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Canada Votes 2019: Election call special


GET HIMSELF ANOTHER PLAN DATE AND THE VERY FUTURE, POLITICAL FUTURE MUCH SOME OF THE OPPOSITION LEADERS AS WELL. WITH LOTS OF PEOPLE, FROM THE PARLIAMENTARY BUREAU AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND THROUGHOUT THE ELECTION CAMPAIGN, DAVID COCHRANE, HANNAH THIBEDEAU AND KATIE SIMPSON, AND TANYA FLETCHER, SOME OF THE FOUR REPORTERS THAT WILL BE HELPING US WITH OUR COVERAGE TODAY AND FOLLOWING THE LEADERS AS THEY CRISSCROSS THE COUNTRY DURING THIS CAMPAIGN. LET’S START WITH DAVID COCHRANE WHO’S JUST OVER MY RIGHT SHOULDER HERE AT RIDEAU HALL. HE WILL BE HEADING OFF WITH JUSTIN TRUDEAU LATER THIS MORNING. DAVID, WHAT — WHAT SHOULD WE EXPECT FROM THE PRIME MINISTER TODAY?>>YEAH, ROSE CIRCUMSTANCE I’M PRETTY POSITIVE THE PRIME MINISTER WANTS TO STARTED TO ON A POSITIVE TONE AS HE MAKES HIS FIRST PITCH FOR RE-ELECTION AS PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA BUT I AM ALSO POSITIVE HE’S GOING TO FACE SOME QUESTIONS ON AN ISSUE THE LIBERALS THOUGHT THEY HAD MOVED PAST AT LEAST IN PART AND THAT’S THE SNC LAVALIN CONTROVERSY WITH A NEW REPORTED TO IN THE GLOBE AND MAIL THAT THE RCMP HAS BEEN EXAMINING THIS ISSUE, TO SEE IF IT WARRANTS AN OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE INVESTIGATION BUT I’VE RUN INTO THE WALL OF CABINET PRIVILEGE WHICH THE PRIME MINISTER’S PEOPLE TELL US THAT THE CLERK OF THE PRIVY COUNCIL IS REFUSING TO WAVE BUT HAS BECOME AN ISSUE THAT ALREADY THE CONSERVATIVES ARE FEASTING ON. AND THIS SHORT OF SHORES A FUNDAMENTAL DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE 2015 ELECTION AND THIS ELECTION FOR JUSTIN TRUDEAU, ROSY, IN THAT FOUR YEARS AGO, HE WAS A FRESH FACE LONG-SHOT LEADER OF THE THIRD PARTY WHO HAD AN HISTORIC SURGE TO GO FROM THIRD TO FIRST ON ELECTION DAY, AND NOW HE’S THE INCUMBENT WITH A RECORD TO DEFEND, HIS CREDIBILITY UNDER ATTACK. HE’S GOT A STRONG THEY AND GOOD JOBS TO RUN ON BUT THERE’S AN ISSUE OF AFFORDABILITY AND CREDIBILITY, ROSIE, THAT I THINK IS GOING TO PROBABLY DOMINATE THE EARLY STAGES OF THIS ELECTION.>>YEAH, VERY DIFFERENT ELECTION FOR JUSTIN TRUDEAU, AND WE KNOW, DAVID, THAT HE DOES LIKE TO BE THE UNDERDOGGINGS, SO HE’S BEEN TRYING TO PUT HIMSELF IN THAT POSITION IN SOME WAYS, SETTING UP THE CAMPAIGN TO BE ONE REDACTION OF THE ONE WE SAW IN 2015. WE ARE EXPECTING JUSTIN TRUDEAU HERE AT AROUND TEN O’CLOCK WITH HIS WIFE, SOPHIE GREGOIRE TRUDEAU AND, DAVID, WE WILL OF COURSE GET BACK TO YOU. BUT LET’S JUST GIVE YOU A SENSE OF WHAT IS FACING JUSTIN TRUDEAU AND WHO HE IS AND WHAT LIES AHEAD. HERE’S JUSTIN TRUDEAU IN 60 SECONDS.>>LIBERAL LEADER JUSTIN TRUDEAU IS ABOUT TO FACE THE TOUGHEST FIGHT A OF HIS FOUR YEARS AS PRIME MINISTER. IN 2015, TRUDEAU BROUGHT THE LIBERALS IN FROM THE POLITICAL WILDERNESS, FROM ONLY 36 SEATS IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS, TO A CLEAR MAJORITY. BEST CASE SCENARIO FOR THE LIBERALS THEN IS DEFENDING THAT MAJORITY. BUT THE SHINE IS OFF TRUDEAU’S SO-CALLED SUNNY WAYS APPROACH TO POLITICS AND HIS OPPONENTS KNOW IT. THE SNC LAVALIN DEBACLE, THE BITTER FIGHT OF HIS NATIONAL CARBON TAX, HIS ABANDONMENT OF VOTER REFORM AND CONCERNS OVER TRADE AND THE ECONOMY ARE ALL EASY TARGETS. EXPECT TRUDEAU TO HIT BACK WITH PROMISES KEPT LIKE LEGALIZING CANNABIS, OVERHAULING CHILD BENEFITS, AND GREEN GAUGING IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE. THE 47-YEAR-OLD FATHER OF THREE, CERTAINLY BENEFITED FROM A FAMOUS LAST NAME, THE LAST TIME AROUND. BUT THIS ELECTION, THE LIBERAL CAMPAIGN SLOGAN IS CHOOSE FORWARD. HIS CHALLENGE WILL BE TO CONVINCE CANADIANS THE LAST FOUR YEARS HAVE BEEN MOVING IN THAT DIRECTION.>>ALL RIGHT, SO THAT’S A LITTLE SNAPSHOT OF THE LIBERAL LEADER, AS WE AWAIT HIS ARRIVAL HERE AS PRIME MINISTER TO DISSOLVE PARLIAMENT. LET’S GO TO REALLY WHO APPEARS TO BE HIS MAIN CONTENDER AT THIS STAGE, AND THAT’S CONSERVATIVE LEADER ANDREW SCHEER AND COVERING THAT CAMPAIGN AS WE KICK THINGS OFF, THE CBC’S KATIE SIMPSON. THINGS SEEM TO BE PRETTY MUCH NECK AND NECK IF WE ARE TO BELIEVE THE PUBLIC OPINION POLL, CERTAINLY ERIC GRENIER’S POLL TRACKER SUGGEST THAT TOO, KATIE. GIVE US A SENSE OF WHAT THESE FIRST COUPLE OF DAYS OR TODAY AT LEAST IS GOING TO LOOK LIKE FOR ANDREW SCHEER.>>WELL, THE CONSERVATIVES CERTAINLY SEE TODAY AS STARTING ON A VERY POSITIVE TONE. THEY ARE VERY EXCITED ABOUT THAT STORY IN THE GLOBE AND MAIL. THAT RAISES QUESTIONS ABOUT WHETHER THE PRIME MINISTER NEEDS TO WAVE FULL CABINET CONFIDENCES OR CONVINCE THE CLERK OF THE PRIVY COUNCIL TO DOUGH SO. HERE ON THE TARMAC, ANDREW SCHEER WAS SUPPOSED TO UNVEIL HIS CAMPAIGN PLANE TODAY, HOP ON BOARD AND HEAD OFF TO HIS FIRST DESIGNATION. HE WASN’T GOING TO SPEAK TO REPORT WAS AT FIRST AND HE WASN’T GOING TO TAKE ANY QUESTIONS. BUT SINCE THAT BOMBSHELL REPORT IN THE GLOBE AND MAIL WAS PUBLISHED, THAT’S CHANGED ANDREW SCHEER’S AGENDA TODAY. SO HE’S GOING TO BE MAKING A STATEMENT WITHIN THE NEXT HALF AN HOUR OR SO BEFORE HOPPING ON BOTHERED PLANE AND HEADING INTO QUEBEC. NOW, THE CONSERVATIVES, I SPOKE — A NUMBER OF — OR ANDREW SCHEER’S INNER CIRCLE HERE AND I ASKED THEM FOR THE REACTION WHEN THEY FIRST READ THE GLOBE AND MAIL STORY, WHAT DID THEY THINK. ONE SAID TO ME, SIMPLY, WOW. SO THEY ARE A LITTLE BIT EXCITED ABOUT THAT TO SAY THE LEAST, ROSIE.>>OKAY, KATIE SIMPSON THERE AT THE AIRPORT WITH THE SCHEER PLANE BEHIND HER. AND SHE WILL BE COVERING ANDREW SCHEER FOR A LITTLE WHILE ANYWAY AND WE’LL CHECK BACK WITH HER THROUGHOUT THE SPECIAL AS WELL. KATIE, THANKS FOR THAT AND OF COURSE HERE WITH ME AS WELL HELPING WITH OUR SPECIAL ELECTION CALL, DAY COVERAGE IS THE CBC’S VASSY KAPELOS, OF COURSE THE HOST OF “POWER AND POLITICS.” GOOD MORNING.>>HI, ROSIE.>>WE’RE GOING TO BE BUSY FOR AWHILE.>>JUST A BIT.>>JUST A BIT. SO BOTH KATIE AND DAVID TALKING ABOUT THAT GLOBE AND MAIL STORY AROUND SNC LAVALIN AND THE SUGGESTION THAT THERE HAS BEEN SOME IMPEDIMENT TO CABINET CONFIDENTIALITY AND LIFTING THAT SO THAT THE PEOPLE CAN TALK TO THE RCMP. REGARDLESS OF THE DETAILS OF THE STORY, NOT A HEADLINE YOU WANT TO SEE AS YOU ARE ABOUT TO HEAD INTO AN ELECTION.>>PROBABLY NOT IF YOU ARE JUSTIN TRUDEAU, IF YOU ARE ANDREW SCHEER THAT’S THE EXACT OPPOSITE AND WE KNOW THAT ANDREW SCHEER WILL ADDRESS THAT RIGHT AWAY. HE WASN’T GOING TO TAKE QUESTIONS, NOW HE IS, BECAUSE HE WANTS TO BE TALK ABOUT SNC. I THINK IT ALSO FITS INTO SOMETHING THAT THE CONSERVATIVES WANT TO GET ACROSS. THEY ARE TRYING TO PAINT JUSTIN TRUDEAU AS UNETHICAL, AS LACKING IN THE ETHICAL STANDARDS THAT HE SET FOR HIMSELF FOR NOT MEETING THEM AND I THINK THAT THAT IS SOMETHING THAT THEY WANT TO KEEP DRIVING HOME VERSUS THE CONSERVATIVES WHEN — THE LIBERALS, RATHER, WHEN YOU HEAR THAT JUSTIN TRUDEAU GET UP, HE’S GOING TO BE PUSHING THE MESSAGE THAT THE — THE CONSERVATIVES ARE ALL ABOUT AUSTERITY, RIGHT? BUT HE’S — SHOT THAT MESSAGE TODAY BECAUSE NOW HE’S GOING TO HAVE TO TAKE QUESTIONS.>>OKAY.>>AGAIN.>>AGAIN.>>AGAIN.>>AGAIN, YES, ALTHOUGH AND WE’LL TALK TO ERIC GRENIER THROUGHOUT THE SPECIAL AS WELL. HARD TO TELL WHETHER THEY CONTINUE TO HAVE AN IMPACT IN THE PUBLIC OPINION POLLS AFTER THEY RECOVERED IN THE SPRING, MAY JUST ALREADY BE BAKED IN AS IT TURNS OUT. OKAY, WE GAVE YOU A TASTE OF JUSTIN TRUDEAU IN 6 O SECONDS. HERE’S WHAT YOU KNEAD TO KNOW ABOUT ANDREW SCHEER.>>CONSERVATIVE LEADER ANDREW SCHEER IS FIGHTING HARD TO BE THE NEXT PRIME MINISTER. AND HE’S CLOSER THAN ANY OF HIS OPPOSITION RIVALS TO MAKING IT HAPPEN. HE PROMISES TO LOWER THE COST OF LIVING, BALANCE THE BUDGET IN ABOUT FIVE YEARS AND ABOLISH THE CARBON TAX AMONG OTHER THINGS. BUT HIS OPPONENT ARE KEEN TO EXPLOIT SCHEER’S PAST STATEMENTS ON SOCIAL ISSUES WOOINGLY GAY MARRIAGE AND ABORTION. HE SAYS A CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT WILL NOT REOPEN THESE DIVISIVE SOCIAL ISSUES. SCHEER IS THE YOUNGEST OF THE FEDERAL PARTY LEADERS, AND HE GOT HIS START EARLY. FIRST ELECTED TO THE HOUSE OF COMMONS AT AGE 25, HE MADE HISTORY BY BECOMING THE YOUNGEST SPEAKER AT 32. THE FATHER OF FIVE WAS BORN IN OTTAWA, BUT GOT HIS START IN FEDERAL POLITICS IN SASKATCHEWAN. THE CONSERVATIVE CAMPAIGN SLOGAN, THIS TIME AROUND, IS: IT’S TIME FOR YOU TO GET AHEAD. THE CHALLENGE FOR SCHEER WILL BE TO CONVINCE CANADIANS DUMPING JUSTIN TRUDEAU IS THE WAY TO DO IT.>>SO THERE YOU GO. SOME OF WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ANDREW SCHEER AS WE KICK OFF OUR ELECTION COVERAGE, OF COURSE, YOU WILL GROW TO KNOW HIM AND HIS POLICIES MUCH MORE OVER THE NEXT 40 DAYS. HERE’S WHAT WE’RE WAITING FOR, THOUGH, HERE, OUTSIDE RIDEAU HALL. THE PRIME MINISTER EXPECTED TO ARRIVE WITH HIS WIFE, SOPHIE GREGOIRE TRUDEAU AT TEN A.M. EASTERN THIS MORNING AND HE WILL AFTER MAKING THE REQUEST TO DISSOLVE PARLIAMENT TO THE GOVERNMENT GENERAL STEP OUTSIDE HERE TO THAT PODIUM THAT’S JUST BEHIND ME TO TAKE SOME QUESTIONS AND SET THE TONE FOR THIS FIRST ELECTION DAY. THEN HE WILL JUMP ON HIS PLANE, HEAD TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COUNTRY, WHERE I WAS JUST A DAY AGO, TO VANCOUVER BRITISH COLUMBIA, WHERE HE WILL HAVE A LATE RALLY IN A RIDING THAT THEY ARE HOPING TO TAKE FROM THE NDP. LOTS MORE COVERAGE STRAIGHT AHEAD HERE ON CBC CANADA VOTES. [♪♪♪] [♪♪♪] [♪♪♪] [♪♪♪]>>MY NAME IS JAZZ.>>MY NAME IS NORM.>>MY NAME IS ANNA.>>MY MAIN CONCERN IS AFFORDABLE HOUSING.>>MY MAIN CONCERN IS THE ENVIRONMENT.>>MY MAIN KEVIN IS ABOUT IMMIGRATION.>>I VOTE BECAUSE.>>MY GENERATION SHOULD HAVE A VOICE.>>THE NEWS THAT I SEE SCARES ME.>>I VOTE BECAUSE IT IS MY SECOND HOME AND I AM SO HAPPY AND SO PROUD TO BE HERE.>>HI, AND WELCOME BACK TO CBC NEWS CANADA VOTES SPECIAL ELECTION COVERAGE OF THE BEGIN, THE STARTING GUN OF THIS 43rd ELECTION. YOU ARE LACKING LIVE AT A SOFT RIDEAU HALL THERE AND THE PODIUM WHERE WE EXPECT TO SEE JUSTIN TRUDEAU IN ABOUT JUST AFTER TEN O’CLOCK, AFTER HE VISITS GOVERNOR GENERAL JULIE PAYETTE, AND JUST BEFORE THAT, YOU SAW SOME CANADIANS, SOME OF YOU, BECAUSE ULTIMATELY, THIS ELECTION IS ABOUT YOU AND VOTERS, WHAT YOU CARE ABOUT, WHAT YOU WANT TO HEAR FROM THE LEADERS, AND HOW YOU WILL MAKE THIS DECISION OVER THE COURSE OF THE NEXT 40 DAYS, AND THAT TOO WILL BE A BIG PART OF OUR COVERAGE. WE WANT YOU TO HELP US DIRECT WHAT WE SHOULD BE TALKING ABOUT AND WHAT WE SHOULD BE ASKING THE LEADERS TOO. AND THE REPORTERS ARE GOING TO BE ASKING THOSE QUESTIONS OF THE LEADERS. HERE WITH US NOW, THEY ARE HITTING THE ROAD WITH THE LEADERS AS OF TODAY. IF THEY HAVE A BUS AND A PLANE. NOT EVERYBODY DID. HANNAH THIBEDEAU IS FOLLOWING JAGMEET SINGH, AS THIS ELECTION CAMPAIGN GETS STARTED. AND, HANNAH, I BELIEVE YOU WERE ON A BUS. I SAW YOU INSTAGRAMING A PICTURE OF YOU TRYING TO SLEEP ON A BUS AND THAT SORT OF SPEAKS TO THE DIFFERENCE OF THE CAMPAIGN HERE FOR THE NDP COMPARED TO WHERE THEY WERE IN 2015.>>YEAH, ROSIE, IT’S A MUCH DIFFERENT CAMPAIGN. WE SAW IN 2011 AND 2015. AND IN 2015, WE SAW THAT TOM MULCAIR WAS THE FRONTRUNNER HEADING INTO THIS CAMPAIGN. FOR JAGMEET SINGH’S NDP, WHAT THEY ARE TRYING TO DO IS MAINTAIN THE SEATS THAT THEY CURRENTLY HAVE. IN PARTICULAR, I AM HERE IN SOUTHERN ONTARIO, IN LONDON, ONTARIO, AND THEY WANT TO TRY TO MAINTAIN WHAT THEY HAVE IN THIS AREA. NOT ONLY HERE, BUT THEY ARE GOING TO HIT THE BUS, THEY ARE GOING TO DRIVE AROUND ONTARIO, AS WELL AS QUEBEC OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS, IN QUEBEC IN PARTICULAR, WHERE WE SAW THE ORANGE WAVE BACK IN 2011 UNDER JACK LAYTON WHERE THEY REALLY BECAME THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION THEN. BECAUSE OF THAT ORANGE WAVE AND IN PARTICULAR THROUGH QUEBEC, IN QUEBEC RIGHT NOW, EVERY SEAT IS AT RISK. SO WHAT JAGMEET SINGH REALLY HAS TO DO IS HE HAS TO GET HIS NAME OUT THERE, HE HAS TO SHOW WHO HE IS, AND IN PARTICULAR, IN THE FIRST DEBATE, HE WILL TAKE PART IN, THE MacLEAN’S CITY TV DEBATE, HE HAS TO SHOW THAT HE IS STRONG, THAT HE IS A REALLY GOOD DEBATER. SO HE’S GOING TO GO INTO DEBATE PRACTICE LATER TODAY AND STAY IN THAT PRACTICE UNTIL THEY HIT THAT DEBATE. ONE THING THAT IS INTERESTING, TOO, ROSIE, IS THAT ORIGINALLY THERE WERE TALKS THAT THEY MAY START THIS CAMPAIGN IN TORONTO. HOWEVER, THE MOVIE STARS OUTSHONE THE POLITICAL STARS AND THERE WERE NO ROOMS AT THE INN. SO THAT PLAN FELL THROUGH THE WAYSIDE AND WE ARE ON A BUS HEADING HERE TO LONDON.>>AND THAT OF COURSE, IS BECAUSE OF THE TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL STILL ONGOING IN TORONTO, AND, YES, A BUSY TIME IN TORONTO.>>THAT’S RIGHT.>>YEAH, AND JUST TO REMIND PEOPLE WHERE THE NDP SIT RIGHT NOW, THEY’VE GOT 39 SEATS RIGHT NOW, AND IN ONTARIO, ONLY HAVE 8 OF THEM, IN QUEBEC, 14. SO WHEN WE ARE TALKING ABOUT SAVING THE FURNITURE, WE ARE NOT TALKING ABOUT BIG NUMBERS HERE.>>YES.>>HANNAH, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THAT.>>ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU HAVE THE GREENS NIPPING AT THEIR HEELS.>>THAT’S RIGHT. AND WE’LL TALK ABOUT THAT IN A MOMENT WITH OUR GREEN REPORTER, THANKS, HANNAH, APPRECIATE IT. WE’VE GIVEN YOU A SENSE OF WHO THESE LEADERS ARE. LET’S — LET’S BRING YOU UP TO SPEED ALBERTA BIT, GET YOU MORE FAMILIAR WITH JAGMEET SINGH. HERE HE IS IN 60 SECONDS.>>THE NDP’S JAGMEET SINGH IS A LEADER IN SERIOUS TROUBLE. HIS CHALLENGE WILL BE TO STOP AN IDEALLY REVERSE, DOWNWARD SPIRAL THAT STARTED IN THE LAST ELECTION CYCLE. IN 2015, THE NDP UNDER THOMAS MULCAIR LOST MORE THAN HALF OF THE SEATS IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS, WONDER JACK LAYTON’S SO-CALLED ORANGE WAVE OF 2011. FROM A HISTORIC HIGH TO A VASTLY REDUCED 44 SEATS. SINCE THEN, THINGS HAVEN’T GOTTEN MUCH BETTER. SING MANAGED TO WIN A BYELECTION EARLIER THIS YEAR IN BRITISH COLUMBIA, GIVING HIM THAT CRUCIAL PRESENCE IN THE HOUSE, BUT THE PARTY LOST A HANDFUL OF OTHER BYELECTION AND THE NDP’S PROSPECTS IN QUEBEC WHERE THE ORANGE WAVE REALLY TOOK OFF ARE DISMAL AT BEST. AT 40 YEARS OLD, SINGH’S HOPING TO APPEAL TO YOUNG VOTERS. HE SAYS I’VE GOTTEN A QUOTE RAW DEAL. THIS ELECTION NDP CAMPAIGN SLOGAN IS, IN IT FOR YOU. SINGH’S CHALLENGE WILL TO BE CONVINCE CANADIANS THAT HIS PARTY IS REALLY ABLE TO DELIVER ON HIS PROGRESSIVE PLATFORM.>>ALL RIGHT, THAT BRINGS YOU A LITTLE BIT UP TO DATE ON JAGMEET SINGH. AGAIN, THE NEXT 40 DAYS, NOT ONLY ABOUT TRYING TO UNDERSTAND WHAT EACH PARTY HAS TO OFFER YOU, WHAT THEY ARE PUTTING ON THE TABLE IN TERMS OF POLICY, BUT GETTING TO KNOW THE LEADERS TOO, WHO ARE THEY AS PEOPLE, AND DO YOU THINK THEY WOULD MAKE A GOOD PRIME MINISTER. THAT’S PART OF YOUR JOB AS A VOTER OVER THE NEXT NUMBER OF WEEKS. AND ONE OF THE PEOPLE WHO’S GOT NEW FOUND MOMENTUM IS GREEN PARTY LEADER ELIZABETH MAY AND TANYA FLETCHER IS FOLLOWING THAT KICK-OFF, ELECTION CAMPAIGN KICK-OFF IN VICTORIA TODAY. TANYA, YOU KNOW, HANNAH MENTIONED IT. THIS IS — THERE IS MOMENTUM HERE FOR THE GREEN PARTY, THERE IS A COMMANDS FOR THEM TO LEAN INTO SOME OF THE VOTES THAT THE NDP MIGHT TRADITIONALLY GET, EVEN THE NDP PARTY MIGHT TRADITIONALLY GET. WHAT ARE WE EXPECTING FROM ELIZABETH MAY TODAY.>>I THINK ELIZABETH MAY AND THE GREENS ROSIE ARE EXPECTING A LOT. THEY COULD PERHAPS DOUBLE THEIR CAUCUS RIGHT NOW, THE TWO OF THEM IN OTTAWA AND OF COURSE THEY ARE HOPING TO DO THAT, MAKE THE MONIES GAINS WHERE THEY ARE MOST COMFORTABLE AND THAT IS HERE ON VANCOUVER ISLAND AND SPECIFICALLY HERE IN THE SOUTH. LOOKING AT VANCOUVER ISLAND AS A WHOLE RIGHT NOW, IT’S MAINLY ORANGE. OF THE OF THE 7 RIDINGS, THE NDP HOLD 5 OF THEM BUT THE GREENS ONLY TWO SEATS ARE ALSO RIGHT HERE ON THE ISLAND. OF COURSE, ELIZABETH MAY IS A VERY FAMILIAR FACE AROUND THESE PARTS, AND SHE’S HOPING THAT THEY CAN REALLY BUILD ON THAT MOAN AND AT THE EXPENSE OF THE NDP, PERHAPS TUNE IN SOME OF THOSE PROGRESSIVE VOTERS AND THOSE LEFT OF CENTRE VOTERS. IT’S INTERESTING, WE’VE SPENT SOME TIME HERE THE PAST WEEK UP IN NANAIMO AND IN VANCOUVER ISLAND IN VICTORIA HERE, AND TALKING TO VOTERS, ONE MAN SAID TO ME, YOU KNOW, THIS AREA IS RIPE FOR CHANGE. YOU ALSO HAVE A LOT OF STRATEGIC VOTERS WHO SAY IT’S ANYBODY BUT THE CONSERVATIVES, THE ABC APPROACH, AND SO THEY SAY HOWEVER, YOU KNOW, COME VOTING DAY IS IN SECOND PLACE BESIDES THE CONSERVATIVES, THAT’S WHO THEY WILL VOTE FOR. SO STILL A LOT OF GAIN — GROUND TO BE GAINED HERE AND A LOT OF SHIFTS THAT WE COULD SEE WITHIN THE VOTING STRATEGY HERE ON VANCOUVER ISLAND. SO WE’LL SEE WHAT ELIZABETH MAY HAS TO SAY FOR HERSELF IN ABOUT AN HOUR HERE. ROSIE?>>OKAY, VERY EARLY START FOR TANYA, 6:20 PACIFIC TIME, JUST TO REMIND PEOPLE, AND, YOU KNOW, LOTS OF CHALLENGES FOR THE GREEN PARTY, WE’LL TALK MORE ABOUT THAT AS WE MOVE THROUGH OUR COVERAGE. THANK YOU, TANYA, APPRECIATE THAT. WE CERTAINLY HAVE SEEN THE GREEN PARTY COME UNDER INCREASING SCRUTINY IN PART BECAUSE OF AN INTERVIEW THAT ELIZABETH MAY GAVE TO MY COLLEAGUE VASSY KAPELOS WE’LL TALK ABOUT THAT A BIT MORE IN A MOMENT. BUT FIRST, LIZ MAY, THE FEDERAL LEADER WHO’S BEEN AROUND THE LONGEST OUT OF EVERYBODY HERE, HERE’S ELIZABETH MAY IN 60 SECONDS.>>IF ANY OF THE FEDERAL LEADERS HAVE ANY MOMENTUM GOING INTO THIS ELECTION, IT’S PROBABLY ELIZABETH MAY. THE GREEN PARTY LEADER ALSO HAS THE MOST EXPERIENCE RUNNING A FEDERAL CAMPAIGN. DESPITE HAVING ONLY TWO SEATS IN PARLIAMENT, ONE OF WHICH SHE OCCUPIES, HER PARTY IS FUELING CANDIDATES IN 338 RIDINGS. THE GREENS ARE EVEN SPROUTING UP IN PROVINCIAL LEGISLATURES, ADDING TO MAY’S MOMENTUM. FUND-RAISING AND FEDERAL PARTY MEMBERSHIPS ARE ALSO UP, POSTING A DIRECT THREAT TO THE NDP AND LIBERALS VYING FOR PROGRESSIVE VOTERS. MAY HAS SPENT HER CAREER FOCUSING ON ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF POLITICS FOR NEARLY 50 YEARS. SHE’S WRITTEN EIGHT BOOKS, MAY WON THE LEADERSHIP OF THE GREEN PARTY IN 2006 BUT WASN’T ELECTED AS MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT UNTIL 2011. THIS ELECTION, THE GREEN PARTY IS CAMPAIGNING WITH THE SLOGAN, NOT LEFT, NOT RIGHT, FORWARD TOGETHER. HER CHALLENGE WILL BE NOT JUST TO GROW HER PARTY’S FOOTPRINT IN PARLIAMENT, BUT TO CONVINCE CANADIANS THE GREENS ARE READY FOR BIGGER THINGS.>>SO LOTS OF INTERESTING STORY LANES TO WATCH WITH THE GREEN PARTY IN THIS ELECTION. PERHAPS LIKE NEVER BEFORE AND AS TANYA TALKED ABOUT, MUCH OF THAT SUPPORT WHERE THEY BELIEVE THEY HAVE THAT SUPPORT AND MUCH OF ELIZABETH MAY’S TIME WILL BE SPENT IN BRITISH COLUMBIA. I WAS FEEDING BACK ON A PLANE FROM THERE YESTERDAY, IN ORDER TO GET HERE FOR YOU TODAY, BUT THERE WAS ANOTHER FACE OUT THERE TALKING TO CANADIAN VOTERS ABOUT THINGS THAT MATTER TO THEM RECENTLY. WE ALMOST SAW ONE ANOTHER. SHIPS IN THE NIGHT AND THAT’S OF COURSE PETER MANSBRIDGE. HI, PETER, GOOD TO SEE YOU.>>HEY, ROSIE, GOOD TO SEE YOU.>>SO YOU WERE OUT THERE TOO. I DON’T THINK YOU WERE IN THE SAME NECK OF THE WOODS AS ME, BUT YOU WERE TRYING TO GET A SENSE FROM CANADIANS ABOUT WHAT THEY’RE THINKING ABOUT AS WE HEAD INTO THIS.>>YEAH, I WAS IN THE — IN THE INTERIOR, KELOWNA, HAMILTON, HOT SPRINGS, OR HARRISON HOT SPRINGS, SO SOME GOOD SPOTS, YOU KNOW, BEAUTIFUL SPOTS, GORGEOUS WEATHER LAST WEEKEND IN BC, BUT THE IDEA’S EXACTLY WHAT YOU SUGGEST. TRY TO GET A SENSE FROM CANADIANS, LISTENING TO CANADIANS ABOUT WHAT’S ON THEIR MIND. WE’RE DOING A DOCUMENTARY FOR LATER ON IN THE CAMPAIGN, WE’RE GOING IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE COUNTRY TO TRY AND PUT ALL THIS TOGETHER. SO IT’S A LITTLE DANGEROUS TO MAKE EARLY JUDGMENTS BASED ON JUST ONE PARTICULAR AREA. BUT, YOU KNOW, CLEARLY, THE ECONOMY, THE ENVIRONMENT, IMMIGRATION, HEALTH CARE, THOSE COME UP A LOT. AND SO DOES THIS WHOLE ISSUE OF THE POLARIZATION OF THE COUNTRY. THE CONCERNS THAT WE’RE LOOKING AT THE POTENTIAL FOR, YOU KNOW, A GREATER THAN NORMAL SPLIT BETWEEN EAST AND WEST IN THE COUNTRY. AND, YOU KNOW, THE FEARS THAT — OF WHAT THAT MAY BRING. SO IT’S INTERESTING, WHAT I FOUND THE MOST INTERESTING IS NO MATTER WHERE THE PEOPLE WERE COMING FROM ON THE POLITICAL SPECTRUM, THEY WERE CLEARLY THINKING THROUGH SOME OF THESE BIGGER ISSUES, AND I GUESS NOT SURPRISINGLY, BECAUSE IT WAS BC AND IT WAS GORGEOUS WEATHER AND YOU KNOW THE VISTAS, DOESN’T MATTER WHICH WAY YOU LOOK, IT’S SPECTACULAR, THE ENVIRONMENT WAS RIGHT UP THERE. ON THE PART OF ALL OF THOSE THAT I TALKED TO.>>AND SO YOU ARE GOING TO — I MEAN, YOU STARTED IN BC, BUT PRESUMABLY, YOU WILL GET A SENSE FROM CANADIANS ABOUT ALL OF THEIR DIFFERENT CONCERNS ACROSS THE COUNTRY AS YOU GO.>>EXACTLY, THAT’S THE IDEA WE’RE GOING TO GO EAST, WEST, CENTRAL, YOU NAME IT, WHERE WE’RE GOING TO CRISSCROSS THE COUNTRY.>>OKAY. ALL RIGHT, SOUNDS GOOD, PETER, THANKS FOR BEING HERE AND WE WILL TALK AGAIN A LITTLE BIT WHO ARE.>>OKAY, THANKS.>>HACK YOUR BRAIN FOR OTHER INSIGHT, THANKS, PETER. LET ME TAKE YOU NOW TO ANDREW SCHEER’S PLANE WHICH WAS JUST UNVEILED TODAY. YOU CAN SEE THE SLOGAN THERE, ON THE BACK, WELL, THAT’S WHAT IT IS IN FRENCH, ANYWAY. AND ANDREW SCHEER IS TAKING OFF ACTUALLY FOR TROIS-RIVIERES TODAY, WHICH IS INTERESTING BECAUSE THAT TOO IS A RIDING HELD BY THE NDP AND THE CONSERVATIVES, AS WELL AS THE LIBERALS, THINK THAT THEY HAVE SOME ROOM TO TAKE SOME OF THE SEATS FROM THE NDP. THAT MICROPHONE THERE IS AWAITING ANDREW SCHEER WHO IN JUST MOMENTS IS EXPECTED TO SPEAK TO REPORTERS, WASN’T GOING TO, BUT AFTER SEEING A GLOBE AND MAIL STORY THIS MORNING, REPORTING THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD NOT LIFTED CABINET CONFIDENTIALITY FOR CERTAIN PEOPLE, TO SPEAK WITH THE RCMP, DOESN’T NAME THE PEOPLE, ANDREW SCHEER TRYING TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT STORY, AND HAS COME OUT TO TALK TO REPORTERS. I WILL TELL YOU, THOUGH, THAT OUR REPORTER, JANYCE MCGREGOR DID SPEAK TO THE LIBERAL WAR ROOM THIS MORNING AND THE LIBERAL PARTY SAYS THAT NO MEMBERS OF THE PRIME MINISTER’S STAFF OR ANYONE ELSE HAS BEEN CONTACTED BY THE RCMP FOR AN INTERVIEW AS OF THIS STAGE. SO HARD TO SEE WHAT THE STATE OT STORY RIGHT NOW. BUT ANDREW SCHEER COMING UP IN JUST MOMENTS. WE’RE GOING TO TAKE A SHORT BREAK HERE ON CBC AND WE WILL BE BACK WITH MORE OF YOUR CANADA VOTES ELECTION DAY SPECIAL. [♪♪♪] [♪♪♪] [♪♪♪] [♪♪♪] [♪♪♪]>>MY NAME IS SHAUNA.>>MY NAME IS JUST CONTINUE.>>MY NAME IS JONATHAN.>>MY MAIN CONCERN IS THE FIRST NATIONS.>>MY MAIN CONCERN IS CANADA’S RESPONSE TO CLIMATE CHANGE.>>MY CONCERNS ARE FINANCIAL STABILITY.>>I VOTE FOR THE REPRESENTATION IS IMPORTANT.>>AND I VOTE BECAUSE IT’S MY RIGHT TO DO SO.>>AND I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY HEAR FROM PEOPLE LIKE ME.>>JUST SOME OF THE VOTERS AND CANADIANS WHO WILL BE WATCHING THE ELECTION AS IT UNFOLDS AND TRYING TO DECIDE WHERE THEY WILL PUT THEIR VOTE. THIS IS A LIVE SHOT RIGHT NOW OF THE OTTAWA AIRPORT, ANDREW SCHEER’S PLANE STANDING BY, AS THEY GET READY TO TAKE OFF FOR THEIR FIRST CAMPAIGN STOP AND THAT MICROPHONE THERE SET UP FOR THE CONSERVATIVE LEADER WHO PLANS TO COME OUT AND SPEAK TO REPORTERS BEFORE GETTING ON THE PLANE, AND HEADING OFF TO TROIS-RIVIERES, BUT OF COURSE WE ARE WAITING RIGHT NOW AT THIS HOUR FOR JUSTIN TRUDEAU TO ARRIVE AT LAWYER AT ABOUT TEN O’CLOCK AND GO INSIDE TO TALK TO GOVERNOR GENERAL JULIE PAYETTE AND RECOMMEND THE RESOLUTION OF THE 42nd PARLIAMENT AND OFF WE GO INTO THE 43rd ELECTION. VASSY KAPELOS IS HERE WITH ME, THE HOST OF “POWER AND POLITICS,” OF COURSE. I WANT TO GO BACK A LITTLE BIT TO THE GREEN PARTY LEADER IF WE CAN BECAUSE THAT’S SORT OF — BECAUSE OF YOU AND THE INTERVIEW YOU GUYS DID LAST WEEK BILL MORNEAU ONE OF THE DOMINANT STORIES AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS ELECTION. WHERE SHE MADE THOSE COMMENTS ABOUT ABORTION. SO JUST PEOPLE WHO MAYBE HAVEN’T BEEN PAYING ATTENTION, BRING THEM UP TO SPEED ON WHAT THEY –>>IT’S BEEN KIND OF A ROUGH WEEK FOR ELIZABETH MAY AN THE GREENS. SHE ESSENTIALLY SAY AD SAID THAT SHE HERSELF, A WOMAN HAS A RIGHT TO CHOOSE WHERE ABORTION IS CONCERNED BUT MPs SHE SHOULD THERE BE BACKBENCH GREEN MPs WOULD BE ABLE TO COME FORWARD WITH PRIVATE MEMBERS’ BILLS, MOTIONS, THAT POTENTIALLY DID OPEN UP THAT DEBATE. AGAIN SHE WOULD TRY TO DISSUADE THEM BUT BECAUSE OF PARTY POLICY SHE COULDN’T WHIP THE VOTE, COULDN’T PREVENT THEM FROM DOING SO. A FEW HOURS AFTER THAT BECAME PUBLIC, A PARTY ISSUES A STATEMENT, NO, NO, WAIT A SECOND, NOBODY WITH THOSE VIEWS WOULD GET THROUGH THE VETTING PROCESS SO THERE’S NO CHANCE OF THE BETWEEN PARTY EVER REOPENING THAT. KIND OF DOING SOME DAMAGE CONTROL AND UNDER SEE ADDRESSING CONCERNS THAT PROGRESSIVE VOTERS MIGHT HAVE ABOUT THE GREEN PARTY. THEN LAST NIGHT, WE HAD ONE OF THE GREEN PARTY’S STAR CANDIDATES IN THIS ELECTION.>>STOLEN FROM THE NDP.>>STOLEN FROM THE NDP, EXACTLY, SAYING THAT IF A REFERENDUM WERE HELD, HE WOULD VOTE FOR QUEBEC TO SEPARATE, AND THE PARTY THEN SAYS, YEAH, THAT’S OKAY, THERE CAN BE A DIVERGENCE OF VIEWS BECAUSE IT’S NOT ONE OF OUR CORE VALUES. AND THAT ALSO HAS A LOT OF PEOPLE RAISING THEIR EYEBROWS. I THINK THE NDP IS HOPING TO CAPITALIZE ON THAT. THEY WANT TO CREATE A WITH REQUEST DISTINGUISHMENT BETWEEN THEIR PARTY AND THE GREENS. THEY ARE WORRIED ABOUT THE GREENS SIPHONING OFF SOME OF THE VOTES OF THE LIBERALS ARE ALSO ANXIOUS TO TALK ABOUT THIS. THEY ARE ALSO CONCERNED ABOUT THE POTENTIAL OF THE GREENS TO SAY UPON OFF THOSE PROGRESSIVE VOTES TOO. THIS WEEK DEPARTMENT HELP ELIZABETH MAY’S CAUSE.>>A LITTLE CURIOUS THAT CANADIAN UNITY WOULDN’T BE PART OF A FEDERAL PARTY’S CORE VALUE SYSTEM. I MEAN, I THINK PARLIAMENT OF WHAT THEY’VE BEEN TRYING TO SUGGEST OR SPIN IS THAT IF IT’S NOT A TOP-DOWN PARTY AND SO EVERYONE CAN HAVE THEIR OWN OPINION. SOUNDS GREAT IN THEORY, BUT I DON’T KNOW HOW THAT — IT DOESN’T SEEM TO BE WORKING IN PRACTICE.>>AND I THINK FOR THE GREENS IN THIS ELECTION, LIKE EVERY PAST ELECTION, BOILER SO IN THIS ONE, THE QUESTION IS CAN THEY TURN THEIR POPULAR SUPPORT INTO SEATS. AND THE STRUCTURE, THE ORGANIZATION AND THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE PARTY AS A UNIT IS GOING TO BE CENTRAL TO ANSWERING THAT QUESTION. AND AS I SAID, LIKE, THIS WEEK, DIDN’T HELP ANSWER THOSE QUESTIONS. IT’S FOR THE LIKE THE IMPRESSION WAS CREATED. HEY, WE HAVE OUR STUFF TOGETHER, HERE’S WHAT WE STAND FOR, HERE’S WHAT YOUR VOTING FOR. THERE IS CONFUSION PROBABLY AMONG PROGRESSIVE VOTERS RIGHT NOW ABOUT WHAT EXACTLY THE PARTY DOES STAND FOR ON ISSUES OTHER THAN CLIMATE CHANGE.>>OKAY, WE ARE GOING TO GO LIVE TO THE TARMAC AT THE OTTAWA AIRPORT WHERE ANDREW SCHEER IS COMING OUT OF HIS PLANE. WE ARE WATCHING FOR HIM. OH, HE’S ABOUT TO COME OUT, I’M SORRY. IT’S ALL VERY — THAT MIGHT BE HIM PUTTING HIS COAT ON, MIGHT BE SOME OF HIS STAFF. ANYWAY, HE WAS GOING TO — HE WASN’T GOING TO TAKE QUESTIONS FROM REPORTERS UNTIL LATER TODAY WHEN HE WAS AT HIS — HIS FIRST CAMPAIGN TOP? TROIS-RIVIERES IN QUEBEC. HE DECIDED THAT HE WOULD NOW TAKE SOME QUESTIONS, GIVEN A GLOBE AND MAIL STORY THAT SORT OF — I DON’T KNOW, RESTARTED THE SNC CONTROVERSY BUT IT AT LEAST PUT IT BACK IN THE CONVERSATION FOR TODAY. AND OF COURSE THAT ISSUE, ONE OF THE MOST DAMAGING ONES FOR THE PRIME MINISTER THROUGHOUT HIS MANDATE, SOMETHING THAT HE HAS VERY MUCH RECOVERED FROM, THOUGH, IF YOU — IN PUBLIC OPINION POLLS, SO IT’S UN– UNCLEAR WHETHER THERE COULD BE ANY FURTHER DAMAGE TO THAT OR WHETHER MUCH OF THAT IS ALREADY BAKED IN. THE CONSERVATIVES BELIEVE, THOUGH, THAT THERE ARE ISSUES HERE OF LEADERSHIP AND CREDIBILITY AND ETHICS, AND IT’S A STORYLINE THAT THEY WANT TO PURSUE THROUGHOUT THE ELECTION. I THINK THERE ARE PROBABLY QUESTIONS ABOUT WHETHER THAT WILL ACTUALLY MAKE SENSE. AND WHETHER THAT’S ENOUGH TO GET THE CONSERVATIVES ELECTED. DAVID COCHRANE IS STANDING BY WITH ME HERE — NO, ANDREW SCHEER IS HERE. LET’S GO TO ANDREW SCHEER AND LISTENED IN TO HIM LIVE.>>INVESTIGATING INTO POSSIBLE OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE CHARGES AND THE PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE. AND, TWO, THAT JUSTIN TRUDEAU IS DOING EVERYTHING HE CAN TO BLOCK THAT INVESTIGATION. SO I AM CALLING ON JUSTIN TRUDEAU TO DO THE RIGHT THING AND IMMEDIATELY WAIVE FULL PRIVILEGE SO THAT THOSE INDIVIDUALS CAN TESTIFY TO THE RCMP. (SPEAKING FRENCH) (SPEAKING FRENCH)>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH AND I AM HAPPY TO TAKE YOUR QUESTIONS.>>GOOD MORNING, Mr. SCHEER, MY NAME IS KATIE SIMPSON AND I’M WITH CBC NEWS. DOES TODAY’S STORY IN THE GLOBE AND MAIL CHANGE AT ALL YOUR ELECTION CAMPAIGN STRATEGY?>>YOU KNOW, WE HAVE BEEN TELLING CANADIANS AND SHOWING CANADIANS HOW JUSTIN TRUDEAU HAS CONSISTENTLY MISLED THEM. HE HAS LIED, HE HAS LOOKED CANADIANS IN THE EYE AND SAID THINGS THAT HE KNEW WAS NOT TRUE, AND WE MADE THE CASE THAT HE HAS LOST THE MORAL AUTHORITY TO GOVERN. SO OVER THE NEXT FIVE WEEKS OR SO, WE’RE GOING TO BE OUTLINING OUR VISION FOR THE COUNTRY, TO PUT MORE MONEY BACK IN THE POCKETS OF CANADIANS, AND LET THEM GET AHEAD. BUT WHAT TODAY SHOWS IS THAT YOU JUST CANNOT TRUST JUSTIN TRUDEAU. HE WILL SAY ANYTHING TO COVER UP HIS SCANDALS, AND I WILL SAY ANYTHING TO GET RE-ELECTED, AND CANADIANS CANNOT BELIEVE THE THINGS THAT HE SAYS.>>Voice of Translator: AFTER THE ETHICS COMMISSIONER REPORT WAS TABLED, THAT THE POLLS DIDN’T CHANGE MUCH. WHY DO YOU THINK IT WILL BE DIFFERENT THIS TIME? WHAT IS DIFFERENT ABOUT WHAT WE HEARD TODAY? WELL, THIS SCANDAL IS NOT ABOUT THE IMPACTS ON POLLS, IT’S ABOUT INTEGRITY. AS TO WHETHER JUSTIN TRUDEAU HAS THE MORAL AUTHORITY TO CONTINUE TO GOVERN. SO OVER THE NEXT FIVE WEEKS, I WILL BE ASKING CANADIANS THE REASONS WHY, I WILL BE EXPLAINING THE REASONS WHY JUSTIN TRUDEAU HAS LOST THAT AUTHORITY AND OUR ALTERNATIVE PLAN. CANADIANS LIVING ACCORDING TO THEIR MEANS, PUTTING MORE MONEY BACK IN THE POCKETS OF CANADIANS, TO IMPROVE THEIR DAILY LOVES. SO THAT’S OUR MESSAGE AND I THINK OUR MESSAGE WILL RESONATE WITH CANADIANS AND THAT CANADIANS WANT A GOVERNMENT THAT ABIDES BY THE LAW. SHOULD THE RCMP STAY OUT OF THE ELECTION AND SUSPEND ITS INVESTIGATION OR REVIEW DURING THE ELECTION CAMPAIGN, WELL, I AM CALLING ON JUSTIN TRUDEAU TODAY TO WAIVE THE PRIVILEGE. WHEN INDIVIDUALS IN HIS OFFICE ARE ABLE TO TESTIFY OR PROVIDE THEIR EVIDENCE TO THE RCMP, I AM ASKING HIM TO LET THEM DO THAT.>>GLOBE AND MAIL, DO YOU BELIEVE THE PRIME MINISTER WHEN HE SAYS HE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE DECISION TO WAIVE CABINET CONFIDENCES?>>NOT AT ALL. I DON’T BELIEVE HIM AT ALL. I STOPPED BELIEVING HIM WHEN IT WAS PROVEN THAT HE LIED TO CANADIANS. WHEN THE ETHICS COMMISSIONER SHOWED THAT HE LIED TO CANADIANS ABOUT HIS ROLE IN THIS AFFAIR. WE KNOW THAT THE POWER TO WAIVE CABINET CONFIDENTIALITY AND THE POWER TO WAIVE PRIVILEGE IN THIS CASE RESTS WITH THE PRIME MINISTER. THAT IS CLEAR. IT’S WITHIN HIS POWER TO DO SO. HE SHOULD DO IT IMMEDIATELY, HE SHOULD DO IT TODAY.>>YOU ARE HEADING TO QUEBEC THIS MORNING. WILL YOU STAND UP FOR PEOPLE CONCERNED ABOUT BILL 21?>>I HAVE MADE MY VIEWS ON BILL 21 KNOWN. IT’S NOT SOMETHING THAT OUR GOVERNMENT WOULD.COM — OUR PARTY WOULD EVER CONSIDER AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL. WE WILL ALWAYS STAND UP FOR THE RIGHTS OF CANADIANS AND THE RIGHTS FOR EXPRESSION AND THE RIGHTS OF FREEDOM OF RELIGION.>>GOOD MORNING, Mr. SCHEER, THIS IS SYLVIA FROM B THE ETHICS COMMISSIONER IN THE REPORT OTHER THE SUMMER DIDN’T REALLY MOVE THE DIAL WITH VOTERS, SO DO YOU THINK THIS LATEST DEVELOPMENT WITH SNC WILL?>>WELL, AGAIN, THIS WHOLE SCANDAL ISN’T ABOUT MOVING POLL NUMBERS, THIS IS ABOUT SHOWING TO CANADIANS THAT JUSTIN TRUDEAU HAS LOST THE MORAL AUTHORITY TO GOVERN. AND CLEARLY THE RCMP ARE TAKING THIS SERIOUSLY ENOUGH TO START INVESTIGATING INDIVIDUALS IN THE PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE. AND THAT’S WHY IT’S SO IMPORTANT THAT JUSTIN TRUDEAU TAKE SOME PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY AND WAIVE THAT PRIVILEGE. IT’S WITHIN HIS POWER TO DO SO. BUT I’M GOING TO MAKE A PREDICTION. HE’S GOING TO LIE ABOUT IT TODAY. HE’S GOING TO CONTINUE LYING ABOUT IT, JUST LIKE HE DID AT THE VERY BEGINNING WHEN HE LOOKED CANADIANS IN THE EYE AND SAID THAT HE HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS, THAT THE ALLEGATIONS WERE FALSE. HE THEN SAID THAT JODY WILSON-RAYBOULD NEVER CAME TO HIM WITH HER CONCERNS. WE NOW KNOW THAT IS A LIE AS WELL. HE SAID THAT HE WAS DOING THIS BECAUSE OF JOBS OR HEADQUARTERS OF SNC LAVALIN. WE NOW KNOW THAT WASN’T TRUE EITHER. FROM THE BEGINNING OF THIS SCANDAL, HE HAS BEEN INCAPABLE OF BEING HONEST WITH CANADIANS AND HE HAS CONSISTENTLY BEEN CAUGHT IN HIS OWN FALSEHOODS. HE NEEDS TO DO THE RIGHT THING, WAIVE THE PRIVILEGE. CANADIANS CAN TELL THAT HIS REFUSAL TO DO SO MEANS THAT HE IS HIDING SOMETHING EVEN WORSE. IF HE HAD NOTHING TO HIDE, HE WOULD WAIVE THE PRIVILEGE AND HE WOULD LET THE RCMP DO THEIR WORK.>>Voice of Translator: YES, I BELIEVE JUSTIN TRUDEAU WILL LIE AGAIN ABOUT WAIVING THE PRIVILEGE, BUT THE FACT IS THAT THE PRIME MINISTER HAS THE POWER TO WAIVE THAT PRIVILEGE AND THE ONLY REASON WHY JUSTIN TRUDEAU WILL CONTINUE TO REFUSE IS BECAUSE HE HAS SOMETHING EVEN MORE SERIOUS THAT HE NEEDS TO HIDE. SO ONCE AGAIN, I AM ASKING HIM TO WAIVE THAT PRIVILEGE IMMEDIATELY.>>OKAY, THAT’S ANDREW SCHEER SPEAKING TO REPORTERS JUST IN FRONT OF HIS PLANE HERE IN OTTAWA, A FEISTY, DO SAY THE LEAST, ANDREW SCHEER AS HE TRIES TO SET THE TONE FOR THIS CAMPAIGN. AND CALLING THE PRIME MINISTER A LIAR, WHICH IS PROBABLY LANGUAGE THAT YOU WOULDN’T HAVE HEARD WHEN — BEFORE AN ELECTION, BUT YOU ARE HEARING IT NOW. A COUPLE OF FACT CHECKS THERE ON THINGS THAT ANDREW SCHEER HAD TO SAY, BECAUSE NOT ALL OF WHAT HE SAID WAS TRUE EITHER. FIRST POINT OUT THAT THE LIBERAL WAR ROOM SAYS THAT IN FACT THE RCMP HAS CONTACTED NO CURRENT OR FORMER STAFF OF THE PRIME MINISTER FOR DOCUMENTS OR INTERVIEWS, AND THERE’S CERTAINLY NO SUGGESTION IN THIS GLOBE AND MAIL STORY TODAY THAT THERE IS AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE ACTIONS OF ANYONE THERE. SO PLAY A LITTLE FAST AND LOOSE WITH THAT REPORT AND WHAT WE KNOW TO BE TRUE.>>YEAH, WHAT THE GLOBE IS SAYING IS ESSENTIALLY THE RCMP IS LOOK INTO THE POSSIBILITY OF OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE AND THAT PEOPLE WHO COULD HAVE TALKED TO THEM, WHO THEY WANTED TO TALK TO AREN’T ABLE TO SAY WHAT THEY WANT TO SAY, THEY SAY, BECAUSE OF CABINET CONFIDENTIALITIES. WE DON’T KNOW IF THOSE PEOPLE — THE PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE IS SAYING THOSE PEOPLE ARE NOT IN THE PRIME MINISTER OFFICE –>>IT COULD WELL BE CABINET MINISTERS OR FORMER CABINET MINISTERS.>>EXACTLY. SO WE DON’T KNOW EXACTLY. SO, YES, A LITTLE BIT FAST AND LOOSE WITH THE FACTS. HOWEVER, THE MESSAGE IS ONE THAT THEY KIND OF GOT A LITTLE EARLY CHRISTMAS PRESENT BEING ABLE TO DELIVER THIS MORNING, RIGHT? THEY DIDN’T ANTICIPATE TALKING ABOUT SNC TODAY, IN FACT THE PLAN WAS NOT TO TALK UNTIL NOON AND TO FOCUS SOLELY ON THEIR MESSAGING OF AFFORDABILITY AND PUTTING MORE THAN MONEY INTO PEOPLE’S POCKETS, ET CETERA, ET CETERA. THIS MORNING INSTEAD, AN IMPROMPTU SORT OF PRESS CONFERENCE IN WHICH ANDREW SCHEER WANTED TO TALK AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE ABOUT JUSTIN TRUDEAU’S LEADERSHIP AND CALL IT INTO QUESTION. LIKE YOU SAID, THOUGH, AND YOU’VE BROUGHT UP DURING THIS NEWSCAST, IT’S UNCERTAIN, LOTS OF QUESTIONS HE GOT TOO. IT’S DEBATABLE ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT AT THIS POINT IN THIS, YOU KNOW, QUOTE UNQUOTE CONTROVERSY THAT MOVES THE DIAL FOR THEM AT ALL. IT DIDN’T STOP THEM FROM HAMMERING THE MESSAGE TODAY, BUT YOU EVEN SAW Mr. SCHEER PIVOT QUITE OFTEN TO HIS OWN MESSAGE ON AFFORDABLABILITY AND THIS ISN’T ALL EVERYONE CARES ABOUT.>>DAVID COCHRANE, LET’S BRING YOU IN HERE. BECAUSE THERE DID SEEM TO BE — I DON’T KNOW, THEY REALLY WERE CHAMPING AT THAT STORY IN THE SCRUM THERE, AND I — I WONDER IF THEY HAVE TO BE CAREFUL ABOUT BALANCING THOSE THINGS, VASSY WAS TALKING ABOUT. SURE, TAKE ADVANTAGE OF WHATEVER WEAKNESS YOU THINK YOUR OPPONENT HAS, BUT GO YOU ARE NOT GOING TO PUT SOME STUFF IN THE WINDOW FOR CANADIANS TOO, THAT’S NOT THE THING THAT’S GOING TO GET YOU ELECTED.>>YEAH, IT’S KIND OF AN ILLUSTRATIVE WAY TO START OFF THIS CAMPAIGN, ROSIE, BECAUSE ALL OF THE PARTIES, THEY HAVE THEIR PLAN, THE POSITIVE MESSAGE THEY WANT TO START OFF, THE THINGS THEY WANT TO USE TO CONVINCE VOTERS TO VOTE FOR THEM AND THEN THEY HAVE THEIR NEGATIVE PLAN AS WELL ON HOW THEY’RE GOING TO TRY TO DISCOURAGE OR SUPPRESS OR ATTACK THEIR OPPONENTS. THE ONE THING THIS CAN PREPARE FOR ARE EVENT. I MEAN, JUSTIN TRUDEAU THOUGHT SNC LAVALIN WAS A SUNK COST COMING OUT OF THE MARION DEMOBBED REPORT, AND NOW THE CONSERVATIVES HAVE ANOTHER ISSUN WHICH THEY THINK THEY CAN SINK THE LIBERALS. BUT YOU CAN’T PREPARE AND PREDICT THESE THINGS. LIKE, LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENED WITH ELIZABETH MAY OF THIS WEEK. THE QUESTIONS SHE’S HAD TO TAKE ABOUT ABORTION, SHE HAS ONE OF HER CANDIDATES RUNNING IN QUEBEC TALKING ABOUT SEPARATISM AND INDEPENDENCE, PIERRE NANTEL, THE FORMER NEW DEMOCRAT, HE’S GONE FROM A PRIZED RECRUIT TO A DISTRACTION IN THE MATTER OF A COUPLE OF WEEKS. SO IT IS A CHALLENGE OF THINGS COMING IN AND BARGING INTO THE PLAN AND THIS IS NOT HOW JUSTIN TRUDEAU WANTED TO START THE FIRST DAY OF ELECTION 43. HE’S GOING TO FACE QUESTIONS ABOUT SNC LAVALIN, THEY HAVE — THEIR DEFENCE RIGHT NOW IS THAT THE RCMP HASN’T CONTACTED ANYBODY. THIS IS NOT WHAT THEY WANT TO BE TALKING ABOUT ON DAY 1. ANDREW SCHEER HAPPY TO FEAST ON IT, THOUGH.>>THE PRIME MINISTER’S GOING TO GET QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS FOR SURE. I WOULD POINT OUT THAT THEY DID WAIVE CABINET CONFIDENTIALITY FOR JODY WILSON-RAYBOULD IN ORDER TO SPEAK AT THE ETHICS COMMISSION, THAT’S WHAT ALLOWED HER TO COME IN FRONT AND SPEAK. HOWEVER, SHE HAS SAID THEN AND CONTINUES TO SAY NOW THAT THERE ARE ONGOING QUESTIONS THAT SHE CAN’T ANSWER BECAUSE THAT FULL CONFIDENTIALITY WAS NOT WAIVED, AND THERE IS A DISPUTE BETWEEN HER AND THE PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE ABOUT WHETHER THAT IS ACCURATE, AND JUST IN FACT HOW MUCH SHE CAN OR CANNOT SAY. SO, YOU KNOW, THE GLOBE STORY LEAVES ME WITH PROBABLY MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS, FRANKLY. WHO IS IT THAT’S TRYING TO GET THE PRIVILEGE WAIVED? AND HOW IS IT BEING LIMITED? BECAUSE SOME OF IT HAS BEEN LIFTED AND — ANYWAY, I GUESS WE’LL FIND OUT MORE OR NOT IN THE DAYS TO MANY COULD. LET ME GO TO KATIE SIMPSON, THANKS, DAVID, WHO’S ON THE TARMAC THERE WITH ANDREW SCHEER AND SHE’S JUST POPPED OUT OF THAT PRESS CONFERENCE OR THAT SCRUM WHERE YOU HEARD HER ASK A QUESTION OF ANDREW SCHEER. HE SEEMED QUITE ENERGIZED, KATIE. WOULD THAT BE A FAIR ASSESSMENT?>>ABSOLUTELY, A FAIR ASSESSMENT. BUT ONE THING TO POINT OUT AND I BELIEVE YOU AND VASSY DID MENTION IT, AROUND MADE’SES THAT ARE CERTAINLY NOT MADE IN THE GLOBE AND MAIL SUGGESTING THAT RCMP IS INVESTIGATING. THOSE WERE THE FIRST WORDS OUT OF HIS MOUTH REALLY IN THAT LITTLE SCRUM, THAT FIRST SCRUM OF THE ELECTION CAMPAIGN. THAT’S NOT WHAT THE GLOBE AND MAIL REPORTED, THE GLOBE AND MAIL HAD REPORTED THAT THE RCMP WAS LOOKING INTO THE ISSUE, DID NOT — THE STORY CLEARLY SAID THERE WAS NO INVESTIGATION, AT LEAST AT THIS STAGE, THAT ANYONE IS AWARE OF. SO IT’S IMPORTANT TO KEEP THAT IN MIND, THAT THERE WERE ALLEGATIONS THERE THAT WE NEED TO FACT CHECK AT THE TART OF THIS. BUT ONE BIG QUESTION IS WE KNEW THAT THIS ISSUE WOULD COME UP DURING THE ELECTION CAMPAIGN, IT’S JUST HOW ARE THE CONSERVATIVES GOING TO PLAY IT? AND WE KNOW THAT ANDREW SCHEER’S MAIN MESSAGE TO VOTERS IS GOING TO BE ABOUT THE ECONOMY, IT’S ABOUT A CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT WILL LEAVE MORE MONEY IN YOUR POCKET AT THE END OF THE DAY, AND WHETHER THE CONSERVATIVE TEAM IS GOING TO LET THE EVENTS AND THE OTHER SCANDALS INVOLVING THE OTHER PARTIES REALLY SHAPE THEIR MESSAGE. AND WE SAW TODAY THAT, YES, ANDREW SCHEER HAS TO CHANGE THE START OF HIS CAMPAIGN, HAD TO SHIFT HIS MESSAGE TODAY TO TRY AND CAPITALIZE AND TRY AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF A MISSTEP OF ANOTHER PARTY, OF HIS MAIN OPPONENT. SO ANDREW SCHEER DID PIVOT THERE. ONE OTHER THING I WANT TO POINT OUT, I’M BEING SORT OF TOLD THAT WE NEED TO GET ON THE PLANE SO I HAVE GOT TO WRAP UP AND MAKE THIS QUICK. HE WAS ASKED ABOUT QUEBEC’S SECULARISM LAW AND HE — HE — THAT’S ANOTHER BIG THING THAT’S GOING TO COME UP. HE’S GOING TO TAKE QUESTIONS A LITTLE BIT LATER TODAY AND THAT’S ANOTHER ISSUE THAT’S GOING TO COME UP, BECAUSE THIS IS SOMETHING THAT THE FEDERAL LEADERS REALLY HAVE AVOIDED DIGGING INTO BECAUSE OF THE POPULARITY OF THAT BILL. EVEN THOUGH EVERYONE’S OPPOSED TO IT, ANDREW SCHEER SAID THEY WOULD NEVER IMPLEMENT ANYTHING LIKE THAT AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL, BUT WHAT WOULD A CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT DO IF ANYTHING ABOUT THAT, AT THE — AT THE PROVINCIAL LEVEL IN TERMS OF WHAT’S GOING ON IN QUEBEC. SO I’M GOING TO LEAVE YOU GUYS BECAUSE I’VE GOT TO GET ON THAT PLANE AND FOLLOW THE LEADER ALONG.>>THEY’RE NOT — YEAH, THEY’RE NOT GOING TO WAIT FOR YOU. OKAY. OFF YOU GO. THANKS, KATIE SIMPSON.>>NO, THEY WON’T. THEY WON’T.>>ON THE TARMAC. IN OTTAWA. AND, YOU KNOW, AS WE GET THIS CAMPAIGN STARTED HERE, THE BEGINNING, IT HASN’T EVEN OFFICIALLY STARTED, AS WE AWAIT THE PRIME MINISTER, WE WILL ALSO GET A GOOD LOOK AT WHERE THE POLLS SIT NOW. THERE’S ERIC GRENIER IN THE “POWER AND POLITICS” STUDIO WITH HIS FANCY GRAPHICS TO BREAK DOWN WHERE THINGS STAND, AS WE AWAIT THE PRIME MINISTER’S ARRIVAL HERE TO KICK OFF THE 43rd ELECTION IN THIS COUNTRY. WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK AFTER A SHORT BREAK. YOU’RE WATCHING CBC NEWS. [♪♪♪] [♪♪♪] [♪♪♪] WITH>>>HI, WELCOME BACK TO CBC NEWS, A SPECIAL COVERAGE OF THE DAY THE WRIT DROPS. THIS IS THE OFFICIAL KICK-OFF OF ELECTION 43, OF COURSE THE ELECTION CAMPAIGN WILL RUN 40 DAYS, YOUR CHANCE TO WEIGH IN ON HOW EVERYONE DOES COMES ON OCTOBER 21st. WE ARE WAITING FOR THE PRIME MINISTER TO ARRIVE IN THE NEXT NINE MINUTES OR SO. HE’S NOT USUALLY ON TIME, NO PRIME MINISTER REALLY IS, BUT THAT’S WHAT HIS PLAN IS TO ARRIVE HERE WITH HIS WIFE AND SPEAK TO THE GOVERNOR GENERAL JULIE. LET’S BRING IN ERIC GRENIER, HE OF COURSE IS CBC’S POLL TRACKER AND HE IS ALMOST HOURLY NOW, I SWEAR, UPDATING THE POLL TRACKER SO THAT WE KNOW WHERE THINGS STAND. AND IT’S — IT’S GOOD BECAUSE IT GIVES YOU A GOOD OVERVIEW, BUT ALSO BREAKS IT DOWN REGION BY REGION. SO LET’S START NATIONALLY WHAT THE PICTURE LACKS LIKE HERE, ERIC, AND IT’S SURPRISING HOW CLOSE THINGS ARE.>>YEAH, IT IS VERY CLOSE. THE NUMBERS RIGHT NOW AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL. SO LET’S BRING THOSE UP FROM THE POLL TRACKER. WE HAVE THE CONSERVATIVES AND THE LIBERALS NECK AND NECK, LITERALLY TIED AT 33.8% A PIECE IN THE POLLING AVERAGE. THE NEW DEMOCRATS, THEY ARE IN SOME TROUBLE, THEY ARE AT 12.9% SUPPORT NATIONWIDE IN THE POLL TRACKER AND THE GREENS, TALKING TALKINGABOUT THE MOMENTUM. THE BLOC ABOUT 4% AND THE PEOPLE’S PARTY 3% AND THIS TIE IS REALLY SOMETHING THAT’S DEVELOPED OVER THE SUMMER. IF WE LOOK AT HOW THE TREND LANE HAS SHIFTED OVER THE LAST 6 MONTHS, YOU CAN REALLY SEE THAT FOR THE BEGINNING OF THE SUMMER, IT WAS THE CONSERVATIVES WHO HAD THIS LEAD OVER THE LIBERALS BUT IT’S JUST BEEN IN THE LAST FEW WEEKS THAT THE LIBERALS HAVE BEEN ABLE TO MOVE INTO A TIE WITH THE CONSERVATIVES, AND ON DAY ONE, IT IS NECK AND NECK.>>THAT’S CRAZY. SO I MEAN THAT’S — THAT’S CERTAINLY SHOWS YOU THAT CAMPAIGNS MATTER, THAT PEOPLE ARE GOING TO START PAYING CLOSE ATTENTION NOW, AND WILL MAYBE SEE THOSE NUMBERS MOVE. BUT BREAK DOWN SOME OF THE KEY REGIONS, BECAUSE A LOT OF THIS IS ALSO — IS ABOUT WHERE YOU FIND YOUR SUPPORT, IF YOU ARE LOOKING TO FORM GOVERNMENT.>>YEAH, THAT’S CONTACTUALLY RIGHT. THAT TIE WOULD PROBABLY GIVE THE LIBERALS MORE SEATS, IN PART BECAUSE OF THE NUMBERS IN ONTARIO. SO LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT THOSE NUMBERS RIGHT NOW IN THE PROVINCE WITH THE MOST SEATS THIS THE COUNTRY. WE HAVE THE LIBERALS LEAD WILLING IN THE POLLING AVERAGE ABOUT 39% SUPPORT, CONSERVATIVES AT ABOUT 33%. THAT MEANS THEY’RE NOT DOING AS WELL EVEN AS THEY DID IN 2015. PART OF THE REASON FOR THAT, PROBABLY THE UNPOPULARITY OF DOUG FORD IN THAT PROVINCE, THE NEW DEMOCRATS AND THE GREENS AGAIN FIGHTING FOR THAT THIRD SPOT. MOVING ON TO QUESTION, QUEBEC IS GOING TO REALLY BE KEY IN THIS CAMPAIGN FOR THE LIBERALS, FOR THE CONSERVATIVES, THEY BOTH NEED TO MAKE GAINS IF THEY WANT TO HAVE THEY HOPE OF FORMING GOVERNMENT. RIGHT NOW THE LIBERALS HAVE A BIG ADVANTAGE, ABOUT 36% SUPPORT IN THE PROVINCE, THE CONSERVATIVES IN SECOND, THEY ARE UP A BIT COMPARED TO 2015, WITH 21% OF THE BLOC QUÉBÉCOIS IN EXACTLY THE SAME SPOT WHERE THEY WERE LAST TIME BUT BECAUSE OF THE DIVISION OF THE VOTE THEY MAYBE I BELIEVE TO WIN MORE SEATS OUT OF THAT. AND LOOK WHO’S IN 4th, IT IS THE GREENS WHO ARE IN 4th IN THE QUEBEC, JUST AHEAD OF THE NEW DEMOCRATS, AND THEN FINALLY BC, THERE’S A REALLY INTERESTING FOUR WAY RACE. YOU HAVE THE CONSERVATIVES AND THE LIBERALS MORE OR LESS TIED PROVINCE WIDE, THEY WILL BE FIGHTING OVER A LOT OF SEATS, PARTICULARLY IN THE VANCOUVER SUBURBS. THERE’S ALSO THIS RACE FOR THIRD PLACE BETWEEN THE NEW DEMOCRATS AND THE GREENS, MORE OR LESS TIED, 17 TO 16%, LOTS OF SEATS ON VANCOUVER ISLAND THAT THESE TWO PARTIES WILL BE FIGHTING OVER.>>THAT’S WHY WE MIGHT BE VERY — UP VERY, VERY LATE ON OCTOBER 21st. I MEAN, MAYBE THE FIRST TIME — NOT THE FIRST TIME, BUT IT’S POSSIBLE THAT BC DECIDES THIS. IS THAT FAIR TO SAY AT THIS POINT?>>YEAH, ABSOLUTELY, IT’S THAT CLOSE AND IT COULD COULD DOWN TO JUST A DOZEN SEATS AND MANY OF UP FOR GRABS IN BRITISH COLUMBIA, THAT’S FOR SURE.>>YEAH, OKAY, ERIC, I LOVE YOUR GRAPHICS, I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU TRY TO SIT ON THEM. I DON’T –>>VERY BAD.>>OKAY. I WILL CHECK BACK WITH YOU IN A LITTLE WHILE. THANK YOU, ERIC GRENIER THERE IN THE “POWER AND POLITICS” STUDIO. LET ME SHOW YOU ONE LAST SHOT HERE OF WHAT WE ARE STANDING BY AND WAITING FOR HERE AT RIDEAU HALL, 24 SUSSEX WHICH IS DOWN THE DRIVEWAY FROM WHERE I AM REMAINS EMPTY TIM IN FACT JUSTIN TRUDEAU HASN’T LIVED THERE THROUGHOUT HIS FIRST MANITOBA DATE AS PRIME MINISTER. THE LAST TIME HE LIVED THERE WAS WHEN HIS DAD WAS PRIME MINISTER AND IN FACT NOTHING’S MOVED ON THAT FRONT EITHER. THERE’S NO RENOVATIONS, NOTHING’S HAPPENING, SO FOR NOW THE PRIME MINISTER LIVES ON THE GROUNDS OF RIDEAU GATE, A SMALLER HOME HERE. AND WE ARE WAITING FOR HIM TO ARRIVE. THEY ARE JUST SETTING UP SOME PROMPTERS, I CAN SEE THERE, AND HE WILL MAKE A STATEMENT AND TAKE SOME QUESTIONS BEFORE HEADING OFF TO THE AIRPORT TO HIS PLANE WHERE HE WILL THEN HEAD OFF TO VANCOUVER FOR HIS FIRST CAMPAIGN STOP. WELL, YOU PROBABLY WANTED TO SEE THEM BEFORE NOW, BUT THIS IS — THIS IS WHEN THEY COME IN, AT ISSUE. JOINS ME NOW FROM THEIR VARIOUS LOCATIONS. HERE AT RIDEAU HALL, CHANTAL IS IN MONTREAL AND ANDREW COIN THERE IN TORONTO. GLAD YOU ARE ALL HERE WITH ME TODAY AND WE’LL TALK THROUGH THE DAY AND WE’LL TALK LATER TONIGHT TOO ON THE NATIONAL. CHANTAL, WHAT — I DON’T KNOW, WHAT DO YOU THINK EVERYBODY SHOULD BE THINKING ABOUT ON THIS DAY ONE? I DON’T KNOW HOW MUCH THIS SNC STORY AFFECTS PEOPLE BECAUSE WE — WE HAVE SEEN THAT IT SEEMS TO BE SORT OF BAKED IN, PEOPLE’S OPINIONS AROUND THAT.>>TWO THINGS. YES, I DO THINK IT’S BAKED IN AND IF THE FINDINGS OF THE ETHICS COMMISSIONER DID NOT RESULT IN MUCH CHANGE IN PUBLIC OPINION, IT’S PROBABLY BECAUSE MOST PEOPLE DECIDED BACK IN THE SPRING THAT THEY KNEW ENOUGH TO COME DOWN ON ONE SIDE OR THE OTHER ON THIS. ALSO, THERE IS ALSO THE MEDIA AND THE POLITICAL FRAMING OF THIS RACE. THE ELECTION START STORY IS GOING TO FEATURE LEADERS TRYING TO — TO SELL VOTERS ON THEIR NARRATIVE OF THE ELECTION. YOU SAW ANDREW SCHEER GIVE AN EARLY SCRUM ON SNC LAVALIN. THAT’S BECAUSE HE DOESN’T REALLY WANT TO BE IN THE SNC LAVALIN STORY, HE WANTS TO BE IN THE BIG FRAME LACKING LIKE THE ALTERNATIVE TO THE PRIME MINISTER. SO IT MAY BE THAT — I MEAN, THE STORY IS PROBABLY INTERESTING FOR THE OPPOSITION, IT MAY HAVE BEEN MORE INTERESTING IF IT HAD COME OUT A DAY EARLIER.>>YEAH, I MEAN, I THINK, ANDREW, THE CONSERVATIVES HAVE OVER THE SUMMER, PROBABLY, AND CERTAINLY SINCE THE ETHICS REPORT STRUGGLED WITH HOW TO PLAY THERE A BIT. THEY GOT SO MUCH FROM IT OVER THE COURSE OF THE SPRING, WERE ABLE TO BENEFIT FROM THE DAMAGE, I’M NOT SURE HOW MUCH THEY CONTRIBUTED TO IT. AND NOW HERE WE ARE THE BEGINNING OF THE ELECTION, THE FACT THAT IT’S IN THE HEADLINE SECRETARY OF STATE CERTAINLY GOOD NEWS FOR THEM BUT IT SEEMS — IT SEEMS THAT THEY HAVE TO STRUGGLE TO BALANCE THEIR OWN MESSAGING, AS CHANTAL POINTS OUT AND HOW FAR THEY NEED TO GO DOWN THE ROAD OF THAT STORY.>>YES, AND WE’LL SEE WHAT KINDS OF IMPACT IT DOES OR DOES NOT HAVE ON THE POLLS OR STRATEGIES, BUT IT’S A HELL OF A THING TO BE RUNNING AN ELECTION CAMPAIGN IN THE SHADOW OF A PRELIMINARY INQUIRY, INFORMAL INVESTIGATION, WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL IT, BUT THERE’S SOMETHING THAT HAS BEEN GOING ON WITH THE RCMP, UP UNTIL NOW ONE OF THE THINGS WE’VE BEEN TOLD IS THIS ISN’T A BIG ISSUE BECAUSE NO LAWS WERE BROKEN. WELL AT LEAST SOMEBODY IN THE RCMP THINKS THAT IT’S AT LEAST AN ISSUE, THEY’VE BEEN INTERVIEWING PEOPLE. AND THEY’VE BEEN STYMIED BY PEOPLE’S UNWILLINGNESS TO SPEAK BECAUSE THEY’VE BEEN UNDER CABINET CONFIDENTIALITY THIS HAS BEEN HANGING OVER SINCE THE ETHICS COMMISSIONER SAID THAT 9 WITNESSES SAID THEY COULDN’T TALK BECAUSE OF CABINET CONFIDENTIALITY. THAT’S SERIOUS, ESPECIALLY SERIOUS IF YOU ARE NOW TALKING ABOUT A POTENTIAL RCMP INVESTIGATES AND I THINK THAT BECOMES MORE THE ISSUE NOW IS WHAT ON EARTH IS THE ARGUMENT AGAINST RELEASING PEOPLE, THEY CERTAINLY SEEM TO BELIEVE ALL OF THEM THAT THEY ARE UNDER CABINET CONFIDENTIALITY, WHAT ON EARTH IS THE ARGUMENT AGAINST THE PRIME MINISTER WAIVING THAT CONFIDENTIALITY NOW, NOW WHEN WE ARE ABSOLUTELY IN THE — IN WHAT’S BECOME PART OF AN RCMP POTENTIAL INVESTIGATION, I JUST DON’T SEE IT. YOU CANNOT SAY, WELL, THE PRIVY COUNCIL CLERK IS MAKING THAT DECISION. THE CLERK OF THE PRIVY COUNCIL REPORTS TO THE PRIME MINISTER, NOT OTHER WAY AROUND. HE HAS THE ULTIMATE DECISION-MAKING AUTHORITY ON THIS.>>CERTAINLY THE PRIME MINISTER COULD SAY, GO AHEAD AND WAIVE IT, THAT’S WHAT HE DID IN THE CAVES JODY WILSON-RAYBOULD ALTHOUGH IT WAS A LIMITED PERIOD OF TIME THAT OVER — IT WAS A PERIOD OF TIME THAT WAS WAVED, NOT A BLANKET LIFT OF THE CONFIDENTIALITY. IMPORTANT FOR PEOPLE THAT DON’T FOLLOW THIS STUFF PROBABLY AS MUCH AS WE DO. THE RCMP GENERALLY SORT OF POKE AROUND ON THINGS, TO DECIDE WHETHER THEOCRATIC THEY’RE INVESTIGATING, BUT THEY NEVER ACTUALLY CONFIRM WHETHER THEY ARE. SO REPORTERS TRY AND GET — TALK TO PEOPLE BEHIND THE SCENES WHO WILL TELL US WHERE THINGS STAND. [PLEASE STAND BY] I THINK THAT E KIND OF AGGRESSIVE ANDREW SCHEER WE SAW IN THAT PRESS CONFERENCE. BUT HE HAS OVERPLAYED HIS HAND IN THE SPRING WHEN HE CALLED ON THE PRIME MINISTER TO RESIGN. SO I THINK WE KIND OF SAW MR. SCHEER TRYING TO HAVE IT — TRYING TO POSITION HIMSELF IN BOTH WAYS, COMING OUT AND BASICALLY FRAMING IN REPORTERS’ MINDS AND IN THE PUBLIC’S MIND, TRYING TO TELL US WHATEVER THE PRIME MINISTER TELLS US IN 10 MINUTES, DO NOT BELIEVE ANYTHING HE SAYS, AND I THINK THAT’S ACTUALLY A PRETTY POWERFUL LINE FOR HIM IN TERMS OF THE NARRATIVE FOR THE REST OF THE DAY. OBVIOUSLY THAT IS NOT WHAT THEY WANTED TO TALK ABOUT, BOTH CAMPAIGNS WANTED TO DEMONSTRATE A SHOW OF STRENGTH GOING TO UNHELD RIDINGS TO SUGGEST THAT THEY HAVE A LOT OF GAINS TO BE MADE IN THIS ELECTION.>>Rosemary: YEAH. I — I AGREE WITH WHAT YOU’RE SAYING, BUT CHANTAL, I WONDER IF HE OVERPLAYED A LITTLE BIT BY SUGGESTING THERE WAS AN INVESTIGATION — THAT THERE IS AN INVESTIGATION AND PEOPLE INSIDE THE PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE ARE BEING SPOKEN TO. BECAUSE THAT’S NOT IN FACT WHAT THE ARTICLE SUGGESTS.>>I THINK IN AN ELECTION, IT’S PROBABLY IMPORTANT TO STICK TO FACTS, AND THE GLOBE AND MAIL STORY SAYS IN BLACK AND WHITE THERE’S NOT AT THIS POINT AN OPEN CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION BY THE RCMP. SO THE OTHER KIND OF JARRING CONTRAST IS, IF YOU BELIEVE AS HE DOES THIS MORNING THAT THE PRIME MINISTER IS NO LONGER MORALLY IN A POSITION TO BE THE PRIME MINISTER OF THE COUNTRY, THEN HE DID NOT RESTATE HIS CALL FOR A RESIGNATION ON THE HEELS OF THE ETHICS COMMISSIONER’S REPORT. SO — BUT THE MAIN PROBLEM, I THINK, FOR ANDREW SCHEER, AND WHY HE NEEDS TO GET THAT STORY OUT OF THE WAY IS HE’S ON HIS WAY TO TROIS-RIVIERES, QUEBEC. AND IT’S NOT A MATTER OF THE CONSERVATIVES, THEY HAVE NOT WON THE DEBATE ON THIS IN THIS PROVINCE. AND EVERY TIME THAT HE GOES VERY AGGRESSIVELY ON THIS FILE, PEOPLE LOOK AND SAY, SO YOU WOULD HAVE LET SNC-LAVALIN SINK, AND THAT IS NOT WHAT THE CONSERVATIVES WANT AT THIS POINT.>>Rosemary: I JUST WANT TO BRING PEOPLE UP TO SPEED, IT’S 10:02, SO THE PRIME MINISTER IS OFFICIALLY TWO MINUTES LATE. [ Laughter ]>>Rosemary: THOSE KINDS OF THINGS MATTER TO ME. HE IS GOING TO MAKE HIS WAY HERE, THOUGH, WITH HIS WIFE, SOPHIE GRÉGOIRE-TRUDEAU, TO TALK TO JULIE PAYETTE, AND HAVE PARLIAMENT DISSOLVED, AND HE WILL COME OUT AND ANSWER SOME QUESTIONS. ANDREW, WHAT COULD HE POSSIBLY SAY AT THIS POINT ABOUT THOSE QUESTIONS? I MEAN, HE WILL SAY WHAT HE’S ALWAYS SAID, I THINK. AND I WONDER IF BY QUESTIONING HIS MORAL AUTHORITY, ANDREW SCHEER HAS NOT NOW PUT — AND MAYBE THIS IS WHAT HE WANTS TO BE DOING, BUT NOW HAS TO DEMONSTRATE HOW JUSTIN TRUDEAU HAS LOST THE MORAL AUTHORITY TO GOVERN. AND IF THAT’S THE FRAME FOR THE WHOLE ELECTION, WHAT DOES THAT LOOK LIKE? THAT’S A LOT OF QUESTIONS FOR YOU. SO JUST CHOOSE ONE. [ Laughter ]>>WE’RE TALKING ABOUT SCHEER.>>Rosemary: YEAH. >>YEAH. I THINK MORAL AUTHORITY IS RATHER STRONG LANGUAGE. I AM NOT SURE HE CAN SUSTAIN THAT FOR THE ENTIRETY OF THE CAMPAIGN.>>Rosemary: YES. YES.>>WHAT THE CONSERVATIVES HAVE TO — IF YOU LOOK AT — IF YOU UNPACK THAT SLOGAN OF THEIRS, IT’S TIME FOR TO YOU GET AHEAD, THAT PLAYS INTO THE SAME RESENTMENT IN SOME WAYS THAT THE LIBERALS RAN ON IN 2015, THT EVERYONE ELSE AND GETTING AHEAD AND I’M NOT, AND YOU CAN FILL IN THOSE BLANKS IN VARIOUS WAYS. ONE OF WHICH, I SUSPECT FROM SOME OF THE PRELIMINARY TORY RHETORIC, IS THE GAME IS RIGGED. IF YOU’RE CLOSE TO THE PRIME MINISTER YOU GET CERTAIN FAVOURS, IF NOT, YOU WON’T. ONE EXAMPLE OF THAT THEY WILL NO DOUBT TALK ABOUT IS SNC-LAVALIN. SO IT CAN BE MADE TO FIT INTIET NARRATIVE BECAUSE THERE’S CERTAINLY LOTS OF POLLING DATA THAT PEOPLE IN GENERALIZED WAY, LANDLORD NUMBERS OF PEOPLE, THINK THE SYSTEM IS RIGGED. THINK THE ECONOMY IS RIGGED, THE POLITICS IS RIGGED. WHETHER THAT’S ACCURATE OR NOT, THERE’S CERTAINLY A PERCEPTION OUT THERE. CERTAINLY WHEN YOU LOOK AT SNC-LAVALIN, IT’S HARD TO SAY ENTIRELY THAT’S WRONG IN THAT PARTICULAR MATTER. >>Rosemary: BUT NOT TO CHANGE ENTIRELY YOUR TACK, BUT IT’S ONE THING TO TALK ABOUT ANDREW SCHEER VERSUS JUSTIN TRUDEAU, AND IT IS AT THIS POINT LINING UP TO BE ONE OF THOSE TWO-WAY BATTLES FOR POWER. BUT I THINK WHAT IS IMPORTANT TODAY IS ALSO FROM MR. SCHEER’S PERSPECTIVE — AND MR. TRUDEAU — HOW THE OTHERS GET THROUGH THE DAY. BECAUSE ANY REVIVAL OF THE NDP IS GOOD NEWS AND PROBABLY NEEDED NEWS FOR THE CONSERVATIVES. SO FOR THEM, THEY NEED TO HAVE A GOOD DAY, BUT HE NEED JAGMEET SINGH TO HAVE A BETTER DAY THAN THE DAYS HE’S BEEN HAVING. AND BY THE SAME TOKEN, THERE ARE CONCERNS AMONG CONSERVATIVES AS TO WHAT IS GOING TO BE HAPPENING TO THE GREEN PARTY AND ELIZABETH MAY. THERE IS AN ASSUMPTION OUT THERE THAT SHE WILL HAVE GREAT CAMPAIGN. BUT SO FAR THAT’S NOT PROVEN. >>Rosemary: I’M JUST GOING TO CHUMP IN, CHANTAL, IF YOU DON’T MIND, BECAUSE HERE COMES JUSTIN TRUDEAU, THE LIBERAL LEADER, AND HIS WIFE, SOPHIE GRÉGOIRE-TRUDEAU. AS I MENTION, THEY LIVE ON THE GROUNDS. THIS IS RA A SHORT WALK FROM THEIR HOME WHERE THEY ARE LIVING RIGHT NOW, UP HERE TO THE MAIN BUILDING OF RIDEAU HALL. AGAIN, NO ONE’S LIVING THERE EITHER. SO EVERYONE’S OUT OF THEIR REGULAR HOMES. JULIE PAYETTE LIVES IN A DIFFERENT PLACE TOO, BUT SHE WILL CERTAINLY FOR THIS FORMAL MEETING MEET WITH THE PRIME MINISTER AND HIS WIFE INSIDE. AND SO HOW THIS WILL WORK IS THAT THE PRIME MINISTER WILL MEET WITH THE GOVERNOR GENERAL, WILL ASK FOR A DISSOLUTION OF PARLIAMENT. SHE WILL SAY YES. THAT’S WHAT WILL HAPPEN. IT DOESN’T ALWAYS HAPPEN THAT EASILY, BUT IT WILL IN THIS CASE. AND THEN THE GOVERNOR GENERAL WILL PROCEED BY THE ISSUING OF THE WRIT, NOT THE DROPPING OF THE WRIT. LET’S GET A FINAL THOUGHT FROM — AT ISSUE AS THESE TWO HEAD IN TO BEGIN THE FORMAL PROCESS OF THE BEGINNING OF THE ELECTION. CHANTAL, THE ONE — THE ONE SORT OF THING THAT YOU WOULD TELL PEOPLE TO KEEP IN MIND AS WE BEGIN THE NEXT 40 DAYS.>>WELL, WE’RE ALL — THOSE OF US WHO WERE AROUND — AND I HATE TO DATE MYSELF — FOR KIM CAMPBELL’S ELECTION START WILL BE LOOKING FOR THAT MOMENT WHEN SOMEONE SETS OFF ON THE WRONG FOOT. REMEMBER KIM CAMPBELL WAS ASKED COME OUT OF RIDEAU HALL ABOUT UNEMPLOYMENT, AND BASICALLY SAID, WELL, YOU KNOW, IT’S BAD, BUT IT’S NOT GOING TO GET BETTER FOR A LONG, LONG TIME. AND JEAN CHRETIEN SIZED ON THAT AND THE REST IS HISTORY, BECAUSE HE HAD A GREAT FIRST DAY OF REMARKS FROM THE OUTGOING PRIME MINISTER. SO I’M GUESSING EVERYONE AT ALLED IS GOING TO BE LOOKING AT WHETHER — YOU KNOW, A COLLEAGUE OF MINE TODAY SAID IT’S LIKE IF YOU’RE GOING TO BE CUTTING A TREE. IF YOU START OFF WRONG, YOU MAY HAVE A REALLY HARD TIME GETTING THAT TREE DOWN.>>Rosemary: AND IT’S A MUCH SHORTER CAMPAIGN THAN LAST TIME, ANDREW, SO THERE’S LESS TIME TO TURN THINGS AROUND HERE. >>YES. I THINK THE NOVELTY FOR ME IN THIS IS THAT FOR THE FIRST TIME BOTH THE LIBERALS AND THE CONSERVATIVES ARE POTENTIALLY FACING A TWO-FRONT WAR. SO THE LIBERALS ARE GOING TO EXECUTE THEIR USUAL STRATEGY OF TRYING TO ROUND UP THE VOTES ON THE LEFT WITHOUT LOSING TOUCH OF THE CENTRE VOTER. VICTORIA WILL BE TRYING TO REACH OUT TO THE VOTER WITH KEEPING ONE EYE ON THE PEOPLE’S PARTY. THEY HAVE NOT DONE TERRIBLY WELL SO FAR, BUT NOW WE’RE IN AN ELECTION PERIOD AND PEOPLE START FOCUSING IN. IT’S NOT INCONCEIVABLE THEY COULD START TAKING VOTES, AND THE CONSERVATIVES HAVE TO BE WARY OF THAT. THAT IS THE NEW THINGS IN THIS CAMPAIGN.>>Rosemary: OKAY, QUICK THOUGHT FROM YOU. >>SHORTER ELECTION CAMPAIGN, OBVIOUSLY ADVANTAGES THE INCUMBENT GOVERNMENT, IT GIVES THEM LESS TIME, GIVES THE OPPOSITION LESS TIME TO GET THEIR LEADER KNOWN. DREW SHOOURE — ANDREW SCHEER AND JAGMEET SINGH ARE STILL VERY MUCH PRESENTING THEMSELVES TO CANADIANS. THAT WILL BE CHALLENGE TO THEM. GOING BACK TO YOUR FIRST QUESTION, IT IS YOUR ELECTION AS A VOTER, AND SHOULD YOU ASK AS IN QUESTIONS AS YOU CAN AND NOT JUST LISTEN TO US. [ Laughter ]>>Rosemary: BUT LISTEN TO US A LITTLE BIT, BECAUSE OTHERWISE WE DON’T HAVE JOBS. OKAY. THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH. I’M COME BACK AND TALK TO SHORTLY. WE’RE GOING TO TAKE A QUICK BREAK. THE PRIME MINISTER NOW SPEAKING WITH THE GOVERNOR GENERAL INSIDE RIDEAU HALL, ASKING FOR THIS ELECTION TO OFFICIALLY START. WE WILL BE BACK WITH MORE OF THIS CBC NEWS CANADA VOTES SPECIAL. [ ♪♪♪ ] [ ♪♪♪ ] [ ♪♪♪ ] [ ♪♪♪ ]>>Rosemary: WELCOME BACK TO OUR CBC NEWS CANADA VOTES SPECIAL. THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF THIS ELECTION. THERE’S SOMEONE JUST TESTING THE MIC FOR THE PRIME MINISTER WHEN HE COMES OUT OF RIDEAU HALL WHERE HE IS NOW, MEETING WITH GOVERNOR GENERAL JULIE PAYETTE. THE LIBERALS SAY THE PRIME MINISTER — THE LIBERAL LEADER AS WE WILL CALL HIM THROUGHOUT THIS ELECTION — WILL BE IN HERE FOR 15 TO 20 MINUTES AND THEN HE WILL COME OUT NOT FAR FROM WHERE I’M SITTING AND KICKS OFF AN ELECTION CAMPAIGN AND TAKES QUESTIONS FROM REPORTERS BEFORE HE HEADS OUT TO BEGIN CAMPAIGNING FOR THIS FIRST DAY. WE OF COURSE HAVE REPORTERS WITH ALL THE MAJOR CAMPAIGNS, AND WE’LL BE COVERING ALL ASPECTS OF THE ELECTION TODAY AND THROUGHOUT THE NEXT 40 DAYS. HANNAH THIBEDEAU IS COVERING JAGMEET SINGH, WHO IS IN LONDON, ONTARIO, TODAY. THERE SHE IS THERE. AND TANYA FLETCHER IS WITH ELIZABETH MAY, WHO BEGINS HER CAMPAIGN TODAY IN VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA. A PLACE WHERE THE GREEN PARTY HOPES TO MAKE SOME INROADS. AND WE WILL TALK TO THEM THROUGHOUT THE ELECTION SPECIAL COVERAGE AS WELL. PETER MANSBRIDGE JOINS ME NOW FOR A LITTLE HISTORICAL CONTEXT OF HOW THINGS HAVE UNFOLDED. PETER, I UNDERSTAND YOU WANTED TO WEIGH IN ON THE NOTION THAT THE RCMP ARE NOT INVESTIGATING — BECAUSE THERE’S A DIFFERENCE FOR THE RCMP — BUT ASKING QUESTIONS REGARDING SNC-LAVALIN. >>JUST A COUPLE QUICK POINTS. AS YOU ALL HAVE MENTIONED, IT THROWS TRUDEAU OFF HIS PLANNED GAME FOR THE OPENING OF THE ELECTION CAMPAIGN, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY — AND WE SHOULDN’T KID OURSELVES HERE — THERE’S A REASON CONSERVATIVES ARE STRATEGICALLY TRYING TO MAKE THIS LINK BETWEEN INVESTIGATION — AND YOU QUITE CORRECTLY POINTED OUT THAT’S NOT WHAT THE GLOBE STORY SAID — BUT INVESTIGATION, THE RCMP, AND THE GOVERNMENT OF THE DAY. IF WE GO BACK TO 04/05, THAT CAMPAIGN THAT BRIDGED THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS, THE TURNING POINT FOR MANY PEOPLE IN THAT CAMPAIGN IS WHEN THE RCMP ANNOUNCED THEY WERE IN FACT DOING AN INVESTIGATION. AT THAT TIME IT WAS OF RALPH GOODALE, THE PAUL MARTIN GOVERNMENT, THE FINANCE MINISTER, ABOUT A — YOU KNOW, WON’T GO INTO THE DETAILS OF IT ALL, BUT IT WAS HIS INVOLVEMENT IN A TAX PLAN CHANGE. NOW, THAT FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE TURNED THE CAMPAIGN AND GAVE STEPHEN HARPER THE CHANCE TO GO THROUGH THAT CAMPAIGN, HAMMERING AWAY ON THE INTEGRITY ISSUE, RCMP ARE INVESTIGATING, A LOT OF LANGUAGE SIMILAR TO WHAT WE HEARD SCHEER SAY JUST A LITTLE WHILE AGO. SO LET’S NOT KID OURSELVES. THERE’S A REASON THAT THEY’RE SAYING WHAT THEY’RE SAYING, AND THEY’RE BRINGING IT UP RIGHT NOW, BECAUSE IT WILL HAVE AN IMPACT NO MATTER HOW LONG THEY PLAY IT. I AGREE WITH YOU, THERE ARE QUESTIONS ABOUT WHETHER THE SNC STORY HAS A LIFE. I CAN TELL YOU WHEN I WAS IN BC LAST WEEK, IN BC, NOBODY RAISED THAT QUESTION. NOBODY. AND WE TALKED TO DOZENS OF PEOPLE. DOES THIS BRING IT BACK TO LIFE OR DOES IT SORT OF CEMENT IN THE BASE THAT ISSUE ABOUT INTEGRITY SURROUNDING GOVERNMENT?>>Rosemary: AND I GUESS THE PRIMARY DIFFERENCE IS, AS YOU RIGHTLY POINT OUT, BETWEEN WHAT HAPPENED IN 04/05 AND NOW IS BECAUSE THE RCMP SAILED WE ARE INVESTIGATING. THEY LEARNED A LESSON FROM THAT BECAUSE THEY WERE MUCH CRITICIZED AT THE TIME AS WELL, AND THE GLOBE STORY ALSO REPORTS SAYING THEY ARE NOT GOING ANY FURTHER NOW. EVERYTHING IS ON ICE DURING THE ELECTION. AND UNLESS THINGS GET LEAKED, WHICH IS, YOU KNOW, VERY PROBABLE, WE’RE NOT GOING TO HEAR MUCH MORE ABOUT THIS.>>I AGREE.>>Rosemary: THAT’S WHAT THE LIBERALS ARE HOPING TOO. >>YEAH, I AGREE WITH YOU TO A POINT. THE FACT IS HE’S PUT THAT WORD OUT THERE, SCHEER, YOU MEAN. HE’S PUT THE INVESTIGATION WORD OUT THERE. HE’S USED THE LIAR WORD. HE’S REALLY STEPPED UP HIS GAME. I THOUGHT ALTHIA MADE A GOOD POINT. HE LOOKED AGGRESSIVE AT A TIME WHEN MANY PEOPLE MAYBE THINK HE’S NOT AGGRESSIVE ENOUGH. THERE WAS A LOT OF STRATEGY BEHIND THOSE FEW MOMENTS AND WHAT HE SAID. >>YEAH. OKAY, PETER, THANKS FOR THAT. WE’LL COME BACK TO YOU AS THE SPECIAL GOES ON. APPRECIATE IT. ANDREW SCHEER IS APPARENTLY GOING TO LAND IN QUEBEC CITY TODAY, NOT TROIS-RIVIERES, BECAUSE OF WEATHER, AND THIS IS ONE OF THE ISSUES WHEN YOU’RE CAMPAIGNING IN CANADA PRESIDENT WEATHER GETS IN THE WAY AND MAKES YOU HAVE TO COURSE CORRECT AND CHOOSE NEW PLANS ON THE FLY. THEY’RE GOING TO LAND IN QUEBEC CITY TODAY AND TAKE A BUS TO TROIS-RIVIERES, AND AS YOU KNOW, THE QUEBEC CITY REGION IS A PLACE WHERE THE CONSERVATIVES HAVE MADE INROADS IN THE PAST AND PICKED UP SEATS, HOPE TO AGAIN, AND IN THE TROIS-RIVIERES RIDING, THEY’RE HOPING THEY CAN PINCH THAT BECOME FROM THE NDP. WHAT MIGHT GET IN THE WAY AND MIGHT SURPRISE PEOPLE WHO DON’T FOLLOW QUEBEC POLITICS CLOSELY IS THE BLOC QUEBECOIS IS STILL A FORCE IN THAT PROVINCE. THEY HAVE NOW ANOTHER LEADER WHO’S PROBABLY NOT FAMILIAR OWLS OF QUEBEC, BUT HE HAS A HISTORY INSIDE QUEBEC AND THEY’RE HOPING THEY CAN RETURN THAT PARTY TO OFFICIAL PARTY STATUS. HERE’S A LITTLE BIT.>>BLOC QUEBECOIS LEADER HAS HICKEST HIS WORK COUNTY OUT FOR HIM. HE WANTS YOU TO SIGH HIM AS A FRIENDLIER FACE OF SEPARATISM AND THAT IS WHAT’S GOOD FOR AN INDEPENDENT QUEBEC CAN BE GOOD FOR THE REST OF CANADA TOO. THE IDEA OF SOVEREIGNTY IS LOW ON THE PRIORITY LIST FOR QUEBECERS IF YOU TRUST RECENT POLLING, AND THE BLOC QUEBECOIS VERY NEARLY DIED ALONG WITH IT. BUT THE PARTY IS HOPING TO APPEAL TO VOTERS MORE CONCERNED WITH PROGRESSIVE ISSUES AND THE ENVIRONMENT. BLANCHETTE’S PAST EXPERIENCE AS A PROVINCIAL ENVIRONMENT MINISTER MIGHT HELP THERE. AFTER LOSING HIS SEAT, HE SPENT THE LAST FIVE YEARS AS A POLITICAL PUNDIT IN THE PROVINCE, AT ITS HEIGHTS IN THE 1990s, THE BLOC QUEBECOIS HAD 54 SEATS IN PARLIAMENT AND WAS EVEN THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION, WITH ONLY 10 SEATS NOW, HIS MAIN CHANNEL IS TO MAKE THE CASE TO QUEBECERS THAT HIS PARTY IS STILL RELEVANT AND RETURN THE BLOC QUEBECOIS TO OFFICIAL PARTY STATUS.>>Rosemary: OKAY. YOU ARE LOOKING NOW AT A SHOT OF THREE OF THE PARTIES THAT ARE GETTING READY TO LAUNCH THEIR CAMPAIGNS, THE BLOC QUEBECOIS, THE NDP, JAGMEET SINGH CURRENTLY IN LONDON, ONTARIO, HANNAH THIBEDEAU FOLLOWING THAT CAMPAIGN, AND ELIZABETH MAY, WHO’S THERE IN VICTORIA WHERE A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE WAITING FOR HER EARLY IN THE MORNING. AS SHE KICKS OFF HER CAMPAIGN WITH NEW FOUND MOMENTUM. WE ARE WAITING FOR PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU, OUR PRODUCER TELLS ME HE PUT HIM ON A TIMER BECAUSE THAT’S HOW NERDY WE ARE. HE’S SUPPOSED TO BE IN THERE FOR 15 OR 20 MINUTES, SHOULDN’T TAKE LONGER THAN THAT. THEN HE’LL COME OUT AND WE CAN GET THIS WHOLE THING STARTED. LET’S TALK BT THE NDP A LITTLE BIT BECAUSE WE HAVEN’T, REALLY, OTHER THAN THAT HANNAH TOLD US FROM THE ROAD. THEY DON’T REALLY SEEM TO — I GUESS THERE’S AN OPPORTUNITY HERE. I SHOULDN’T START OFF BAD FOR THEM. THERE’S AN OPPORTUNITY HERE FOR THEM, FOR HIM TO BE BETTER KNOWN, TO PUT SOME OF HIS IDEAS ON THE TABLE, AND TO TRY TO TURN THINGS AROUND. BUT THE STARTING POINT IS NOT WHERE THEY WOULD HAVE WANTED TO BE.>>NO. IT’S VERY DIFFERENT FROM WHERE THEY WERE IN 2015. THEY ARE THE UNDERDOG COMING INTO THIS ELECTION. THEY HAVE HAD AN OKAY WEEK PRIOR TO START OF THIS CAMPAIGN, BETTER, MAYBE, THAN THE GREENS, AND CERTAINLY BETTER THAN I THINK THEY MIGHT HAVE THOUGHT THEY WOULD HAVE. BUT THEY’RE COMING INTO IT AT A DISADVANTAGE. THEY HAVE LESS MONEY THAN THE TWO BIG PARTIES, THE CONSERVATIVES AND THE LIBERALS, THEY HAVE ABOUT THE SAME MONEY THEY’VE BEEN RAISING AS THE GREENS, AND THEY ARE, YOU KNOW, AS MUCH STOCK AS PEOPLE PUT IN POPULAR OPINION POLLS, IF YOU PUT A LOT INTO IT, YOU’RE NOT GOING TO BE TOO HOPEFUL FOR THE NDP. THEIR FORTUNES ARE IN TROUBLE AND ESPECIALLY IN REGIONS WHERE THEY NEED TO SEE ELECTORAL SUCCESS. I’M THINKING PARTICULARLY OF QUEBEC. IT WOULD BE FASCINATING TO SEE IF THE NDP IS AS COLLAPSED AS THE POLLS INDICATE, IF THEIR VOTE IS AS COLLAPSED IN QUEBEC, WHO THEN ADVANCES, IS ABLE TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT, AND THERE IS SUCH A QUESTION MARK OVER THAT. MAYBE MORE THAN ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE COUNTRY, THAT ULTIMATELY COULD FEED INTO THE FINAL RESULTS THAT I THINK — I REALLY THINK IT’S THE THING TO WATCH. >>Rosemary: I’M GOING THERE ON MONDAY TO TRY TO GET A SENSE OF THAT TOO, AND ALSO TO GET A SENSE OF WHETHER — WHO JAGMEET SINGH IS HAS BECOME AN ISSUE IN QUEBEC, AND I SAY THAT BECAUSE THE PARTY OBVIOUSLY KNOWS IT’S AN ISSUE, GIVE THAN AD THEY’VE PUT OUT, ABOUT 10 DAYS AGO WHERE YOU SEE JAGMEET SINGH WITHOUT HIS TURBAN AND PUTTING IT ON AND EXPLAINING TO PEOPLE HE’S LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE. BUT FOR A PROVINCE THAT HAS A LAW NOW THAT DOES NOT ALLOW RELIGIOUS SYMBOLS IN PUBLIC POSITIONS, THERE’S OBVIOUSLY SOME ACCEPTABLE SENTIMENT WITHIN THE PROVINCE THAT MAKES PEOPLE QUESTION THAT KIND OF STUFF, AND I DON’T KNOW HOW THAT — I’M NOT SURE WE KNOW HOW THAT WILL AFFECT HIM EITHER. >>IT’S A HARD QUESTION TO ANSWER SPECIFICALLY. YOU KNOW THERE’S A CERTAIN LEVEL OF DISCOMFORT. BUT YOU ALSO KNOW THAT THAT ISSUE — AND PARTICULARLY AROUND THE SECULARISM BILL — IS A BIG ONE IN QUEBEC. I WAS LOOKING THROUGH THE FRENCH MEDIA JUST NOW, AND THEIR SORT OF REPORTING OF THE PRESS CONFERENCE FROM ANDREW SCHEER, WE’RE FOCUSED ON ALL THE STUFF HE SAID ABOUT SNC, THEY’RE ACTUALLY FOCUSED ON THE ONE ANSWER HE GAVE ON BILL 21, DEMARCATING IT AS A SHIFT IN TONE BECAUSE HE SAID THAT ISN’T SOMETHING WE WOULD BRING IN AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL. THERE’S A DIFFERENT FOCUS AMONG QUEBECERS AND THE MEDIA THERE, AND THAT PLAYS OUT DIFFERENTLY FOR THE NDP IN THAT PROVINCE THAN IT WOULD ELSEWHERE. AND THE REASON THAT MATTERS SO MUCH FOR THE NDP AND FOR THEIR CHANCES ON ELECTION NIGHT IS BECAUSE OF HOW IMPORTANT QUEBEC IS FOR THEM RIGHT NOW, RIGHT? IF THEY DIDN’T HAVE AS MANY SEATS IN THAT PROVINCE, IT WOULDN’T BE SUCH A FACTOR IN THEIR SUCCESS OR LACK THEREOF AT THE END, BUT BECAUSE THEY DO AND BECAUSE IT HAS BEEN SO KEY TO THEM IN THE PAST FOR THEIR SUCCESS, IT’S GOING TO BE SOMETHING THAT HAS TO BE ACKNOWLEDGED, DISCUSSED, AND FIGURED OUT. IT’S DIFFICULT TO FIGURE OUT. >>Rosemary: YOU HAVE 14 SEATS, AND THERE’S A POSSIBILITY YOU’LL LOSE THEM, THAT’S AN ISSUE, AND IT’S AN ISSUE FOR THE CONSERVATIVES WHO DEPEND ON VOTE SPLITS WITH THE NDP TO WIN TOO. I CAN REPORT THE PRIME MINISTER HAS BEEN IN RIDEAU HALL FOR 15 MINUTES SO HOPEFULLY COMING OUT SOON. AND HE WILL TAKE SOME QUESTIONS FROM REPORTERS AFTER HE DOES THAT. LET ME GO NOW TO HANNAH THIBEDEAU, WHO IS COVERING THE NDP CAMPAIGN WITH JAGMEET SINGH. SHE IS IN LONDON, ONTARIO, AND I GUESS YOU’RE WAITING FOR THINGS TO KICK OFF. GOOD TO SEE PEOPLE TURNED OUT FOR THE EVENT, HANNAH. >>Reporter: YEAH, THIS IS JAGMEET SINGH’S — HE’S JUST GOTTEN OFF THE BUS, AND ONE THING THAT’S INTERESTING, YOU KNOW, TYPICALLY ON ELECTION CAMPAIGNS, THERE ARE TWO BUSES, ONE BUS FOR THE LEADER AND THE STAFF, ANOTHER BUS FOR THE MEDIA TO PULL THEIR GEAR, AND THIS TIME AROUND, THERE IS ONE BUS TO PUT EVERYBODY ON, AND WHAT WE’RE HEARING FROM THE TEAM, EVEN THOUGH WE’VE HEARD THERE ARE FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES, IS THAT THAT ONE BUS IS TO GIVE US FULL ACCESS TO THE LEADER. SO THAT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE WHEN WE TRAVEL ALONG WITH HIM. I HEAR YOU LAUGHING, ROSIE.>>Rosemary: WELL, I JUST — THAT’S WHAT — THAT’S ACTUALLY PRETTY GOOD SPIN, BUT I DON’T QUITE BELIEVE IT. BUT PRETTY GOOD SPIN. >>YES. IT IS GOOD SPIN. AND I THINK YOU HAD THE SAME REACTION I DID WHEN I FIRST HEARD IT AS WELL. HE’S HERE IN LONDON. REMEMBER, HE DOES HAVE SOME TIES TO LONDON. HE WENT TO WESTERN FOR FIVE YEARS, SO HE LIVED IN THIS AREA. HE IS ACTUALLY IN A BUILDING THAT IS GOOD WILL, SO THIS IS WHERE PEOPLE WHO NEED HELP CAN COME, GET SECOND HAND CLOTHES, THEY CAN ALSO GET A COFFEE, THEY CAN HELP REBUILD THEIR LIVES, AND THAT’S A LOT OF THE THEME FOR JAGMEET SINGH, IS THAT DON’T LET THE CONSERVATIVES OR THE LIBERALS TAKE OVER, BECAUSE THEY’RE JUST HELPING THE WEALTHY. THEY’RE HELPING THEIR FRIENDS. HE SAYS THAT HE WANTS TO HELP EVERYDAY CANADIANS, SO THAT’S THE TYPE OF MESSAGE YOU ARE GOING TO HEAR FROM HIM TODAY, BUT AS, YOU KNOW, YOU AND VASSY WERE JUST SAYING, HE HAS QUITE A WAYS TO GO IF YOU LOOK AT THOSE POLLING NUMBERS THAT ERIC WAS SHOWING, YOU KNOW, IN QUEBEC, THEY HAVE 14 SEATS THERE. THEY NEED TO MAINTAIN THOSE AND AT THIS POINT WITH THOSE NUMBERS, THEY’RE FALLING BEHIND THE GREENS IN QUEBEC. THAT COULD MEAN ALL THOSE SEATS ARE GONE. AND THAT’S WHY YOU SEE PEOPLE LIKE ANDREW SCHEER GOING INTO TROIS-RIVIERES TO TRY TO PICK OFF THOSE SEATS THAT ARE, YOU KNOW, TRY TO PICK OFF THE NDP SEATS SO THEY CAN PICK THOSE UP. EVEN AROUND THE QUEBEC CITY AREA WHERE ANDREW SCHEER IS LANDING, JUST AS OF LAST WEEK, LATE LAST WEEK, THE NDP DIDN’T HAVE ANY CANDIDATES NOMINATED IN THE QUEBEC CITY AREA, AND IN FACT TODAY, THEY STILL HAVE ABOUT 103 CANDIDATES, STILL TO BE NOMINATED OF THE 338 ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. SO THEY STILL HAVE A LOT OF WORK TO DO. >>Rosemary: I’M GIGGLING ABOUT THE BUS, NOT TO BE MEAN, BUT BECAUSE THERE IS — THERE ARE QUESTIONS ABOUT FUNDRAISING HERE IN THE FIRST — THERE’S A SPENDING CAP ON WHAT YOU CAN SPEND IN THIS ELECTION, UP TO $28 MILLION. THE CONSERVATIVES OVER THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THIS YEAR FUND RAISED $16.5 MILLION, THAT’S MORE THAN ALL THE OTHER POLITICAL PARTIES COMBINED AND THE NDP HAVE ABOUT $2.7 MILLION. THEY’VE BORROWED SOME MONEY AGAINST SOME PROPERTY THEY OWN IN DOWNTOWN OTTAWA, BUT THERE IS A SERIOUS CASH FLOW PROBLEM FOR THE NDP. SO THEY MAY WANT YOU TO GET TO KNOW LEADER BETTER, BUT THE ACTUAL REASON IS — IS PROBABLY MORE SERIOUS, AND SIGNIFICANT FOR THE PARTY, HANNAH.>>Reporter: YEAH, AND WE’VE BEEN TALKING TO SOME OF THE STAFF MEMBERS, THEY’RE TRYING TO PLAY IS AS SMALL AND MIGHTY TEAM, BUT THIS IS ONE OF THE SMALLEST CAMPAIGNS I’VE SEEN AT A LAUNCH IN PARTICULAR, AND I’VE BEEN COVERING FEDERAL CAMPAIGNS SINCE 2004. SO THIS IS A MUCH DIFFERENT CAMPAIGN. WE’LL SEE HOW IT PLAYS OUT. AND LIKE I WAS SAYING EARLIER, ONE OF THE BIG THINGS IS GOING TO BE HIS PERFORMANCE IN THE FIRST DEBATE, AND HE’S GOING TO INTO REHEARSAL AS SOON AS THIS EVENT IS DONE. >>Rosemary: HANNAH THIBEDEAU IN LONDON, ONTARIO, MAKING SPACE FOR HERSELF ON THE VERY CROWDED BUS. THANK YOU, HANNAH. WE’LL CHECK IN WITH YOU A LITTLE LATER. >>Reporter: YOU’RE WELCOME. >>ERIC GRENIER IS NOT WITH US BUT WE HAVE STOLEN HIS GRAPHICS BECAUSE WE’RE ALLOWED TO DO THAT. I WANT TO GIVE YOU A SENSE OF THE KIND OF NUMBERS WE’RE TALKING ABOUT AS WE TALK ABOUT THE NDP, SOME OF THEIR STRUGGLES, WHERE EVERYBODY IS AT. SO BASICALLY ERIC’S WORK NOW ON CBC POLL TRACKER HAS THE CONSERVATIVES AND THE LIBERALS AT A TIE AT 33.8% ACROSS THE COUNTRY, YOU CAN SEE THE NDP THERE IN THIRD, BUT THAT’S A LOW NUMBER FOR THE NDP, I SHOULD POINT OUT. GREENS, NIPPING AT THEIR HEELS, THE BLOC AND THEY WENT PEOPLE’S PARTY OF CANADA, ALL THERE ON THE BOARD AS WELL. I SHOULD TELL YOU THE PEOPLE’S PARTY OF CANADA WILL BE — THIS IS MAXIME BERNIER’S PARTY, OF COURSE, WILL ALSO BE LAUNCHING THEIR CAMPAIGN LATER THIS AFTERNOON. I THINK IT’S AROUND 2 P.M. WE MAY NOT BE, BUT THERE WILL STILL BE COVERAGE OF THAT LAUNCH FROM MAXIME BERNIER. DESPITE THE FACT HE HASN’T RESONATED STRONGLY YET, THERE’S CHANCE HE COULD DO THAT. WHY DON’T WE TAKE A COUPLE MINUTES TO TALK ABOUT HIM. MAYBE THINGS CAN TURN AROUND. I WILL SAY THIS, HE GOT THINGS OFF THE GROUND REALLY QUICKLY, GOT MOST OF HIS CANDIDATES IN PLACE, HAVE SOME MONEY, IF YOU’RE LAUNCHING A FEDERAL PARTY, THAT’S A BIG ENDEAVOUR, I GUESS HE’S MANAGED TO DO THAT. I’M NOT SURE HE’S PART OF THE CONVERSATION, CERTAINLY NOT GOING TO BE PART OF THE DEBATES.>>WE DON’T KNOW. >>Rosemary: AT LEAST THE ONE TOMORROW. >>WE’LL FIND OUT SOON. IT’S CERTAINLY AN X FACTOR IN THIS THAT’S HARD TO DISCERN. IN THE BEGINNING WHEN HE DID LAUNCH THERE WAS A LOT OF HYPE AROUND IT, HE CONDEMNED A LOT OF THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY VALUES UNDER ANDREW SCHEER, AND THERE SEEMED TO BE A LIBERTARIAN PORTION OF THE PARTY, A SIZABLE ONE, THAT WAS SUPPORTIVE OF THE THINGS HE ESPOUSED. >>Rosemary: HE ALMOST WON, REMEMBER. >>49% OF THE VOTE. SINCE THEN, HE AND THE MEMBERS OF HIS STAFF HAVE TAKEN THE PARTY IN A DIRECTION THAT TURNED OFF A LOT OF VOTERS P YOU CAN SEE THAT IN THE POLL TRACKER THAT YOU JUST SHOWED. HE TALKED ABOUT VERY EXTREME VIEWS ON MILLILITER MULTICULTURALISM, WOMEN, AND COURTED AN EXTREME PORTION OF THE VOTE. THAT HAS BACK FIRED FOR HIM AT THIS POINT. I DON’T KNOW IF IT WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO. IT IS A CONCERN FOR THE CONSERVATIVES. WE DON’T KNOW TO WHAT DEGREE HE’LL BE ABLE TO TAKE AWAY PART OF THEIR VOTE. IT MIGHT BE ARE THEY ABLE TO DRAW ENOUGH SUPPORT IN TIGHT RACES THAT ALLOW PROGRESSIVE PARTIES TO COME UP. THE LEVELS HE’S POLLING AT DON’T INDICATE HE’LL BE ABLE TO DO THAT BUT IT’S A SIXWEEK CAMPAIGN AND THINGS CAN CHANGE. >>Rosemary: THAT’S FINE. THERE ARE QUESTIONS WHETHER HE CAN WIN HIS OWN SEAT. THE OTHER MAXIME BERNIER. I THINK A MEASURE OF SUCCESS FOR HIM WOULD BE WINNING HIS OWN SEAT, MAYBE ONE MORE, BUT I — LIKE, I DON’T THINK THE BAR IS EVEN THAT HIGH, REALLY. >>NOT RIGHT NOW. I DON’T KNOW IF HE’S DONE HIMSELF ANY FAVOURS BECAUSE HE — HE IS NOT TALKING ABOUT THINGS THAT NECESSARILY APPEAL TO A CENTERIST OR MAIN STREAM VOTER, SO WHAT — BEYOND THE SEGMENT OF THE POPULATION THAT IS YOUR BASE RIGHT NOW, WHICH LOOKS TO BE AROUND 3%, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO ADD TO THAT?>>Rosemary: AND IF IT’S ALL FUELLED BY ANGER AND DISPLEASURE — >>HE HASN’T EVEN RELEASED HIS FULL PLATFORM. >>Rosemary: WHILE WE’RE TALKING ABOUT MAXIME BERNIER, LET’S SHOW YOU AND REMIND YOU WHO HE IS IN 60 SECONDS.>>MAXIME BERNIER IS A ONE-MAN BAND, MAKING A LOT OF NOISE IN THIS FEDERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN. THE MP FROM QUEBEC SPENT YEARS AS A CONSERVATIVE. HE EVEN RAN FOR THE LEADERSHIP OF THE PARTY AGAINST ANDREW SCHEER. BUT ABOUT A YEAR AGO, HE SPLIT TO FORM THE PEOPLE’S PARTY OF CANADA, CALLING HIS OLD PARTY “INTELLECTUALLY AND MORALLY CORRUPT.” HE CLAIMS TO DEFEND “TRUE CONSERVATIVE PRINCIPLES.” BUT HIS PARTY’S BEST KNOWN FOR A CONTROVERSIAL POPULIST STREAK. BERNIER WANTS TO DRASTICALLY REDUCE IMMIGRATION NUMBERS, BACK TO LEVELS NOT SEEN SINCE THE 1980s. CRITICS SAY HE’S COURTING DANGEROUS AND DIVISIVE FORCES IN CANADIAN SOCIETY. THE SON OF A FORMER PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVE MP, HE WON HIS FATHER’S OLD RIDING IN 2006 AS A CONSERVATIVE. SINCE LEAVING THE CONSERVATIVES, HE REMAINS THE SOLE MP FOR HIS PEOPLE’S PARTY. THEIR SLOGAN, BY THE WAY, STRONG AND FREE. THE CHALLENGE FOR BERNIER IS TO WIN ENOUGH SEATS TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY AS A FORCE IN CANADIAN POLITICS.>>Rosemary: WELCOME BACK HERE TO RIDEAU HALL WHERE WE ARE AWAITING THE PRIME MINISTER, THE LIBERAL LEADER JUSTIN TRUDEAU WHO WILL COME OUT OF RIDEAU HALL AFTER FINISHING HIS BUSINESS WITH THE GOVERNOR GENERAL JULIE PAYETTE. HE’S BEEN IN THERE FOR 25 MINUTES. SO PROBABLY ENOUGH TIME TO GET THIS DONE. THE GOVERNOR GENERAL HAS TO AGREE TO THE ADVICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER THAT PARLIAMENT SHOULD BE DISSOLVED, AT WHICH POINT VARIOUS DOCUMENTS GO OUT, AND THE GOVERNOR GENERAL THEN ISSUES THE WRITS. ELECTIONS CANADA JUMPS INTO ACTION, AND THEY SEND 338 WRITS OUT ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO GET THE ELECTION ACTUALLY STARTED IN ALL OF THOSE RIDINGS. SO HE’S BEEN IN THERE A LITTLE LONGER THAN WE THOUGHT. I DON’T THINK WE SHOULD READ ANYTHING INTO THAT. MAYBE THEY’RE JUST HAVING A GOOD OLD CHITCHAT, CUP OF TEA. I DON’T KNOW. LET’S TALK ABOUT WHERE HE’S GOING TODAY. AND WE THOUGHT HE WOULD BE THE FIRST PERSON TO TALK, ACTUALLY. THAT’S SORT OF HOW THE DAY WAS SUPPOSED TO UNFOLD. GIVEN HE IS THE INCUMBENT, HE WAS GOING TO COME OUT AFTER THIS HAPPENED, MAKE HIS STATEMENT, THAT’S HIS MESSAGE FOR THE DAY, AND TAKE OFF. THAT’S NOT HOW THE DAY UNFOLDED. ANDREW SCHEER SORT OF STOLE HIS THUNDER A LITTLE BIT, IF WILL YOU, BY DOING THAT PRESS CONFERENCE FIRST. WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THE CAMPAIGN STOP. >>BC, ONE OF THE THREE MAJOR AREAS IN THIS COUNTRY IN PLAY IN A BIG WAY FOR THE ELECTION. HE STARTED THE CAMPAIGN BACK IN 2015 IN BC, SO NOT A HUGE SURPRISE HE WOULD GO OUT THERE. I’M INTERESTED TO SEE WHAT KIND OF MESSAGING HE HAS IN THAT PROVINCE. IT’S A MIXED BAG. THERE IS A LOT OF OPPOSITION TO HIS PURCHASE OF THE GOVERNMENT’S PURCHASE OF THE TMX PIPELINE EXPANSION. THERE’S ALSO SOME SUPPORT THERE FOR IT. SO I THINK THAT MESSAGE THAT WE HEARD FROM THE LIBERALS SO OFTEN IN THE PAST FOUR YEARS AROUND GROWING THE ECONOMY WHILE PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT WILL CERTAINLY BE MOST PERHAPS PUT TO THE TEST IN BC, SO I’M INTERESTED TO SEE HOW HE ADDRESSES THAT TODAY. LIKE PETER SAID, NOT SURE SNC IS TOP OF MIND THERE, BUT AT THE SAME TIME THERE WAS A BIG CONSTITUENCY OF VOTERS THAT CAME OUT FOR HIM IN 2015, LURED BY DOING POLITICS DIFFERENTLY, WHICH HAS NOT NECESSARILY COME TRUE, AND SNC IS AN EXAMPLE OF THAT. SO I’M NOT SURE HOW THAT PLAYS OUT THERE AS WELL. >>Rosemary: I WAS JUST THERE TOO, AS YOU KNOW, AND THERE WERE SOME QUESTIONS TO ME ABOUT JODY WILSON-RAYBOULD, WHO’S RUNNING AS AN INDEPENDENT IN VANCOUVER GRANVILLE. BEING COMPETITIVE, I THINK, AS AN INDEPENDENT BB, BUT NOT A GIVEN SHE WILL LICENCE AGAIN. THERE WAS NO TALK ANT THOSE ISSUES. THE THINGS PEOPLE WANTED TO TALK ABOUT, PIPELINES, CLIMATE CHANGE, HOUSING A BIG ISSUE IN THAT PROVINCE, AND OPIOIDS, FRANKLY, PEOPLE LOOKING FOR PARTICULARLY THE MAYOR LOOKING FOR SOME SORT OF FEDERAL EXEMPTION AROUND THE SAFE DISTRIBUTION OF HEROIN THAT’S NOT TAINTED WITH OPIOIDS, BECAUSE THEY’RE DEALING WITH MANY DEATHS A DAY.>>EVEN JODY WILSON-RAYBOULD IS NOT TALKING ABOUT SNC THAT MUCH. IN HER MEDIA INTERVIEWS, SHE’S FOCUSED ON HOUSING, SHE HAS HATS WHAT SHE WOULD CHARACTERIZE AS A STRONG MESSAGE AROUND INDEPENDENCE, NOT TOWING THE PARTY LINE. IT’S NOT LICK SHE’S GOING OUT THERE EVERY DAY SAYING I’M INAPPROPRIATELY PRESSURED. LET’S TALK ABOUT THIS. >>Rosemary: I DON’T THINK THAT WOULD HELP HER AT ALL. WE’RE HEARING THE PRIME MINISTER IS 15 MINUTES AWAY. >>IT’S A REALLY LONG MEETING. >>Rosemary: IT’S A REALLY LONG MEETING, AND YOU SHOULD NEVER EXPECT PEOPLE TO BE ON TIME WHEN YOU’RE IN POLITICS. IT’S NOT THE WAY THEY ROLL. LET’S GO TO DAVID COCHRANE NEARBY WITH US. HE’S LINING UP TO GIVE A QUESTION TO JUSTIN TRUDEAU, WHICH HE WILL DO, BUT FOR NOW YOU’RE STUCK HERE A LITTLE LONGER. HE’S STAYING HIS SWEET TIME. >>THAT’S NOT UNCOMMON WITH THE PRIME MINISTER TO BE 15 MINUTES LATE. IT’S A RUNNING GAG. YOU SAY HOW LONG IS HE GOING TO BE? 15 MINUTES, 15 MINUTES, IT TURNS INTO AN HOUR. ONCE HE’S DONE HERE AT RIDEAU HALL, HE’LL MAKE HIS WAY TO THE AIRPORT AND THEY’RE OFF TO VANCOUVER. THEY’RE GOING TO VANCOUVER SKY LINE, A SEAT HELD BY A NEW DEMOCRAT MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT AND TAMARA TAG JART IS GOING TO BE RUNNING FOR THE LIBERALS AND IN A KIND OF — HE STARTED 2015 IN VANCOUVER, IF YOU RECALL, WHEN STEPHEN HARPER WAS HERE TO DISSOLVE PARLIAMENT, AND TOM MULCAIR WAS IN OTTAWA, JUSTIN TRUDEAU WAS NOWHERE TO BE SEEN BECAUSE HE WAS GOING TO BRITISH COLUMBIA TO MARCH IN A PRIDE PARADE. AND THE CONVERSATION AT THE TIME WAS LIKE, WHAT IS HE DOING? HE’S MISSING OUT ON ALL THE COVERAGE. WELL WHAT DO WE KNOW?>>Rosemary: I REMEMBER. >>HE WAS THERE IN VANCOUVER DOING HIS THING AND IT TURNED OUT QUITE WELL FOR HIM. VANCOUVER KINGSWAY IS WHERE HE’S GOING TODAY AND THE INTERESTING THING ABOUT THAT IS IT SPEAKS TO THE FACT THAT THE LIBERALS ARE LOOKING TO GAIN AT THE NEW DEMOCRATS’ EXPENSE, AND THAT IS GOING TO BE TACTICALLY WHAT THEY’LL BE DOING AS THEY TRAVEL ACROSS THE COUNTRY OPINION EVEN GOING INTO PLACES LIKE ALBERTA, THERE’S LINDA DUNCAN’S OLD SEAT IN THE EDMONTON AREA THAT THEY ARE TARGETING. THE NEW DEMOCRATS ARE BEING SURGICALLY TARGETED BY THE LIBERALS IN BRITISH COLUMBIA, IN ONTARIO, AND IN QUEBEC, AND JUST ABOUT EVERYWHERE BECAUSE THE LIBERALS SEE GAINS AT THAT EXPENSE AS THIS SHORE HAS PASSED FOR THEIR REELECTION.>>Rosemary: OKAY. I SEEM TO HAVE LOST DAVID THERE BRIEFLY, BUT I’M GOING TO PUT YOU ON PAUSE IF I CAN, DAVID, BECAUSE WE HAVE LIZ MAY IN VICTORIA, ELIZABETH MAY, GREEN PARTY LEADER, WHO IS LAUNCHING HER CAMPAIGN AT THIS EARLY HOUR. I DON’T KNOW IF SHE’S ACTUALLY SPEAKING RIGHT NOW. MAYBE WE CAN DIP IN AND SEE WHAT THE GREEN PARTY LEADER HAS TO SAY.>>… IS THAT NOTHING IS HAPPENING YET. I DON’T WANT TO DO THINGS THE WAY THEY JUST TOLD ME I HAD TO DO THEM, WHICH WOULD BE TO WAIT AND ALL OF US WOULD WALK IN — HI. OH, I LOVE YOU. I DON’T — THAT’S TRUEDY AND RHONDA, CAME ALL THE WAY FROM COURTNEY. HERE’S THE THING. SO — >>Rosemary: ELIZABETH MAY THERE, HOLDING A COMPUTER WHERE SHE’S ACTUALLY STREAMING OUR SPECIAL TO LET PEOPLE KNOW THE PRIME MINISTER HASN’T SHOWN UP YET. AND THAT’S WHY SHE HASN’T STARTED.>>HE’S STILL IN THERE. THEY DON’T KNOW WHY. HAVING A CHAT.>>Rosemary: OKAY. I DON’T THINK I NEED A LESSON ON HOW IT WORKS FROM ELIZABETH MAY. WE’LL GO BACK TO HER WHEN SHE HAS THINGS TO SAY ABOUT HER PARTY AND HOW SHE’S APPROACHING HER FIRST DAY OF CAMPAIGN. TANYA FLETCHER IS IN VANCOUVER WHERE SHE ACTUALLY STARTED COVERING THE GREENS ABOUT A WEEK AGO FOR US WITH A STORY. WHAT’S THE MOOD THERE LIKE, TANYA?>>Reporter: WELL, AS YOU MENTIONED, ROSIE, ELIZABETH MAY SUBPOENA AT THE PODIUM RIGHT NOW AND SHE’S GOT HER LAPTOP OPEN WITH YOU AND VASSY ON THE SCREEN. THEY’RE STILL WAITING AS WELL, AND SHE SAID OFF THE TOP, YOU KNOW, THEY’RE TALKING ABOUT SNC-LAVALIN, AND I THINK IT’S A TESTAMENT TO, AS YOU GUYS MENTIONED, THAT’S NOT NECESSARILY THE TOPIC THAT’S OF ISSUE FOR BRITISH COLUMBIANS ON THE WEST COAST. WE TALK ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT, AND IF THERE’S ANY QUESTION AT ALL THAT THAT IS WHAT THIS PARTY IS HOOKING THEIR CAMPAIGN ON, I DON’T KNOW IF YOU CAN SEE IT, BUT THERE’S A GIANT INFLATABLE ORCA JUST BEHIND THOSE CHAIRS, AND THERE’S ANOTHER ONE JUST OFF TO MY RIGHT HERE, AND IF THERE’S ANY QUESTION AT ALL, THEY’VE MADE IT CLEAR THAT’S WHAT THEY’RE HOOKING THEIR CAMPAIGN ON AS THEY GO ACROSS THE COUNTRY, AND HERE ON VANCOUVER ISLAND IS WHERE THEY WILL TRY TO MAKE MOST OF THOSE GAINS. CHATTING WITH PEOPLE OVER THE PAST WEEK OR SO, IT’S CLEAR IT IS REALLY THE BIGGEST ISSUE FOR PEOPLE. CLIMATE CHANGE AS A WHOLE, YOU TALK ABOUT WHERE THEY MIGHT MAKE GAINS. OF COURSE THEY’RE TRYING TO CAPITALIZE ON THE NDP’S STRUGGLES, BUT ALSO THE LIBERALS, THEY’RE FRUSTRATED… [ Cheering and Applause ] (INAUDIBLE) >>Rosemary: OKAY. GETTING HARD TO HEAR YOU BECAUSE OF ALL THE EXCITEMENT THERE, TANYA, SO I’M GOING TO CUT YOU OFF IF THAT’S OKAY. I’M ALSO GOING TO CUT YOU OFF BECAUSE IT SEEMS AS THOUGH THE LIBERAL LEADER IS ARRIVING SHORTLY. LET ME SHOW YOU WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE NOW OUTSIDE RIDEAU HALL. YOU’RE PROBABLY WONDERING, HEY, THAT CABINET LOOKS REALLY DIFFERENT. THAT’S NOT — THAT’S NOT CABINET. THAT’S MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC THAT THE LIBERAL PARTY HAS AASSEMBLIED TO STAND BEHIND THE PRIME MINISTER. WE ASKED WHO ARE THEY AND WE WERE JUST TOLD MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC. PRESUMABLY FRIENDLY LIBERALS OR PEOPLE FRIENDLY TO THE LIBERAL PARTY WHO HAVE GATHERED HERE AS PART OF, I WOULD GUESS, THE NARRATIVE OR THE STORY LINE THAT THE PRIM WANTS TO TALK ABOUT TODAY WHEN HE FINALLY EMERGES FROM RIDEAU HALL, GOES TO THAT PODIUM WHERE THEY HAVE PLACED HIS SPEECH, ALL SIGNS OF IMMINENT ARRIVAL, AND THEN HE WILL TALK SOME QUESTIONS. I WOULD IMAGINE, KNOWING HOW MUCH HE LIKES TO TALK ABOUT THESE THINGS, THAT HE WILL TALK ABOUT THE MIDDLE CLASS, THE THINGS THE LIBERAL PARTY HAS DONE TO TRY TO SUPPORT THE MIDDLE CLASS AND BRING PEOPLE INTO THE MIDDLE CLASS AND SOME OF THE THINGS THEY’VE DONE FOR CHILDREN, PARTICULARLY THE CHILD BENEFIT TAX CREDIT THAT TOOK THE PLACE OF SOME OTHER THINGS THAT WERE THERE WHEN STEPHEN HARPER WAS IN PLACE, BUT IS REALLY TARGETED NOW TOWARDS THE FAMILIES THAT NEED IT AS OPPOSED TO JUST EVERYBODY GETTING A LITTLE CHUNK OF THE CHANGE. DAVID COCHRANE STANDING BY FOR THE LIBERAL LEADER TO EMERGE FROM RIDEAU HALL AND ASK HIM A QUESTION. I’M NOT GOING TO ASK YOU WHEN YOUR QUESTION IS BECAUSE HE MIGHT BE LISTENING. DO YOU KNOW ANYTHING MORE ABOUT THE PEOPLE HERE GATHERED IN IT’S JUST MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC I GUESS TO HELP TELL A STORY ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE ELECTION?>>Reporter: YEAH, I MEAN, IT’S VOLUNTEERS, ORDINARY CANADIANS, AND WHAT WE’RE KIND OF TOLD, BUT IT’S REALLY — CALL IT WHAT IT IS — IT’S A HUMAN PROP FOR THE PRIME MINISTER AS HE GETS READY TO KICK OFF THE CAMPAIGN WHERE HE’LL TALK A LOT ABOUT THE MIDDLE CLASS. AND ROSIE, I THINK WHATTURE GOING TO SEE IN HIS OPENING REMARKS IS THE WAY THE LIBERALS WANT THIS ELECTION TO BE FRAMED FROM THEIR PERSPECTIVE. THEY DO NOT WANT THIS TO BE A REFERENDUM ON JUSTIN TRUDEAU’S FIRST TERM IN OFFICE. BECAUSE THERE HAVE BEEN THINGS HE HAS DONE IN HIS FIRST FOUR YEARS THAT HAVE DISAPPOINTED MANY CANADIANS. SO IF THE QUESTION IS ARE YOU SATISFIED OR DISAPPOINTED IN HOW JUSTIN TRUDEAU DID, THAT COULD BE A PROBLEM FOR HIM. THE SNC-LAVALIN STORY TODAY IS EXACTLY PART OF THAT THOUGHT PROCESS. THEY WANT TO BE ABOUT CHOICE. THEY WANT IT TO BE ABOUT A CHOICE FOR THE NEXT FOUR YEARS WITH REMINDERS OF WHAT THEY’VE DONE OVER THEIR FIRST TERM. THEY’LL TALK ABOUT THE JOB GROWTH, THE CANADA CHILD BENEFIT, THEY’LL TALK ABOUT THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT NUMBERS WHICH ARE PRETTY GOOD ON A MACRO ECONOMIC LEVEL, THINGS LIKE A MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUT AND RAISING TAXES ON THE 1%, AND THEY’RE GOING TO COMPARE THAT WITH THE AUSTERITY AGENDA AS THE THEY FRAME IT FROM THE CONSERVATIVES. THE CONSERVATIVES WILL POINT TO WHAT STEPHEN HARPER HAS DONE IN THE PAST WITH CUTS, WHAT DOUG FORD DOING IN THE PRESENT DAY WITH CUTS AND MAKE A CHOICE OF HOW DO YOU WANT THE COUNTRY TO BE GOVERNED FOR THE NEXT FOUR YEARS. DO YOU WANT AN AUSTERITY DEFICIT FOCUSED GOVERNMENT AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL WHEN YOU ALREADY HAVE IT IN KEY PROVINCES ACROSS THE COUNTRY, AND IN ONTARIO, THAT IS REALLY HELPING THE LIBERALS, SO THEY’RE TRYING TO TAP INTO THAT DISCONTENT WHILE THE CONSERVATIVES TAP INTO THE DISCONTENT A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE FEELING THAT BB DESPITE THE GOOD MACRO ECONOMIC NUMBERS, THEY FEEL LIKE THEY’RE JUST NOT GETTING AHEAD. IT’S HARDER TO MAKE ENDS MEET AT THE END OF THE MONTH WHICH IS SOMETHING THE LIBERALS WILL ACKNOWLEDGE AND IS BEING WE’RE TOLD THEY’LL HAVE A SERIES OF METHODS TO ADDRESS IN THEIR PLATFORM.>>Rosemary: WE’LL LET YOU GET UNDERWAY. GOOD SUMMARY OF HOW WE SHOULD FRAME THINGS — OR HOW THE LIBERALS HOPE TO FRAME THINGS ON THIS FIRST DAY OUT OF THE GATE, CERTAINLY, JUSTIN TRUDEAU, NOW THE INCUMBENT, NOT THE SAME RACE HE RAN IN 2015. REMEMBER AT THAT TIME THIRD PARTY STATUS, POLLING NUMBERS WERE OKAY, BUT HE CERTAINLY WASN’T IN THE LEAD THE WAY THE NDP WAS IN THAT CAMPAIGN. IT WAS 70 PLUS DAYS AND HE FOUGHT HIS WAY THROUGH THAT CAMPAIGN, INCLUDING SOME, YOU KNOW, IMPORTANT DEBATES WHERE HE MADE HIS MARK, WHERE HE HAD BEEN UNDERESTIMATE AND THE OVERPERFORMED, AND THEN THE LIBERALS WALKED AWAY WITH A MAJORITY, PICKING UP A HUGE AMOUNT OF SEATS IN A HISTORIC LENGTHS. IT COULD BE THAT AGAIN, THOUGH, AND I DON’T MEAN HISTORIC FOR THE LIBERALS, I MEAN HISTORIC IN TERMS OF WHAT WILL HAPPEN. THIS COULD DEFINE THE FUTURE OF HAD A NUMBER OF LIBERALS GOING FORWARD, JUSTIN TRUDEAU NOW EMERGING FROM RIDEAU HALL WITH HIS WIFE, SOPHIE GRÉGOIRE-TRUDEAU. THEY’RE JUST — I DON’T KNOW — 500 METERS BEHIND US HERE. THEY DID DROP OFF THEIR CHILDREN EARLIER THIS MORNING AT SCHOOL. WE GOT PICTURES OF THAT, BECAUSE IT IS A SCHOOL DAY, EVEN IF IT’S AN ELECTION CALL DAY. WE’RE TOLD JUSTIN TRUDEAU WILL SPEAK FOR THE ABOUT 8 MINUTES IN A SPEECH WHERE HE WILL SET THE TONE AND THE NARRATIVE OF WHAT HE WANTS TO TALK ABOUT, AND HE’LL TALK QUESTIONS. LESS LISTEN LIVE NOW TO THE LIBERAL LOWERED. >>The Rt. Honourable Justin Trudeau: I WANT TO BEGIN BY RECALLING THE VICTIMS OF 9/1118 YEARS AGO THIS MORNING, THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WERE MURDERED IN BRUTAL ACTS OF TERROR IN THE UNITED STATES, INCLUDING MANY CANADIANS. TODAY AS WE PREPARE TO EXERCISE OUR DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS, WE RECOGNIZE AND HONOUR THEIR LIVES. MAY THEIR MEMORIES BE A BLESSING TO US ALL.>>Voice of Translator: THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH US THIS MORNING AT RIDEAU HALL. A FEW MOMENTS AGO, I MET HER EXCELLENCY THE GOVERNOR GENERAL WHO ACCEPTED MY REQUEST TO DISSOLVE PARLIAMENT. CANADIANS WILL HEAD TO THE POLLS ON OCTOBER 21st.>>The Rt. Honourable Justin Trudeau: IN EVERY ELECTION AS CANADIANS, WE GET TO MAKE AN IMPORTANT CHOICE ABOUT THE FUTURE OF OUR COUNTRY. WE GET TO DECIDE WHAT KIND OF FUTURE WE WANT TO BUILD TOGETHER. IN 2015, AFTER A DECADE OF FAILED CONSERVATIVE POLICY, CANADA’S ECONOMY WAS FLAT. ECONOMIC GROWTH, JOB CREATION, WAGE GROWTH, ALL WERE STALLED. THANKS TO A CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT THAT BELIEVED CUTS AND AUSTERITY WERE THE ANSWERS TO EVERYTHING.>>Voice of Translator: CANADIANS CHOSE A NEW TEAM THAT WAS READY TO INVEST IN PEOPLE AND IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. A TEAM THAT UNDERSTOOD THAT EVEN IF WE LIVE IN THE BEST COUNTRY OF THE WORLD, IT’S ALWAYS POSSIBLE TO DO BETTER. AND EVEN THOUGH WE HAVE A HUGE AMOUNT OF WORK STILL TO DO, WE SPENT THE LAST FOUR YEARS MAKING THINGS BETTER AND WE HAVE THE RECORD TO PROVE IT. POVERTY HAS DROPPED DRAMATICALLY. THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS AMONG THE LOWEST EVER RECORDED IN THIS COUNTRY. AND JOB CREATION IS ON THE RISE. AND ALL THAT HAPPENED BECAUSE OUR TEAM REJECTED THE CUTS AND THE AUSTERITY OF THE HARPER YEARS, AND INSTEAD WE DECIDED TO INVEST IN THE MIDDLE CLASS AND IN PEOPLE WORKING HARD TO JOIN IT. [ End of Translation ]>>The Rt. Honourable Justin Trudeau: WE’VE PUT FOR MONEY IN PEOPLE’S POCKETS BY CUTTING TAXES FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS AND RAISING THEM ON THE WEALTHIEST 1%. WE STOPPED SENDING CHILD BENEFIT CHEQUES TO MILLIONAIRES SO WE COULD SEND MORE TO THE SINGLE PARENT WORKING TWO JOBS AND TO THE FAMILY OF FIVE THAT FALLS A BIT SHORT AT THE EDGED OF EACH MONTH. WE MADE THE CANADA PENSION PLAN STRONGER BECAUSE, IN A COUNTRY LIKE OURS, SENIORS SHOULDN’T STRUGGLE TO MAKE ENDS MEET. WE RENEGOTIATED NAFTA, SECURING TRADE ACCESS TO OUR LARGEST AND MOST IMPORTANT TRADING PARTNER AT A TIME OF U.S. PROTECTIONISM AND UNPREDICTABILITY. AND WE’RE CONSERVING MORE OF OUR NATURE AND ENSURING THAT OUR AIR STAYS CLEAN AND OUR WATER STAYS SAFE. BECAUSE WE OWE IT TO OUR KIDS AND TO OURSELVES TO TAKE CARE OF OUR ENVIRONMENT. THESE ARE THINGS THAT ARE MAKING A REAL DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLE’S LIVES. AND THIS FALL CANADIANS ONCE AGAIN GET TO VOTE FOR THE KIND OF CANADA THEY WANT TO LIVE IN. WE’VE ALL GOT A CHOICE TO MAKE. KEEP MOVING FORWARD AND BUILD ON THE PROGRESS WE’VE MADE, OR GO BACK TO THE POLITICS OF THE HARPER YEARS. CONSERVATIVES LIKE TO SAY THEY’RE FOR THE PEOPLE, BUT THEN THEY CUT TAXES FOR THE WEALTHY AND CUT SERVICES FOR EVERYBODY ELSE.>>Voice of Translator: BUT AS CANADIANS KNOW, THAT’S NOT THE RIGHT APPROACH. IT’S NOT BY CUTTING THAT WE CAN GET AHEAD. THAT’S WHY OUR GOVERNMENT HAS CHOSEN TO MOVE IN CURRENT FORWARD. WE DECIDED TO INVEST IN FAMILY, IN WORKERS, AND IN OUR COMMUNITY. WE CHOSE TO PUT OUR TRUST IN CANADIANS. OVER THE LAST FOUR YEARS, MORE THAN A MILLION NEW JOBS WERE CREATED. WE NEGOTIATED NEW AGREEMENTS ON HEALTH WITH THE PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES. WE INTRODUCED THE NEW CANADA CHILD BENEFIT, WHICH HELPS PARENTS BY GIVING THEM HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS TAX-FREE EACH MONTH, AND WE LIFTED 900,000 CANADIANS OUT OF POVERTY, INCLUDING 300,000 CHILDREN. AND UNDER A LIBERAL GOVERNMENT, CANADA WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE FORWARD. [ End of Translation ]>>The Rt. Honourable Justin Trudeau: AT THE END OF THE DAY, POLITICS IS ABOUT PEOPLE. MAYBE YOU’RE A RECENT GRAD OR NEW CANADIAN. MAYBE YOU’RE RAISING YOUR KIDS OR LIVING OUT YOUR GOLDEN YEARS IN RETIREMENT. WHOEVER YOU ARE, YOU DESERVE A REAL PLAN FOR YOUR FUTURE. WE’VE DONE A LOT TOGETHER THESE PAST FOUR YEARS, BUT THE TRUTH IS, WE’RE JUST GETTING STARTED. SO CANADIANS HAVE AN IMPORTANT CHOICE TO MAKE. WILL WE GO BACK TO THE FAILED POLICIES OF THE PAST? OR WILL WE CONTINUE TO MOVE FORWARD? THAT’S THE CHOICE. IT’S THAT CLEAR. AND IT’S THAT IMPORTANT. I’M FOR MOVING FORWARD FOR EVERYONE. MERCI BEAUCOUP.>>(Question by Media): GOOD MORNING. PRIME MINISTER, WHAT IS YOUR GOVERNMENT TRYING TO HIDE BY REFUSING TO WAIVE CABINET CONFIDENTIALITY SO THE RCMP CAN PROPERLY INVESTIGATE THE ROLE YOUR OFFICE PLAYED IN THE SNC-LAVALIN CASE?>>The Rt. Honourable Justin Trudeau: WE GAVE OUT THE LARGEST AND MOST EXPANSIVE WAIVER OF CABINET CONFIDENCE IN CANADA’S HISTORY.>>Voice of Translator: WE WAIVED CABINET CONFIDENCE CONFIDENTIALITY TO A GREATER EXTENT THAN IN THE PAST. [ End of Translation ]>>(Question by Media): SO ARE YOU GOING TO ASK THE PRIVY COUNCIL CLERK TO WAIVE CABINET CONFIDENTIALITY?>>The Rt. Honourable Justin Trudeau: WE RESPECT THE DECISIONS MADE BY THE PUBLIC SERVANTS, WE RESPECT THE DECISION MADE BY THE CLERK.>>Voice of Translator: WE RESPECT THE — WE ALWAYS RESPECT THE DECISIONS MADE BY OUR PUBLIC SERVICE, AND WE ALSO RESPECT THE DECISION OF THE CLERK. [ End of Translation ]>>(Question by Media): I’M CURIOUS AS TO YOU COME HERE TODAY HAVING FOUR YEARS AFTER YOU TOOK POWER SAYING CONSERVATIVES ARE NOT OUR ENEMIES, THEY’RE OUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBOURS, AND YET YOUR PARTY IS FIERCELY ATTACKING THE CONSERVATIVES DEEM DEMONIZING THEM. WHAT DO YOU SAY TO YOUR CHILDREN WHEN YOU SPEAK ABOUT ANDREW SCHEER?>>The Rt. Honourable Justin Trudeau: AS I’VE SAID MANY, MANY TIMES, I DO NOT ENGAGE IN PERSONAL ATTACKS, BUT I WILL BE VERY, VERY SHARP ON DISTINCTIONS AROUND POLICY. ON HOW ONE ENGAGES IN CANADIANS AND ENTHE VISION ONE PUTS FORWARD. THAT IS SOMETHING CANADIAN DESERVE BETWEEN A VISION THAT IS OPEN, INCLUSIVE AND RESPECTFUL OF EVERYONE’S RIGHTS, AND A PERSPECTIVE THAT SAYS THEY’RE FOR THE PEOPLE BUT THEN DELIVERS CUTS TO SERVICES AND CUTS TO TAXES FOR THE WEALTHY.>>Voice of Translator: I WILL ALWAYS BE VERY CLEAR IN SAYING I WILL NOT ENGAGE IN PERSONAL ATTACKS, BUT I WILL ALSO BE VERY CLEAR ON THE DIFFERENCES IN POLICY BETWEEN US AND OTHERS. OUR VISIONS OF THE COUNTRY ARE VERY DIFFERENT. THE LIBERAL APPROACH IS VERY INCLUSIVE AND POSITIVE, AND THE CONSERVATIVE APPROACH IS ALL ABOUT CUTS AND AUSTERITY. AND DURING THIS ELECTION CAMPAIGN, WE WILL CLEARLY TO CANADIANS THE CHOICE AHEAD OF THEM. [ End of Translation ]>>(Question by Media): YOU HAVE TAKEN RESPONSIBILITY BUT DISAGREED WITH THE ETHICS REPORT FINDING. IN ALL THIS TIME I DON’T THINK CANADIANS HEARD THEM EXPLAIN WHAT YOU FEEL YOU PERSONALLY DID WRONG, WHAT ARE YOUR MISTAKES IN THAT AFFAIR. COULD YOU EXPLAIN TO US WHAT YOU FEEL YOU — WHERE YOU WENT WRONG?>>The Rt. Honourable Justin Trudeau: MY JOB AS PRIME MINISTER IS TO BE THERE TO STAND UP FOR AND DEFEND CANADIANS JOBS. WHETHER IT’S COMMUNITIES RIGHT ACROSS THE COUNTRY OR PENSIONERS OR FAMILIES, I WILL ALWAYS DEFEND THE PUBLIC INTEREST. I WILL ALWAYS DEFEND PEOPLE’S JOBS. I’VE BEEN UNEQUIVOCAL ABOUT THAT FROM THE VERY BEGINNING, AND THAT’S WHAT I WILL CONTINUE TO DO.>>(Question by Media): NO MISTAKES. NO MISTAKES?>>(Question by Media): YOU’VE TRIGGERED AN ELECTION TODAY, AND YOU’RE ASKING CANADIANS TO VOTE FOR YOU. PERHAPS YOU COULD TELL CANADIANS WHY THEY SHOULD TRUST YOU TO BE RETURNED TO POWER WHEN WE STILL DON’T KNOW ALL THE DETAILS OF THE SNC-LAVALIN AFFAIR, DESPITE NUMEROUS ATTEMPTS AND SOME OF THAT HAS TO DO WITH COMMITTEES WITH A LIBERAL MAJORITY BLOCKING THOSE DETAILS COMING FORWARD. >>The Rt. Honourable Justin Trudeau: WE MADE A COMMITMENT TO CANADIANS TO GROW THE ECONOMY FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS AND FOR PEOPLE WORKING HARD TO JOIN IT. THAT WAS THE HEART OF THE PROMISE WE GOT ELECTED ON. WE DELIVERED ON THAT BY WATCHING CANADIANS CREATE WELL OVER A MILLION JOBS OVER THE PAST FOUR YEARS. AT THE SAME TIME, 900,000 CANADIANS HAVE BEEN LIFTED OUT OF POVERTY. OUR COMMITMENT TO INVEST IN COMMUNITIES, OUR COMMITMENT TO SUPPORT AND MOVE FORWARD ON GIVING A REAL CHANCE TO INDIGENOUS PEOPLES TO SUCCEED BY ADVANCING RECONCILIATION, TO MOVE FORWARD ON DEMONSTRATING THAT WE UNDERSTAND THAT GROWING THE ECONOMY AND PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT GOES TOGETHER, EVERY STEP OF THE WAY. AND IT’S NOT A CHOICE OF EITHER OR ANYMORE. THESE ARE THE THINGS THAT WE COMMITTED TO CANADIANS TO DO, AND THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT WE HAVE DONE OVER THE PAST FOUR YEARS. WE ARE THE FIRST TO RECOGNIZE, THERE’S AN AWFUL LOT MORE TO DO, AND I’M VERY MUCH LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING OUT AND TALKING WITH CANADIANS FROM COAST TO COAST TO COAST OVER THE COMING WEEKS ABOUT OUR PLANS TO CONTINUE BUILDING A BETTER CANADA AS WE ALL MOVE FORWARD.>>(Question by Media): TODAY IS THE 18th ANNIVERSARY OF THE SEPTEMBER 11th ATTACKS. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO THOSE THAT SAY IT’S INSENSITIVE TO BE CALLING AN ELECTION ON THIS TRAGEDY. >>The Rt. Honourable Justin Trudeau: AS I SAID IN MY WORDS AT THE BEGINNING,S EXERCISE OF OUR FUNDAMENTAL DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS, THE MOMENT TO ENGAGE ON HOW WE MOVE FORWARD WITH A BETTER FUTURE FOR EVERYONE IS A DEEPLY-HELD VALUE WITH WHICH WE CELEBRATE THE SUCCESSES AND THE TRAGEDIES OF THE PAST. WE REMEMBER ALL THE FAMILIES, ALL THE INDIVIDUALS LOST AND THE FAMILIES AFFECTED BY THE TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE ATTACKS OF SEPTEMBER 11th, 2001, AND WE MOVE FORWARD IN PLEDGING OURSELVES EVERY DAY TO A BETTER, SAFER, MORE PROSPEROUS SOCIETY FOR EVERYONE. AND THAT’S WHAT THIS ELECTION IS ALL ABOUT.>>Voice of Translator: >>(Question by Media): MR. TRUDEAU, YOU WERE VERY CLEAR ABOUT THE SECULARISM BILL IN QUEBEC. YOU DON’T LIKE IT. YOU’RE AGAINST IT. YOU THINK IT’S A MISTAKE. THE QUESTION IS, IF YOU ARE RETURNED TO POWER, WILL YOUR GOVERNMENT CHALLENGE IT IN THE COURTS OR GET INVOLVED?>>The Rt. Honourable Justin Trudeau: YES, I COMPLETELY DISAGREE WITH BILL 21. I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT IN A FREE SOCIETY ONE SHOULD LEGITIMATIZE OR ALLOW DISCRIMINATION AGAINST ANYONE. I’M VERY PLEASED THAT QUEBECERS THEMSELVES ARE IN THE PROCESS OF CHALLENGING THAT BILL BEFORE THE COURTS, AND DEFENDING THE CANADIAN CHARTER OF RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS. WE ARE CLOSELY FOLLOWING EVERYTHING THAT IS HAPPENING, AND WE WILL BE LOOKING CLOSELY AT THAT PROCESS. BUT FOR THE TIME BEING, WE BELIEVE THAT IT IS COUNTER PRODUCTIVE FOR A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO GET DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN THAT CASE.>>The Rt. Honourable Justin Trudeau: AS I’VE SAID MANY TIMES, I’M DEEPLY OPPOSED TO BILL 21 IN QUEBEC. I DON’T THINK THAT IN A FREE SOCIETY WE SHOULD BE LEGITIMATIZING OR ALLOWING DISCRIMINATION AGAINST ANYONE. I’M VERY PLEASED THAT QUEBECERS THEMSELVES HAVE CHOSEN TO CONFEST THE BILL IN COURT, TO STAND UP AND DEFEND THE CHARTER OF RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS. WE HAVE BEEN — I HAVE BEEN — WATCHING VERY CLOSELY THE PROCESS, CONSIDERING THE FEDERAL POTENTIAL ACTIONS, AND AT THIS TIME, I FEEL IT WOULD BE COUNTER PRODUCTIVE FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO ENGAGE IN THIS PROCESS.>>Voice of Translator: >>(Question by Media): IS THAT A FINAL DECISION? YOU WILL NOT AT ALL GET INVOLVED, WHATEVER HAPPENS?>>The Rt. Honourable Justin Trudeau: WELL, AS I SAID, WE ARE FOLLOWING THE SITUATION VERY CLOSELY, AND FOR THE TIME BEING, WE DO NOT BELIEVE THAT IT WOULD BE PRODUCTIVE TO GET INVOLVED. AT THE SAME TIME, WE WILL CONTINUE TO LOOK CLOSELY AT THIS PROCESS, AND WE WILL MAKE ANY DECISIONS THAT ARE NEEDED AS PART OF THAT PROCESS. [ End of Translation ]>>The Rt. Honourable Justin Trudeau: AS I SAID, WE ARE FOLLOWING VERY CAREFULLY THE PROCESS. AT THIS TIME WE FEEL IT WOULD BE CURRENT PRODUCTIVE FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO ENGAGE IN THE PROCESS WITH WHICH QUEBECERS ARE UNDERWAY. BUT WE WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR CLOSELY AND EVALUATE OUR POSITION.>>(Question by Media): GOOD MORNING. MILLENNIALS MAKE UP THE LARGEST BLOCK OF ELIGIBLE VOTERS IN THIS ELECTION. HOW DO YOU REGAIN YOUNG PEOPLE’S TRUST, ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO THOUGHT YOU MIGHT BE DIFFERENT AND YOU TURNED OUT TO BE JUST LIKE EVERY OTHER POLITICIAN.>>The Rt. Honourable Justin Trudeau: I THINK CANADIANS OF ALL AGES, PARTICULARLY MILLENNIALS, HAVE SEEN THE TOMORROW TRANSFORMATION OF OUR COUNTRY OVER THE PAST FOUR YEARS AS WE’VE BOTH CREATED ECONOMIC GROWTH AND LIFTED PEOPLE OUT OF POVERTY, AS WE’VE FORWARD ON THE MOST AMBITIOUS LEADERSHIP EVER SEEN BY A CANADIAN GOVERNMENT ON PROTECTIC THE ENVIRONMENT, AT THE SAME TIME AS WE CONTINUE TO PREPARE FOR FUTURE PROSPERITY FOR FAMILIES RIGHT ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THESE ARE THE THINGS THAT YOUNG CANADIANS EXPECT, INDEED, THAT ALL CANADIANS EXPECT, AND I VERY MUCH LOOK FORWARD TO THE COMING WEEKS WHEN WE WILL BE ROLLING OUT A VERY AMBITIOUS PLATFORM DESIGNED TO HELP CANADIANS LOOK TOWARDS A FUTURE WITH EVEN MORE CONFIDENCE THAN THEY ALREADY HAVE IN THIS EXTRAORDINARY COUNTRY.>>Voice of Translator: >>(Question by Media): YES. COULD YOU ELABORATE OR EXPLAIN WHAT YOU BELIEVE IS COUNTER PRODUCTIVE ABOUT GETTING INVOLVED IN THE LEGAL CHALLENGE OF BILL 21 IN QUEBEC? YOU SAY THAT YOU WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE PROCESS, BUT WHAT EXACTLY COULD PROMPT YOU TO CHANGE YOUR MIND?>>The Rt. Honourable Justin Trudeau: WELL, WE FULLY UNDERSTAND THAT IN A FREE SOCIETY, WE SHOULD NOT BE SUSPENDING FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS. WE SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWING OR LEGITIMATIZING ANY KIND OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST CITIZENS BASED ON RELIGION OR OR FACTORS. AND THAT’S WHY WE’RE CONCERNED ABOUT THIS BILL. WITH YOUOR BUT AS I SAID, QUEBECERS THEMSELVES ARE NOW CHALLENGING THAT BILL AND ARE NOW DEFENDING THE CHARTER OF RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS, AND AS A QUEBECER AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, WE ARE CLOSELY MONITORING THAT PROCESS AND LOOKING AT IF AND WHEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD GET INVOLVED. MY DECISION FOR THE TIME BEING IS THAT I BELIEVE IT WOULD BE COUNTER PRODUCTIVE TO GET INVOLVED IN THE LEGAL PROCESS AT THIS TIME.>>(Question by Media): BUT ULTIMATELY MUST YOU NOT ENSURE AS PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA THAT THAT BILL IS CHALLENGED, TAKEN AS FAR AS IT COULD BE TAKEN IN TERMS OF THAT CHALLENGE? [ Please Stand By ]>>Interpreter: I THINK CANADIANS UNDERSTAND VERY WELL THAT CLIMATE CHANGE IS A REAL THREAT, NOT JUST TO OUR PLANET AND COMMUNITIES, BUT TO OUR ECONOMY AS WELL. AND THAT IS WHY WE HAVE A PLAN THAT NOT ONLY INVOLVES CONCRETE ACTION IN TERMS OF PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT, MORE AMBITIOUS THAN ANY OTHER GOVERNMENT THAT HAS BROUGHT IN IN THE PAST, BUT ALSO IT WILL PREPARE FAMILIES, YOUNG PEOPLE AND WORKERS FOR A FUTURE WHERE NEW JOBS WILL BE CONNECTED TO A MORE GREEN, CLEANER ECONOMY. WE HAVE AN AMBITIOUS PLAN TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT AND GROW THE ECONOMY. THAT WHAT WE DEMONSTRATED OVER THE LAST FOUR YEARS AND I THINK IT IS REALLY A SHAME THAT THE CONSERVATIVES STILL DO NOT UNDERSTAND THAT CLIMATE CHANGE IS A REAL THREAT, SOMETHING WE WILL HAVE TO ACTUALLY ADDRESS AND CONSERVATIVES ARE — HAVE BEEN SPENDING MONEY NOT TO HELP US TO MAKE THAT TRANSITION, BUT TO COUNTER A PLAN THAT WILL WORK FOR CANADIANS. SO WE WILL CONTINUE TO SHOW THROUGH OUR ACTIONS AND THROUGH OUR COMMITMENTS THAT CANADIANS EXPECT REAL LEADERSHIP AND THAT A GOVERNMENT WILL ACT ON CLIMATE CHANGE. THAT’S THE ONLY WAY TO PROTECT FUTURE GENERATIONS AND CREATE THE NECESSARY ECONOMY FOR THE FUTURE. WE WILL BE CLOSELY MONITORING EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS AS PART OF THE LEGAL PROCESS. AND WE WILL MAKE OUR DECISIONS AS TIME GOES ON. AS I SAY, I THINK IT WOULD BE COUNTERPRODUCTIVE TO INTERVENE AT THIS TIME. CANADIAN PRESS. ON THE SAME THEME OF SECULARISM, YOU SAID FOR THE TIME BEING. THAT YOU DON’T THINK IT IS PRODUCTIVE TO GET INVOLVED IN THE LEGAL PROCESS. WILL THAT CHANGE IF YOU ARE PART OF A MINORITY GOVERNMENT? WELL, WE WILL ALWAYS DO EVERYTHING WE HAVE TO DO TO DEFEND CANADIANS’ RIGHTS. IN QUEBEC AND ACROSS THIS COUNTRY, CANADIANS HAVE ENORMOUS RESPECT AND APPRECIATION FOR THAT CHARTER THAT PROTECTS FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS AND I KNOW THERE ARE MANY QUEBECERS AS WELL WHO BELIEVE THAT, IN A FREE SOCIETY, ONE SHOULD NOT LEGITIMATIZE DISCRIMINATION AGAINST ANYONE. WHAT DO YOU SAY TO THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE ACCUSING YOU OF COMPROMISING YOUR VALUES OF INCLUSION AND DIVERSITY? IN ORDER NOT TO OFFEND QUEBECERS.>>Interpreter: WELL I’VE ALWAYS BEEN VERY CLEAR ON THAT. I DON’T THINK THERE’S ONE QUEBECER THAT DOESN’T KNOW THAT I DISAGREE WITH THIS BILL 231 AND THAT MY RESPONSIBILITY AS PRIME MINISTER IS ALWAYS TO ENSURE THAT THERE IS PROPER DEFENCE OF ALL CANADIANS’ RIGHTS. AND THAT IS WHY I’M VERY PLEASEDED THAT QUEBECERS THEMSELVES ARE NOW CHALLENGING THAT BILL BEFORE THE COURTS.>>Reporter: IS IT BECAUSE IT’S RIGHT NEXT DOOR TO YOUR FORMER JUSTICE MINISTER, NOW RIVAL JODY WILSON-RAYBOULD?>>Prime Minister Trudeau: IN 2015, WE LAUNCHED OUR ELECTION CAMPAIGN BY ATTENDING THE PRIDE PARADE IN VANCOUVER AND LAUNCHED IT ACROSS THE COUNTRY. YOU MAY REMEMBER THAT THERE WERE MANY FOLKS ASSEMBLED HERE TODAY AND IN THE PRESS GALLERY ACROSS THE CITY WHO DECRIED THAT IT WAS A TERRIBLE MISTAKE TO NOT BE HERE IN OTTAWA FOR THE ELECTION LAUNCH BY THE LIBERAL CAMPAIGN. WE DEMONSTRATED THAT CAMPAIGNS HAPPEN OUT THERE ACROSS CANADA AND LAUNCHING THE CAMPAIGN IN MY SECOND HOME OF BRITISH COLUMBIA FELT RIGHT BOTH IN 2015 AND FEELS RIGHT RIGHT NOW IN 2019. I CAN’T WAIT TO GET OUT TO B.C. THIS AFTERNOON, BUT I’M VERY MUCH LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING RIGHT ACROSS THE COUNTRY IN THE COMING WEEKS. THERE ARE A LOT OF CANADIANS TO TALK TO ABOUT THE IMPORTANT CHOICE THEY’RE FACING ABOUT WHETHER WE MOVE FORWARD OR WE GO BACK TO THE HARPER YEARS. I KNOW THAT CANADIANS ARE EXCITED ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITIES AHEAD OF US. AND I’M EXCITED TO ROLL UP MY SLEEVES AND KEEP WORKING FOR THEM EVERY SINGLE DAY. [SPEAKING FRENCH].>>Interpreter: IN 2015, WE CHOSE TO LAUNCH OUR ELECTION CAMPAIGN IN VANCOUVER, DESPITE THE FACT THAT A NUMBER OF PEOPLE WERE SAYING IT WAS A MISTAKE NOT TO BE IN OTTAWA FOR THE LAUNCH OF THE CAMPAIGN. AND WE SHOWED THAT AN ELECTION CAMPAIGN IS ABOUT THE ENTIRE COUNTRY AND NOT JUST OTTAWA. AND THAT IS WHY I’M SO PLEASED TO BE GOING TO VANCOUVER. IT IS MY SECOND HOME TO LAUNCH THE CAMPAIGN THIS AFTERNOON. AND IN THE COMING WEEKS, WE WILL BE CRISS-CROSSING THE COUNTRY IN ORDER TO HAVE THOSE IMPORTANT CONVERSATIONS WITH CANADIANS ABOUT WHAT CHOICE THEY NEED TO MAKE FOR THE COMING YEARS. SHOULD WE CONTINUE TO MOVE FORWARD TOGETHER OR SHOULD WE GO BACK TO THE HARPER YEARS?>>Reporter: YOUR OPPONENTS KEEP ATTACKING YOU ON QUESTIONS OF ETHICS. HOW WOULD YOU RESPOND TO THE CRITIQUE NA YOU WERE INAUTHENTIC GOING INTO THIS CAMPAIGN?>>Prime Minister Trudeau: I THINK CANADIANS KNOW VERY WELL THAT I AM FOCUSED ON MAKING THE RIGHT CHOICES FOR CANADIANS AND MOVING FORWARD IN A WAY THAT BENEFITS THE MIDDLE CLASS. PEOPLE WORKING HARD TO JOIN IT. THAT MOVES FORWARD ON RECONCILIATION WITH INDIGENOUS PEOPLES, THAT DEMONSTRATES THE ONLY WAY TO BUILD A STRONG ECONOMY MOVING FORWARD IS TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT AT THE SAME TIME. WE ARE ALL IN FOR BUILDING A BETTER FUTURE FOR CANADIANS AND THAT IS WHY WE CHOOSE FORWARD. MERCI. A WHOLE BUNCH OF GREAT CANADIANS! [LAUGHTER]>>Rosemary: THERE YOU HAVE IT. LIBERAL LEADER JUSTIN TRUDEAU ON DAY ONE OF THIS FEDERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN AS HE VIES FOR A SECOND MANDATE AS PRIME MINISTER OF THIS COUNTRY. FROM HERE, HE WILL HEAD OFF TO THE AIRPORT, AS YOU HEAR HIM SAY, AND OUTOF TO BRITISH COLUMBIA WHERE THE LIBERAL PARTY HOPES TO HOLD SEATS, PICK UP SEATS, AND AS WE TALKED ABOUT THROUGHOUT THE PROGRAMME, COULD BE A PLACE WHERE THE ELECTION GETS DECIDED. LET’S BRING IN AT ISSUE, BEFORE I SET THEM FREE. CHANTAL, ANDREW AND ALTHEA, ALL STILL HERE WITH ME. LET’S TALK ABOUT BILL 21 BECAUSE I THOUGHT THERE WAS SOME INTERESTING COMMENTS THERE FROM JUSTIN TRUDEAU. SO THIS IS THE SECULARISM LAW IN QUEBEC. IT BANS PEOPLE IN PUBLIC POSITIONS, PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT FROM WEARING RELIGIOUS SYMBOLS. HE WAS ASKED ABOUT THAT BECAUSE HIS COMMENTS PREVIOUSLY HAVE BEEN TO SAY I DON’T LIKE IT. HERE AS WELL, HE SAID THAT HE BELIEVED IT WAS COUNTERPRODUCTIVE TO GET INVOLVED IN A CASE THAT SOME QUEBECERS HAVE LAUNCHED AS A CASE IN COURT. CHANTAL?>>IF I COULD REWIND A BIT, I DON’T THINK I’VE EVER WATCHED THE START OF AN ELECTION AND THE INCUMBENT’S PRESS CONFERENCE BE SPLIT SO DOWN THE MIDDLE ON LANGUAGE LINES. S WITH A LOT OF SNC-LAVALIN QUESTIONS IN ENGLISH AND ALL OF BILL 21, ALMOST EVERY FRANCOPHONE QUESTION WAS ABOUT BILL 21 WITH — WHICH PREVENTS PEOPLE FROM TEACHING OR BEING POLICE OFFICERS IF THEY’RE WEARING RELIGIOUS SYMBOLS. OF THE TWO QUESTIONS, I’D ALSO SAY THAT THE MOST DANGEROUS FOR JUSTIN TRUDEAU ARE THE QUESTIONS ABOUT BILL 21. AND WHAT HE SAID TODAY IS HE LEFT HIMSELF OPEN TO THE POSSIBILITY THAT AT SOME POINT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WOULD JOIN LITIGATION AGAINST BILL 21. USUALLY IN THE PAST AND SUCH MATTERS, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS TENDED TO JOIN LATER ON IN THE PROCESS, AT THE SUPREME COURT LEVEL OR HIGHER COURT LEVEL. BUT IN QUEBEC, NONE OF THE FEDERAL LEADERS — ANDREW SCHEER WAS ALSO ASKED, HE WASN’T COMFORTABLE WITH THE QUESTION. AND HE’S NOT BECAUSE SOME OF HIS OWN M.P.s SUPPORT BILL 21 IN QUEBEC WHILE OTHERS DON’T. JAGMEET SINGH HAS A BIT OF THAT PROBLEM. SO DOES ELIZABETH MAY. BUT IN QUEBEC, THE BLOC QUÉBÉCOIS IS PLANNING TO CAMPAIGN HARD ON THE FACT THAT ALL THESE FEDERAL LEADERS ARE AGAINST THE SO-CALLED QUEBEC CONSENSUS BEHIND THIS LAW. AND SO IF I WERE TO LOOK THAT THE PRESS CONFERENCE AND THINK THAT ANYTHING DANGEROUS HAPPENED TO JUSTIN TRUDEAU, IT WOULDN’T BE THE SNC-LAVALIN AFFAIR, THEY ARE HOPING TO RIGHT THE NEWS SIEBLG BUT IT WOULD BE THOSE QUESTIONS AND THE OPEN DOOR WHICH HE COULD NOT HAVE SHUT TO ONE DAY JOINING LITIGATION TO CHALLENGE THE BILL.>>Rosemary: WELL, AND THE SNC-LAVALIN QUESTIONS, HIS ANSWERS COULDN’T HAVE BEEN SHORTER. HE HAD ONE LINE FOR EACH QUESTION AND THEN HE DOES THIS THING WHEN HE’S HAD ENOUGH OF A QUESTION. HE JUST SMILES POLITELY AND THEN DOESN’T SAY ANYTHING MORE. I WILL SAY ON BILL 21, JUST TO REMIND PEOPLE, THAT NOT ONLY WAS THE CURRENT GOVERNMENT — PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT ELECTED WITH THE FRONTS MOVE FORWARD ON IT, BUT POLLS SHOW THAT A LARGE MAJORITY OF QUEBECERS STILL SUPPORT THAT LEGISLATION. SO THAT IS WHY IT’S SUCH A PICKLE. ANDREW, YOUR THOUGHTS ON WHAT THE PRIME MINISTER HAD TO SAY THERE. WHAT STRUCK YOU?>>IT WAS CERTAINLY A MUCH BETTER ANSWER ON BILL 21 THAN IT WAS ON SNC-LAVALIN. SNC-LAVALIN, IT BASICALLY PUNTED TO THE CLERK, WHICH IS NOT A PARTICULARLY PRIME MINISTERIAL ANSWER WHEN HE HAS RESPONSIBILITY FOR THAT FILE. HE WAS ASKED POINT BLANK WHAT DOES YOUR GOVERNMENT HAVE TO HIDE, WHY NOT RELEASE THESE PEOPLE FROM CABINET CONFIDENTIALITY AND HE DIDN’T HAVE A SERIOUS ANSWER TO THAT. I UNDERSTAND WHY ALL THE PARTY LEADERS ARE NERVOUS ABOUT INTERVENING ON THIS ISSUE. IT IS, FOR THE REASONS YOU MENTIONED — BILL 21, I MEAN — BECAUSE THEY’RE ALL TRYING TO GET TO QUEBEC AND THERE IS A LOT OF SUPPORT FOR THE BILL THERE. BUT LET US NOT KID OURSELVES. THIS IS A SERIOUS MATTER FOR THE ENTIRE COUNTRY WHEN YOU HAVE WHAT IS, IN EFFECT, A HIRING BAR ON MEMBERS OF RELIGIOUS MINORITIES IN LARGER SECTIONS OF THE PUBLIC SERVICE IN QUEBEC THAT IS COUNTER TO EVERYTHING THAT THIS COUNTRY IS SUPPOSED TO STAND FOR. ANDREW SCHEER’S ANSWER WAS NOTABLY WEAKER THAN THE PRIME MINISTER’S ON THAT. THEY WERE BOTH NOT AS STRONG AS I WOULD LIKE. TO SAY SIMPLY WE WOULDN’T BRING IN SUCH A BILL AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL AS SCHEER DID IS PREPOSTEROUS. IT IS NOT AN ANSWER AT ALL. THE PRIME MINISTER CAME CLOSER TO SAYING WE MAY WELL INTERVENE, WHICH IS BETTER FROM THE STANDPOINT OF CIVIL LIBERTIES.>>Rosemary: SURE. IT’S NOT AN ANSWER TO SAY THAT THING ABOUT THE FEDERAL LAW, BUT I WILL POINT OUT IT IS WHAT HARPER WAS HINTING AT AT THE END OF 2015, WHICH GOT HIM INTO A LOT OF TROUBLE. ALTHEA, I HAVE ONE MINUTE UNTIL JAGMEET SINGH POPS UP. IT’S YOURS. WHAT DO YOU THINK?>>I THINK THE LIBERALS ARE PROBABLY KEEPING THAT ISSUE AS A POTENTIAL WEDGE ISSUE. THAT IS WHY HE HASN’T FIRMLY SHUT THE DOOR DOWN. YES, THE VAST MAJORITY OF QUEBECERS AND LIKE 67% SUPPORT BILL 21. BUT PEOPLE KNOW WHERE JUSTIN TRUDEAU STANDS ON THAT ISSUE. IF HE WAS TO COME OUT AND SAY THAT A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, LED BY HIM, WOULD APPEAL THAT, THAT WOULD BE A MARKER OF DIFFERENTIATION FOR ANDREW SCHEER. THAT’S WHY HE’S NOT CLOSING THE DOOR. AND JUST ON THE SNC-LAVALIN CABINET CONFIDENCES STUFF, THE PRIME MINISTER MAY HAVE FIBBED A LITTLE BIT THERE ABOUT THE LARGEST EXPANSE OF CABINET CONFIDENCES, MARTIN DURING THE GOMERY INQUIRY ALSO RELEASED CABINET CONFIDENCES. I’M NOT SURE IF HIS WERE VASTER OR NOT. BUT THERE IS DEFINITELY QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT THE PRIME MINISTER CAN AND CAN’T DO AND HE CERTAINLY WANTED TO STARVE THAT ISSUE OF ANY OXYGEN BY NOT ANSWERING.>>Rosemary: OK. I’LL SEE YOU ALL TONIGHT ON “THE NATIONAL.” THANK YOU FOR MAKING TIME FOR US RIGHT NOW. APPRECIATE IT. SEE YOU LATER. LET’S GO TO N.D.P. — NOT HEADQUARTERS, BUT WHERE THEY ARE CAMPED OUT TODAY IN LONDON, ONTARIO. [APPLAUSE] WE’RE EXPECTING JAGMEET SINGH TO COME OUT MEMENT TEARLY. HE HAS ALSO GATHERED SUPPORTER THERE IS IN LONDON. HANNAH THIBEDEAU IS FOLLOWING HIM ON THE TRAIL. BUT JAGMEET MAKING HIS WAY IN WITH HIS WIFE RIGHT NOW. AND HE, TOO, WILL MAKE A STATEMENT AND TAKE SOME QUESTIONS. LET’S LISTEN IN LIVE TO THE N.D.P. LEADER.>>WHEW!>>I’D LIKE TO BEGIN BY ACKNOWLEDGING THAT WE’RE GATHERED ON THE TRADITIONAL TERRITORIES. ANISHNAWBE AND THE WENDOTT PEOPLES. 18 YEARS AGO, A TERRORIST ATTACK HIT THE UNITED STATES AND SHOCKED THE WORLD. CANADIANS REACHED OUT WITH COMPASSION AND CARE AND I WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THOSE WHO LOST THEIR LIFE AND THE FRIENDS AND FAMILY THAT CONTINUE TO BE IMPACTED BY THAT LOSS AND THE FIRST RESPONDERS WHO RESPONDED SO COURAGEOUSLY. FRIENDS, WE’RE HERE IN LONDON, BEAUTIFUL CITY, A CITY I SPENT FIVE YEARS OF MY LIFE WHEN I WENT TO WESTERN. IT IS A CITY WHERE I SPENT SOME OF MY — HAD SOME OF MY BEST MEMORIES AND SOME OF MY TOUGHEST. THIS IS A CITY WHERE MY BROTHER CAME TO LIVE WITH ME. I TOOK HIM IN. I TOOK CARE OF HIM. IT’S A TAME WHEN WE WENT THROUGH A LOT OF STRUGGLES. I HAD TO WORK A LOT OF JOBS TO MAKE ENDS MEET. AND IT WAS DURING THAT TIME THAT A LOT OF FRIENDS AND FAMILY STEPPED UP AND HELPED ME OUT. THEY HELPED OUT WITH FOOD AND WITH SUPPORT. AND IT REMINDED ME OF A GREAT CANADIAN VALUE. I WOULDN’T HAVE GOT THROUGH THOSE TOUGH TIMES WITHOUT THEIR SUPPORT AND THAT’S WHAT CANADIANS BELIEVE IN. WE BELIEVE IN TAKING CARE OF ONE ANOTHER. [APPLAUSE] NOW YOU ALL KNOW I LOVE CANADA. AND I BELIEVE WE CAN MAKE IT EVEN BETTER. EFFORTIER TODAY I HAD A CHANCE TO SPEAK WITH JESSICA, NANCY AND JACK. NOW JESSICA IS PREGNANT AND A CANCER SURVIVOR. AND SHE TOLD ME ABOUT HOW DIFFICULT IT WAS AND HOW DIFFICULT IT IS FOR HER TO AFFORD MEDICATION THAT SHE NEEDS WITHOUT THE COVERAGE. IT’S CRUSHING. I MET NANCY AND JACK WHO ARE BOTH RETIRED AND THEY TOLD ME ABOUT HOW THEY CONTINUE TO WORRY ABOUT OUT OF POCKET HEALTH CARE EXPENSES. THEY DON’T KNOW WHEN THE NEXT EXPENSE IS GOING TO COME UP. THEY DON’T KNOW HOW MUCH IT IS GOING TO COST FOR DENTAL CARE OR IF THEY NEED NEW GLASSES AND THEY’RE WORRIED. NOW I BELIEVE WE CAN DO BETTER FOR PEOPLE LIKE NANCY, JACK AND JESSICA. BUT WE CAN DO THAT ONLY IF WE HAVE THE COURAGE TO TAKE ON THE POWERFUL INTERESTS AT THE VERY TOP. WE CAN EXPAND OUR MEDICARE SYSTEM TO INCLUDE MEDICATION FOR ALL. PHARMA CARE FOR ALL. AND EXTEND IT BEYOND THAT TO INCLUDE DENTAL CARE, VISION AND HEARING CARE AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES. [APPLAUSE] WE CAN DO THAT, BUT ONLY IF WE HAVE THE COURAGE TO TAKE ON THE LOBBYISTS AND THE CORPORATE INTERESTS. WE CAN BUILD 500,000 NEW, AFFORDABLE HOMES ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. AND TACKLE THE HOUSING CRISIS. WE CAN DO THAT, BUT ONLY IF WE HAVE THE COURAGE TO TAKE ON MONEY LAUNDERERS AND SPECULATORS THAT KEEP ON DRIVING COSTS OF HOUSING. AND WE CAN PROVIDE A RELIEF FOR CANADIANS WHO ARE PAYING SOME OF THE HIGHEST COSTS IN THE WORLD FOR CELL PHONES AND INTERNET SERVICES. WE CAN DO THAT, BUT ONLY IF WE HAVE THE COURAGE TO TAKE ON THE BIG TELECOM LOBBYISTS. AND WE CAN FIGHT NOW. WE CAN ACT NOW TO TAKE ON THE CLIMATE CRISIS AND BUILD 300,000 NEW QUALITY JOBS, BUT ONLY IF WE HAVE THE COURAGE TO TAKE ON THE BIG COMMUTERS AND END THE FOSSIL FUEL SUBSIDIES. [APPLAUSE] [SPEAKING FRENCH].>>Interpreter: WE LIVE IN A COUNTRY WHERE THE RICH ARE GETTING RICHER. A COUNTRY WHERE THE MAJORITY OF THE POPULATION DOES NOT HAVE ACCESS TO THE SAME BENEFITS. A COUNTRY WHERE BOTH CONSERVATIVE AND LIBERAL GOVERNMENTS HAVE CREATED A SYSTEM THAT BENEFITS THE RICH AND LEAVES THE REST OF US BEHIND. FOUR YEARS AGO, JUSTIN TRUDEAU CHARMED US WITH PRETTY WORDS AND EMPTY PROMISES. HE SAID THE RIGHT THINGS, BUT HE DIDN’T DO THEM. BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, JUSTIN TRUDEAU DOES WHATEVER THE WEALTHY AND POWERFUL CORPORATIONS WANT HIM TO DO. IT’S CLEAR JUSTIN TRUDEAU ISN’T WHO HE PRETENDED TO BE. AND ANDREW SCHEER AND THE CONSERVATIVES ARE NOT THE ANSWER. THEY ARE GOING TO CUT TAXES FOR THE WEALTHY, BUT THEY’RE GOING TO CUT SERVICES THAT YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES COUNT ON. YOU’LL PAY THE PRICE WITH AN EVEN WORSE OR MORE EXPENSIVE HEALTH CARE AND EVEN MORE EXPENSIVE MEDICATION AND AN EVEN WORSENING CLIMATE CRISIS. [SPEAKING FRENCH].>>Interpreter: FRIENDS, WITH EVERY ELECTION, THE LIBERALS AND THE CONSERVATIVES MAKE A SERIES OF PROMISES. BUT TOO OFTEN THEY DON’T KEEP THEM. WHEN IT COMES TIME TO CHOOSE BETWEEN THE INTERESTS OF CANADIANS AND THOSE OF THE MAJOR MULTINATIONALS, THEIR CHOICE IS CLEAR — THEY CHOOSE THE OIL COMPANIES AND THE PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES. WHEN YOU WANT DIFFERENT RESULTS, YOU HAVE TO MAKE DIFFERENT CHOICES. IN THIS ELECTION, THERE IS A CLEAR CHOICE. WHO CAN YOU RELY ON TO FIGHT FOR YOU?>>SO THIS ELECTION CAME DOWN TO A REALLY CLEAR QUESTION — WHO CAN YOU COUNT ON TO FIGHT FOR YOU? WHEN I WAS A KID — [SHOUTING]>>THAT’S RIGHT. WHEN I WAS A KID, I NEVER IMAGINED SOMEONE THAT LOOKED LIKE ME WOULD BE RUNNING TO BE PRIME MINISTER.>>WHEW!>>PEOPLE TOLD ME TIME AND TIME AGAIN THE THINGS THAT I COULDN’T DO. BUT NOW KIDS RUN UP AND SAY SEEING YOU DO THIS, I FEEL LIKE I CAN DO ANYTHING. AND THAT IS INSPIRATIONAL. [APPLAUSE] WE HAVE AN EXCITING OPPORTUNITY OVER THE NEXT 40 DAYS. WE’RE GOING TO BRING A HOPEFUL MESSAGE TO CANADIANS THAT WE CAN BUILD THE COUNTRY OF OUR DREAMS. A COUNTRY WHERE EVERYONE HAS A PLACE TO CALL HOME. HEALTH CARE WHEN THEY NEED IT. CLEAN WATER TO DRINK AND CLEAR AIR TO BREATHE. GOOD JOBS AND A BRIGHT FUTURE. YOU KNOW, EVERYWHERE I GO, I MEET HARD-WORKING PEOPLE. WHO WANTS TO BE TREATED FAIRLY AND BUILD A GOOD LIFE FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILY. THESE ARE THE PEOPLE NEW DEMOCRATS HAVE ALWAYS WORKED FOR. THESE ARE THE PEOPLE I’M IN IT FOR. THANK YOU. [APPLAUSE]>>WHEW! THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I’M READY TO TAKE ANY OF YOUR QUESTIONS.>>I HAVE A QUESTION!>>Reporter: SORRY. CTV NEWS OVER HERE. KEVIN GALLAGHER. MR. SINGH, LAUNCHING YOUR CAMPAIGN, THE POLLING NUMBERS THAT WE SEE, OF COURSE, ARE LOWER THAN THOSE WHEN TOM MULCAIR WAS VOTED OUT OF THE PARTY. PUNDITS ARE SAYING THE PARTY’S IN TROUBLE. YOU KNOW, THAT YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE A VERY DIFFICULT TIME HOLDING ON TO WHAT YOU HAD IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS. WHAT IS YOUR STRATEGY, GIVE THAN CONTEXT?>>WELL, YOU KNOW, WE’RE LOOKING AT WHAT’S GOING ON RIGHT NOW IN CANADA. AND WHAT I’M HEARING FROM PEOPLE IS THAT THEY ARE DONE WITH GOVERNMENTS THAT SEEM TO CONTINUALLY PRIORITIZE MAKING IT EASIER FOR THE VERY RICH AND MAKING IT HARDER FOR THEM. THEY WANT SOMEONE WHO’S GOING TO STAND UP AND EXPAND OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. THE QUESTIONS THAT I KEEP ON HEARING ABOUT HOW HARD IT IS TO PAY FOR MEDICATION REALLY PLAGUE ME. AND I THINK ABOUT THE FACT THAT WE ARE IN THIS POSITION BECAUSE GOVERNMENTS HAVE CHOSEN TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR BIG PHARMA INSTEAD OF MAKING IT EASIER FOR PEOPLE AND I’M CONFIDENT THAT PEOPLE WILL SEE IN US CHAMPIONS WHO WANT TO PUT THEM IN THE CENTRE AND AT THE HEART OF EVERYTHING WE DO.>>WHEW! [APPLAUSE]>>Reporter: ON THAT SUBJECT OF AFFORDABILITY, OF COURSE WE’RE IN LONDON, ONTARIO, HOME OF GENERAL DYNAMICS, THE CONTRACT THAT YOU WOULD CANCEL IF YOU ARE PRIME MINISTER. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO WORKERS HERE THAT THE PEND — THAT DEPEND ON THOSE CONTRACTS FOR THEIR LIVELIHOODS?>>I’D SAY TO THOSE WORKERS THAT CANADA HAS A LOT OF NEEDS IN OUR OWN MILITARY SERVICES, THAT THERE IS A LOT OF NEED THAT WE CAN SATISFY, A LOT OF CONTRACTS WE CAN SATISFY HERE IN CANADA AND THOSE HARD-WORKING PEOPLE SHOULD CONTINUE TO HAVE THOSE CONTRACTS HERE IN CANADA. OR IN JURISDICTIONS WHERE THERE IS NOT AN OPPRESSIVE REGIME LIKE IN SAUDI ARABIA. IF THERE IS ANY EXAMPLE OF A TIME WHEN WE SHOULD BE CANCELING AN ARMS DEAL, IT’S IN THE EXAMPLE WHERE WE HAVE A COUNTRY THAT IS ALLEGED TO HAVE COMMITTED MURDER OF A JOURNALIST, THAT IS INVOLVED IN AN ONGOING KILLING OF THE PEOPLE OF YEMEN AND THAT HAS BEEN IMPLICATED IN HORRIBLE HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS OF ITS OWN CITIZENS. THIS IS A CASE THAT CALLS OUT FOR ENDING THAT AGREEMENT, BUT CONTINUE WITH CONTRACTS HERE IN CANADA SO THAT WE CONTINUE TO MAINTAIN THOSE JOBS. [APPLAUSE]>>Reporter: [SPEAKING FRENCH].>>[SPEAKING FRENCH].>>Interpreter: I’M SORRY. IT WAS DURING THE APPLAUSE AND I DID NOT HEAR THE BEGINNING. YES. RADIO-CANADA. THE RCMP SEEMS TO BE HAVING DIFFICULTY INTERVIEWING PEOPLE ABOUT THE SNC-LAVALIN ISSUE. IF IT WERE POSSIBLE TO INTERVIEW THOSE PEOPLE, DO YOU THINK WE WOULD REALLY LEARN SOMETHING NEW? YES, OF COURSE. BECAUSE WHAT WE HEARD FROM THE MINISTERS IS THAT THEY HAVE THINGS THEY NEED TO SHARE. BUT BECAUSE OF CONFIDENTIALITY, THEY COULD NOT SHARE THAT INFORMATION. AND THEY HAVEN’T HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE THOSE DETAILS WITH THE ETHICS COMMISSIONER. NOW THE ETHICS COMMISSION KERR HIMSELF SAID THAT HE APPROACHED MINISTERS OR WAS APPROACHED BY MINISTERS WHO WANTED TO SHARE THEIR STORY, BUT COULD NOT. BECAUSE THEY DON’T HAVE THE RIGHT TO.>>Reporter: [SPEAKING FRENCH].>>Interpreter: YOU ARE TRYING TO BE THE CHAMPION OF EVERYDAY CANADIANS. THE CONSERVATIVES AND THE LIBERALS WANT TO HELP THE MIDDLE CLASS AS WELL. THE CONSERVATIVES AND LIBERALS SEEM TO BE IN A NATIONAL CAMPAIGN, BUT YOURS SEEMS TO BE MORE REGIONALIZED. WHY SHOULD PEOPLE VOTE FOR YOU IF YOU HAVE LESS OF A CHANCE TO FORM A GOVERNMENT? WELL, WE WILL BE RUNNING A NATIONAL CAMPAIGN. I WILL BE GOING RIGHT ACROSS THE COUNTRY. BUT, IN FACT, THE QUESTION IS, YES. THE CONSERVATIVES SAY THEY’RE THERE FOR EVERYDAY CANADIANS, BUT WHAT IS THEIR RECORD? IT’S CUTTING SERVICES, THE KINDS OF SERVICES THAT PEOPLE NEED. AND YOU CUT EDUCATION AND HEALTH SERVICES, THEN OBVIOUSLY WE’VE SEEN WHAT HAPPENED IN ONTARIO WHEN THEY STARTED CUTTING THE SERVICES THAT CANADIANS NEED. AND IF YOU LOOK AT THE RECORD, IT’S ALWAYS BETWEEN THE PRIORITIES OF CANADIANS AND THE BIG COMPANIES AND CONSERVATIVES AND LIBERALS ALWAYS CHOOSE THE PRIORITIES OF THE BIG COMPANIES. SO WHO IS REALLY GOING TO BE THERE TO FIGHT FOR YOU? AND I’M SAYING THAT IT IS THE N.D.P. THE N.D.P. HAS ALWAYS BEEN READY TO WORK FOR EVERYDAY CANADIANS. [APPLAUSE]>>Reporter: HI, MR. SINGH. HANNAH THIBEDEAU WITH CBC NATIONAL NEWS. I JUST WANT TO ASK YOU, FOLLOWING UP TO KEVIN’S QUESTION. YOU SAY THAT, YOU KNOW, WE’RE TALKING ABOUT PROBLEMS WITH THE CAMPAIGN ALREADY AS WE HEAD IN. WHAT DO YOU PERSONALLY HAVE TO DO TO MOVE FORWARD AND GET OVER A LOT OF THESE HURDLES?>>WELL, WE’RE SHOWING PEOPLE RIGHT NOW WITH OUR COMMITMENTS. WE’RE COMMITTED TO CHANGING THE WAY THINGS ARE DONE IN POLITICS. WE WANT TO DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY AND I BELIEVE IT CAN BE DONE. WE’VE SEEN THE PAST NUMBER OF YEARS THE RECORD HAS BEEN THAT GOVERNMENTS IN OTTAWA REALLY HAVEN’T RESPONDED TO THE NEEDS OF PEOPLE. I’LL GIVE YOU ONE CONCRETE EXAMPLE. WHEN IT COMES TO THE COST OF MEDICATION, SOMETHING THAT IS PLAGUING CANADIANS, SOMETHING THAT PEOPLE ARE WORRIED ABOUT, AND WE LOOK AT THE COMMITMENT MADE BY MR. TRUDEAU, HE PROMISED TO REDUCE THE COST OF MEDICATION BY A SIMPLE CHANGE WOULD HAVE SET A LIST OF DIFFERENT COUNTRIS TO COMPARE OUR PRICES TO. HE ABANDONED THAT COMMITMENT AND WE WONDER WHY. WELL, IN FOUR YEARS HE MET WITH THE PHARMACEUTICAL LOBBYISTS OVER 875 TIMES. THE GREAT CORPORATE INTEREST LOBBYISTS. AS A RESULT OF THAT, HE ABANDONED A COMMITMENT. THAT IS A CHOICE. THAT IS NOT A HAPPENSTANCE OR COINCIDENCE. WHAT WE’RE SAYING TO CANADIANS THIS — WE’RE COMMITTED TO FIGHTING THE POWERFUL INTERESTS AND MAKING SURE PEOPLE’S NEEDS ARE PUT FIRST AND THAT IS WHAT WE BRING.>>Reporter: I DON’T THINK THAT ANSWERED THE QUESTION ABOUT YOU PERSONALLY. AND THE HURDLES YOU PERSONALLY HAVE TO OVERCOME IN THIS CAMPAIGN.>>OK. SURE. YOU KNOW, SURE I FACE HURDLES IN MY LIFE HISTORICALLY AND I FACE HURDLES MAYBE NOW. BUT IT’S NO DIFFERENT FOR MANY PEOPLE IN CANADA WHO FACE HURDLES AND BARRIERS BECAUSE OF THEIR OWN IDENTITY. WOMEN CONTINUE TO FACE BARRIERS IN ADVANCEMENTS IN THEIR CAREERS. THEY’RE UNDERREPRESENTED IN ALMOST EVERY SECTOR WHEN YOU LOOK AT THOSE AT THE HIGHER ECHELON, WHETHER IT’S IN THE CORPORATE CULTURE, WHETHER IT’S IN ACADEMIA. WOMEN ARE UNDERREPRESENTED. PEOPLE ARE FACED WITH BARRIERS BECAUSE OF THEIR SEXUALITY, BECAUSE OF THE LANGUAGE THEY SPEAK, BECAUSE OF THEIR IDENTITY, THEIR RELIGION. THOSE ARE CHALLENGES THAT MANY CANADIANS FACE. AND I CAN SAY THAT MAYBE I EXPERIENCED A LITTLE BIT OF WHAT PEOPLE GO THROUGH AND I HOPE PEOPLE CAN SEE IN ME SOMEONE THAT UNDERSTANDS THOSE REALITIES AND WANTS TO BUILD A COUNTRY WHERE THERE ARE NO BARRIERS. WHERE NO ONE HAS TO FACE THESE BARRIERS BASED ON WHO THEY ARE. THEY CAN BE CELEBRATED FOR WHO THEY ARE AND THEY CAN ACHIEVE THE BEST THAT THEY CAN IN THEIR LIVES. [APPLAUSE]>>WHEW!>>Reporter: “TORONTO STAR”. THE BULK OF YOUR PLATFORM HAS BEEN OUT NOW A FEW MONTHS AND THERE’S SOME PRETTY BIG LIKELY EXPENSIVE PROMISES IN IT. WHEN WILL CANADIANS SEE A FULL COSTING OF THE N.D.P.’S PLATFORM SO THEY CAN JUDGE WHETHER WHAT YOU’RE PROMISING IS FEASIBLE OR POSSIBLE?>>IN TERMS OF FEASIBILITY, IT IS REALLY A MATTER OF CHOICES. IF YOU LOOK AT THE PAST YEAR, MR. TRUDEAU DIDN’T DO A FEASIBILITY STUDY BEFORE HE CUT THE CORPORATE TAX RATE BY $14 BILLION TO ALLOW THE WEALTHIEST CORPORATIONS TO BUY CORPORATE JETS AND LIMB SEENS. HE — LIMOSINES. HE DIDN’T STUDY THAT. HE MADE A CHOICE. HE DIDN’T CONSULT WHETHER WE SHOULD BUY A PIPELINE AND HE SPENT $4.5 BILLION ON A PIPELINE. THAT IS ALMOST $20 BILLION IN MONEY THAT WAS SPENT TO HELP OUT THE WEALTHIEST, NOT TO HELP OUT CANADIANS. WE WOULD MAKE DIFFERENT CHOICE. WITH THE RESOURCES WE HAVE, WE STEAK IT VERY SERIOUSLY. WE TAKE OUR BUDGET VERY SERIOUSLY. BUT WE WOULD IN?R*ES UNIVERSAL PHARMA CARE FOR ALL, BUILDING THE HOUSING THAT PEOPLE NEED, MAKING SURE PEOPLE ARE PUT AT THE CENTRE OF WHAT WE DO. WE’D PUT FORWARD SOME OF OUR MEASURES SO WE’RE WORKING WITH THE PARLIAMENTARY BUDGET OFFICE TO PUT OUT THE COSTING AND WE ANNOUNCED THAT WE’RE READY TO INCREASE REVENUE AND TO DO THAT WE’RE ASKING THE PEOPLE AT THE VERY TOP TO PAY A LITTLE MORE. SO WE PUT FORWARD A SUPERWEALTH TAX, WHICH IS A TAX ON THOSE WHO HAVE FORTUNES OF OVER $20 MILLION. THE P.B.O. HAS ANNOUNCED THAT WOULD RAISE IN THE FIRST YEAR CLOSE TO $6 BILLION AND EVENTUALLY COULD BUILD UP TO ABOUT $10 BILLION. THAT IS A COMMIT TO RAISE FUNDS TO ENACT OUR PROPSES. — PROMISES.>>Reporter: PIERRE NONTEL, FORMER N.D.P. M.P. WAS BASICALLY SAY IF THERE WAS A REFERENDUM HE WOULD VOTE FOR QUEBEC SEPARATION, IT SHOULD HAPPEN AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. I’M WONDERING WHAT YOU THINK OF THAT AND IF YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS THAT SOMEBODY WHO OBVIOUSLY BELIEVES IN SPLITTING CANADA APART FELT AT HOME IN THE N.D.P. FOR SO MANY YEARS.>>WITH NEW DEMOCRATS, YOU KNOW WHAT YOU GET. WE’RE A PARTY WHO BELIEVES IN WORKING EXTREMELY HARD TO KEEP THIS BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY TOGETHER. AT THE SAME TIME, WE UNDERSTAND THAT QUEBEC IS A UNIQUE NATION. IT IS A UNIQUE PLACE AND THAT IS SOMETHING THAT’S VERY SPECIAL. WE CELEBRATE THAT. WHAT WE WILL DO AS A NEW DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS MAKE SURE THAT EVERYONE IN OUR COUNTRY, ALL THE PROVINCES, ALL THE TERRITORIES, ALL THE NATIONS, THE FIRST NATIONS, EVERYONE FEELS THAT IN CANADA, THEY WILL GET JUSTICE AND THEY WILL GET FAIRNESS. THEY CAN BUILD A GOOD LIFE. THAT IS WHAT WE’RE COMMITTED TO DOING. [APPLAUSE]>>Reporter: HI, I’M COLLAN BUTLER WITH THE LOCAL CBC HERE IN LONDON. YOU PROBABLY NOTICED IT ON YOUR WAY IN. LONDON HAS A PRETTY VISIBLE PROBLEM. IT HAS A HUGE PROBLEM WITH POVERTY, DRUGS. WE HAND OUT — THE ONLY CITY THAT HANDS OUT MORE NEEDLES THAN WE DO IS VANCOUVER. SO IF YOU WERE TO BECOME PRIME MINISTER F YOUR PARTY WERE TO GAIN POWER, EVEN IF IT HAD A DECIDING VOTE IN A MINORITY PARLIAMENT, HOW WOULD IT HELP CLEAN UP A PROBLEM THAT’S EXTREMELY VISIBLE HERE, WHERE IT’S MENTAL HEALTH AND DRUG PROBLEMS THAT NO ONE SEEMS TO BE ABLE TO SOLVE.>>YOU TOUCHED ON A PROBLEM THAT IS REALLY RAMPANT ACROSS CANADA. YES, YOU SEE IT HERE IN LONDON. AND THERE IS A COUPLE OF REASONS WHY WE’RE FACED WITH THIS PROBLEM. ONE, THERE IS A MASSIVE GAP WHEN IT COMES TO MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES. IT IS AN ELEMENT OF HEALTH CARE THAT IS REALLY NEGLECTED. AND ONE OF OUR RESPONSES TO THAT IS WE BELIEVES THAT IF SOMEONE NEEDS MENTAL HAND — HEALTH CARE, THEY NEED ADDICTION CARE AND REHAB SERVICE, THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO ACCESS THAT. IT DOESN’T MEAN THAT ONLY THOSE WITH PRIVATE INSURANCE SHOULD BE ABLE TO GET INTO A REHAB FACILITY F. WE DEVELOP A HEAD-TO-TOE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE, I SHOULD INCLUDE MASSIVER INVESTMENTS IN REHAB AND ADDICTION SERVICES AND SHOULD ALSO INCLUDE SUPPORTS FOR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES SO PEOPLE CAN GET THE CARE THEY NEED. WHAT WE HAVE NOW IS A NATIONAL CRISIS WHEN IT COMES TO OPIOIDS AND DRUG USE. WE NEED TO RESPOND TO THAT CRISIS, AS A NATIONAL CRISIS AND AS WELL WITH A HEALTH CARE RESPONSE TO HELP THE PEOPLE THAT ARE DYING, TO HELP THE PEOPLE THAT NEED HELP AND CARE AND WE CAN DO FIT YOU MAKE BETTER CHOICES.>>Reporter: HOW DO YOU MAKE PEOPLE CARE ABOUT THAT? THERE ARE PEOPLE IN FULL-BLOWN PSYCHOSIS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DOWNTOWN AND EVERYBODY IGNORES IT. NO ONE’S TALKING ABOUT THIS IN THE RACE. SO, HOW DO YOU MAKE THAT A PRIORITY SO EVERYONE IS TALK ABOUT IT.>>WHAT I CALLED FOR — YOU’RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. THIS IS A NATIONAL CRISIS. IF THERE WAS THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE DYING AS A RESULT OF ZIKA, WE WOULD HAVE IMMEDIATELY MOBILIZED THE ENTIRE COUNTRY WITH MOBILE CENTRES TO RESPOND TO THAT. RIGHT NOW THERE IS A NATIONAL CRISIS OF THOUSANDS OF CANADIANS DYING BECAUSE OF OPIOID USE. IT SHOULD BE TREATED LIKE A NATIONAL CRISIS. I’M CALLING FOR THAT. ON DAY ONE OF A NEW DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT, WE WOULD DECLARE A PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY, NATIONALLY, WHICH WOULD OPEN UP A LOT OF SERVICE AND SUPPORTS TO PROVIDE CARE AT THE FRONT LEVEL, AT THE FRONTLINES. AND IN ADDITION WE WOULD SAY WE SHOULD APPROACH THIS IN A DIFFERENT WAY. WHEN PEOPLE ARE DEALING WITH ADDICTIONS, THEY ARE DEALING WITH ADDICTION AND POVERTY. THE SOLUTION ISN’T TO PUT THEM IN JAIL. THE SOLUTION TO PROVIDE THEM WITH CARE, WITH REHAB, WITH ADDICTION SERVICES SO THAT WE CAN SOLVE THE PROBLEM AND NOT JUST CONTINUELY DEAL WITH THE SYMPTOMS.>>Rosemary: THAT IS N.D.P. LEADER JAGMEET SINGH SPEAKING IN LONDON, ONTARIO TO REPORTERS. WE’RE GOING TO JUMP OUT OF THIS AND BRING YOU TO THE BLOC LEADER’S CAMPAIGN LUNCH. YVES FRANÇOIS BLANCHETT IS SPEAKING LIVE NOW. LET’S HEAD OVER TO THE BLOC QUÉBÉCOIS’S CAMPAIGN LAUNCH RIGHT NOW.>>[SPEAKING FRENCH].>>Interpreter: ON THIS DATE OF SEPTEMBER 11 THAT BRINGS BACK MANY MEMORIES, HOWEVER HERE IN QUEBEC, YOU CAN BE ASSURED THAT WE ARE VERY ANXIOUS AND YOU CAN’T IMAGINE JUST HOW PLEASED WE WILL BE, THE BLOCK CANDIDATES OVER THE NEXT SIX WEEKS. WE WILL BE SHOWING OUR HEART, OUR PASSION AND OUR DIGNITY. SOMETHING THAT SHOWS WHO WE ARE AS QUEBECERS AND WE WILL BE MAKING A POLITICAL OFFER TO QUEBECERS AND HAVE CHOSEN TO DO THAT IN QUEBEC. BECAUSE QUEBEC IS OUR ONLY NATIONAL COUNCIL. QUEBEC CITY IS WHERE WE HAVE OUR ONLY NATIONAL PARLIAMENT WITH A GOVERNMENT, WHICH FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MANY YEARS, WITH A MAJORITY, IS SHOWING THAT IT IS NATIONALIST AND THAT IS SOMETHING WE’RE VERY HAPPY ABOUT. AN ELECTION IS ALL ABOUT CHOOSING WHO WILL REPRESENT, WHO WILL BE TRUE TO WHO WE ARE AND WHO YOU ARE. NOT AS A PROVINCE, BUT AS A NATION. PEOPLE WHO WILL BE LIKE YOU. PEOPLE WHO WILL BE WORKING FOR YOU. WHO WILL SPEAK FOR QUEBEC? WHO WILL PRESERVE AND PROTECT THE INTERESTS OF SGHEB WHO WILL OFFER A PLAN TO QUEBEC FOR QUEBECERS? YOU KNOW, IT IS NOT SO MUCH ABOUT ATTACKING OTHERS. WHAT WE NEED TO DO IS MAKE A POLITICAL OFFERING AT THE SAME TIME THERE ARE THINGS THAT CANNOT BE IGNORED BECAUSE IN ORDER FOR QUEBECERS TO SEE THAT THEIR ELECTED OFFICIALS ARE THERE FOR THEM, THEY HAVE TO SHARE THEIR VALUES. VALUES IN TERMS OF THEIR IDENTIFICATION WITH THE FRENCH LANGUAGE. GENDER EQUALITY. AND ANOTHER IMPORTANT VALUE — THE RIGHT OF WOMEN TO MAKE DECISIONS ABOUT THEIR OWN BODIES. AND THE VALUE OF PRUDENCE AND RESPONSIBILITY [INAUDIBLE] IMMIGRATION AND OF COURSE WE’VE SEEN IN RECENT MINUTES HOW THIS WILL BE DEALT WITH. THE VALUE OF SECULARISM FOR THE QUEBEC ESTATE OF PROGRESSIVE VALUE INHERITED FROM THE QUIET REVOLUTION. AND, OF COURSE, THE VALUE OF ATTACHMENT TO A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT FOR OUR CHILDREN AND FOR THE FUTURE. AND FINALLY, WE CANNOT AVOID POINTING OUT THAT THERE ARE A NUMBER OF ISSUES WHERE CANADA IN RECENT YEARS HAS NOT SERVED QUEBEC. I COULD MENTION, OF COURSE, SUPPLY MANAGEMENT. ALSO THE VERY DUBIOUS MANAGEMENT OF THE WELCOMING OF REFUGEES AND THE SITUATION AT ROXHAM ROAD. THE TAX HOLIDAY, GIVEN TO THE [INAUDIBLE] AND VERY WEAK SUPPORT FOR QUEBEC MEDIA IN AN UNPRECEDENTED SITUATION. THAT HAS BEEN COMING FOR SOME TIME. AND ALSO MUSKRAT FALLS BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. WHEN THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A PENNY GIVEN TO HYDRO-QUEBEC. AND THE SECRECY SURROUNDING THE SNC-LAVALIN AFFAIR. THE LACK OF RESPECT FOR DAVY SHIPYARDS. THAT WILL ONLY RECEIVE LESS THAN 3% OF SOME $100 BILLION WHEN THEY ARE IN A POSITION TO AT LEAST BUILD HALF OF THE SHIPS. AND [INAUDIBLE] HAS MOVED TO MANITOBA THROUGH RETROACTIVE LEGISLATION EVEN THOUGH WE’RE PROMISED THAT THE JOBS [INAUDIBLE] WILL BE PROTECTED. THE SINGLE TAX RATE THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS INFUSING WOULD, IN FACT, THIS WOULD OPEN UP HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS FOR THE TAXPAYERS. AND OF COURSE WE SEE THE OBSESSION WITH THE OIL COMPANIES. $4 BILLION OF QUEBECER’S MONEY SENT FOR AN OIL PIPELINE THAT WILL GO TO THE PACIFIC COAST. IT IS THE THREAT THAT ALWAYS COMES BACK ABOUT ENERGY EAST CROSSING QUEBEC TERRITORY. THE REFUSAL OF A COMMISSION OF INQUIRY TO SHED LIGHT ON WHAT HAPPENED IN LAC-MEGANTIC AND THIS ENERGY CORRIDOR IDEA THAT WOULD EXAPPROPRIATE PART OF QUEBEC’S TERRITORY. WE CAN MAKE CRITICISMS AND YET AT THE SAME TIME, WE HAVE TO ASK OURSELVES WHO WE ARE. WHAT WE WANT FOR OURSELVES IS WHAT WE ALSO WANT FOR OUR CHILDREN. AND WHO HAS THE BEST [INAUDIBLE] IN THAT REGARD. WE SHOULD BE ASKING OURSELVES AND WE SHOULD NOT BE BRINGING FORWARD THE IDEA AGAIN. BUT THE FACT IS THAT QUEBEC SHOULD BE A COUNTRY LIKE ALL THE OTHERS. SO I’M ASKING QUEBECERS TO TALK ABOUT SOVEREIGNTY AND INDEPENDENCE. I WILL ALWAYSS BE HONOURED TO ANSWER ANY OF THEIR QUESTIONSS THAT WILL ALLOW US TO CREATE A COUNTRY AND A NATION THAT I WISH TO REPRESENT. HISTORY HAS SHOWN THAT QUEBECERS HAVE ALWAYS FLIRTED, IF I COULD PUT IT THAT WAY, WITH THREE FEDERAL PARTIES IN A SIGNIFICANT WAY. WE KNEW THE HARPER YEARS AND WE DECIDED NOT TO GO BACK THERE. WE HAD A RELATIONSHIP WITH A NUMBER OF N.D.P. MEMBERS FOR A CERTAIN NUMBER OF YEARS. BUT THAT DID NOT BRING ANYTHING TO QUEBEC OR QUEBECERS. AND NOW WE’RE COMING OUT OF FOUR YEARS OF JUSTIN TRUDEAU’S GOVERNMENT, WHICH HAS, IN FACT, HARMED QUEBEC’S INTERESTS. THE BLOC BELIEVES THAT WE NEED TO PROPOSE THINGS. WE HAVE TO HAVE IDEAS. WE HAVE TO BE CREATIVE AND ENTHUSIASTIC AND WE THINK THAT THE FUTURE OF QUEBEC MEANS CREATING WEALTH FOR AND BY THE [INAUDIBLE] –>>Rosemary: THAT IS YVES-FRANÇOIS BLANCHET IN QUEBEC CITY, LAUNCHING THE BLOC’S ELECTORAL CAMPAIGN. THE BLOC DID HOLD 10 SEATS IN THE PREVIOUS PARLIAMENT. SO NOT EVEN OFFICIAL PARTY STATUS. BUT AT ONE POINT, IT WAS THE SECOND OR THIRD BIGGEST PARTY IN THE COUNTRY. RIGHT UP UNTIL 2011 AT WHICH POINT THE N.D.P. WIPED THEM OUT DOWN TO FOUR SEATS. THE HOPE FOR THE BLOC THIS TIME AROUND, TO GET BACK TO OFFICIAL PARTY STATUS, WHICH IS 12. LET ME BRING IN VASSY KAPELOS, HOST OF “POWER & POLITICS” AND PETER MANSBRIDGE WHO IS IN TORONTO. I WANT TO GO BACK TO JAGMEET SINGH, IF I CAN. SO MUCH OF WHAT THE BLOC LEADER HAD TO SAY, CERTAINLY TARGETING JUSTIN TRUDEAU, BUT ALSO MAKING AN APPEAL TO PEOPLE THAT VOTED FOR THE N.D.P. AT ONE POINT AND THEN DECIDED, NAH, THAT’S NOT REALLY WORKING OUT FOR ME. A COUPLE OF THINGS STRUCK ME ABOUT JAGMEET SINGH’S LAUNCH. YOU MAY REMEMBER IN 2015, TOM MULCAIR STANDING OUTSIDE THE HISTORY MUSEUM ON THE GATINEAU SIDE. NO ONE BEHIND HIM. JUST PARLIAMENT HILL, TRYING TO POSITION HIMSELF AS PRIME MINISTERIAL. THAT IS NOT WHAT WE SAW THIS TIME. I — IT WAS JAGMEET SCIENCING WITH REGULAR PEOPLE AND IN LONDON, ONTARIO AND VERY MUCH LIKE JACK LAYTON, RECOUNTING ANECDOTES ABOUT THE PEOPLE HE MET AND HOW THE N.D.P. CAN FIGHT FOR PEOPLE AND WHAT THAT KIND OF LEADERSHIP LOOKS LIKE.>>AND THE IDEA OF HAVING CANADIANS BACK. THAT WAS THE MESSAGE THAT I THINK HE TRIED TO GET ACROSS IN A WAY THAT WAS MORE PERSONAL THAN MAYBE HE HAS IN THE PAST AND VERY MUCH, AS YOU SAY, EVOKES THE IMAGERY AND THE WORDS OF JACK LAYTON. THERE’S OBVIOUSLY A QUESTION ABOUT WHETHER THAT MESSAGE WILL TRANSLATE. BUT HE WAS FOCUSED ON ISSUES LIKE PHARMACARE, LIKE THE OPIOID CRISIS, LIKE HEALTH CARE IN GENERAL. THINGS THAT, YOU KNOW, NOT SO MUCH I JUST CAN’T AFFORD THINGS. BUT IF YOU’RE STRUGGLING, WE’LL HAVE YOUR BACK. OBVIOUSLY THERE IS A QUESTION ABOUT HOW THEY’RE GOING TO DO THAT. BUT THAT IS THE MESSAGE TODAY AND YOU’RE RIGHT. HE DEFINITELY DID IT IN A VERY SPECIFIC MANNER.>>YEAH. IT SEEMED TO ME MORE OF A RETURN OF WHERE THE N.D.P. USED TO BE IN TERMS OF HOW IT POSITIONED ITSELF. BECAUSE IN 2015, THEY TOOK A BIT OF A RISK IN TERMS OF THEIR POSITIONING, WHETHER IT BE WITH THE IDEA OF BALANCING THE BUDGET OR OTHER THING AND WAS A RISK THAT DIDN’T PAY OFF, FOR LOTS OF REASONS. BUT THAT MOVE TO SORT OF THE CENTRE WITH TOM MULCAIR DIDN’T DO WHAT IT HAD TO DO. MAYBE THIS IS THEM PULLING BACK A BIT FROM THAT NOTION. PETE PEAT I –>>Peter: I DON’T THINK THERE IS ANY DOUBT ABOUT THAT. THEY ARE TRYING TO BRING BACK, IN A SENSE, THE VALUES OF JACK LAYTON THAT DID SO WELL FOR THEM IN 2011. BUT YOU TALK ABOUT HIM TALKING ABOUT THE STRUGGLES OF ORDINARY PEOPLE F YOU WANT TO PUT IT THAT WAY. WHAT WE WITNESSED, THOUGH, IN THE LAUNCH WAS HIS STRUGGLES. WHAT WERE THE QUESTIONS ABOUT? THE QUESTIONS WERE, JEE, WHY ARE YOU DOING SO POORLY IN THE POLLS? WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO TO CHANGE AROUND? IN 2011, LAYTON DIDN’T START OFF GANG BUSTERS IN THAT CAMPAIGN AS YOU WELL REMEMBER. IT WAS KIND OF SLOW OUT OF THE GATE. AND THEN HE TOOK OFF. ESPECIALLY IN QUEBEC WITH THE SO-CALLED ORANGE WAVE. SO, LISTEN, JAGMEET SINGH IS NOT JACK LAYTON. BUT AS YOU BOTH SAID EARLIER, YOU KNOW, CAMPAIGNS MATTER. AND WHO KNOWS HOW THIS IS GOING TO UNFOLD AS THE DAYS AND WEEKS GO ON. HE NEEDS TO TAKE RISKS, JAGMEET SINGH. HE TOOK ONE THE OTHER DAY WHEN HE SAID HE WOULDN’T SUPPORT THE CONSERVATIVES IF THEY WOUND UP IN A MINORITY POSITION. THAT IS A GAMBLE TO SAY THAT THIS EARLY IN THE GAME. BUT HE IS GOING TO NEED TO DO THINGS LIKE THAT TO DRAW ATTENTION TO HIMSELF AND TO MOVES THE QUESTIONS AWAY FROM, GEEZ, WHY ARE YOU AT 11% IN THE POLLS.>>Rosemary: YEAH. ONE THING PEOPLE PROBABLY DON’T KNOW AT HOME, BUT I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT TO THINK ABOUT ARE THE TEAMS BETHIENLD LEADERS. AND FOR JAGMEET SINGH, IT IS NOT THE JACK LAYTON TEAM AND IT IS NOT EVEN THE TOM MULCAIR TEAM. IT IS A NEW TEAM OF PEOPLE. SOME PEOPLE BORROWED FROM PROVINCIAL — FROM THE PROVINCIAL PARTY AND SOME PROVINCIAL SUCCESS. BUT THAT IS PART OF WHAT I THINK EXPLAINS MAYBE SOME OF THE DISORGANIZATION WHEREAS YOU LOOK AT JUSTIN TRUDEAU, THE LIBERAL LEADER, IT’S EXACTLY THE SAME TEAM. WITH EVEN MAYBE SOME OTHER PEOPLE THAT WERE PART OF HIS LEADERSHIP CAMPAIGN. BECAUSE THEY BELIEVE THAT TEAM CAN BRING HIM SOME SUCCESS.>>YEAH. MOST DEFINITELY. TO PICK UP ON WHAT PETER WAS SAYsing TON IDEA OF JAGMEET SINGH TAKING RISKS. THE TOOLS HE’S ABLE TO DO THAT WITH ARE LIMITED BECAUSE, LIKE OTHER PEOPLE LIKE MAXIME BERNIER, HE’S ALREADY RELEASED MOST OF HIS PLATFORM. THAT IS A BIT OF POINT OF CURIOSITY FOR ME. I’M WONDERING — PETER IS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT, HIS TAKE ON THE MINORITY GOVERNMENT AND SUPPORT ON ISSUES, HE CAN CERTAINLY ESTABLISH HIMSELF. MAYBE ON BILL 21. WE DIDN’T HEAR ANYTHING DIFFERENT TODAY. AS SORT OF A RISK-TAKER. BUT WHAT KINDS OF THINGS ARE THEY GOING TO PUT IN THE FRONT WINDOW TO USE AN OFTEN-COINED POLITICAL TERM, TO TAKE THOSE RISKS OR TO PUT SOMETHING THAT DISTRACTS PEOPLE FROM THAT NARRATIVE THAT PETER RIGHTLY POINTED OUT, HE WAS ASKED OVER AND OVER AGAIN WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT YOUR DWINDLING POLL NUMBERS? WHAT IS HE GOING TO DO TO PUT SOMETHING ELSE IN THERE FOR CANADIANS TO LOOK AT. BECAUSE WE’VE ALREADY SEEN HIS PLATFORM.>>Rosemary: YEAH. AND PROBABLY EVEN MORE CHALLENGING FOR HIM. BECAUSE THE LIBERALS HAVE BORROWED SOME OF THEIR BEST IDEAS. A BIG PART OF WHAT WE EXPECT THE LIBERAL PLATFORM TO BE ABOUT, UNIVERSAL — NOT UNIVERSAL, BUT SOME SORT OF PHARMA CARE PLAN TARGETING PERHAPS PARTICULARLY PEOPLE WHO DON’T HAVE PRIVATE COVERAGE. THERE MIGHT BE A FEDERAL GUARANTEED MINIMUM WAGE, WHICH IS KH* HAS LONG BEEN AN N.D.P. PLANK. THERE’S LOTS OF PIECES OF PROGRESSIVE PLATFORMS THAT THE LIBERAL PARTY IS GOING TO DRAW FROM, WHICH WILL MAKE THINGS REALLY DIFFICULT FOR JAGMEET. LET’S GO BACK TO THE LIBERAL LEADER AND WATCHING HIM TODAY VERSUS HOW YOU SAW HIM, PARTICULARLY THAT TIME YOU SPENT WITH HIM BEFORE HE ANNOUNCED HIS CABINET, WHAT YOU SEE ARE HIS BIGGEST CHALLENGES IN TERMS OF HOW HE’S CHANGED OVER THE PAST FOUR YEARS.>>Peter: WELL, YOU KNOW, LEADERSHIP CHANGES YOU AND BEING IN THAT OFFICE CHANGES YOU. BUT YOU ALSOS HAVE TO, YOU KNOW, DELIVER ON WHAT YOU PROMISED. I MEAN, AS WE REMEMBER, FOUR YEARS AGO, HE LANDED IN THIRD PLACE. AND WHEN YOU ARE IN THIRD PLACE, YOU MAKE PROMISES THAT WILL GET YOU INTO SECOND PLACE, IF YOU’RE LUCKY. SOMETIMES YOU DON’T HAVE TO DEFEND THOSE PROMISES BECAUSE YOU WIND UP IN SECOND PLACE AND NEVER HAVE TO IMPLEMENT THEM. HE WOUND UP IN FIRST PLACE. HE HAD TO IMPLEMENT THEM. SOME HANG OVER. THE PROPORTIONATE REPRESENTATION ISSUE IS STILL AN ISSUE IN PARTS OF THE COUNTRY THAT HE FAILED ON THAT COMMITMENT TO PUSH THAT. BUT, YOU KNOW, WATCHING HIM THIS MORNING UNDERLINES — AND YOU KIND OF TOUCHED ON THIS A LITTLE EARLIER WITH THAT ISSUE, UNDERLINES THOSE 78 SEATS IN QUEBEC. AND THE DANCE YOU HAVE TO DO. FOR THE LIBERALS, THOSE 78 SEATS ARE CREDIT CHASM AS YOU KNOW. THEY ARE GOING TO LOSE SEATS IN PARTS OF THE COUNTRY. QUEBEC OFFERS AN OPPORTUNITY TO PICK UP SEATS SO THEY’RE LOOKING AT QUEBEC AS A WAY OF CANCELING OUT WHAT THEY LOSE ELSEWHERE IF THINGS, YOU KNOW, GO WELL FOR THEM OVERALL. SO THEY DO THIS DANCE ON C-21. AND AS YOU POINTED OUT, ROSEY, OTHERS ARE DOING THE SAME THING. BUT HE IS THE PRIME MINISTER. AND THIS IS — YOU KNOW, THIS IS A FUNDAMENTAL ISSUE ABOUT CANADA. AND, YOU KNOW, THERE WAS PROBABLY AN ANSWER IN HIS QUESTIONS THAT, IN SOME WAYS, TO SOME DEGREE, SATISFIES EVERY ARGUMENT IN THAT DEBATE. I DON’T KNOW HOW LONG YOU CAN GET AWAY WITH THAT. BUT IT’S A TRICKY ONE. IT REALLY UNDERLINED TO ME THE IMPORTANCE OF THOSE 78 SEATS, ESPECIALLY TO THEIR CAMPAIGN.>>Rosemary: YEAH. IT DID REMIND ME, TOO, OF THE NIQAB DEBATE IN 2015 WHERE STEPHEN HARPER TOOK THE POSITION THAT YOU COULD NOT WEAR ONE DURING THE CITIZENSHIP CEREMONIES AND JUSTIN TRUDEAU WAS MUCH CLEARER AT THAT TIME. WHICH ACTUALLY DID HIM A LOT OF — A BENEFIT. BECAUSE HE SORT OF CAPTURED A LITTLE BIT THE SPIRIT OF HIS FATHER WITH MULTICULTURALISM AND ACCEPTANCE. AND DIDN’T SEEM TO BE WORRIED ABOUT THE RISK OF SAYING THAT N. THIS CASE, I DON’T KNOW THAT ANYONE ACTUALLY CAN GO TOO FAR BECAUSE OF THE POLITICAL DAMAGE.>>AND THAT IS PROBABLY MY BIG TAKEAWAY FROM TODAY. LISTENING TO ALL THE PRESS CONFERENCES AND QUESTIONS THAT WERE ASKED, PARTICULARLY IN FRENCH. WHICH PETER POINTED OUT, DOMINATED THE LIBERAL LEADER’S PRESS CONFERENCE. BILL 21 EMERGES ON THIS FIRST DAY AS SOMETHING TO WATCH IN THIS ELECTION CAMPAIGN. AND THE CAREFULNESS WITH WHICH EACH LEADER TRIED TO TREAD THAT MIDDLE GROUND. WE DON’T LIKE IT, BUT THE REAL QUESTION IS WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT AND NOBODY PROVIDED AN ANSWER TO THAT, WHICH I THINK ACKNOWLEDGES THE DEGREE TO WHICH THEY ARE VERY, VERY CONCERNED ABOUT ANY KIND OF MISSTEP IN QUEBEC AND WE KNOW FROM, AS YOU POINTED OUT, THE NIQAB DEBATE, EVEN ONE COMMENT, ONE WORD CAN CHANGE YOUR FORTUNES IN THAT PROVINCE. AND I THINK THEY WERE CLEARLY, CLEARLY, CLEARLY ABSORBING THAT AND REFLECTING IT IN THEIR ANSWERS.>>Rosemary: YEAH. YOU KNOW, I THINK THAT THE LIBERALS ARE INTERESTED IN RUNNING A SIMILAR CAMPAIGN AS TO 2015. ALBEIT WITH A RECORD. BUT TRYING TO DEFINE THINGS AROUND VALUES AND THE ECONOMY. WE SAW THAT FROM THE LIBERAL LEADER THIS MORNING BECAUSE OF THE VALUE CONVERSATION AGAINST THE CONSERVATIVES ONE THAT THEY ARE MORE THAN WILLING TO HAVE AND WE’VE SEEN THEM TRY TO DO THAT BY PUSHING THE ABORTION ISSUE, THE SAME-SEX MARRIAGE ISSUE, ALL THAT KIND OF STUFF. JUST SO PEOPLE KNOW, WE’RE STANDING BY FOR THE GREEN PARTY LEADER ELIZABETH MAY IN VICTORIA. SHE SHOULD BE WITH US IN MOMENTS. PETER, MAYBE I’LL GO TO YOU AGAIN BECAUSE LIZ MAY HAS BEEN AROUND AN AWFULLY LONG TIME AND THIS IS — I DON’T KNOW IF IT IS A MAKE OR BREAK MOMENT. IF SHE CAN’T, YOU KNOW, TAKE THIS MOMENTUM AND TRANSLATE IT INTO MORE THAN, SAY, TWO SEATS — WHICH IS WHAT SHE HAS NOW — I DON’T KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS FOR HER FUTURE AS A LEADER BUT ALSO FOR THE GREEN PARTY. THERE’S INTEREST IN THIS PARTY LIKE WE’VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE.>>Peter: I WAS STRUCK BY SOMETHING YOU SAID AN HOUR OR SO AGO, SHE IS THE VETERAN. LIKE WATCHING A VETERAN SITTING AROUND THE TABLE OF THE G-8 OR THE G7. BUT I THINK YOU’RE RIGHT. SHE’S GOT A HANG-UP ON THE BOARD, A NUMBER OF NEW SEATS THAT BREAK THROUGH IN A DIFFERENT REGIONS. HERE’S ELIZABETH MAY SPEAKING IN VICTORIA. [CHEERING]>>YES! MERCI! [APPLAUSE] [CHEERING] TO ALL OF YOU, [SPEAKING FRENCH].>>Interpreter: MANY, MANY THANKS FOR TAKING PART IN THIS MEETING SO EARLY IN THE MORNING.>>I WANT TO SAY AGAIN HOW HONOURED I AM TO STAND ON THE UNSEATED TERRITORY OF THE ESQUIMALT, OF THE SALISH PEOPLE OF THIS TERRITORY OF WHICH WE’RE HONOURED TO LIVE. [SPEAKING NATIVE LANGUAGE] [APPLAUSE] I ALSO — [SPEAKING FRENCH]>>Interpreter: I ALSO WANT TO SAY A FEW WORDS IN FRENCH ABOUT THE UNSEATED TERRITORY WE STAND UPON.>>IT’S ALSO SEPTEMBER 11 AND MY KIDS WERE IN NEW YORK AT THE TIME. IT IS A BIG TRAUMA. IT IS THE DAY WE’RE LAUNCHING THE CAMPAIGN. ALL MY LOVEN A ALL MY THOUGHTS TO EVERYONE TOUCHED BY THE TRAGEDY 18 YEARS AGO, SEPTEMBER 11. AND A PARTICULAR BIG SHOUT-OUT TO SASHA AND CHRISTY. I LOVE YOU GUYS. IT’S A TOUGH DAY. BUT I’M OFF TO THE RACES AND I GOOD DO IT. SO THERE YOU GO. [APPLAUSE] THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ELECTION IN CANADIAN HISTORY. THIS IS A CHANCE FOR CANADA AND FOR CANADIAN CITIZENS TO DECIDE, MAYBE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THEIR LIVES, THE FIRST TIME IN OUR LIVES, THAT WHAT MATTERS MOST IS THAT WE VOTE FOR WHAT WE BELIEVE IN AND VOTE FOR WHAT WE WANT! [APPLAUSE]>>YEAH! WHAT GREENS WILL DO IN THIS CAMPAIGN, ALL THE CANDIDATES STANDING WITH ME HERE ON STAGE — OH, HEY, STUDENT CLIMATE STRIKERS, COME UP HERE AND JOIN US. COME UP HERE, KIDS. [APPLAUSE] [CHEERING] GET OUT HERE. OUR PLEDGE — OUR PLEDGE AS ADULTS IS THAT WE WILL NEVER ABANDON OUR CHILDREN. [SPEAKING FRENCH]>>Interpreter: THE GREEN PARTY IS MAKING A MAJOR COMMITMENT TO PROTECT THE FUTURE FOR OUR CHILDREN AND GRAND CHILDREN AND IT IS NOT JUST SOMETHING THAT CAN BE NEGOTIATED. WE ARE DEFINITELY PLEDGING TO PROTECT OUR SOCIETY, OUR WORLD, OUR NATURE AND OUR CHILDREN. AGAINST THE CLIMATE [INAUDIBLE].>>THIS ELECTION IS ABOUT TELLING THE TRUTH TO CANADIANS ABOUT HOW SERIOUS THE CLIMATE EMERGENCY REALLY IS. AND WE DO THAT IN ORDER NOT TO CREATE FEAR. WE DO THAT IN ORDER TO GIVE EVERYONE HOPE. WE HAVE A PLAN. WE KNOW THIS IS A CLIMATE EMERGENCY AND WE DON’T JUST USE THE WORDS WITHOUT UNDERSTANDING THEIR MEANING. HOW COULD WE IN PARLIAMENT HAVE PASSED A MOTION JUNE 17 THAT WE’RE IN A CLIMATE EMERGENCY AND THE NEXT DAY OUR GOVERNMENT COMMITTEDED TO SPEND $13 BILLION ON THE TRANSMOUNTAINS PIPELINE TO DRIVE UP GREENHOUSE GASES. [BOOING] WE WILL CONTINUE TO STAND FIRM. WE WILL HOLD THE LINE! NO ONE CAN DISSUADE US FROM SEEING CLEARLY THAT WE NEED TO RUN AWAY FROM FOSSIL FUELS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. THAT IS MISSION POSSIBLE. [SPEAKING FRENCH] TREP AND IT IS POSSIBLE TO ELIMINATE OUR DEPENDENCY ON FOSSIL FUELS AND TO DO THAT IN THE TIME AVAILABLE. WE HAVE TO DO IT. IT IS NOT A CHOICE.>>ELIMINATE GREENHOUSES ALONG THE TIMELINE THAT THE U.N. PANEL HAS GAVEN US. WE HAVE TO JETTISON PARTISANSHIP. WHAT HAS BLOCKED US FROM ACTION SINCE 1992 WHEN CANADA SIGNED THE FRAMEWORK CONVENTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE — IT HAS BEEN PETTY, SHORT-TERM, POLITICAL SITUATIONS THAT CLOUDED THE THOUGHT PROCESSES OF PEOPLE WHO KNEW BETTER. IT’S TIME FOR EVERY SO-CALLED LEADER OF EVERY PARTY TO JOIN US AND ACCEPT THE TARGETS THAT ARE DRIVEN BY SCIENCE, NOT BY POLITICS, DRIVEN BY COURAGE, NOT BY FEAR, DRIVEN BY HOPE FOR OUR CHILDREN’S FUTURE AND AN ABSOLUTELY SOLID RESOLVE THAT NOTHING MATTERS MORE THAN ENSURING OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN CAN LIVE OUT THEIR NATURAL LIFETIMES IN THIS BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY WITH A CIVILIZATION THAT SUPPORTS US. [SPEAKING FRENCH]. WE NEED TO WORK TOGETHER AS IF WE WERE ON A WARTIME FOOTING. WE NEED AN INTERNAL CABINET THAT CAN GET ABSOLUTELY COMMITS ACROSS PARTY LINES TO DOING WHAT WE HAVE TO DO. WE CAN TRANSFORM OUR ECONOMY — [APPLAUSE] WE CAN TRANSFORM OUR ECONOMY. WE CAN MOVE TO AN ECONOMY WITH 100% RENEWABLE ENERGY, FEEDING AN ELECTRICITY GRID. OUR NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE ENERGY NEEDS ARE NOT PIPELINES. IT’S A CANADIAN GRID STRATEGY TO ENSURE CREATING WAY MORE JOBS THAN ANY OTHER PARTY HAS TALKED ABOUT. WE’LL HAVE MILLIONS OF JOBS CREATED, IN BUILDING THAT EAST-WEST AND NORTH ELECTRICITY GRID IN TURNING OVER AND SHUTINGS DOWN FOSSIL FUELS AND TURNING ON THE SUN, THE WIND, THE TIDES, THE STREAMS. WE CAN BE 100% RENEWABLE ENERGY BY 2030. IT’S A JOB WE HAVE TO DO! [CHEERING] [APPLAUSE] AND TO BE CLEAR — TO BE VERY CLEAR, THAT MEANS NO NEW PIPELINES, BANNING FRACKING. WE DON’T NEED A SINGLE NEW PIECE OF FOSSIL INFRASTRUCTURE. BUT WE NEED TO PROTECT CANADIAN WORKERS AND STARTING BY CUTTING OFF THE FOREIGN OIL AND GIVING THE HUMAN RIGHTS RECORD OF SAUDI ARABIA, I WON’T MIND ONE BIT TELLING MR. IRVING HE CAN’T GET BY SAUDI OIL ANYMORE FOR THE SAKE OF SAINT JOHN, NEW BRUNSWICK REFINERY AND WE’LL FIND HIM A SOURCE FROM HIBERNIA, INSTEAD. OUR AGENDA IS BIG. IT IS HUMAN RIGHTS. IT IS ALL SOCIAL JUSTICE. IT IS UNIVERSAL PHARMACARE. IT IS CHILD CARE. IT IS MAKING SURE THAT OUR STUDENTS DON’T HAVE TO PAY TUITION ANYMORE AND OUR UNIVERSITIES DON’T HAVE TO GO CAP IN HAND TO ASK CORPORATIONS TO GIVE THEM CHAIRS IN THE AREA OF CORPORATE PROFITS FOR THAT INDUSTRY. THAT IS OVER! [APPLAUSE] [CHEERING] WE ARE CLEAR AS GREEN. [SPEAKING FRENCH] IS IT IS PERVERSE AND IT IS, IN FACT, WHAT A LOT OF REGULATORS REFER TO THE INDUSTRY THEY REGULATE AS THEIR CLIENTS. WE ARE THE CLIENTS OF THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA. WE ARE THE OWNERS OF THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA! WE ARE THE CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTRY! [APPLAUSE] [CHEERING] [SPEAKING FRENCH]. TREP AND AS CITIZENS, WE ARE DEMANDING THAT OUR GOVERNMENT WORK FOR US! NOT FOR THEM! [APPLAUSE] [CHEERING] AND WE KNOW THAT WE CANNOT ACHIEVE A WORLD THAT’S SAFE AND SECURE FOR OUR CHILDREN AND IGNORE INJUSTICE. THAT IS WHY AT THE CENTRE OF EVERYTHING WE DO WILL BE RESPECT FOR THE UNITED NATIONS DECLARATION ON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES AND A FIGHT, A REAL FIGHT FOR RECONCILIATION THAT WE WILL NOT GIVE UP UNTIL EVERY KID — [CHEERING] [APPLAUSE] — WE ALSO STAND FOR SOMETHING ELSE. WE ARE EARLIER TALK ABOUT HOW HARD WE WORK. WE’RE A HARD-WORKING CREW. [PHONE RINGING] THAT’S MY [INAUDIBLE] TELLING ME. WE ARE A HARD WORKING CREW. EVERY SINGLE GREEN PARTY CANDIDATE ACROSS THIS COUNTRY IS PREPARED TO ROLL UP THEIR SLEEVES AND WORK TO GET IT DONE FOR OUR KIDS, FOR OUR FRIENDS, FOR OUR NEIGHBOURS. WHEN GRANDPA SAYS THE HOUSE IS ON FIRE, THE APPROPRIATE RESPONSE FROM GROWN-UP LEADERSHIP IS TO SAY ALL OF THE LITTLE ONES, GO OUT QUICKLY. GOAT SAFETY. WE’VE GOT THIS. WE’LL CALL 9-1-1. WE’LL PUT OUT THE FIRE. WE’LL DEAL WITH THIS. AND THE PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY WHO DON’T UNDERSTAND THIS IS SERIOUS, IF I HAVE TO, I’M GOING TO THROW YOU OVER MY SHOULDERS AND TAKE YOU OUT OF THE BURNING BUILDING BECAUSE WE’RE GOING TO SAVE YOU, TOO! [CHEERING] [APPLAUSE] SO TO CANADIANS, I ASK YOU TO CONSIDER HOW MUCH HAPPIER YOU’LL BE WITH YOUR VOTE WHEN YOU KNOW YOU’RE VOTING FOR A CANDIDATE, A PARTY AND A LEADER WHO HAS YOUR BACK, WHO EARNS YOUR TRUST, WHO NEVER LETS YOU DOWN, WHO NEVER MAKES A PROMISE WE CAN’T KEEP. ALL OF OUR PROMISES ARE BEING COSTED BY THE PARLIAMENTARY BUDGET OFFICE. ALL OF THEM. NO OTHER PARTY CAN SAY THAT. WE ARE GOING TO PRESENT OUR PLATFORM AND WE’RE GOING TO PRESENT THE BUDGET AFTER P.B.O. FINISHES WITH IT. WE GAVE THEM THE NUMBERS IN JUNE, BY THE WAY. IT’S TAKING A WHILE. WE HAVE A LOT OF THINGS WE’RE COMMITTED TO. INCLUDING WHAT I’VE MENTIONED IN TERMS OF PHARMACARE AND UNIVERSAL CHILD CARE AND MAKING SURE THAT WE CAN BRING IN A GUARANTEED LIVABLE INCOME BY MID CENTURY SO WE ELIMINATE POVERTY IN THIS COUNTRY. FOR GOOD. [CHEERING] [APPLAUSE] [SPEAKING FRENCH]. WE HAVE NO REASON TO BE AFRAID. WE ARE THE SMARTEST, BEST. — BEST-EQUIPPED AND MOST BLESSED PEOPLE ON THE PLANET BECAUSE WE’RE CANADIANS AND WE BELIEVE IN OUR HEART OF HEARTS AS GREENS THAT BY WORKING TOGETHER ACROSS PARTY LINES AND ASKING CANADIANS TO THINK ABOUT IF YOU REALLY WANT TO CHANGE HOW THINGS LOOK, PLEASE CHANGE YOUR VOTE. AND ELECT A GREEN GOVERNMENT TO CANADA! THANK YOU! [APPLAUSE] [CHEERING]>>Rosemary: THAT IS GREEN PARTY LEADER ELIZABETH MAY LAUNCHING HER CAMPAIGN IN VICTORIA. [CHEERING] WAIT TO SEE IF SHE IS TAKING QUESTION THERE IS OR NOT. I’M NOT SURE.>>SO, WE HAVE — [CHANTING] WE HAVE A QUESTION OVER HERE. I THINK IT IS — –>>REPORTER: [INAUDIBLE].>>YEAH. GREENS DON’T SPLIT VOTES. GREENS GROW VOTE. WE WILL BE EARNING THE VOTE OF EVERY CANADIAN WHO’S SICK OF THEIR OLD CHOICES OR MORE LIKELY WHO’S MOTIVATED BY RECOGNIZING THAT THE CLIMATE EMERGENCY WE SAW IN 2015 IS NOW MULTIPLE CLIMATE EMERGENCIES FROM COAST TO COAST TO COAST. WE NEED TO ACT. WE NEED TO ACT IN A WAY THAT REFLECTS MY SERIOUSNESS AND PURPOSE. THIS IS NOT A CAMPAIGN SLOGAN. IT’S NOT A SHORT-TERM COMMITMENT. IT’S SOMETHING THAT UPON WHICH THE WHOLE WORLD CAN DEPEND ON CANADIAN LEADERSHIP IF WE GOT OUR ACT TOGETHER. BECAUSE WE ARE LAGGARDS. FOR ONE THING WE HAVE A LOT MORE GREENS ELECTED ACROSS CANADA. OFFICIAL OPPOSITION TO PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND. PAUL MANLY, LEXED IN NANAIMO-LADYSMITH. WE HAVE A STRONGER BASE ACROSS THIS COUNTRY WITH MORE VOLUNTEERS READY TO ELECT GREENS IN NEW BRUNSWICK, IN NOVA SCOTIA, IN PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND, IN QUEBEC, AND A LOT IN BRITISH COLUMBIA. SO, WE’RE PRETTY EXCITED. AND ONTARIO, SORRY! I DID NOT FORGET ONTARIO! YES.>>Reporter: [INAUDIBLE].>>I’VE NEVER BEEN SO BAFFLED ABOUT QUESTIONS OF WHICH I THOUGHT I’VE BEEN CLEAR FOREVER. THE GREEN PARTY IS 100% SOLID THAT WE WILL NOT RETREAT ONE INCH FROM A WOMAN’S RIGHT TO A LEGAL AND SAFE ABORTION. EVER. AND WE WILL NOT LETTED CANDIDATES BREAK A SACRED PLEDGE AND EVERY M.P. WHO SIGNS — WHAT PAUL AND I HAVE DONE — TAKES AN OATH TO SUPPORT, DEFEND AND PROTECT CANADA. I DON’T KNOW HOW THE BLOC GET AROUND THAT IN THEIR HEAD, BUT I WON’T LET ANY OF MY CANDIDATES GET AROUND NIT THEIR HEAD. THERE ARE ONLY TWO MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT WHO HAVE BEEN HONOURED WITH THE ORDER OF CANADA. I’M ONE OF THEM. LY FIGHT FOR MY COUNTRY AND THERE IS NO RISK WHATSOEVER THAT A GREEN M.P. WOULD FIGHT FOR SEPARATION. WE FIGHT FOR CANADA. HE IS NOT A SEPARATIST. HE IS A STRONG QUEBECER WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF CANADA. I LISTENED TO HIS INTERVIEW WITH THE QUEBEC RADIO STATION MANY TIMES LISTENING AND HE KEPT SAYING I’M A STRONG QUEBECER IN THE CONTEXT OF CANADA. SO, WE’LL — I’LL BE TALKING TO PIERRE TO MAKE SURE BECAUSE WE DO NOT HAVE A CANDIDATE TO BREAK UP OUR COUNTRY. THAT IS NOT ON. FIRST AND FOREMOST, NO OTHER PARTY LEADERS GOING TO SAY THIS. ARE YOU READY? FIRST AND FOREMOST, WE’RE EARTHLINGS. [APPLAUSE] AND I KNOW THERE IS SOME BILLIONAIRES WHO WANT TO GO TO MARS AND START A SETTLEMENT. I THINK WE WANT TO DO A GO FUND ME CAMPAIGN AND SEND THEM NOW. BUT IN ALL SERIOUSNESS, WE’RE BRITISH COLUMBIANS IN THIS ROOM. WE ARE STRONG BRITISH COLUMBIANS. BUT WE BELIEVE CANADA IS A FAMILY. I LOATHE THE STRATEGIES THAT HAVE BEEN GOING ON BETWEEN ALBERTA AND B.C. PROVINCIALLY TO MAKE PEOPLE THINK WE’RE DIFFERENT. WE LOVE ALBERTANS! THEY’RE OUR FAMILY! WE LOVE ALBERTANS! [CHEERING] [SPEAKING FRENCH].>>Interpreter: I LOVE SPEAKING FRENCH AND I DO THE BEST I CAN.>>Rosemary: ALL RIGHT. THAT IS ELIZABETH MAY KICKING OFF HER CAMPAIGN IN VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA. REFERENCING SOME OF THE AREA WHERE IS SHE THINKS SHE HAS THE POTENTIAL FOR GROWTH. REMINDING US THAT WE ARE EARTHLINGS AND ADMITTING THAT THAT IS PROBABLY NOT SOMETHING YOU’LL HEAR FROM ANYONE ELSE. I WOULD AGREE. DANIELLE FLETCHER IS THERE AT THE GREEN PARTY HEADQUARTERS COVERING THINGS. OBVIOUSLY A SENSE OF COMMITMENT FOR THE GREEN PARTY KNOWING THAT THEY’VE MANAGED TO ELECT MORE THAN THEY DID FOUR YEARS AGO. [CHEERING] AT LEAST WITH THE PROVINCIAL LEVEL AND THERE IS SOME OPPORTUNITY HERE.>>Reporter: ABSOLUTELY. AND I THINK YOU LOOK AT THE GREENS PROVINCIALLY. THEY HAVE THREE SEATS IN THE LEGISLATURE HERE IN VICTORIA. AND WE DO HEAR A LOT MORE ABOUT THE GREENS BECAUSE THEY ALSO HOLD THE BALANCE OF POWER, PROPPING UP THE MINORITY N.D.P. GOVERNMENT HERE IN B.C. AND SO YOU LOOK AT HOW PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE GREENS AND HOW THEY ARE TOP OF MIND. AND SO I THINK THE FEDERAL GREENS ARE HOPING THEY CAN RIDE THAT WAVE AND THAT MOMENTUM, ESPECIALLY HERE ON VANCOUVER ISLAND. AND, AGAIN, IF THERE WAS ANY QUESTION WHAT THEY WILL BE HINGING THIS CAMPAIGN ON THE GREENS, IT IS THE ENVIRONMENT. WE’RE FLANKED BY A COUPLE OF INFLATABLE ORCAS. ELIZABETH MAY INVITED UP ON STAGE A COUPLE OF STUDENT CLIMATE ACTIVISTS AND SHE SAID, YOU KNOW, THIS IS — SHE OPENED BY SAYING THISES THE MOST IMPORTANT ELECTION IN CANADIAN HISTORY. AND SHE SAYS IT IS TIME WE VOTE FOR WHAT WE BELIEVE IN AND WHAT WE WANT. SO, SHE IS CLEARLY APPEALING FOR PEOPLE TO VOTE THEIR CONSCIENCE. SHE WAS ASKED ABOUT VOTE SPLITTING AND STRATEGIC VOTERS HERE IN B.C. AND SHE SAID HEY, GREENS DON’T SPLIT VOTES, WE GROW VOTES SO THEY’RE HOPING THAT PEOPLE WILL VOTE THEIR CONSCIENCE BECAUSE WE DID TALK WITH PEOPLE WHO WANT ANYBODY BUT THE CONSERVATIVES, THAT ABC STRATEGY. AND SHE IS SAYING, DESPITE WHOEVER COMES IN SECOND BEHIND THAT CONSERVATIVE CANDIDATE, SHE SAYS VOTE THE GREENS BECAUSE WE ARE REAL. AND THIS IS OUR TIME. THE ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE SKHAING WHAT’S TOP OF MIND FOR SO MANY PEOPLE AND I THINK THEY’RE HOPING TO CAPITALIZE ON THOSE STRUGGLES OF THE N.D.P. — [CHEERING] AS WE MENTIONED, THE N.D.P. HAS THE FIVE OF THE SEVEN RIDINGS RIGHT NOW ON VANCOUVER ISLAND AND THEIR ONLY TWO SEATS ARE ALSO HERE. SHE IS FLANKED BY PAUL MANLY. HE IS THE ONLY OTHER GREEN M.P. UP THERE BESIDE HER. AND I WAS IN HIS HOME RIDING LAST WEEK SPEAKING WITH HIM AND SAID HOW CAN WE MAINTAIN THIS MOMENT FRUM THAT BYELECTION INTO THE GENERAL ELECTION. BECAUSE THE POLITICAL SCIENTISTS WILL TELL YOU BYELECTIONS ARE NOT NECESSARILY INDICATORS OF WHAT’S TO COME IN A GENERAL ELECTION. AND HE SAID YOU KNOW WHAT? I THINK THAT WAS A GLIMPSE OF HOW PEOPLE ARE FEELING. IT WASN’T JUST VOTERS LETTING OFF STEAM. THEY FEEL THIS IS A DEEM-ROOTED GREEN WAVE THAT THEY’RE SEEING COAST TO COAST IN THE EAST AS WELL AND WANT TO MAKE GAINS WITH THAT. ROSEY?>>Rosemary: OK. 15 LEGISLATORS ELECTED IN VARIOUS LEGISLATIONS — LEGISLATIVE FAMILIES, LEGISLATURES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. [LAUGHTER] THANK YOU, TANYA. TANYA FLETCHER, THANK YOU FOR HELPING US WITH THE COVERAGE THROUGHOUT THE DAY AND INA WE’LL SEE YOU ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL AS THE ELECTION CONTINUES. I WANT TO GO BACK TO VASSY, IF I CAN, TO TALK MORE IN DEPTH ABOUT ELIZABETH MAY’S RESPONSE. -AND TO PETER — IN REGARDS TO PIERRE MARCHTEL, N.D.P. M.P. WHO DECIDED TO BECOME A GREEN PARTY CANDIDATE GAVE US AN INTERVIEW IN FRENCH WHERE HE TALKS ABOUT QUEBEC SEPARATION. YOU KNOW, IF THERE IS AN OPPORTUNITY, WE’LL GO FOR IT. THIS WAS OUR FIRST CHANCES TO GO TO LIZ MAY ABOUT THAT. WHAT DO YOU THINK?>>SHE BELIEVES HE IS NOT A SEPARATIST AND THAT HIS COMMENTS IN THE ORIGINAL INTERVIEW HE GAVE WERE HE WOULD DEFEND QUEBEC’S UNIQUENESS OR ITS STATUS AS A NATION WITHIN CANADA. HOWEVER, HE DID GIVE A COMMENT ESSENTIALLY SAYING IF HE WERE TO VOTE IN A REFERENDUM, HE WOULD VOTE IN FAVOUR OF SEPARATISM. SHE ALSO SAYS THAT EVERY PERSON RUNNING FOR THE GREENS TAKE AN OATH TO DEFEND AND PROTECT CANADA SO SHE WILL BE SPEAKING WITH HIM TO ESTABLISH THAT THAT IS THE CASE. I THINK THERE IS A DIVERGENCE OF MESSAGING THERE. THERE ARE SOME HOLES IN WHAT SHE IS SAYING. CERTAINLY. AGAIN, SPEAKS TO THE IMPORTANCE OF QUEBEC IN THIS ELECTION, THOUGH. RIGHT? THIS IS — RIGHT AWAY THIS STORY WAS PICKED UP LAST NIGHT. IT WENT OUT VERY QUICKLY. I THINK HER ANSWER — ONCE AGAIN, SHE’S SORT OF SAYING OH, IS THIS THE MEDIA MAKING SOMETHING OF NOTHING AND, IN ESSENCE, SHE DIDN’T REALLY ADDRESS WHETHER — WE DON’T KNOW AT THIS POINT WHERE — WHETHER HE IS GOING TO STAY ON WITH THOSE VIEWS WITH WHAT SHE DESCRIBED AS THE GREENING PARTY POLICY HERE.>>Rosemary: THERE ARE LOTS OF M.P.s, CANDIDATES WHO HAVE PREVIOUSLY HELD NATIONALIST VIEWS OR SOVEREIGNIST VIEWS, LET’S GO EVEN FURTHER. SOME HAVE SAID NO, NO, I’M INTO CANADA NOW, THAT’S FINE. YOU CAN BE A STRONG QUEBEC NATIONALIST WITHOUT SUPPORTING SOVEREIGNTY. WHAT DO YOU THINK MAY’S RESPONSE TELLS YOU ABOUT HOW THE PARTY IS DEALING WITH INCREASED SCRUTINY ON THEM ALREADY? PETE PEAT LISTEN. SHE’S HAD PERHAPS HER WORST WEEK AS LEADER OF THE GREEN PARTY AND THE VARIOUS THINGS THAT HAVE HAPPENED IN THE LAST WEEK, INCLUDING THIS LATEST EXAMPLE. BUT ALSO IN THE EXAMPLES BROUGHT OUT IN VASSY’S INTERVIEW WITH HER THE OTHER DAY. HOW SHE HANDLES THIS NOW, YOU KNOW IT IS A TOUCHY TIME FOR HER. PEOPLE ARE NOW REALLY STARTING TO LOOK AT THEIR CAMPAIGN OPTIONS. AND WHEN QUESTIONS LIKE THE ARE RAISED, IT CAN MAKE SOME PEOPLE TAKE A SECOND VIEW. I MEAN, SHE’S — YOU KNOW, SHE MAKES THIS POINT ABOUT WE DON’T SPLIT VOTES, WE GROW VOTES AND THAT IS A CATCHY LINE AND THERE IS SOME TRUTH TO IT. AT THE SAME TIME, IT IS INTERESTING TO NOTE THAT WHEN YOU DIVIDE UP THE SORT OF LEFT OF CENTRE VOTE THAT NORMALLY GOES TO THE N.D.P., THE N.D.P. HAS GONE DOWN ROUGHLY THE SAME AS WHAT THE GREEN HAS GONE UP. THAT IS SWINGING VOTES AND IT MAY NOT WORK FOR EITHER PARTY. THEY COULD BOTH END UP WITH, WELL, THE N.D.P. LOSING SEATS AND THE GREENS NOT GETTING ENOUGH NEW VOTES TO WIN SEATS. SO, SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAPPENING AT THIS POINT IS AWKWARD. AND SHE HAS TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO DEAL WITH IT. IF THERE IS ONE THING YOU ASKED EARLIER ABOUT WHAT’S THE LONGEVITY LIKE FOR ELIZABETH MAY, ONE THING SHE HASN’T LOST IS HER ENERGY. SHE STILL KNOWS HOW TO FIRE UP A ROOM. AND SHE DID THAT AGAIN TODAY.>>Rosemary: YEAH. I MEAN, I THINK AS WELL AS SCRUTINY ON CANDIDATES AND THINGS THAT THEY HAVE SAID AND THAT WILL APPLY TO ALL PARTIES, CERTAINLY. BUT PERHAPS MORE THE GREEN PARTY BECAUSE THEY MAY NOT BE AS EQUIPPED AT VETTING CANDIDATES AS THE OTHER PARTIES ARE. THERE’LL BALLS — ALSO BE SCRUTINY ON THE PLATFORM AS BEING COSTED BY THE P.B.O. BUT THERE ARE LOTS OF QUESTIONS ABOUT HOW YOU DOUBLE TARGETS TO CUTTING GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS, HOW YOU RETROFIT ALL BUILDINGS WITHIN 10 YEARS. I MEAN, THEY ARE VERY, VERY AMBITIOUS POLICY GOALS AND, YOU KNOW, PEOPLE WILL HAVE TO THINK ABOUT WHAT THEY’RE WILLING TO DO IN ORDER TO REACH THEM. WHAT CLIMATE SKHAING A HUGE ISSUE FOR LOTS OF PEOPLE. WE ALSO KNOW AND TALK ABOUT OFTEN HOW PEOPLE ARE NOT ON BOARD WITH GIVING UP THE QUALITY OF LIFE ENTIRELY IN OTHER WORDS TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE. SO, SOME OF THOSE IDEAS MAY BE TOO AGGRESSIVE FOR CANADIANS, TOO.>>AND WHAT STRUCK ME WAS — SO ELIZABETH MAY TODAY HAS A WIDER AUDIENCE THAN SHE HAS IN WEEKS, MONTHS, YEARS. RIGHT? THE ENTIRE COUNTRY IS WATCHING HER KICK OFF THIS CAMPAIGN. AND IF THE IDEA WAS TO SEND A MESSAGE THAT THEY CAN TRANSLATE THAT POPULAR SUPPORT INTO MORE SEATS, TO APPEAL MORE BROADLY TO A WIDER SWATH OF VOTERS, IT WAS VERY MUCH FOCUSED ON CLIMATE. RIGHT? AND I UNDERSTAND WHY TO A CERTAIN DEGREE. BUT OTHERWISE, WHAT DID WE HEAR ABOUT? A LITTLE BIT ABOUT POVERTY AND A LITTLE BIT ABOUT COSTING THEIR PROMISE. BUT NOT A WHOLE LOT ABOUT WHAT ELSE THEY PLAN TO DO FOR THIS COUNTRY. AND I THINK IN A WAY IT’S A BIT OF A LOST OPPORTUNITY. RIGHT? BECAUSE WE KNOW THOSE TARGETS AND THERE ARE QUESTIONS TO COME FOR THEM AND THEY HAVE A VERY THOROUGH PLAN WHEN IT COMES TO ATTACKING CLIMATE CHANGE. BUT WHAT ELSE ARE THEY GOING TO OFFER VOTERS?>>Rosemary: IF YOU ARE NOT GOING TO TALK ABOUT IT, HOW REAL IS YOUR PROMISE OF FORMING GOVERNMENT. I’M GOING TO LET YOU GO FOREVER, PETER — NOT FOREVER, FOR TODAY. ONE LAST THOUGHT FROM YOU ABOUT WHAT YOU THINK CANADIANS SHOULD KEEP IN MIND AS THEY START PAYING CLOSER ATTENTION TO EVERYBODY OVER THE NEXT 40 DAYS.>>Peter: I HOPE THEY DO EXACTLY THAT, PAY CLOSE ATTENTION. THIS IS DEMOCRACY IN ACTION, RIGHT? AND WE ALL HAVE TO PARTICIPATE IN SOME FORM IF WE’RE GOING TO TAKE DEMOCRACY IN OUR COUNTRY SERIOUSLY. IT IS EASY TO SAY SOMETIMES, OH, I HATE THEM ALL. I’M NOT GOING TO VOTE. THAT’S A COP-OUT. YOU REALLY WANT TO GET INVOLVED AND UNDERSTAND THE ISSUES AND UNDERSTAND WHERE THE DIFFERENT PLAYERS ARE COMING FROM. WHAT WE WITNESSED TODAY WAS KIND OF AS KLAIIC DAY ONE LAUNCH. DWLONG WERE ANY FATAL MISTAKE ON THE PART OF ANYONE. WE’VE SEEN SOME OF THOSE IN PAST YEARS. THERE’LL BE THINGS THAT SOME PEOPLE MAY CONSIDER THEY WERE TRIPPED UP ON. BUT FOR THE MOST PART, DAY ONES OF LAUNCHES DON’T GAIN YOU NEW VOTES. BUT THEY RUN THE RISK OF YOU SETTING A COURSE THAT COULD LOSE VOTES. I’M NOT SURE ANYBODY DID THAT TODAY. I DON’T THINK SO. I DIDN’T SEE ANY GAPING ERRORS ON THE PART OF EVERYBODY. BUT THE GAME IS ON NOW AND IT IS JUST STARTING. AND, YOU KNOW, IT IS A PURIST AND MORE THAN JUST A GAME. IT IS THE FUTURE AND IT IS THE FUTURE OF THE COUNTRY. SO WE SHOULD ALL PAY CLOSE ATTENTION. THERE ARE 40 DAYS TO GO. LOTS OF THINGS ARE GOING TO HAPPEN HERE. THERE ARE GOING TO BE DIVERSIONS. THERE ARE GOING TO BE INCIDENTS THAT WE CAN’T EVEN THINK OF RIGHT NOW THAT COULD PLAY INTO THE CAMPAIGN. LAST TIME AROUND REMEMBER WE HAD THAT POOR YOUNG BOY WHO DIED ON THE BEACHES IN THE MEDITERRANEAN, WHICH HAD A HUGE IMPACT ON THE WHOLE DEBATE AROUND IMMIGRATION AND HOW WE CONDUCT OUR REFUGEE POLICIES. SO THINGS CAN HAPPEN. THAT INER INTO WITH THE PLANS OF THE BACKROOM STRATEGIES ON CAMPAIGNS. AND YOU CAN BE SURE THAT THINGS WILL HAPPEN ON THIS CAMPAIGN, TOO, THAT HAVE AN IMPACT. SO, IT’S PAY ATTENTION TIME.>>Rosemary: OK. AND PETER, WE WILL PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR DOCUMENTARY, WHICH I THINK IS COMING THANKSGIVING WEEKEND AND WE’LL TALK TO YOU THROUGH THE COURSE OF THE CAMPAIGN. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US.>>Peter: THANK YOU, ROSEY.>>Rosemary: LET’S GO BACK TO TWO OF OUR CAMPAIGN REPORTERS HEADING OUT ON THE HUSTINGS. THE CBC’S HANNAH THIBEDEAU WITH JAGMEET SINGH AND DAVID COCHRANE FOLLOWING THE LIBERAL LEADER JUSTIN TRUDEAU. HANNAH, JAGMEET KICKED IT OFF THERE. HE GOT SOME TOUGH QUESTIONS, INCLUDING FROM YOU, HEY WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU’RE NOT DOING VERY WELL. PRESUMABLY HE WANTS TO GET THOSE QUESTIONS OUT OF THE WAY SO HE CAN TALK ABOUT ACTUAL ISSUES.>>Reporter: WELL, THE ONLY WAY HE CAN GET THOSE QUESTIONS OUT OF THE WAY IS BY NOMINATING THE REST OF HIS CANDIDATES. RIGHT NOW THEY’RE AT 234 OF 338. THEY SAY THAT IT’S BECAUSE THEY WANT TO GET DIVERSE CANDIDATES. BUT LET’S BE FRANK. OCTOBER 21, WE KNEW JUST LIKE DECEMBER 25. IT’S COMING. IT SHOWS THAT THERE IS POTENTIALLY — YEAH, EITHER A LACK OF ORGANIZATION BEHIND JAGMEET SINGH OR IS IT ABOUT THE LEADER ?*IPS WE’LL KEEP AN EYE ON THAT OVER THE NEXT LITTLE BIT. BUT ALSO THE QUESTIONS ABOUT MONEY AND FUNDRAISING AND HOW HE’S GOING TO DO THIS CAMPAIGN. HE CONTINUED TO SOUND HOPEFUL ON THIS, BUT NOT ONLY THAT, HE WAS ALSO ASKED ABOUT ELIZABETH MAY, KIND OF NIPPING AT THE HEELS OF THE N.D.P. AND HE SAYS, WELL, I DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT ELIZABETH MAY. I’M STILL, YOU KNOW, RUNNING AGAINST JUSTIN TRUDEAU. SO HE IS GOING IN WITH THE RIGHT FRAME OF MIND. BUT WHETHER HE CAN PUSH AND GET THAT ATTENTION IS GOING TO BE THE BIG QUESTION. ONE THING REALLY INTERESTING, I WENT TO TALK TO A COUPLE OF YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WERE STANDING BEHIND HIM AND ONE OF THE GIRLS, HER NAME WAS — SHE IS 24. LINDSAY CLARK. I ASKED HER, I SAID OH, HOW COME YOU’RE HERE TODAY? AND SHE SAID I WANT TO FIND OUT ABOUT ALL OF THE PARTIES. SHE WASN’T EVEN SURE AT THE END OF TODAY THAT SHE WAS, IN FACT, GOING TO VOTE N.D.P. AND SHE WAS STANDING RIGHT BEHIND JAGMEET SINGH TODAY. SO, YOU CAN SEE THAT THERE IS A LOT OF ISSUES. HE IS GOING TO. TO OVERCOME THEM AND ONE OF THE BIG ONES IS GOING TO BE THE DEBATE AS WELL AND HE IS GOING IN TO GO IN TO REHEARSALS TO ENSURE THAT HE SHINES ON THAT FIRST DEBATE.>>Rosemary: OK. HANNAH THIBEDEAU FOLLOWING JAGMEET SINGH FOR THE BEGINNING OF THIS CAMPAIGN ANYWAY. THANK YOU.>>Reporter: QUITE WELCOME.>>Rosemary: LET ME GO TO DAVID COCHRANE. HANNAH MENTIONED THE DEBATE TOMORROW. THAT IS MacLEAN’S-CityTV DEBATE. I SEE YOU PUT YOURSELF IN FRONT OF THE PLANE, THE TRUDEAU PLANE THERE, DAVID COCHRANE. HOW ARE THEY FEELING ABOUT HOW THINGS WERE KICKED OFF HERE?>>Reporter: YEAH. AS YOU CAN SEE, MY UBER HAS ARRIVED. I REQUESTED THE LARGER ONE FOR MR. LEG ROOM BECAUSE WE HAVE THE LONG FLIGHT OUT TO VANCOUVER. SURGE PRICING IS BAD, LET ME TELL YOU. THINK THEY’RE LARGELY OK WITH HOW THINGS LAUNCHED TODAY FOR THE PRIME MINISTER. HE FRAMED OUT IN HIS PREPARED REMARKS BACK AT RIDEAU HALL WHAT HE THINKS THIS SELECTION ABOUT. A CHOICE ABOUT THE FUTURE. HE BATTED AWAY THE QUESTIONS ABOUT SNC-LAVALIN AND TRIED TO FOCUS VERY HEAVILY ON THE CHOICE FOR A GOVERNMENT THAT CHAMPIONS CLIMATE CHANGE FIGHTING AND HELP FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS. THAT IS WHAT THEY WANT THIS TO BE. AND RIGHT NOW HE IS GOING TO TRY TO TAKE THAT MESSAGE. WE’RE GOING TO BOARD THIS PLANE SEASON AND HEAD OUT WEST AND WE MAY SEE ELIZABETH MAY AND TANYA FLETCHER BECAUSE WE’RE GOING TO VANCOUVER FOR A RALLY TODAY AND MAYBE TO VANCOUVER ISLAND AND ALBERTA THE DAY AFTER THAT. TRUDEAU IS GOING INTO AREAS THAT ARE IMPORTANT BATTLEGROUNDS FOR HIM, ROSEY. THE LOWER MAINLAND OF BRITISH COLUMBIA WHERE WE’RE GOING TO BE TONIGHT, THERE IS FOUR-WAY SPLIT THERE IS WITH THE LIBERALS AND CONSERVATIVES, THE N.D.P. AND THE GREENS FULLY IN PLAY. BUT THEY’RE GOING THERE TO TRY TO HOLD ON TO THAT BASE BECAUSE, AS ELECTION NIGHT UNFOLDS, DEPENDING ON HOW IT ALL — HOW TIGHT IT IS, BRITISH COLUMBIA COULD DECIDE NOT ONLY WHO WINS GOVERNMENT, BUT WHETHER IT’S A MAJORITY OR A MINORITY. SO, THAT IS WHERE TRUDEAU IS HEADED. HE STARTED THE CAMPAIGN IN 2015 THERE. WORKED OUT PRETTY GOOD FOR HIM. HE IS HOPING TO CATCH MAGIC IN A BOTTLE FOR THE SECOND TIME IN 2019.>>Rosemary: OK. I KNOW YOU’VE COVERED POLITICS FOR A LONG TIME. BUT THIS IS YOUR FIRST FEDERAL CAMPAIGN. SO, HAVE FUN.>>Reporter: THANKS! [LAUGHTER] IT IS GOING TO BE A GOOD TIME.>>Rosemary: IT WILL BE. OK. WE’LL TALK LOTS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP WITH TODAY, THOUGH.>>Reporter: SEE YOU, ROSEY.>>Rosemary: DAVID COCHRANE STANDING BY WITH THE TRUDEAU PLANE. BEFORE WE LEAVE YOU, WE’LL CHECK IN ONE MORE TIME WITH ERIC GRENIER. HE IS BACK, I BELIEVE, IN THE “POWER & POLITICS” STUDIO WITH HIS FANCY GRAPHICS TO GIVE US A SENSE OF WHERE WE ARE ON THIS DAY. DAY ONE. REMEMBER, THIS IS A SNAPSHOT OF NOW. BUT THINGS WILL CHANGE. ERIC, OVER TO YOU.>>Reporter: WE ARE LOOKING AT TIGHT RACE BETWEEN THE LICK RALS AND CONSERVATIVES ON THIS DAY ONE. WE HAVE A TIE IN THE POLL TRACKER AT 34% APIECE. I’M GOING TO BE WATCHING WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN WITH THESE TWO OTHER PARTIES. THE NEW DEMOCRATS AT 13% AND THE GREENS AT 1 1%. WHAT HAPPENS WITH THEM MIGHT HAVE A BIG IMPACT WITH WHAT HAPPENS IN THIS CLOSE RACE BETWEEN THE LIBERALS AND CONSERVATIVES. BUT RIGHT NOW IT IS REALLY A TOSS UM AND THAT IS WHY THE NEXT 40 DAYS ARE JUST SO IMPORTANT.>>Rosemary: OK. AND YOU CAN CHECK OUT ALL OF ERIC’S INFORMATION WHICH HE UPDATES ON THE REGULAR AT cbc.ca/POLITICS. HE WILL BE ON “THE NATIONAL” TONIGHT. HE WILL BE WITH ME EVERY SUNDAY BECAUSE I’M FORCING HIM TO WORK. WE KNOW THAT THIS IS — WE’RE HAVING FUN, BUT WE KNOW THAT THIS IS ALSO SERIOUS MOMENT FOR CANADA AND DEMOCRACY. AND WE KNOW THAT YOU ARE GOING TO TAKE A HARD LOOK AT EVERYBODY OVER THE NEXT 40 DAYS TO HELP YOU DECIDE WHO DESERVES YOUR TRUST. WHO DO YOU WANT TO GIVE YOUR VOTE TO? HOW IS THE COUNTRY GOING TO CHANGE? AND WE ARE GOING TO DO THE BEST JOB WE CAN AT BRINGING ALL OF THAT TO YOU. WE TAKE THAT VERY SERIOUSLY. HERE’S A LITTLE BIT OF HOW WE PLAN TO DO IT. YOU CARE ABOUT YOUR VOTE. IT MATTERS BECAUSE YOU CARE ABOUT YOUR FAMILY, YOUR COMMUNITY, YOU CARE ABOUT CANADA. WHERE WE’RE HEADED IN THE FUTURE, HOW THE ECONOMY IS HANDLED, THE HEALTH OF OUR COUNTRY, AND THE STATUS OF ALL CANADIANS. THIS ELECTION, WE WANT YOU TO HAVE THE INFORMATION YOU NEED TO MAKE YOUR BEST DECISION. BE SURE TO DOWNLOAD THIS CBC NEWS APP. VOTE COMPASS HELPS YOU FIND OUT HOW YOUR VIEWS LINE UP WITH CANADA’S POLITICAL PARTY’S. AND IF YOU’RE WONDERING HOW THE FEDERAL LEADERS ARE DOING, POLL TRACKER USES PUBLIC POLLING DATA TO MAKE PROJECTIONS AND PROBABILITIES. AND SUBSCRIBE TO THE CBC CANADA VOTES NEWSLETTER TO GET WEEKLY ELECTION UPDATES IN YOUR INBOX AND TUNE IN TO “THE NATIONAL” AS WE’LL BE EXPLORING THE ISSUES THAT MATTER TO YOU. WE’RE HITTING THE ROAD, VISITING KEY BATTLEGROUND RIDINGS THAT WILL MAP THE PATH TO POWER. SUNDAY NIGHTS ON “THE NATIONAL” WILL BE FOCUSED ON THE ELECTION WITH A NEW POLITICAL PANEL THAT TAKES YOU INSIDE CAMPAIGN WAR ROOMS. AND WATCH OUT FOR OUR NEW PODCAST. PARTY LINES. WE’LL GO BEYOND THE TALKING POINTS TO MAKE POLITICS MAKE SENSE. SO LOTS OF DIFFERENT WAYS FOR YOU TO GET INFORMED OVER THE COURSE OF THE NEXT 40 DAYS, INCLUDING, OF COURSE, “POWER & POLITICS” WHICH AIRS ON CBC NEWS NETWORK FROM 5:00 TO 7:00 EASTERN EVERY DAY. TWO HOURS OF ALL THE INs AND OUTs OF HOW THIS CAMPAIGN WILL UNFOLD. LET ME GIVE YOU TWO UPDATES ON TWO OTHER LEADERS. ANDREW SCHEER IS MAKING HIS WAY TO TROIS-RIVIERE RIGHT NOW BY BUS AND HE’LL HAVE AN EVENT THERE AND HOLD MEDIA AVAILABILITY. WE’LL BRING THAT TO YOU ON CBC NEWS NETWORK AND ON OUR WEBSITE. cbc.ca. AND MAXIME BERNIER WILL KICK OFF HIS CAMPAIGN LATER TODAY AS WELL AT AROUND 2:00 P.M. YOU CAN EXPECT COVERAGE OF THAT ON CBC NEWS NETWORK AS WELL. AND VASSY, LOTS OF COVERAGE ON VASSY’S SHOW LATER TODAY, TOO. THIS IS GOOD! NOW YOU DON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT WHAT’S IN THE SHOW.>>NO. THREE HOURS TONIGHT AS WELL. YEAH. WE’RE GOING LONG.>>Rosemary: OH! GOOD FOR YOU.>>CAN’T GET ENOUGH.>>Rosemary: SHE IS TAKING OVER THE NETWORK. WHAT STANDS OUT FOR YOU TODAY ON THIS FIRST DAY AS SOMETHING — I KNOW YOU TALKED ABOUT BILL 21. AS THE THING THAT YOU ARE GOING TO SORT OF WATCH NOW.>>I THINK HONESTLY BOTTOM LINE FOR ME IS, LIKE WE’VE BEEN SAYING, EVERY CAMPAIGN MATTERS. THIS CAMPAIGN ESPECIALLY MATTERS. YOU SAW IT TODAY. THEY ARE SO CLOSE THAT EVERY WORD, EVERY TURN OF A PHRASE COULD ULTIMATELY IMPACT THE OUTCOME OF THIS ELECTION. SO MUCH CAN HAPPEN IN THE NEXT SIX WEEKS. THAT SOUNDS CHEESY. BUT IN THIS CASE IT IS REALLY TRUE. IT ALSO MEANS FOR PEOPLE WATCHING THAT, LIKE PETER SAID, PAY ATTENTION BECAUSE ACTUALLY YOUR VOTE MATTERS. IT ALWAYS MATTERS. IT REALLY, REALLY WILL MATTER IN THIS ELECTION WHEN IT’S THIS TIGHT.>>Rosemary: FOR SURE. FOR SURE. AND PEOPLE, AS I SAID, CAN WATCH VASSY FOR THREE HOURS TONIGHT — [LAUGHTER] SHE’LL BE DEAD LATER. BUT YOU CAN ALSO WATCH HER FOR TWO HOURS EVERY NIGHT. I’M GOING TO LEAVE WITH ONE MORE THOUGHT. HOW MANY — YOU’VE COVERED A NUMBER OF FEDERAL CAMPAIGNS. HOW DO YOU THINK THIS ONE IS DIFFERENT?>>AGAIN, THE CLOSEST. — CLOSENESS. I THINK THAT WILL DICTATE EVERYTHING. IN 2019, I WAS EASY TO TALK ABOUT CHANGE AS A –>>Rosemary: 2015.>>2015, SORRY. WE HAVE THIS INTERIM PERIOD NOW WHERE USUALLY THE INCUMBENT CONTINUE ON. BUT GIVEN THE EVENTS OF THE LAST SIX TO EIGHT MONTHS, THAT ISN’T A GIVEN ANYMORE. AND SO I REALLY DO THINK THAT THE CLOSENESS OF THE TWO LEAD PARTIES IN THIS IS GOING TO DICTATE THE SORT OF UNIQUENESS OF THIS CAMPAIGN AND THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE NEXT SIX WEEKS.>>Rosemary: AND HOW THOSE OTHER PARTIES MANAGED TO DO. ARE THEY GOING TO GROW, SHRINK, ARE THEY GOING TO SDMRAPS THAT LALS AFFECT WHERE THEY GO. OK. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. APPRECIATE IT. WE’LL BE WATCHING YOU LATER ON CBC NEWS NETWORK TODAY AND EVERY DAY. AND THANK YOU ALL FOR JOINING US AS WELL. WE’VE BEEN TRYING TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU’RE CLEAR ON THE MESSAGE HERE TODAY THAT THIS IS REALLY ABOUT YOU. OVER THE NEXT 40 DAYS, YOUR JOB, IF YOU WANT IT, IS TO PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT THESE LEADERS DO. THE CHOICES THEY MAKE. AND THE CHOICES THEY PRESENT TO YOU. WE WILL DO OUR BEST TO KEEP YOU EDUCATED ON THOSE CHOICES AND WHEN VOTING DAY COMES ON OCTOBER 21, THERE WAS A VERY HIGH TURNOUT IN 2015 SO WE HOPE FOR THE SAME THIS TIME AROUND THAT YOU WILL GO TO THE BALLOT BOX WITH A GOOD DECISION IN YOUR MIND AND VOTE BECAUSE YOU FEEL BETTER INFORMED. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, IF YOU HAVE IDEAS, IF YOU HAVE THINGS THAT YOU WANT COVERED, E-MAIL US AT CBC NEWS AND WE’LL DO OUR BEST TO GET TO THOSE THINGS. WE WILL BE OUT ON THE ROAD AS MUCH AS WE CAN, TALKING TO ALL OF YOU ABOUT ALL THE THINGS THAT MATTER TO YOU. OUR COVERAGE WILL CONTINUE TONIGHT ON “THE NATIONAL,” ON “POWER & POLITICS” AND ON CBC NEWS NETWORK. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR WATCHING ON THIS FIRST DAY OF THE ELECTION CAMPAIGN. THE 43rd ONE FOR THIS COUNTRY. I’M ROSEMARY BARTON. THANKS TO EVERYBODY ON THE TEAM. THIS IS CBC NEWS CANADA VOTES.>>MY NAME IS PI.>>MY ?AIM JASON.>>MY MAIN CONCERN IS ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE.>>MY MAIN CONCERN IS AFFORDABLE HOUSING.>>MY MAIN CONCERN WITH THE UPCOMING FEDERAL ELECTION IS THAT OUR LEADERS REALLY NEED TO UNDERSTAND THE NEEDS AND THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS CANADIANS.>>I VOTE BECAUSE IN ALL SYSTEM VOTING IS ONE OF THE FEW POWER PLAYS THAT YOU HAVE.>>AND I VOTE BECAUSE THIS IS MY FIRST YEAR I GET TO VOTE IN CANADA. JUST BECAME A CITIZEN SO I’M DEFINITELY NOT MISSING IT.>>AND I VOTE BECAUSE