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Climate protesters shut down traffic in Calgary, other Canadian cities as part of global action – Calgary Herald

October 7th, 2019

Protesters shut down traffic on major bridges across Canada on Monday as they joined in an international day of action meant to galvanize governments into taking more urgent action on climate change.

In Calgary, about 50 people took to the intersection of 10th Street N.W. and Memorial Drive N.W. between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., with some wearing gas masks and clanging bells, and others holding handmade signs.

The group started by filling the crosswalk when the light was red for oncoming traffic, then intermittently blocked the street during green lights, which prompted some waiting drivers to lean on their horns, or to flash angry gestures at the crowd as they drove by.

Multiple police members observed the protest and helped with traffic control as demonstrators blocked the street or stood in groups on the sidewalk. Before the event concluded, the group staged a final action from the middle of the intersection, blocking traffic in all directions for one traffic light.


Climate activists are seen blocking traffic along Memorial Drive and 10th St. in Kensington as they join other Canadians in a global climate strike led by “Extinction Rebellion.” (Brendan Miller/Postmedia)

Andy Kubrin, a spokesman for Extinction Rebellion Calgary, said the aim of the protest was to “draw attention to the climate emergency that we are facing and press our demand for appropriate and speedy government action.”

Kubrin said Extinction Rebellion’s three demands are for government to “level with the Canadian people about the degree of warming that is expected and its effects;” to decarbonize the economy as quickly as possible, with a specific call for a net-zero economy by 2025; and to “move beyond politics” and enact citizens’ assemblies to work with technical experts and come up with binding recommendations for the government.

The Calgary activists planned to communicate with motorists directly and to offer Timbits “in the spirit of goodwill,” Kubrin said.

“I’d say the message is, ‘We want people’s attention and we want them to know how important this is,’” he said before the protest started. “We regret the small inconvenience that we are going to pose, but we believe it’s necessary.”

Kubrin said the Calgary group just formed in the spring and summer. With outreach efforts now underway, he expects the group’s membership to grow.


Climate activists are seen blocking traffic along Memorial Drive. (Brendan Miller/Postmedia)

Activists with the environmental group Extinction Rebellion also blocked traffic on spans in Halifax, Toronto, Edmonton, Vancouver, Montreal and Victoria.

The Canadian protests did not attract the same numbers seen in some European cities, where hundreds of activists turned out in force, but nonetheless sparked anger among people caught up in major traffic delays.

In Edmonton, a handful of protesters linked arms to block traffic on the Walterdale Bridge connecting the city’s south side with the downtown core.

Police kept the peace between activists and angry drivers, some of whom got out of their cars to yell obscenities.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney criticized the protesters on Twitter, saying they were preventing workers from reaching their jobs and barring parents from taking kids to school.

“Somehow this is all supposed to be in the name of environment, but hundreds of cars are now idling unnecessarily as they wait,” he wrote.

Extinction Rebellion members usually sit or lie down in front of traffic until they are arrested and taken away by police officers. Such a scene played out in cities around the world throughout Monday, although some saw more dramatic efforts.

Protesters in New York doused the city’s famous charging bull statue with fake blood as part of their disruption.

Demonstrators playing steel drums marched through central London as they kicked off two weeks of activities designed to disrupt the city.

In Paris, hundreds either locked arms or chained themselves together in the city’s central square, while in Berlin about 1,000 people gathered before dawn to block the Grosser Stern, a traffic circle in the middle of the German capital’s Tiergarten park.

Founded in Britain last year, Extinction Rebellion, also known as XR, now has chapters in some 50 countries. The group said the protests Monday were taking place in 60 cities worldwide.

— With files from The Canadian Press and The Associated Press

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October 7th, 2019

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October 7th, 2019

Scheer, Bernier only 2 leaders that wouldn’t back UNDRIP during federal leaders’ debate – CBC.ca

October 7th, 2019

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer, who is the only party leader pitching a large, new energy project as part of his platform, doubled down on his opposition to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples during the federal election debate Monday evening. 

Scheer said he would focus on consulting Indigenous communities before building his proposed national energy corridor, but he would not be guided by UNDRIP — an international document that sets minimum standards for nation states’ interaction with Indigenous peoples.

Scheer and People’s Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernier were the only party leaders who didn’t express support for UNDRIP. Bernier didn’t mention it at all.

The federal leaders’ debate Monday evening had five sections, including one focused on Indigenous issues.

Natasha Beedie, from Beausoleil First Nation, asked the leaders how their parties would work with the provinces and territories to affirm Indigenous rights under UNDRIP, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action and the recent Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls inquiry report’s calls to justice.

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau and Conservative leader Andrew Scheer debate a point during the Federal leaders debate in Gatineau, Que. on Monday October 7, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick (THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Scheer zeroed in on the UNDRIP clause around free, prior and informed consent — the same clause Conservative senators used to torpedo an NDP private member’s bill to harmonize federal laws with the UN declaration. 

“When you talk about free, prior and informed consent that leaves a great deal of uncertainty about what that means and there are large numbers of Indigenous communities who want these energy projects to succeed,” said Scheer, in an apparent reference to First Nations that support the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

Court allowed appeals

The Federal Court of Appeal recently allowed appeals from six First Nations over consultation around the Trans Mountain expansion.

Scheer is proposing to build an energy corridor to run pipelines, transmission lines and telecommunications infrastructure across the country.

Such a project would cross the territories of potentially dozens of First Nations. The failed Alberta-to-New Brunswick Energy East pipeline crossed the territories of over 50 First Nations. 

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau accused Scheer of employing the same approach as former Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper, who faced an Indigenous rights movement called Idle No More that flared across the country during his last term in office.  

“We all remember 10 years of Stephen Harper who did not respect Indigenous rights, who did not respect Indigenous peoples,” said Trudeau. 

“Mr. Scheer you are putting forward exactly the same plan.”

Green Party leader Elizabeth May speaks during the Federal leaders debate in Gatineau, Que. on Monday, October 7, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick (THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Green Party leader Elizabeth May also took aim at Scheer’s proposed approach to consultation, saying it was already required under Section 35 of the Constitution, which recognizes Indigenous rights.

“It does not boil down to, ‘We will consult with Indigneous people until they agree with us’,” said May.

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh and May both raised the recent Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruling ordering Ottawa to compensate First Nation children harmed by the on-reserve child welfare system.

Scheer, Trudeau agree

It’s the one issue on which Trudeau and Scheer agree — the Liberal government recently filed a challenge in Federal Court against the ruling and Scheer has said he would have done the same.   

Singh, referring to the SNC-Lavalin affair, said that while Trudeau wanted to “keep SNC-Lavalin out of the courts” he is willing to “drag Indigenous kids” into the courtroom. 

“That is wrong. How can someone do that?”

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh speaks during the Federal leaders debate in Gatineau, Que. on Monday, October 7, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick (THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Trudeau said that a re-elected Liberal government would compensate children impacted by the ruling, but he didn’t say how. 

“We’ve also moved forward to end the tragedies by moving forward on legislation that keeps kids in care in their communities, with their language, with their culture,” said Trudeau, in reference to Bill C-92, the Indigenous child welfare bill which passed before Parliament dissolved.

Scheer, who was on the defensive through the majority of the debate segment on Indigenous issues, suggested he was prepared to deal with the relationship between Canada and Indigneous people because of his experience with 12 First Nations in his own riding.

Balance treaty rights

“I understand the importance of balancing treaty rights and also the ability for Indigenous Canadians to participate in the economy. That is really the key,” he said.

However, First Nation leaders in his riding have said Scheer did little to build a relationship with them.

Scheer also opened the debate by accusing Trudeau of wearing a “reconciliation mask” and then firing Jody Wilson-Raybould, the first Indigenous attorney general, during the SNC-Lavalin affair. 

 “I have nothing to learn from Mr. Trudeau, who fired the first Indigenous attorney general for doing her job,” he said later during the Indigenous issues portion of the debate. “She said she would do politics differently and you fired her when she did.”

Trudeau responded by referring to Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde, whose home community of Little Black Bear First Nation sits in Scheer’s riding.

“Perry Bellegarde…has said that no government has done more for Indigenous peoples than this government and he is one of your constituents,” said Trurdeau. 

“That’s right, he comes from Little Black Bear,” said Scheer. “He has my phone number.”

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Andrew Scheer fought hard in the leaders’ debate, but the night belonged to Jagmeet Singh – The Globe and Mail

October 7th, 2019

A hard-charging Andrew Scheer accused Justin Trudeau of being unfit to govern, Monday, in a debate that saw the Liberal Leader under attack on every front.

The Conservative Leader accused Mr. Trudeau of hypocrisy on the issues of Indigenous reconciliation, advancing the rights of women, and protecting the interests of the middle class.

“You are a phony and you are a fraud and you do not deserve to govern this country,” he accused, in a clearly planned opening salvo.

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That approach appeared to work. For much of the night, Mr. Trudeau seemed almost passive in his responses, confining himself to tried-and-true Liberal talking points.

But to this observer, if anyone owned the night, it was NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, who offered a pitch-perfect positive message while somehow managing to shut down every voice raised against him. More than once, chaos reigned on stage, with leaders speaking over each other, leading to gibberish. Then Mr. Singh would calmly intervene, with his word the last one.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh speaks during the leaders’ debate in Gatineau, Que., on Monday, Oct. 7, 2019.

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At one point, Mr. Singh silenced the squabbling Conservative and Liberal leaders by declaring: “What we have here is Mr. Trudeau and Mr. Scheer arguing about who is worse for Canada. We’ve got to start presenting who would be best for Canada.” He managed similar feats of calm control of the debate time and again.

Unquestionably, Mr. Trudeau had the most difficult task, fending off progressive challenges from the New Democrats and Greens, and on the right from an aggressive Mr. Scheer. But he often appeared more bystander than participant.

By reciting nostrums about helping the middle class and lifting children out of poverty, Mr. Trudeau seemed content to end the evening without suffering any major embarrassments – an incumbent politician protecting a comfortable lead. The only problem is, the polls show no such lead.

At times he did fight back: “We have a vision, but it is a different vision from yours,” Mr. Trudeau said to Mr. Scheer. “You’re choosing, just like [Ontario Premier] Doug Ford did, to hide your platform from Canadians and deliver cuts to services and cuts to taxes for the wealthy.”

But Mr. Scheer was waiting for him. “You seem to be oddly obsessed with provincial politics,” he grinned, pointing out that “there is a vacancy for the Ontario Liberal leadership” that Mr. Trudeau might wish to consider.

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Toward the end of the debate, Mr. Trudeau did round on Mr. Scheer, saying “you have been not unequivocal in defending women’s rights.” For a few moments the two talked incomprehensibly over each other, until Mr. Singh calmly interjected: “A man has no position in a discussion on a woman’s right to choose. Let’s be very clear on that.” It was like that all night.

With six candidates on the stage, the format threatened to prevent any substantive exchanges, but leaders managed nonetheless to get their point across, including Green Leader Elizabeth May, though she seldom ventured off environmental issues.

A belligerent Maxime Bernier, Leader of the new and populist People’s Party, had his first national opportunity to present a platform that opposes both multiculturalism and the fight against climate change. But though he was a force at the beginning of the debate, Mr. Bernier’s energy appeared to flag as time went on.

Damningly, Mr. Scheer said Mr. Bernier had once been a responsible politician. But “now you are making your policies based on trying to get likes and retweets from the darkest parts of Twitter.”

Meanwhile, Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet appeared to be enjoying himself, having little to win and less to lose. When others on the stage tiptoed around the new law that bans the wearing of religious symbols by some public servants in prominent positions, he curtly declared: “Quebec doesn’t need to be told what to do or what not to do about its own values.”

Mr. Scheer paid a high price last week in the TVA debate, as he found himself struggling in French against other leaders. After that debate, and a Globe story revealing that the Conservative Leader held American as well as Canadian citizenship, Conservative support started to erode.

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On Monday, Mr. Scheer gambled that a full-on assault at the very top of the debate would reverse the slide. More often than not, he pulled it off. Mr. Trudeau may regret his cautious approach. But if the night belonged to anyone, it belonged to Jagmeet Singh.

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau was grilled in the election debate by Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer about his handling of the SNC-Lavalin case. Meanwhile, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May cried foul over tax cuts. The Globe and Mail (staff)

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Debate 2019: A mix of personal attacks and policy deliberation with Trudeau as central focus – CTV News

October 7th, 2019

OTTAWA – The six main federal party leaders squared off for the first time during this election campaign at the official English-language leaders’ debate, and the 2-hour event was a mix of personal attacks and policy deliberation with the central focus on Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

Trudeau spent most of the evening being challenged on his record over the last four years, from ethics scandals to the still long environmental and reconciliation to-do lists.

While he sought to defend what his government accomplished while promising what a re-elected Liberal government would achieve, the other party leaders looked to differentiate themselves to voters, pitting the Liberals’ last four years against their ideas on what they would do differently.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer was first to pivot from policy to politics, raising Trudeau’s past instances of wearing brownface and blackface in response to the very first question about foreign policy and leadership on the world stage.

“Justin Trudeau only pretends to stand up for Canada. He’s very good at pretending things,” Scheer said. “He can’t even remember how many times he put blackface on because the fact of the matter is he’s always wearing a mask.” He went on to accuse Trudeau of “wearing a mask” when he says he is a feminist and says he supports Indigenous reconciliation, or champions the middle class.

“Mr. Trudeau, you’re a phoney and you’re a fraud and you do not deserve to govern this country,” said Scheer.

In a later question,Trudeau attempted toslam Scheer by comparing him to People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier, saying that Bernier’s presence in the debate was “to say publicly, what Mr. Scheer thinks privately,” referring to Bernier’s often divisive policy positions.

Later on, Bernier shot back, saying a vote for Trudeau is no different than a vote for Scheer, an argument he’s been making throughout the campaign. 

As these kinds of jabs kept up throughout the debate, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh sought to cut through it with a few quips that seemed to be well received by the audience.

“You do not need to choose between Mr. Delay and Mr. Deny,” said Singh at a moment in the debate when Trudeau and Scheer were trading barbsover the Liberals’ carbon tax, at whichpoint it was hard to hear what either was saying.

Some of the back and forth between the various topics was about the increasing polarization in Canada, and finger-pointing about whose name-calling and rhetoric was negatively impacting the level of political discourse in Canada.

Consistent with her approach in the House of Commons, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May took the opportunity to chastise the others for the negative back-and-forth.

“We need the kind of leadership that lifts people, that doesn’t make people feel as if politics is rather disgusting and they’d rather not look at it,” said May.

Though, by the end of the debate, she made two personal jabs of her own. First, she said she hoped that Trudeau does not win a second majority mandate because he doesn’t keep his promises, then she made the pronouncement that Scheer is “not going to be prime minister.”

That was a prediction Scheer said hewill prove her wrong on.

Election day is two weeks away and it’s yet to be seen whether tonight’s debate will be pivotal for the considerable number of undecided voters in what has so far been a tight race.

Each leader spoke about what a government led by them would do from a policy perspective, and each took the one-on-one debate opportunities afforded to themin this format, to question their opponents face-on.

Trudeau cornered on Indigenous record, ethics

As the debate moved on to Indigenous issues, much of the focus was put on Trudeau and his party’s record, four years after promising a renewed relationship—a commitment most on stage spoke positively of— and leaving much left to be done.

Trudeau sought to defend what was accomplished, citing praise from the AFN’s Perry Bellegarde.

“We need to keep moving forward in away that respects Indigenous peoples, respects that there’s going to be a range of views but is grounded in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,” Trudeau said.

The past Conservative government’s record under Stephen Harper did come up too, in contrast, with May saying that she was “appalled” by Scheer’s position on consulting Indigenous peoples on natural resource development. Scheer defended his stance that Indigenous groups shouldn’t be able to have a veto.

When Singh’s time came in this portion, he evoked the Liberal government’s SNC-Lavalin scandal, chastising Trudeau for fighting “hard to keep SNC-Lavalin out of the courts,” while the federal government, as was recently announced, is appealing the ruling ordering compensation for First Nations children denied welfare services.

“That is wrong, how could someone do that?” said Singh.

Scheer also tried to re-litigate the entire SNC-Lavalin controversy in tonight’s debate, raising on a few occasions Trudeau’s ethics law contraventions, and his ousting of former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott from caucus after they spoke out against his handling of a criminal prosecution against the Montreal-based construction giant.

Both women are running again but as independents with a message of doing politics differently than how the Liberals handled the last four years.

Once again, Trudeau relied on his much-repeated defence amid the affair, that he was standing up for jobs, a position that Blanchet said he backed.

Climate change and the plans to tackle it, contrasted

With climate change being one of the key issues of this campaign, this portion of the debate prompted fierce debate with each leader billing their plan as the best approach.

Each leader took aim at the Liberals’ plan, with May calling it a “commitment to failure,” Singh saying that more needs to be done to take on big emitters, and Scheer saying that no one believes that the Liberals will meet the Paris targets.

“We have done more over the past four years than any government in the history of Canada,” Trudeau said in defence.

“No, that’s not true,” May responded. The back and forth continued between all leaders on this issue, with Blanchet agreeing that emissions need to come down and Bernier restating his position that there is no climate emergency.

Secularism, equalization discussed

When the conversation pivoted to Quebec’s secularism Bill 21, Trudeau sought to highlight that he, so far, is the only leader to leave the door open to intervention down the road, and cornered Singh about his party’s stance on the issue and whether he would intervene in the ongoing court challenge.

In response, Singh–the first ever visible minority federal party leader–said that “every single day” of his life “is fighting a bill like Bill 21.”

“Every single day of my life is challenging people who think that you can’t do things because of the way you look,” Singh said. But hedid not say whether he would intervene in the ongoing court challenge orgo further on his position on the law, which bans public service workers from wearing or displaying religious symbols or clothing while at work.

When the topic turned to equalization payments to the provinces, Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet called the system “flawed,” and said his party would propose a mechanism that would compensate provinces based on how well they tackle climate change.

Affordability, social issues round out debate

The debate was rounded out with a conversation on affordability. It’s been one of the most consistently argued issues in this campaign, witheach leader offering how they would save Canadians’ money and arguing why their opponents’plans won’t work.

Each leader took their turn pitching their plans, includingthe Liberal’s Canada Child Benefit, the suite of Conservative boutique tax credits, and the NDP’s plans for universal pharmacare and dental care.

During the affordability-focused portion of the debate, May pivoted to Scheer’s pledge to cut foreign aid spending by 25 per cent, calling it “short-term, misguided, greedy and selfish.”

In response, Scheer said it is “not greedy” to put money back in Canadians’ pockets, and began citing his now oft-repeated pocketbook pledges, including implementing a “universal tax credit.”

Trudeau also took time in this portion of the debate to pivot to social issues, raising Scheer’s stance on abortion as he has throughout the election and in the leadup to it.

“You won’t defend a women’s right to choose, you’ve dismissed LGBT protections, you haven’t apologized for your words against LGBT Canadians years ago, will you recognize and apologize for that?” asked Trudeau.

Scheer responded:“Millions of Canadians have a different position on this issue, and like millions of Canadians I am personally pro-life and it is okay in this country to have a difference of opinion, something you do not recognize.”

Singh then jumped in as the two began bickering over candidates’ past social media histories, saying: “A man has no position in a discussion around a women’s right to choose,” he said.

‘An opportunity to hear from these leaders directly’

Monday night’sdebate, and the French-language debate happening on Thursday, are hosted and broadcast by a new partnership of 10 news media organizations called the Canadian Debate Production Partnership, which includes CTV News, and was organized by the Leaders’ Debate Commission.

The debate was moderated by five journalists, including CTV News anchor Lisa LaFlamme, and the federal party leaders also answered questions from the Canadian public.

The five main themes of Monday’sdebate were: affordability and economic insecurity; national and global leadership; Indigenous issues; polarization, human rights and immigration; and environment and energy.

“Leaders debates give us the opportunity to hear from these leaders directly unedited, and unfiltered,” said Debate Commissioner David Johnston in his pre-debate remarks.

“Too often, we focus on the things that separate us as Canadians… But this is an opportunity for the country to come together to gain an understanding about the issues at hand, what they mean to people across the country.”

The debates have been made available on TV, radio, and online platforms in English, French, Italian, Cantonese, Mandarin, Arabic, Punjabi, Plains Cree, Inuktitut, Eastern Cree, Ojibway, American Sign Language and Quebec Sign Language. There are viewing parties happening across the country.

In advance of the debate, there was some pre-showdown posturing, but each leader spent the majority of day 27 of the election hunkered down doing debate prep with their campaign teams.

Upon their arrival, each leader was greeted by scores of supporters lining the entrance with signs and other props, however, not every leader went over to greet the crowd or stop for media questions on their way in.

When the leaders entered the stage they took their places without shaking hands.

 

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October 7th, 2019

Health care barely mentioned during federal leaders’ debate – Global News

October 7th, 2019

Ivy Bourgeault has been frustrated for much of this federal election campaign at the lack of discussion over health care, and that was exacerbated on Monday evening during the federal leaders’ debate when it was also barely mentioned.

“There was very little linkage of health care to climate crisis, around Indigenous issues,” said Bourgeault, a health policy professor at the University of Ottawa, in an interview with Global News after the debate.

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Health care was not among the five topics raised during the debate, which otherwise included affordability and economic insecurity, environment and energy, Indigenous issues, leadership in Canada and on the world stage, and polarization, human rights and immigration.

That said, health care did come up sporadically — particularly through mentions of pharmacare.

Bourgeault and hundreds of others tweeted throughout the night using the hashtag #vote4care to express what they would have liked to hear from leaders, including plans to help improve access to primary care providers.

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“There are health care dimensions to all of the topics,” she said, adding that federal leaders should be thinking about it as they would any other sector such as oil and gas.

“We could be doing much better.”

READ MORE: Physicians decry omission of health care from federal leaders’ debate topics

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May briefly mentioned their pharmacare and dental care plans, even though they were not official debate topics. Singh seems to have mentioned health care the most compared to the other leaders.

Bourgeault also pushed back against the notion put forward by some party leaders that health care is solely a provincial matter.

People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier said that, if elected, his government would not intervene on matters of health care as they are “provincial jurisdiction.”

3:13Leaders’ Debate Wrap: How Indigenous issues were discussed

Leaders’ Debate Wrap: How Indigenous issues were discussed

For Bourgeault, the federal government plays a number of key roles in overseeing health care, including enforcing regulations and ensuring equity of services across the country.

The most detailed discussions on health care came after the debates themselves, during scrums with journalists.

READ MORE: Sparks fly over climate change, environment in federal leaders’ debate

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In response to a question about pharmacare, May said that she’s proud of the fact that in 2015, her party was the only one calling for such a program at the time.

Now, there’s also the NDP and the Liberal Party supporting it, though the NDP plan is more in line with her party’s than the Liberals’.

“We are really on the verge of being able to push through universal, single-payer pharmacare,” May said.

“It’s essential.”

4:59Leaders’ Debate Wrap: Trudeau’s performance analyzed

Leaders’ Debate Wrap: Trudeau’s performance analyzed

She said that while she had a bit of “sticker shock” at the Parliamentary Budget Office’s costing of her party’s pharmacare plan, which said it would cost around $27 billion, “we found enough revenue to be sure that we could do it.”

On a question about more doctors in rural areas (where only 8 per cent of family doctors are located, according to recent data), May said that the federal government needs to do a better job of enforcing agreements with the provinces and territories.

“We must never forget that while health care is delivered by the provinces, it’s the federal minister of health who is responsible for enforcing the Canada Health Act,” she said.

4:13Leaders’ Debate Wrap: Jagmeet Singh stands out in the pack

Leaders’ Debate Wrap: Jagmeet Singh stands out in the pack

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Also during a scrum after the debate, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau was asked whether his party’s plan for pharmacare would be a single-payer system, as promised by other parties.

Trudeau said that a federal government doesn’t get to determine the final outcome of such a proposal, and that there needs to be discussion and agreement with the provinces and territories.

Trudeau said that he is unsure whether every province would be on board with pharmacare, including the province of Ontario.

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Hong Kong leader says Chinese military could step in if situation ‘becomes so bad’ – CBC.ca

October 7th, 2019

Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam warned on Tuesday the Chinese military could step in if an uprising for democratic reforms in the region gets bad, but reiterated her government still hopes to resolve the crisis on its own.

Lam urged foreign critics to accept the reality that the four months of protests marked by a sharp escalation in violence was no longer “a peaceful movement for democracy.”

After invoking emergency powers to ban people from wearing masks at rallies, Lam wouldn’t rule out other measures including calling for Chinese intervention.

Lam said Tuesday: “I still strongly feel that we should find the solutions ourselves … but if the situation becomes so bad, then no options could be ruled out if we want Hong Kong to at least have another chance.”

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‘You’re not going to be prime minister’: Nine zingers from the federal leaders’ debate – CTV News

October 7th, 2019

TORONTO — The leaders of the six major federal parties went head-to-head in a fiery debate Monday night in a room full of undecided voters. It was a chance for the leaders to convey their plans to Canadians, win over new votes, and, of course, throw in a zinger or two towards an opponent. 

Catch up on who said what to whom with CTVNews.ca’s roundup of the most noteworthy digs of the debate.

1. In response to Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer’s “non-response” to the first question from an audience member about the values of Canadians on the world stage, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May quipped: “I’d like to answer the question, in contrast to what we just heard.”

2. On the subject of climate change, Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet told the People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier: “Somebody invoking the truth shouldn’t be somebody denying climate change.”Bernier attempted to interject to say, “I don’t deny climate change.” (In an interview with CTV Question Period on Sept. 15, Bernier disputed the science behind climate change, saying “there is no climate change emergency in this country”).

3. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau took a double-shot at Bernier and Scheer on the subject of immigration, diversity and being a “proud Canadian.” Trudeau said: “Mr. Bernier, your role on this stage is to say publicly what Mr. Scheer thinks privately.” 

4. In a moment that Scheer probably hoped to have more impact than it did, he quickly said Trudeau was “not as advertised” in the middle of May’s environmental speech. It’s a scripted line that the Conservative Party has repeatedly used against Trudeau in this campaign. 

5. When Bernier confronted NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh about not wanting to share the same stage because they disagree about immigration, Singh fired back: “After a couple of minutes of this debate tonight, I think people can clearly see why I didn’t think you should deserve a platform.”

6. In a Scheer-versus-Trudeau exchange about climate change in which they spoke over each other, Singh looked at the camera and said: “I want to say this directly to Canadians: you do not need to choose between Mr. Delay and Mr. Deny. There is another option.”

7. In response to constantly bringing up Ontario Premier Doug Ford, Scheer quipped to Trudeau: “Mr. Trudeau, you seem oddly obsessed with provincial politics. There is a vacancy for the Ontario Liberal leadership and if you are so focused on provincial politics, go and run for the leadership of that party.”

8. As Trudeau and Scheer went back-and-forth about abortion rights, Singh interjected to say: “A man has no place in a discussion on a woman’s right to choose.” And May shot back right: “How about a woman’s right to speak?! It’s been really interesting for most of this campaign to hear a lot of men arguing about what a woman’s right should be.” She pointed out how she was left out of the French-language debate on Oct. 2, which failed to give the opportunity for “little girls to see a woman could be the next prime minister.”

9. In what could be the hardest hit of the debate, May concluded: “Mr. Scheer, with all due respect, you’re not going to be prime minister.” Scheer said he’d prove her wrong and she quipped back: “I’ll take bets on it right now!”

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