September 15, 2021

Canadian Election – Election Debates & Promises

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Liberals pledge 10 days paid sick leave for all federally-regulated employees

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is promising to introduce 10 days of paid sick leave for all federally-regulated employees within his first 100 days in government if elected.

The Liberals would also immediately convene representatives of the provinces and territories to discuss legislating sick leave across the country.

“Too many people were having to make impossible decisions, choosing whether to go to work or miss out on an essential paycheque. Either keep kids home or send them to school. Too many families uncertain, racked with extremely difficult decisions. Well now we’re stepping up to do something about it,” he said.

Canada PM Trudeau promises billions to Quebec province as election looms

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who aides say is on the verge of calling a snap election, on Thursday promised to give almost C$6 billion ($4.80 billion) in social spending to the politically important province of Quebec.

The ruling Liberals are targeting more seats in Quebec as they seek to regain their parliamentary majority. The predominantly French-speaking province accounts for 78 seats in the 338-seat House of Commons, second only to Ontario.

Ottawa will give Quebec just under C$6 billion over five years to help it expand an existing subsidized child care program, Trudeau told a televised news conference in Montreal.

Canada’s official leaders’ debates a farce

It’s time to drive a stake through the heart of Canada’s Leaders’ Debates Commission, which organizes the official televised leaders’ debates in federal elections.

How a gaggle of presumably media-savvy people organizing these debates have not yet figured out that you can’t have 10-people participating in a two-hour debate — five political leaders, four journalists and a moderator — without the whole thing turning into a giant fustercluck, is hard to comprehend.

The best of the three national leaders’ debates was the one the commission, through its Debate Broadcast Group, had no hand in — produced by Quebec television network TVA, moderated by its longtime news anchor Pierre Bruneau, who had a firm grip on the wheel from start to finish.

Justin Trudeau’s Long Overdue Departure Is Well Underway – David Yager

Justin Trudeau’s days as Prime Minister of Canada are numbered. His reign of error will end soon. His only salvation is if he and his Liberal Party somehow perform a miracle and win a majority government on September 20.

Even if Trudeau wins a minority government, his internal support will evaporate immediately. If he doesn’t resign he’ll be pushed. The Liberals are good at things like that.

To understand what’s going on in the 2021 election, go back to 1993 when the Progressive Conservatives under leader Kim Campbell elected only two MPs. She was not one of them.

Although slightly misquoted, Campbell, in the words of the Montreal Gazette in 2008, “…famously declared that an election is no time to be discussing complicated issues.”

The issues causing problems for the Liberals are not complicated, nor are they related to policy or campaign platforms. They have nothing to do with the regional divisions so successfully exploited in 2015 and 2019 that have been driving western Canadians and the oil industry crazy for six years.