Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole discusses his party’s plan for rural Canada – August 9, 2021

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole discusses his party’s plan for rural Canada – August 9, 2021

we’re next to the hole yes foreign so we don’t use that foreign uh so uh look at this so so uh so one minute warning one minute warning now come on firefox good afternoon thank you for being with us and off the top i want to say a few words about the honorable bill davis all ontarians and all canadians are mourning the loss of a great ontarian a great canadian someone who touched generations of canadians lives my late mother won a history prize in high school and had a book signed by the popular minister of education bill davis something our family cherishes he opened loyalist college in this community as part of his ambitious plan on community colleges and then of course premier of the province for 14 years i remember him as the first politician i looked up to for his balance for his leadership for his vision and for his determination to build a better country franco ontario devastated he was a real real champion and i’m going to take many lessons in my public service from bill davis but today i’m here to talk about rural communities they are key to canada’s economy culture and our way of life but for six years the trudeau liberals along with the ndp and greens have completely ignored the needs of rural canadians that is not going to happen with the conservatives through canada’s recovery plan we will ensure that your voices are heard and your concerns are addressed our plan will create jobs in every part of our great country including rural canada not just in big cities we will get canadians back to work and we will restore hope our plan starts with broadband we will connect all of canada to high speed internet by 2025 as the last year has made abundantly clear to families to small businesses to communities high-speed internet is essential for canadians to learn to work and to connect with loved ones dc de melvan justin trudeau’s current federal target is universal high speed internet by 2030. canadians cannot wait nine years they deserve action now ontario and quebec have moved ahead on their own they’re tired of waiting too many canadians still lack adequate internet access we will put a stop to the endless delays bureaucracy and we will become a true partner to the provinces delivering broadband across the country and internet we’ll speed up the spectrum auction process to get more spectrum into use and apply use it or lose it provisions to ensure that spectrum is developed particularly in rural parts of our country i believe that all canadians in rural canada just as much as in our larger cities deserve access to high-speed internet so that they can connect to the world canada’s conservatives will make this a reality and that’s just the beginning of our plan for rural canada we will appoint a minister of rural affairs to cabinet who will ensure that canadians living outside the big cities have a voice at the table we will set aside a portion of federal infrastructure funds so that they can be targeted specifically for projects in rural areas we will ensure that canada’s tourism strategy supports rural tourism and encourages canadians and visitors from around the world to explore remote parts of the country including hidden gems in canada like prince edward county like quinte these are gems we need to share local and regional media are also key to keeping rural communities connected thanks to some with us today we will significantly reduce the amount the liberal government spends on advertising with big foreign tech companies like twitter and instead direct federal ad dollars to canadian media and we have a plan to tackle rural crime too many politicians and commentators who live in our big cities talk as if crime is less and less of a concern in canada because they ignore they don’t understand or they simply don’t care about what is happening outside of our big urban centers it’s time for a government that will ensure that families living in small towns and in rural areas feel safe in their homes and on their farms we will tackle rural crime and ensure that criminals who take advantage of someone’s distance from emergency services pay a price for that protest rural canada has been neglected by the liberals the ndp and the greens with canada’s conservatives help is on the way our plan will secure the future of rural communities and stand up for all canadians we will secure the future thank you merci beaucoup we’ll now take questions one question one follow-up please the mic is just on the right no um so today uh u.s canadian border reopened i’d love to get your thoughts on whether you think this is the right time to do so and what you would have done otherwise i think it’s great to see the border open communities like this one in quinte prince edward county the gems i’ve talked about rely on tourism it’s one of the hardest hit sectors our candidate here ryan williams knows very well the tourism sector and will be a voice as we rebuild that sector the border can be opened safely with levels of vaccination in the united states and with rapid testing this is something mr trudeau is a year behind on delivering we will show leadership and canada’s recovery plan our five-point plan the fourth pillar will secure the country make sure we’re ready in the future we’re leaders in vaccines in rapid testing including at airports and the border but it’s good to see a safe reopening there’s been a lot of talk around an upcoming federal election being called i’d love to get your opinion on that my biggest concern right now is the potential fourth wave of covid19 the highly impacted sectors including tourism small businesses here in the quinte region that are struggling we need to help them we shouldn’t be rushing to an election mr trudeau always seems to put his own self-interest ahead of the interest of canadians as leader of the opposition in a pandemic in a minority parliament i’ve always had to be ready and we’ve got incredible team members ready to actually be voices for this part of ontario to be strong champions not silent lambs that are even hard to find most of the time we will be ready but we really do think the health and economic security of canadians must come first thank you next question please uh aaron welcome um i was wanted to ask a question about budgeting for the armed forces because i know that’s near and dear to your heart and i know that we’re not meeting anything like our 2 percent of gdp commitment to our nato allies would you address this in your first term do you think it’s time well i think i’m very proud to have just seen some of our brave men and women from trenton fly overhead and on the end of the street seeing a canadian armed forces flag on this street there are a lot of military families and veterans that live in quinte that live across the region and we thank them for their service i would be the first canadian armed forces veteran to become prime minister since lester b pearson i will make sure our men and women have the equipment they need i will make sure we’re taken seriously on the world stage again and i will make sure that some of our spending towards the nato target that we have to have a plan to meet secures our arctic this is something that is part of our identity as canadians and right now it’s it’s eroded our sovereignty has eroded under justin trudeau very proud of our forces including here at trenton and we’re going to stand up for them mr o’toole what is your reaction to today’s report on climate change with the u.n secretary general saying it should be a death now for fossil fuels and coal and if you could answer in english and french please thank you sure climate change is a is a very important and urgent threat facing our country and facing the world and it’s important to our team not just as members of parliament or members of parliament to be but as parents i talked to my 15 year old daughter molly about climate change all the time that’s why in april we launched the most ambitious environmental climate change plan ever before an election we will meet our paris targets we will reduce emissions but we will also get people working we’ll have an economic recovery that our five-point canada recovery plan will drive we can do both we need to secure our economic future to also make sure we make our commitments on a mission reduction and we will deliver and i invite canadians to check out our plan we’ve modeled it and it’s third party verified mr trudeau has never made a commitment he’s very good at announcements that’s his specialty he’s very poor at delivering the channel it is b uh if there are more questions please sign up with the mic on the right thank you there’s no more questions before we all melt i want to thank you very much for coming and i look forward to chatting with my colleagues thank you you
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Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole discusses his party\'s plan for rural Canada – August 9, 2021

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