Sep 09, 2021
By Jane Brown
Political pundits agree that Justin Trudeau held his own Wednesday night in the French-language leaders’ debate ahead of the September 20th federal election.
Looking for re-election, Trudeau was targeted by the other four leaders on his Liberal government’s handling of the pandemic and for triggering a federal vote.
“They move forward very slowly on testing,” Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole said of the Liberals, “They moved forward slowly with vaccines in the middle of a pandemic.”
“In a fourth wave of COVID-19, Mr. Trudeau, it was the wrong thing to do to trigger an election,” accused NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, “There are still challenges to surmount, the only reason for which, you decided to trigger an election is a selfish one.”
In response, Trudeau said he is seeking a renewed mandate “precisely because Canadians need to have a say in how we get out of this.”
Trudeau lashed out at Erin O’Toole for failing to understand Quebec’s daycare system.
The Conservative platform costing shows the party would replace the $29.8-billion over five years in planned Liberal spending on a national child-care program with a new tax credit to cover child-care costs that would reduce federal revenues by $2.6-billion over the same period.
The Liberal plan works out to $6-billion for Quebec to enhance its existing child-care program.
“Mr. O’Toole doesn’t even understand the Quebec child-care system, that we want to use as the inspiration for the rest of the country,” said Trudeau.
Trudeau also told the Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet, that Blanchet does not have a monopoly on Quebec and that he (Trudeau) is also a proud Quebecer.
The English-language debate is Thursday at 9pm.