Erin O’Toole releases Conservative plan to protect gig workers – August 26, 2021

Erin O’Toole releases Conservative plan to protect gig workers – August 26, 2021

good afternoon in a crisis the last thing anyone should worry about is how they’ll make rent or put food on the table when covid19 hit canada we saw massive gaps in the programs that were supposed to be there to support all canadian workers many were left behind especially gig economy workers 1.7 million canadians work in the gig economy we’re talking about everyone from truckers to graphic designers from warehouse workers to delivery drivers anyone working on a contract or an on-call basis for some it’s their main source of income and for many others it helps them make ends meet or save for the future but when the pandemic hit the safety net that every other canadian worker could count on in tough times it wasn’t there for these workers or their families they don’t qualify for employment insurance under the current rules they don’t have the insurable hours and contributions of a typical employee put simply the federal government failed them call upon the system has to change canada’s recovery plan will provide security for gig economy workers we believe it’s time for gig economy companies to give their workers the protection they need our plan will require companies with gig economy workers to make contributions equivalent to cpp and ei premiums into a new portable employee savings account every time they pay their workers foreign in the employee savings account will grow tax-free and can be withdrawn by the worker when they need it gig economy workers shouldn’t be left behind when a crisis hits we will make sure the necessary support is there for canada’s gig economy workers just as they are for any other canadian worker only canada’s conservatives have a plan to secure the future for all canadian workers on merci beaucoup thank you i’m ready for your questions we will now be taking questions [Music] a quebec good afternoon janice mcgregor from cbc news in the past conservatives have derided things like cpp premium increases ei premium increases as payroll tax hikes that kill jobs that burden entrepreneurs that provide a drag on the economy at a time when it needs to grow why has your party had such a change of heart on this and why is it going to add this burden to a section of the economy that hasn’t had to carry it up to this point and has provided a lot of growth as a result because the conservative party is going to stand up for all workers and this is a new part of our economy the gig economy didn’t exist years ago when ei and other programs were rolled out and that’s why 1.7 million canadians were missed in a crisis what we’re creating today with the portable employee savings account is protection for those workers and we will act to make sure that the programs apply and meet the unique needs of the gig economy we’re willing to act to stand up for all workers on the subject of of this new employee savings ascent account scheme if i understand you correctly this is a new kind of aspect of bureaucracy that you’re piling on to an employment insurance system that’s already been derided as extremely complicated and ineffective i’m wondering why the conservative government would take the approach of adding more complications and and aspects to ei instead of coming out for canadians uh with a with a comprehensive vision for meaningful ei reform which people have been asking for for a very long time this is an innovative new benefit for an innovative new part of our economy the gig economy those workers are left out completely now with this new employee savings account that is portable it gives them the flexibility to to make payments to to cpp themselves gives them flexibility to have an account if there’s a crisis if there’s a prolonged economic recession we need to meet the needs of of the new economy and make sure we stand up for all working canadians that’s what canada’s recovery plan is all about getting people back to work securing jobs and opportunity in all parts of our economy all parts of our country including the gig economy next question mr o’toole michael quite global national with the climate summit in glasgow just two months away governments are being called upon to adopt more ambitious climate targets if there’s going to be any hope of keeping global temperature increases to 1.5 degrees critics of the conservative plan say it’s overly complicated and more restrictive than liberal’s carbon tax and it won’t go far enough to reduce images to have it emissions rather to avoid that 1.5 degrees celsius increase how do you respond to that i’ll respond with our plan we put our plan out for climate change in april because we wanted to see show canadians that conservatives have a plan to meet our paris targets to get our emissions down but to get people back to work canada’s recovery plan is about securing jobs securing our economy and securing our environment this is an issue that’s important to me as i’ve said not just as a politician but as a parent so we worked hard to have a plan that will meet our paris reduction targets but get people back to work and that’s what our country needs if we don’t have a strong economy we can’t tackle challenges like climate change and the other challenges facing our country in the same vein i just want to follow up with the international energy agencies calling for no more oil and gas infrastructure to be built construction of tmx pipeline extension is now underway will you commit to stopping tmx and what about other future pipelines would you commit to not building any future pipelines we need to get our economy back on track people working including in western canada including in energy and natural resources and canadian resources are the world leaders in environmental stewardship there are many net zero by 2050 plans in canada’s resource sector we have highest standards of human rights transparency indigenous partnership and participation we should be proud of what we do in canada we can get our emissions down while we also get people back to work that’s exactly what canada’s recovery plan is all about and it’s why i’m inviting canadians check out our plan our country needs a plan it needs leadership next question good afternoon mr o’toole stephanie taylor with the canadian press canada has already submitted its higher targets for greenhouse gas reductions by 2030 we’re now looking or the goal is 40 to 45 if you become prime minister are you committed to meeting that goal as i’ve said we launched our climate change plan in april it’s an ambitious and innovative plan that will meet our paris targets but get people back to work get our economy moving forward again we’ve been transparent and we’ve worked with a leading third party to make sure that people can see our plan to reduce emissions and we’re serious about it but mr trudeau this is another example has never made a target as prime minister never he’s never made a deficit target he hasn’t made his target on safe drinking water he hasn’t lived up to government transparent by default the sunny ways language of mr trudeau people have seen after six years they’re let down time after time after time we have a plan we can tackle climate change and get the country back to work and that’s exactly what we will do i would like you to clarify first mr o’toole uh your plan says 30 that is our existing paris target but the way the paris agreement works is every five years or so we’re supposed to ramp up that ambition so are you committed that if you become prime minister you will meet canada’s new uh target of between forty to forty five percent or your existing thirty percent we will meet canada’s paris targets and it’s time to be honest with canadians we need a real plan to meet those targets and that is exactly what i launched in april mr trudeau says one thing and does nothing not just on climate change literally on every subject we’ve put forward in canada’s recovery plan an ambitious set of environmental commitments that are important but it’s equally important to get this country back to work to get people working if we don’t have a strong economy which is happening under mr trudeau runaway inflation a cost of living crisis jobs investment leaving our country if we don’t unite our country get it working again we can’t tackle climate change and have the ambition that canada wants to have to meet those paris targets so we will meet our targets and we’ll get this country back to work next question kevin gallagher ctv national news i’d like to ask you a question about afghanistan sir um we’ve heard you criticized justin trudeau on this but uh you’ve also said that you would show leadership but at the same time allow the army to make its operational decisions but there are certain decisions that as prime minister you would need to make for our troops on the ground um you’ve criticized mr trudeau but i i really do think the canadians need to hear what you would make in terms of decisions for operational measures in afghanistan that could put troops in danger could you plea please let us know what your plan would be in this scenario right now well kevin like all canadians this morning watching explosions watching death and destruction in afghanistan is heartbreaking women and girls will once again be subjected to a brutal taliban regime there’s no rule of law no respect for rights it’s a travesty and that’s why literally for months and in some cases for years we’ve been pushing the government to act get people out that are at risk work with our allies to help people that are are at risk or displaced we need to act as a country to respond alongside our allies and to stand up for people that are at risk mr trudeau has wasted months within action and has now put us into an election when the situation has been in chaos it’s heartbreaking and that’s another reason why we need leadership why we need a government that will be ready to enter represent our interests at home and abroad i caused the miss you to do but we’ve been hearing the same answer from you for days sir what are the specific actions that you would take would you extend canada’s mission on the ground past august 31st would you do actions similar to the french troops that went outside of the protected zone from the airport to find people on the ground in taliban controlled zones of kabul what other actions would you take as prime minister and please be specific as i’ve said the situation is heartbreaking and that’s why we need action that’s why last month i wrote the prime minister directly on this we were calling for action to get people out to work with our allies we’ve been demanding this for months and in some cases years the trudeau government has failed to act and they have abandoned people on the ground in afghanistan that’s not canada’s way that’s not the canada of vimy ridge in juno beach that’s not the canada that fought apartheid that’s not the canada that’s always been a player on alongside our allies and alongside our values i will act and we would have gotten people out before the chaos erupted but like most issues mr trudeau is late no leadership and canadians deserve a government that will be ahead of challenges and that’s what canada’s conservatives will offer next question good afternoon mariko walsh with the globe and mail following on afghanistan yesterday you said if you were prime minister you would still find a way to get everybody who worked with canada’s missions out how would you do that as i’ve said watching the situation on the ground including today suicide bombings some of our allies have soldiers that are injured it’s a horrific circumstance mr o’toole that’s why for six months that window to know what your plan would be that window to act for six months was missed by mr trudeau i wrote him a month ago to act we’ve been asking for several years to try and get people that were at risk because of their help for canada and as prime minister i will act i will stand up for our interests at home and help get the country back on its feet after covet 19 and i think the world would like to see a serious and responsible canada back on the world stage what is the point of touting your work in the forces if that history in the forces gives you no ideas now for what to do that’s a great question because it really was military families and veterans that i’ve worked with for many months and in some cases years to try and help people that were left behind translators for example it was that military network non-profit groups that were saying our people on the ground there are at risk and when mr biden announced a pull-out date we knew that there was a short timeline to act and mr trudeau did not act even though many people were calling for action canadians deserve a government that will act a government that will lead the situation on the ground is is horrible to watch and canadians need to know that a conservative government will always stand up for our interests here at home and around the world alongside our allies next question next question please andrew lawton true north monday will mark three months since justin trudeau had ordered the flags at government of canada buildings nationwide to be lowered to half-mast after the announcement of unmarked graves at the kamloops residential school if you were prime minister would those flags be down or up right now and more broadly what do you think of this idea of an indefinite period of mourning which is what we have now with these flags at half-mast in the government’s words until further notice after the terrible situation of the discovery at the former residential school site in kamloops i offered bipartisan support for the prime minister to move immediately on truth and reconciliation calls to action 71 to 76 that deal directly with former residential school sites and missing children we as canadians owe it to the families and to first nations to provide a path to healing it’s not a time to to tear down canada it’s a time to recommit to build it to be the country we know it can be and reconciliation is very important and should be important to all canadians i think to recommit to canada you have to be proud of canada you can’t cancel the one day a year that you you commit to your country you need to use that day to recommit to the path of reconciliation so i i’ve been talking to indigenous leaders since i became opposition leader reconciliation will be important for me as will be pride in canada building it up making it more more opportunity for more people including indigenous peoples that will be my priority and i do think we should be proud to put our flag back up this won’t be the last follow-up question your platform calls for the establishment of a permanent task force to address foreign interference in canada’s elections you say in the platform that justin trudeau’s efforts to safeguard against this ended after the 2019 election do you think that this election is at risk of foreign interference and if so how i do think there’s risks of foreign interference particularly with with what we’ve seen happen in other democracies allies of canada we’ve seen interference from bad actors and i feel that mr trudeau hasn’t been doing enough in this situation it’s also a horrific situation for canadians who’ve been subject to unfair anti-asian intolerance and hate they also have the challenge of being observed and being tracked by agents of the communist party of china so we need to be serious and protect our institutions protect our democracy and this is another thing that i think mr trudeau has not taken seriously yet he launched a pandemic election when there’s fires in bc the delta variant the situation in afghanistan he’s putting his own interests ahead of the national interests and that’s one of the reasons why i think our country deserves change it will be all for today merci thank you thank you [Music] you
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Erin O\'Toole releases Conservative plan to protect gig workers – August 26, 2021

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