NAME IS ANNIE BERGERON-OLIVER. I’M WITH CTV NATIONAL NEWS. ECONOMISTS ARE PREDICTING A — DO YOU BELIEVE THERE’S ENOUGH BUFFER BUILT IN, AND WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU DON’T BUILD A MAJORITY GOVERNMENT?>>YOU HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD. WE BELIEVE THAT IT’S MUCH BETTER TO HAVE CANADIANS’ DOLLARS GOING INTO BETTER SERVICES OR FREEING UP SPACE FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO CUT TAXES THAN PAYING INTEREST ON THE DEBT. ON THE LIBERAL PLAN, WE DON’T HAVE ANY FLEXIBILITY IF WE DO HEAD INTO A DIFFICULT SITUATION. OURS DOES.>>Voice of Translator: OUR PLAN IS THE PRUDENT PLAN, AND IT’S BETTER FOR TAXPAYERS’ MONEY TO BE USED TO PROVIDE BETTER SERVICES OR TO LOWER THEIR TAXES RATHER THAN TO PAY INTEREST ON THE DEBT. THIS IS A FISCALLY PRUDENT PLAN. WITH A LIBERAL PLAN THAT HAS NOT BEEN COSTED OUT, THERE IS NO FLEXIBILITY IF WE GO THROUGH ECONOMIC DOWNTURN IN THE FUTURE. [End of Translation]>>I WONDER IF YOU COULD GO INTO MORE DETAIL INTO WHAT IN WOULD INCLUDE AND WHAT TYPES OF NEW TREATMENTS WOULD BE AVAILABLE FOR PEOPLE WHO AUTISM. >>THIS IS ABOUT DEVELOPING THAT ACT STRATEGY AND BRINGING EXPERTS TOGETHER AS WELL AS THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR PROVINCIAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS. TO DEVELOP STRATEGIES FOR ENHANCED CARE, FOR BEST PRACTICES, AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE. THAT’S A WAY THE GOVERNMENT CAN PLAY A LEADERSHIP ROLE IN BRINGING ALL THOSE STAKEHOLDERS TOGETHER.>>Voice of Translator: RADIO CANADA. YOU’RE SAYING YOU’RE GOING TO IMPOSE 3% ON NETFLIX, BUT THERE’S NO SALES TAX. ONE OF THE ARGUMENTS IN THE PAST IS YOU NEED FISCAL (INAUDIBLE). NETFLIX WON’T BE CHARGING INTEREST, BUT CANADIANS AND THE CANADIAN PLATFORM WILL HAVE TO COLLECT THE GST.>>I SAID THAT IT’S TIME TWO REVIEW THE TAX SYSTEM. AN INCREASING AMOUNT OF FINANCIAL EXCHANGES OR FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS ARE ON DIGITAL PLATFORMS, AND THERE ARE INQUALITIES IN OUR ECONOMY RIGHT NOW. OUR GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO LOOK AT THIS ASPECT. BUT TODAY WE’RE TALKING ABOUT TAXING THE WEB GIANTS TO MAKE SURE THEY PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE IF THEY’RE MAKING BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN THE CANADIAN ECONOMY. THEY HAVE TO PAY THEIR SHARE. IF WE LOOK AT BALANCING THE BUDGET, YOU SAID EARLIER THAT YOU WANT TO TELL CANADIANS THERE’S A CHOICE BETWEEN DEFICITS AND FISCAL PRUDENCE. BALANCING THE BUDGET IN FIVE YEARS?>>YES. THIS IS A RESPONSIBLE PLAN. WE ARE GOING TO PROTECT PUBLIC SERVICES. WE’RE GOING TO INCREASE PUBLIC SEVERSES. AND I KNOW THE LIBERALS WILL TRY TO FEAR-MONGER. THEY’RE GOING TO TRY TO DO THAT. BUT WE’RE GOING TO MAINTAIN INVESTMENTS AND INCREASES FOR HEALTH CARE AND EDUCATION AND SOCIAL PROGRAMS. IT’S ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL TO HAVE A GOVERNMENT THAT REFUSES TO BORROW TAXPAYER MONEY AND BORROW FROM FUTURE TAXPAYERS AND PAY MORE AND MORE MONEY TO PAY THE INTEREST ON THE DEBT. WITH JUSTIN TRUDEAU, WE’RE NEVER GOING TO REACH BALANCED BUDGETS. WE’RE GOING TO BE BORROWING YEAR AFTER YEAR AFTER YEAR. AND THIS IS UNBELIEVABLE AND SPONIS NO FAMILY IN CANADA THAT THINKS THAT THIS IS A SUSTAINABLE WAY OF LIVING FOR THEIR FAMILY OR FOR THEIR BUSINESS. ONE MUST BE FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE. THIS IS A VERY CLEAR CHOICE. [End of Translation]>>IN THE PLATFORM, YOU TALK ABOUT RESTRICTING GRANT FUNDING TO UNIVERSITIES THAT DON’T COMMIT TO FREE SPEECH POLICIES.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR QUESTION. THERE ARE THREATS TO FREE SPEECH ALL OVER THE WORLD AND HERE AT HOME AS WELL. THAT’S WHY WE WILL HAVE A REGIME PUT IN PLACE THAT WILL GIVE GRANTS TO UNIVERSITIES THAT PROTECT FREE SPEECH ON CAMPUS. THIS WILL BE DONE IN CONJUNCTION WITH UNIVERSITY OFFICIALS. WE’LL CONTINUE THOSE AS GOVERNMENT TO MAKE SURE STUDENTS HAVE THE KNOWLEDGE AND THE CONFIDENCE THAT FREE SPEECH IS PROTECTED ON CAMPUS. >>KIND OF A FOLLOW UP. I KNOW A LOT OF CRITICISM LIKE POLICIES LIKE THE CHICAGO PRINCIPLES HAVE BEEN AROUND. FOR EXAMPLE, IN B.C. LGBTQ FOLKS ARE PROTECTED AGAINST HARASSMENT AND DISCRIMINATION ON CAMPUSES. WOULD BANNING AN ANTI-TRAN SPEAKER FROM CAMPUS, FOR EXAMPLE, PUT A UNIVERSITY AT RISK FOR FUNDING?>>THE GOAL OF THIS PROGRAM IS TO ENSURE THAT LEGITIMATE DEBATE CAN BE HELD. WE’VE SEEN PHENOMENON ALL OVER THE WORLD ARE PEOPLE ARE NOT ABLE TO SPEAK. WHERE EVENTS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED. NOT BECAUSE THEY VIOLATE ANY PARTICULAR CODE OF CONDUCT OR UNIVERSITY POLICY, BUT JUST SIMPLY BECAUSE PEOPLE PROTESTS AND THEN THERE ARE CONCERNS RAISED ABOUT SECURITY AND THINGS LIKE THAT. THE GOAL HERE IS TO PROTECT ROBUST DISCUSSION, ROBUST DEBATE, AND OF COURSE UNIVERSITIES HAVE THE RIGHT AND THE OBLIGATION TO ENSURE THAT STUDENTS CAN TAKE THEIR STUDIES WITH SECURITY AND WITHOUT FEAR OF HARASSMENT. BUT WE ALSO NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT, ESPECIALLY UNIVERSITY CAMPUSES WHICH WERE FOUNDED TO HAVE THOSE IDEAS CHALLENGED, THAT THAT CAN CONTINUE TO CANADA. >>Question: HI, MR. SCHEER. YOU HAVE ABOUT $49 BILLION IN TAX CUTS IN SPENDING OVER FIVE YEARS IN THIS PLAN, AND TO PAY FOR THAT AND GET RID OF THE DEFICITS, ABOUT 67 BILLION IN CUTS AND NEW RESERVE KNEW AND DELAYED INFRASTRUCTURE SPENDING. WHAT DO YOU SAY TO THE PEOPLE WHO LOOK AT THE DELAYS AND CUTS AND SAY YOU CAN’T DO THIS WITHOUT FLASHY PROGRAMINGS AND CUTTING JOBS?>>WE’VE SHOWN EXACTLY WHERE THE MONEY COMES FROM. WE’RE COMMITTED TO INCREASING THE TRANSFER PAYMENTS FOR HEALTH AND SOCIAL PROGRAMS. WE’VE SAID WHERE WE’RE GOING TO GET THE MONEY FROM. WE’RE GOING TO GET IT FROM CORPORATE WELFARE, FOREIGN AID, FROM COUNTRIES RELATIVELY WELL OFF THAT DON’T NEED CANADIAN TAXPAYERS’ DOLLARS. WE’RE ALSO GOING TO ELIMINATE THINGS LIKE MARCH MADNESS WHERE THEY SPEND MONEY IN THE DYING DAYS OF THE FISCAL YEAR. WE’RE GOING TO MAKE SURE GOVERNMENT REAL ESTATE IS ALLOCATED RESPONSIBILITY SO GOVERNMENT ISN’T WASTING MONEY WITH OFFICE SPACE ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. LIBERALS MEASURE SUCCESS IN GOVERNMENT BY HOW MUCH MONEY THEY SPEND. CONSERVATIVES MEASURE SUCCESS IN GOVERNMENT BY ACTUALLY GETTING RESULTS. AND IT’S ESSENTIAL THAT WE DO THIS BECAUSE THE CHOICE IS CLEAR. IF WE DO NOT GET BACK TO A RESPONSIBLE PLAN FOR TREATING CANADIAN TAXPAYERS’ DOLLARS WISELY, WE WILL SEE THOSE MASSIVE DEFICITS THREATEN SOCIAL PROGRAMS AND LEAD TO MASSIVE TAX HIKES. THIS IS THE TIME WE CAN GET BACK ON TRACK AND AVOID THE KATHLEEN WYNNE DISASTROUS SITUATION THAT ONTARIANS KNOW ALL TOO WELL. >>Voice of Translator: WE’RE GOING TO CUT 25% IN FOREIGN AID, AND WE’RE GOING TO ELIMINATE MARCH MADNESS WHERE FEDERAL DEPARTMENTS ARE SPENDING HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS AT THE END OF THE FISCAL YEAR. AND YOU KNOW THERE ARE EMPTY BUILDINGS. WE ARE GOING TO PROTECT INVESTMENT FOR HEALTH AND EDUCATION, BUT IT’S ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL TO HAVE A RESPONSIBLE PLAN IN ORDER TO STOP HUGE DEFICITS YEAR AFTER YEAR. THIS IS IRRESPONSIBLE, AND THIS ROAD WILL ALWAYS LEAD TO THE SAME DESTINATION. [End of Translation]>>Question: — YOU’RE GOING TO CUT INFRASTRUCTURE MONEY, BUT A LOT OF THE MONEY WILL BE TIED UP IN PROGRAMS WHERE THERE ARE AGREEMENTS WITH PROVINCES OR MUNICIPALITIES. MULTI-YEAR FUNDING GOING FORWARD. HOW DO YOU EXPECT THEM TO RESPOND TO THIS SUDDEN JOLT OF CASH?>>I OBVIOUSLY REJECT THE DESCRIPTION OF THAT. WHAT WE KNOW AND WHAT THE PARLIAMENTARY BUDGET OFFICER HAS SAID IS THAT THE LIBERAL GOVERNMENT HAS NO PLAN WHEN IT COMES TO INFRASTRUCTURE. MOST YEARS THEY LAPSE UP TO 40 40% OF THE MONEY THAT WAS EARMARKED. WE’RE GOING TO SEND THE SAME AMOUNT OF MONEY, AND WE’RE GOING TO DO IT IN A RESPONSIBLE WAY. WE’RE GOING TO RESPECT ALL EXISTING AGREEMENTS FOR PROJECTS THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN SIGNED UP ON. WE’RE GOING TO SEE THOSE THROUGH. AND WE’RE GOING TO PUT IN PLACE A RESPONSIBLE PLAN THAT GETS MONEY OUT THE DOOR AND SHOVELS IN THE GROUND. THAT IS CLEARLY NOT WHAT IS HAPPENING. THE LIBERALS AGAIN WILL TRY TO CREATE FEAR AND DIVISION OVER SOMETHING THAT IS SIMPLY NOT TRUE. THEIR INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN HAS BEEN A DISASTER. IT HAS BEEN WIDELY CONDEMNED. WE NEED TO STOP BORROWING BILLIONS OF DOLLARS FROM TAXPAYERS.>>Voice of Translator: WE’RE GOING TO SPEND THE SAME AMOUNT OF MONEY BUT IN A MORE FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE FASHION. PARLIAMENTARY BUDGET DIRECTOR SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS LEAVING 40% OF THE MONEY ON THE TABLE. SO WITH OUR PLAN, MUNICIPALITIES AND THE MAYORS CAN BE CONFIDENT THAT THEY CAN CONTINUE TO INVEST IN LARGE PROJECTS. [End of Translation]>>WE HAVE MADE SPECIFIC COMMITMENTS THAT WE’RE ALREADY GETTING TREMENDOUS FEEDBACK FROM. NOT JUST MUNICIPAL LEADERS BUT ALSO PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN COMMUNITIES LIKE THE MASSEY TUNNEL REPLACEMENT HERE IN B.C. AND LIKE THE EXPANSION TO THE ONTARIO AND YONGE LINE IN ONTARIO. HERE YOU ACTUALLY GET BIG PROJECTS GOING. YOU DON’T JUST GET WHAT THE LIBERALS SAY, WHICH ARE FALSE PROMISES WITHOUT SHOVELS ON THE GROUND. >>Question: I WANT TO GO BACK TO INFRASTRUCTURE. GIVEN THE INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS, ESPECIALLY HERE IN THE LOWER MAINLAND, WHY SPEND LESS?>>IT’S NOT ABOUT SPENDINGLESS. THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF SPENDING CONTINUES AT THE SAME OVERALL LEVEL. THESE ARE AT RECORD-HIGH LEVELS. THE PREVIOUS CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT SPENT BILLIONS OF DOLLARS INCREASED SPENDING ON INFRASTRUCTURE TO GET THESE IMPORTANT PROJECTS BUILT, AND OUR PLAN MAINTAINS THAT OVERALL BUDGET AMOUNT. THE LIBERALS ARE GOING TO TRY TO SAY THINGS THAT JUST AREN’T . LIBES WIL NOW TRY TO COST OUR PLATFORM WHEN THEY CAN’T PROVIDE PLATFORM — COST FOR THEIR PLATFORM. >>Question: AND A FOLLOW UP TO THAT. HOW WILL THEY GET BUILT WHILE OVERALL FUNDING IS CUT? ISN’T THERE UNCERTAINTY THERE?>>THIS IS AN OVERALL BUDGET THAT WILL CONTINUE TO BE MAINTAINED. THE OVERALL DOLLAR AMOUNT IS THE EXACT SAME. WHAT WE’RE SAYING IS THAT WE’RE GOING TO MAKE SURE THAT PROJECTS GET BUILT. THE PARLIAMENTARY BUDGET OFFICER SAID THEIR PLAN DIDN’T EXIST. PROJECTS AREN’T GETTING BUILT, MONEY ISN’T GETTING OUT THE DOOR. WE’RE GOING TO MAKE SURE THE MONEY GOES OUT THE DOOR AND GETS THESE PROJECTS BUILT.>>Voice of Translator: THE PARLIAMENTARY BUDGETARY OFFICER SAYS THERE’S NO PLAN, THAT PROJECTS ARE NOT BEING STARTED. AND THERE ARE NO ECONOMIC BENEFITS WITH THE LIBERAL PLAN. OUR PLAN WILL ALLOW US TO UNDERTAKE LARGE PROJECTS TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIVES FOR PEOPLE ACROSS THE COMMUNITY. [End of Translation]>>Quo PLAN CALLS FOR A BALANCE BUDGET LEGISLATION, WHICH SEEMS TO BE BASED ON THE PREMISE THAT A GOVERNMENT CAN EVERY YEAR BALANCE A BUDGET BARRING UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES. WHY WHEN YOU CAN’T BALANCE THE BUDGET YOURSELF?>>WE HAVE A LOT OF LIBERAL MESS TO CLEAN UP. WE WANT TO INCREASE INVESTMENTS IN HEALTH CARE, EDUCATION, AND SOCIAL PROGRAMS BY AT LEAST 3% EVERY YEAR BY CONTROLLING THE GROWTH OF GOVERNMENT SPENDING IN OTHER AREAS. AND BY AVOIDING MARCH MADNESS, SPENDING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS ON OUTSIDE CONSULTANTS, AND OF COURSE BY ENSURING THAT GOVERNMENT REAL ESTATE IS MANAGED MUCH MORE EFFICIENTLY. >>Question: HOW ARE YOU GOING TO DEAL WITH THE TENS OF THOUSANDS ASYLUM SEEKERS WHO HAVE ALREADY COME IN ILLEGALLY O ARE DENIED THEIR CLAIMS AND THUS NOT ELIGIBLE TO STAY?>>THIS WEEK I MADE AN ANNOUNCEMENT THAT WE WOULD CLOSE THE LOOPHOLE IN THE SAFE THIRD COUNTRY AGREEMENT. WE WOULD ALSO INCREASE RESOURCES FOR OUR BORDER SERVICE AGENTS AND BY INCREASING THE NUMBER OF JUDGES WHO ARE HEARING THE CASES IN THE FIRST PLACE.>>Question: AS YOU KNOW, THERE ARE LESS THAN NINE DAYS LEFT IN THE ELECTION, AND WE’RE AT THE ADVANCED POLLING STAGE. DON’T YOU THINK YOU’RE TOO LATE TO ANNOUNCE YOUR PLATFORM? IS IT PART OF YOUR STRATEGY, OR WAS IT BECAUSE OF THE PRESSURE OF YOUR FEDERAL COUNTERPARTS?>>THIS WAS ALWAYS THE DAY WE WERE GOING TO UNVEIL OUR PLATFORM. IT’S BECAUSE THERE ARE SO MANY GOOD THINGS TO ANNOUNCE US CAMPAIGN. EVEN JUST YESTERDAY WE ANNOUNCED FURTHER MEASURES HELPING THOSE WHO ARE ADOPTING CHILDREN. EVEN THOUGH IT WAS THE DAY BEFORE THE ADVANCED POLLS, WE STILL HAD GREAT POLICIES TO ANNOUNCE. THERE’S SOME POLICIES IN THIS PLATFORM THAT WE’RE UNABLE TO GET OUT BEFORE THE PLATFORM LAUNCHED, BUT I’LL BE OUTLINING THEM NEXT WEEK. >>Question: WHAT SPECIFIC ECONOMIC DATA POINTS WILL TELL YOU THAT YOUR OVERALL PLAN IS WORKING? FOR EXAMPLE, WHAT ARE YOUR TARGETS FOR EMPLOYMENT NUMBERS, WAGES, GDP GROWTH?>>WE’RE GOING TO BE LOOKING AT ALL THOSE THINGS. WE KNOW CANADIANS PURCHASING POWER WILL INCREASE WHEN THEY HAVE MORE MONEY PUT IN THEIR POCKETS. WE EXPECT GDP GROWTH AS A RESULT OF THESE MEASURES. MORE MONEY IN PEOPLE’S POCKETS MEANS MORE MONEY AT THEIR DISPOSAL TO INVEST IN THEIR HOMES AND THEIR CHILDREN. TO BASICALLY SPEND AS THEY SEE FIT. AND THAT’S THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIBERALS AN CONIV CONSERVATIVES BELIEVE THAT THE DOLLAR LEFT IN THE HANDS OF THE HARD-WORKING TAXPAYER WHO EARNED IT IS ALWAYS BETTER SPENT THAN IN THE HANDS OF THE POLITICIAN WHO TAXES. OF COURSE WE’LL BE LOOKING AT THINGS LIKE GDP GROWTH AND EMPLOYMENT NUMBERS. WE BELIEVE THIS IS A MUCH MORE RESPONSIBLE PLAN THAN ENDLESS DEFICITS. ENDLESS DEFICITS THAT MEAN HIGHER TAXES. WHEN TAXES GO UP TO PAY INTEREST ON DEBT, THAT IS NOT GOOD FOR THE ECONOMY.>>Voice of Translator: WE’RE GOING TO LOOK AT THE GDP RATE, AND WE ARE CONFIDENT THAT WHEN PEOPLE HAVE MORE MONEY IN THEIR POCKETS, IT’S BETTER. IT’S BETTER FOR THE ECONOMY THAN WHEN THE GOVERNMENT HAS TO INCREASE TAXES TO PAY FOR INTEREST ON THE DEBT. [End of Translation]>>Question: WOULDTNAB PARENTS — SORRY, TO SUE PARENTS AND GUARDIANS OF CYBERBULLYING?>>I THINK WE CAN ALL AGREE WE’RE ENTERING INTO NEW TERRITORY WHEN IT COMES TO HOW OUR CHILDREN INTERACT WITH EACH OTHER. I’VE SPOKEN TO PARENTS WHOSE CHILDREN HAVE HAD TO SWITCH SCHOOLS BECAUSE OF BULLYING, AND THIS IS ALL HAPPENING ONLINE NOW. WE ARE CREATING A FRAMEWORK TO PROVIDE ACCOUNTABILITY WHEN ACCIDENTS HAPPEN AND WHEN CHILDREN ARE FORCED TO CHANGE SCHOOLS OR GO THROUGH MENTAL ILLNESS OR ANXIETY BECAUSE OF THE TREATMENTS THEY’VE HAD ONLINE. THIS IS ABOUT STARTING THE WORK TO CREATE A FRAMEWORK AROUND THAT TO PROTECT KIDS AND GIVE THEIR PARENTS THE TOOLS THEY NEED. >>Voice of Translator: I’M THE FATHER OF FIVE CHILDREN, AND SO I HAVE MY OWN CONCERNS WITH REGARDS TO SOCIAL MEDIA. I’VE SPOKEN TO MANY PARENTS WHO HAVE CHILDREN WHO HAVE EVEN HAD TO CHANGE SCHOOLS BECAUSE THEIR CHILDREN WERE VICTIMS OF CYBERBULLYING. THE IDEA IS TO BEGIN THE WORK TO FIND A WAY TO PROTECT CHILDREN AND TO PROVIDE TOOLS TO PARENTS. [End of Translation]>>Questi WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF THE GLOBAL ECONOMY SLOWS DOWN SHARPLY?>>THE CONCERNS MANY ARE RAISING ABOUT THE POTENTIAL GLOBAL DOWNTURN IS WHY WE NEED TO GET BACK ON TRACK NOW. JUSTIN TRUDEAU HAS SPENT OUR WAY OUT OF HAVING ANY FLEXIBILITY IF THERE IS A DOWNTURN. THOSE MASSIVE DEFICITS ARE WEIGHING DOWN OUR ECONOMY. IT MEANS MORE AND MORE MONEY HAS TO BE TAKEN OUT OF OUR ECONOMY THROUGH EITHER BORROWING BY THE GOVERNMENT OR BY PAYING HIGHER INTEREST PAYMENTS ON THE DEBT, WHICH IS JUST GOING TO BANKS AND BOND HOLDERS. IT’S PRECISELY BECAUSE THERE ARE SOME SIGNS OF HEADWINDS THAT WE NEED TO GET BACK ON TRACK. WE NEED TO TURN THE SHIPS AWAY FROM THE ROCKY SHORES AND BACK OUT TO CLEAR WATERS. THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT THIS PLAN DOES.>>Voice of Translator: HUGE DEFICITS WILL HINDER OUR ABILITY — THE ABILITY OF OUR ECONOMY TO BE ABLE TO WEATHER A POTENTIAL RECESSION. THAT IS WHY WE NEED TO REDUCE THE DEFICITS. WE HAVE A RESPONSIBLE PLAN. WE ARE GOING TO REDUCE ALL THE INTEREST ON THE DEBT THAT’S HAVING TO BE PAID. [End of Translation]>>IT IS WASTED MONEY. IT’S GOING TO BANKS AND BONDHOLDERS. THAT MONEY COULD BE GOING INTO BETTER SERVICES OR TAX CUTS. CANADIANS CAN NOW SEE AN IRRESPONSIBLE LIBERAL PLAN THAT WILL RUN MASSIVE DEFICITS FOR YEARS AND YEARS. WE ALL KNOW WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THAT IS ALLOWED TO CONTINUE. IT MEANS THREATENED PUBLIC SERVICES, IT MEANS HIGHER TAXES, IT MEANS LIFE GETTING MORE AND MORE EXPENSIVE. AND CANADIANS WILL FALL FURTHER AND FURTHER MIND. OR THEY CAN CHOOSE THE CONSERVATIVE PLAN WHICH GETS BACK TO BALANCED BUDGETS SO WE CAN STOP WASTING TAXPAYERS’ MONEY ON INTEREST CHARGES ON THE DEBT. >>Question: IF IT IS FEASIBLE, WHY HADN’T ELIMINATING THE TAX GAP BEEN DONE YET?>>IT TAKES A GOVERNMENT THAT HAS THE PURPOSE OF MIND TO DO IT. THIS LIBERAL GOVERNMENT WENT AFTER SMALL BUSINESS OWNER, CALLING THEM TAX CHEATS. ALL THE WHILE PROTECTING THOSE WHO HAVE OFFSHORE ACCOUNTS AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE. THEY MADE THEIR CHOICE. THEY THOUGHT THE LOCAL PIZZA SHOP OWNER AND THE LOCAL MECHANIC WERE CHEATING ON THEIR TAXES. WE BELIEVE THAT THEY WERE CREATING JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES IN THEIR COMMUNITY. WE’RE GOING TO GO AFTER THOSE WHO ARE NOT PAYING THEIR FAIR SHARE OF TAXES, ELIMINATING THE TAX GAP.>>Question: ABOUT $14.5 BILLION OF THESE CUTS FOR FIVE YEARS FALLS UNDER THE CATEGORY OF OPERATING EXPENSES — OTHER OPERATING EXPENSES REDUCTIONS. CAN YOU EXPAND A LITTLE BIT ON WHAT THAT MEANS?>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. YES. I’LL GIVE YOU ONE EXAMPLE. RECENTLY, WE FILED A REQUEST FOR INFORMATION FROM THE GOVERNMENT ON WHAT’S KNOWN IN OTTAWA AS MARCH MAES THAT IS WHEN GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, IF THEY HAVE LEFTOVER MONEY, INSTEAD OF TURNING IT BACK TO THE TAXPAYER AND LEAVING IT THERE FOR FUTURE YEARS, BLOW IT ALL AT THE END OF THE FISCAL YEAR. AND WE ASKED THE GOVERNMENT HOW MUCH MONEY WAS SPENT, WHAT WERE THE TYPES OF ITEMS THAT WERE PURCHASED IN THAT PERIOD OF TIME. AND THE RESPONSE CAME BACK, AND IT WAS HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF PAGES OF EXAMPLES. SO MARCH MADNESS IS ONE. WE’RE GOING TO STOP THE PRACTICE OR AT LEAST TARGET THE PRACTICE OF OUTSIDE CONSULTANTS BEING BROUGHT INTO DEPARTMENTS WHEN WE HAVE EXPERTISE WITHIN THE PUBLIC SERVICE. THIS IS SOMETHING PUBLIC SERVICE UNIONS HAVE ACTUALLY FLAGGED WHERE YOU HAVE PEOPLE WITH EXPERTISE WITHIN A DEPARTMENT AVAILABLE TO DO THE TYPES OF WORKS THAT OUTSIDE CONSULTANTS ARE PAID TO COME IN AND DO. AND WE’RE GOING TO RATIONALIZE OUR FEDERAL REAL. WE’RE PAYING FAR MORE FOR REAL ESTATE THAN WE WOULD OTHERWISE NEED TO. THESE ARE THE EXAMPLES WE’RE USING. WE WANT TO PROTECT EMPLOYMENT LEVELS BUT STOP THE PRACTICE OF BLOWING MONEY OUT THE DOOR IN THE LAST FEW DAYS OF THE FISCAL YEAR.>>Voice of Translator: WE’RE GOING TO ELIMINATE THIS PHENOMENON THAT IS KNOWN AS MARCH MADNESS WHERE FEDERAL DEPARTMENTS ARE SPENDING HUGE AMOUNTS OF MONEY IN THE LAST DAYS OF THE FISCAL YEAR. WE’RE GOING TO ELIMINATE THIS PRACTICE OF HIRING CONSULTANTS. THEY COME TO A DEPARTMENT, THEY CHARGE HUGE AMOUNTS. WHEN WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO DO THE SAME JOB, AND WE’RE GOING TO WHITTLE DOWN THE AMOUNT OF FEDERAL BUILDINGS. [End of Translation]>>Questio — SEEMINGLY ABSENT FROM THIS CAMPAIGN, BUT YOUR PLATFORM DOES MENTION THAT WORD. AND YET AS ONE OF MY COLLEAGUES POINTED OUT, THERE DOES SEEM TO BE THIS SELF-HANDCUFFING ON THE IDEA OF NOT BEING WILLING TO RUN DEFICITS IN TIMES OF ECONOMIC DIFFICULTY. IN ONE SENSE, YOUR PARTY SEEMS TO BE THE LONE ONE TO APPRECIATE THE CLOUDS ON THE HORIZON. AND YET YOU’RE HANDCUFFING YOURSELF WITH THIS PLAN OF WE WILL NOT RUN DEFICITS UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. AS YOU KNOW, I DON’T THINK ANYBODY WOULD QUESTION STEPHEN HARPER’S CREDENTIALS, BUT DURING TIMES OF REAL ECONOMIC TURMOIL, HE DID RUN DEFICITS. FOR SOME PEOPLE, CERTAINLY ECONOMISTS WATCHING THIS, THEY’RE GOING TO BE LOOKING AT IT AND WONDERING IF THERE’S A BIT OF A CONTRADICTION HERE. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO PEOPLE WHO WOULD POINT OUT THAT?>>FIRST OF ALL, WE’RE GOING TO TAKE STEPS WITHIN OUR MANDATE THAT WILL STRENGTHEN CANADA’S ECONOMY. WE’VE SEEN INVESTMENT LEAVE CANADA UNDER JUSTIN TRUDEAU. INVESTORS HAVE PULLED MONEY OUT OF CANADA BECAUSE THEY CAN’T GET BIG THINGS BUILT IN THIS COUNTRY. WE’RE GOING TO SEE A GREAT DEAL OF ECONOMIC ACTIVITY. LEAVING MONEY IN THE POCKETS OF CANADIANS. HELPING THEM GET AHEAD ALSO HELPS THE ECONOMY. WHEN THEY SPEND MONEY ON THINGS IMPORTANT TO THEM, THAT CREATES ECONOMIC GROWTH MUCH BETTER THAN WHEN THE GOVERNMENT IS SPENDING MONEY TOWARDS THEM. GETTING BACK TO BALANCED BUDGETS GIVES US MORE FLEXIBILITY. REDUCING THE AMOUNT OF MONEY WE SPEND ON INTEREST CHARGES FREES THAT UP IF THERE ARE HEADWINDS AHEAD OF US. THE LIBERALS HAVE TO EXPLAIN TO CANADIANS IF THEY SPEND MONEY QUICKLY WHEN TIMES ARE TOUGH AND GOOD, WHEN DO THEY EVER GET BACK TO BALANCED BUDGETS? [ Please Stand By ]>>THANKS VERY MUCH, EVERYONE.>>THANKS. [ Applause ]>>HELLO AGAIN, I’M.>>Peter: INTRODUCE. WE’VE BEEN LISTENING TO ANDREW SCHEER I GO IN BRITISH COLUMBIA AS HE OUTLINES HIS COSTE PLATFORM. YOU HEARD HIM TALK ABOUT HOW THEY’RE PLANNING TO RAISE REVENUE AND HOW THEY’RE PLANNING TO CUT SPENDING AND THAT’S ALL OVER THE NEXT FOUR OR FIVE YEARS

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