Jagmeet Singh Campaign Speech in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Jagmeet Singh Campaign Speech in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

[Music] that’s real nice did not plant that just in case just going to wait for the signal that we’re good to go okay thank you so much for being here uh we are here on the traditional territory of the 3d6 territories and the traditional homeland of the metis people i’m joined with two incredible candidates heather and blake and we are here with healthcare workers and nurses these are healthcare frontline healthcare heroes and we know that here in alberta it’s been very difficult for people and very difficult for healthcare workers we’re seeing cut after cut that is driving healthcare workers out of the province we are seeing people that are worried if they’re not going to be able to get the care that they need these cuts at the provincial level are only made worse because for years and years federal governments have been cutting health care as well the conservatives cut health care and then trudeau kept in those same cuts those cuts at the federal level from justin trudeau and those cuts from jason kenny are making it so it’s so difficult for these workers and just to remind folks these are the workers that were our front line of defense in this horrible and difficult time these are workers that have been burnt out working hour after hour to keep us safe these are the workers that are vaccinating us keeping us healthy these are workers that are working in hospitals in critical care these are the workers that we trust our lives with and they simply don’t have the resources to do their job because governments are cutting the care they need it does not have to be this way new democrats are committed to investing in our public health care to supporting our health care workers and ultimately making sure people have the care they need in this election you have a choice justin trudeau who has continued to show that he cuts health care is not there for workers and under his being a prime minister health care workers are leaving this province or you can vote for new democrats you can vote for heather or blake and new democrats across this province who are committed to fighting for you and your families to make sure health care is funded and so that when you’re you or your loved ones ever need help healthcare is there for you people are there for you we can make this happen and that’s what the choice is in this election and we are committed to investing in health care urgently we are committed in expanding it we believe in defending our public health care so that people have the care they need [Music] and with that i want to add one additional point i know that justin trudeau is making an announcement on long-term care i find that really troubling because he when given a chance to vote for removing profit out of long-term care when we know that profit and long-term care directly resulted in some of the horrific conditions we saw our loved ones and seniors were dealing with uh he voted against getting rid of profit and long-term care making it clear he’d rather protect the interests of those for-profit billion dollar large corporations that make profit off the backs of seniors rather than putting seniors first [Applause] mercy thank you and with that i’m ready for any questions you might have thank you messi first question olivia stefanovic from cbc news good morning mr singh as part of your announcement today you say you would ensure that provinces commit funding specifically for health care workers health care is a provincial jurisdiction how exactly would this work would you place conditions for example on health transfers we wanted to be really clear that if a province wants to invest in health care we will be there if a province wants to invest more for frontline healthcare workers we will be partners and work together with provinces and territories to deliver that we know that there is already a canada health act that outlines some of the principles that we’ve all agreed to that our healthcare should be public it should be accessible it should be universal it should be something that people can access across the country so those principles obviously remain in any healthcare transfer but we want to be active and and uh allies in working with any province and territory that wants to invest in health care this is your third day in western canada you can smell the smoke here in edmonton and yet we’ve hardly hear you have heard you speak about your climate change policy and i’m wondering why is that and why should voters believe your climate change policy is any different from anyone else’s what we’ve seen in the past six years of justin trudeau being in power is someone who said a lot about health about healthcare as well but said a lot about climate crisis talked about it said it’s important but he has the worst track record of any leader in the g7 when it comes to emissions he’s the only leader of a country in a g7 nation with increased emissions year over year instead of reducing them we know that the climate crisis is real as you mentioned we can smell the smoke here in edmonton we were speaking to folks in bc that is ravaged by forest fires with an intensity amongst the worst that we’ve ever seen and it’s difficult to breathe the air it’s difficult for people to to actually take a breath of air the climate crisis is real it’s impacting people in a serious way and we are committed to fighting and we’ve said two real specific things around that one we want to take on the big polluters justin trudeau put in a price on pollution that exempts the biggest polluters we want to take on the biggest polluters and we want to make sure we create good jobs we know that there’s an opportunity here when we fight the climate crisis to create thousands and thousands of good jobs in renewable energy in retrofitting buildings in in retrofitting to create good jobs for energy and resource sector workers we can fight this climate crisis it takes the will and new democrats have the will next question andy bergeron oliver from ctv news hi mr singh the conservatives platform includes a promise to protect the conscious rights of health care workers which can apply to the referral of procedures such as medical assistance in dying and abortion do you think that this issue should still be up for debate and what’s your position i think it’s really a sign that the conservatives are just missing the plot on this we we know that the big concern for for women particularly is a lack of access to abortion services and if anyone goes to the health care provider and needs help the health care provider can’t provide that care they have a responsibility to make sure they find someone that can do it they have to make sure that they get that access and we’ve seen justin trudeau fail to actually increase access we saw in new brunswick a clinic that provides essential care in fredericton that provides essential abortion services was not being funded by the provincial government and justin trudeau did nothing to save that clinic we know that this is important to have access and at the end of the day at the end of the day we want to make sure if someone goes to their doctor and they need help that doctor has to be able to provide someone who can get that that that care or that service provided service dra calcan keeper on a different subject pipelines are seen as key to alberta’s economic recovery the former provincial ndp and the current ucp governments have fought for and secured two out of the three major pipelines what is your stance on these two projects that are currently underway that’s the enbridge line three in tmx and on any attempt to change joe biden’s mind about potentially reviving the keystone xl pipeline well we we’ve spoken to a lot of energy sector workers and they’re worried about their future they’re they’re telling us that they see the way the global markets are headed and they’re worried about what that means for their jobs right now they want to know that there’s a plan in place and at the federal level we’ve got a responsibility to make sure we’re making investments to create good jobs for people today and for tomorrow and we know that renewables are an incredible investment that we can make that will create jobs for the long term these workers are people that want to be able to provide for their family we have a responsibility to make sure that those jobs are there and those good jobs are there and we want to make investments that help us fight the climate crisis but create good jobs and jobs that are here not just for a distant future but jobs here that are here for today and jobs that are long-lasting canada i mean [Music] in english please yes that was my answer and then i said that absolutely we’re a party of healthcare we absolutely want to make sure we invest in health care we want to increase transfers we absolutely want to broaden our access to health care by improving access to medication with a universal publicly delivered pharmacare for all medication coverage for all we want to support front-line healthcare workers and that’s today’s announcements about increasing funding for frontline frontline healthcare workers particularly nurses that have been really hard hit we believe in healthcare and we’ll believe the only way we can make sure people have the care they need is if we invest in our publicly funded health care system with the appropriate funds to make sure it’s there for people when they need it [Music] global news uh mr singer you’re spending a lot of time in alberta um and i noticed throughout uh what you’ve been saying so far you’re taking a number of shots at jason kenny um so is your plan in this province to try and capitalize on his lack of popularity to try and get votes for your candidates well what we know is that conservatives can’t be trusted with health care jason kenney was in the previous conservative government that oversaw the cuts to health care aaron o’toole was in that government as well and people were upset when they saw the conservatives cut health care and then justin trudeau continued those very same cuts so justin trudeau continued that same legacy of cutting health care and so when it comes to investing in our publicly delivered health care that people believe in that people want to see there for their families when they need it new democrats have shown again and again we are committed to that if you elect blake desjarlais if you elect heather mcpherson you’re electing new democrats who believe in investing in our healthcare more new democrats elected in alberta and across the across canada will mean you will have people on your side fighting for a healthcare system that works for you and your family that protects healthcare workers so that we have enough to respond to the needs of people that’s what we’re campaigning on the choice between justin trudeau who’s cut healthcare and new democrats who will fight for healthcare but just specifically here in this province where it is largely you know held by conservatives on on the federal scene again it was only my prompting that caused you to mention aaron o’toole’s name so in alberta who are you campaigning against jason kenney or aaron o’toole well in alberta people can see what conservatives have done they’ve got clear evidence that jason kenny conservative is cutting health care and it’s hurting people they know that at the federal level harper cut health care and that hurt people and justin trudeau is also exactly the same in terms of not increasing health care and cutting health care continue with those same cuts and so absolutely we’re going to point to jason kenney and his bad decisions that hurt people we’re going to point to conservatives that can’t be trusted with health care and we’re going to point to justin trudeau who continued doing the exact same thing leaving health care workers and most importantly people behind next question facia bank from canadian press hi um last federal last election uh rachel notley said that she would not be supporting you based on your position on the trans mountain pipeline um i was just wondering if you can talk a little bit about how you plan on working with the province and working with the province and transitioning away from fossil fuels and also how do you plan on working with the ndp leader and rachel not me seems like there have been quite a few disagreements on this matter well we’ve been chatting regularly i think rachel nalley was an incredible premier and will be an incredible future premier for alberta she has shown a commitment to health care to fighting for people and we’ve spoken regularly throughout the pandemic about the needs of people in alberta a lot of the work we did around making sure we delivered more serb to people in need so when people were struggling we were able to get them the supports they needed to stay in their homes and to put food on the table we did that in consultation with people across the country with new democrats and i spoke with rachel notley about that we worked to fight to make sure people had enough resources to keep their jobs and we fought to increase the weight subsidy that saved millions of jobs across the country and saves jobs here in alberta we know that people in alberta benefit from more new democrats both provincially and at the federal level and so we’re going to continue to work with the alberta and new democrats they’ve shown a commitment to people that we share and we have far more in common uh and we’re going to build on those things and work towards building the type of canada and the type of province that provides the care that people need and so people can live their best lives thank you thanks and katherine grockowski with alberta today so premier jason kenney has said if a federal government tries to bring in something like pharmacare he will reject it so how do you how do you work with provinces who are not in favor of pharmacare who are not in favor of what they see as federal intrusion into provincial jurisdiction well that same that same viewpoint wasn’t too uncommon when we first introduced universal health care there were provinces at the time that said no we’re not going to bring in universal health care that was the fact back in the day when we brought in universal healthcare and we showed by winning over province after province territory after territory that there is a benefit for people that it shouldn’t depend on how much money you make or what’s in your bank account or if you’ve got the right benefits to get the care that you need and we won over provinces we went over people people believed that that made sense we agreed with that so it’s no different that jason kenney is not is on the wrong side of this argument we know that we are the only country in the world that provides universal health care that doesn’t also include medication coverage we know that it would benefit everybody it would save money for everyone it would save money for not just people but also provinces the federal government it would save money for businesses that don’t have to worry about covering medication in the drug plans this is the right thing to do and just because jason kenny doesn’t get it doesn’t mean we’re not we’re going to give up on it we believe in it we believe in fighting for people and we believe in making sure no one has to worry about the cost of their medication ever again and this might have been asked by my radio canada colleague but i don’t speak french level um on the council the federation has asked for health federal health transfers to be increased to 35 from the federal government is that a number that you would be committed to so we we absolutely believe in increasing health care transfers and and we believe in expanding health care in general and that’s why we’re talking about bringing long-term care into the public system why we believe in making sure medication coverage is included in our health care system and while we were talking today about increasing funding for frontline healthcare workers we believe passionately in making sure healthcare is there for you and your families we are the party of healthcare we have long fought for it and we will continue to fight for it is [Music] [Music] if you have a question please use the raise your hand function questions a next question we have mary brooke from island social trends hello mr singh um so i’m looking at you hi on the campaign you’ve been saying you’re going to go after big tech so that’s google facebook netflix in terms of taxation so um these outside these companies without sized influence and power are crimping the tax revenues for canada but they’re also crushing the local news media like across the country including big news publications who can’t compete in ad sales with these with what can be put on social media so the federal government was already talking about um attacks as this earlier this year and working with the oecd internationally on this and australia has made some progress so i’m just wondering when you say you’re going to take on big tech how would the ndp do that differently or speed things up i really appreciate the question the big difference is we would actually do it justin trudeau has been talking about it a lot but has he done anything he’s been in power for six years what held him up in the past six years to actually take this on it’s not like this is a surprise we’ve known about this for a long time we’ve known that these these foreign companies are powerful and wealthy and make tremendous revenues in our country and pay virtually no tax here and in this pandemic we saw that even highlighted even more so when it comes to how we move forward new democrats believe the burden shouldn’t fall on families that have struggled struggling shouldn’t fall on small businesses that have been able that have been forced to shut their doors we’re going to ask the super wealthy to pay their fair share and that includes these large foreign companies like amazon that makes record profits in the pandemic that also pays virtually no tax here in canada we can do it and there’s a couple of things we can do france has led the way with putting a tax on revenue that’s a an immediate way to to immediately make sure they pay their fair share the australian model i think is incredibly important i want to highlight it briefly what they’ve done is they’ve said when facebook uses any work from a journalist any journalistic work that they have to compensate for that work and they’ve taken on facebook and now they’re actually going to move forward with a plan which is not only going to support local media it looks like it’s going to increase revenue more than even in the past there’s an incredible opportunity here if we make the ultra rich including these large tech companies pay their fair share we can invest in local media we can support local business we can support people that’s what new democrats believe in doing the big difference is we’ll get it done and also on the campaign it’s been pointed out well that you connect with people very well and you’ve dropped into some different communities across the country during the campaign particularly on the danforth fair the other day and which was jack clayton’s writing so i’m just wondering what is your feeling about connecting with the jack layton energy of the ndp from 10 years ago and do you see an orange wave coming we’re just on this major street right here in edmonton and we’re getting lots of honks and support i think there’s something building i think young people are going to make history in this election i think people are fed up with the all for show approach of justin trudeau and they want someone who’s actually going to fight for them people are worried about who’s going to pay for the price of this pandemic and for the recovery and left to their own conservatives and liberals have shown their playbook is either increase taxes on workers or cut the services that people need here in alberta we’re seeing jason kennedy already cutting the help to people to help the people need new democrats believe in investing in folks we believe in making sure the ultra rich paid their fair share canadians believe in that as well they want to make sure that billionaires don’t get loopholes just because they have massive wealth they shouldn’t be getting away with not paying their fair share so i absolutely believe the vision of jack clayton that we elect more new democrats people are better off people have someone fighting for them and we want to build on that we absolutely want to build on that legacy in danforth we’ve got a great candidate claire hacksall there and we’re looking forward to fighting for canadians fighting for people and we’re showing that in this campaign um necessary this concludes our press conference merci thanks so much merci beaucoup thanks for being here oh man thank you hugely for being here i really appreciate all of you you
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Jagmeet Singh Campaign Speech in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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