Justin Trudeau highlights climate plan, addresses protests at his campaign events – August 29, 2021

Justin Trudeau highlights climate plan, addresses protests at his campaign events – August 29, 2021

good afternoon everyone my name is brian may and i am the liberal candidate for cambridge north dumfries in north brant and it is my pleasure to welcome you all to cambridge today i want to uh i’m just really excited that we are here to learn a little bit more about the liberal platform that is going to help us move forward in this country and i want to take this opportunity to thank our host uh paul rack and his family for having us here today in this incredible facility i’d like to uh i’d like to now introduce uh minister of finance and deputy prime minister freeland to join uh to come up to this stage thank you okay well thank you very very much brian for that introduction and thank you very much paul rona and emily and also dave uh for the warm welcome to this amazing place i’d like to start by acknowledging that we’re here on the traditional territories of the neutral the anishinaabeg cambridge and southwest this part of ontario is very special to me and it’s special to me because we stood together and we fought together in the nafta trade negotiations and that’s actually the first thing that ronna and paul talk to me about when i walked in earlier today when donald trump threatened to tear up nafta that was a threat to all of canada and that was a threat to people right here in cambridge and i am so proud of the way we worked together i’m so proud of the way that our government was able to stand up for people here and you know what we did it we won you guys are still able to export to the united states on privileged terms thanks to our collective success then and the same thing happened when covet hit when covet hit our government our prime minister knew this was an extraordinary moment and we knew that we had to be there for canadians we had to be there for canadian businesses we had to be there for canadian families and we were and places like this amazing operation they needed a little bit of support when covid first hit and i was so pleased to learn today how that support from the government got them through help them to get through because i know it’s actually your hard work that got you through but that initial support helped them to get through the initial shock of covid and now they are doing better than ever so we know that when you have a government that is prepared to stand with canadians to stand up for them to stand up and support them it works for everyone we are here today the prime minister is here today and we’re here to support him in a very important announcement an announcement of our positions and our commitments on the environment and on the fight against climate change and i want to really remind canadians both how important that fight is and also how important that economic transition is the world knows we need to shift to an economy that is no longer dependent on fossil fuels to an industrial manufacturing economy that is no longer dependent on fossil fuels that’s not a question mark anymore that is where the world is going and for canada really the only choice for us the only question for us is will we be in the lead in that green transition or will we be left behind well i can tell you what paul and his team paul and rona and their team are doing is being in the lead and what our government has done and is going to further commit to you today is to be in the lead because we know that climate transition is full of opportunity it is full of opportunity for jobs for new businesses opportunity for canada and we know that for canada to make the most of that opportunity we need to invest in it that’s why since 2015 our government has invested 100 billion dollars in the fight against climate change since the fall economic statement alone we’ve invested 53 billion dollars in the fight against climate change and we have in canada and i really want to emphasize this because canada alone among the world’s major industrial economies has a robust price on pollution and that price is going to go up to 170 dollars a ton by 2030 this is a powerful and effective mechanism in our country’s green transition it is driving the amazing change we have seen here and it is going to drive even more change and that is something our prime minister and our government put in place so what we are offering to canadians is a plan to move forward to move forward with the green transition to move forward for jobs and growth but i have to say what the conservatives are offering is a plan for canada to move backwards they have said quite explicitly that they will rip up the early learning and child care agreements which our government has concluded with eight provinces and territories covering 47 of canadian children and that is a plan that ontario needs that cambridge needs for jobs and growth speaking earlier today with paul and rana i learned they have increased their workforce by 40 but they are doing so well they want to hire more people so if you’re listening please give these guys a call seems like a great place to work but some of the people who they are hoping to hire apprentices they are hoping to train are women young women our early learning and child care system will allow young women to be trained in the skilled trades to do fantastic jobs like the ones available here they will help business people they will help cambridge families the conservatives are also saying they want to move backwards on climate action and on climate targets and i can tell you as finance minister not only you know we all know that’s wrong for the planet we all know that’s wrong for our children and grandchildren but it does not make economic sense the global economy is going green if we want the world to continue to buy things made by brilliant engineers and business people like the great family here today we have to help them we have to help the whole canadian economy make that green transition that is what our government is committed to doing and and i do want to point out and i hope some of the journalists maybe will talk a little bit to paul and rana the green transition that they have been working on right here actually makes business sense this is a family that is doing it to save the planet and for their for their wonderful daughter who’s here with us but they have found it helps the bottom line it helps with jobs and growth and that is going to be the case across the country that is what our our government is investing in that’s what we’re committing to doing even more of in our platform and then finally our government is a hundred percent committed to getting canada vaccinated and again speaking as finance minister that is the single best the single most powerful economic policy every single eligible canadian getting vaccinated is the best way to fully reopen our economy and for canada to come roaring back and again here the conservatives are letting us down so in conclusion let me just thank the great people of cambridge ontario let me thank this wonderful family that is creating jobs and fighting climate change at the same time and is a demonstration that these things go together and let me say to the people of cambridge ontario to the people of ontario and the people of canada we had your backs during the nafta fight we had your backs in the fight against covid we’re gonna have your backs in our continued fight against climate change and the person who is our leader in that effort is our prime minister justin trudeau we’re going to hear from him in a minute merci beaucoup [Applause] thank you so much minister freeland it is a pleasure and an honor to have you here in cambridge i have the privilege to introduce to you a leader who his his vigilance his vision his tenacity has helped us get through the worst parts of covet 19. [Music] i consider him a friend a colleague and i am proud to stand with him in the member as a member of parliament for this riding in in in ottawa please help me welcome the prime minister of canada justin trudeau thank you brian it’s great to be here with you with bardesh with raj lloyd tim and valerie a liberal team that’s ready to keep moving forward i also want to take a moment to recognize christian freeland who’s with us here today as deputy prime minister and for canada’s first woman finance minister you’ve ruled out historic measures to rebuild our economy support workers and step up for families all while fighting climate change as paul was telling me earlier if you wanted to get things done he turned to his wife rana to get a lot of the hard work done on transforming their business here to be greener and i am so proud to lean on you christia as an extraordinary woman leader uh to move uh us forward into the future as we need to be so thank you paul uh and emily and rana for being here today paul you actually told me that when your daughter emily was born you thought about the kind of world you wanted for her clean air good jobs a bright future so you stepped up to help make that happen you cut your company’s emissions by more than three quarters all while hiring more workers paul you know what it means to lead on both climate and jobs and today i’m here to talk about how we’ll keep leading right alongside you miss me count on foreign my friends we’ve made real progress and here’s where we’ll go next if you make electric cars in the gta or work on carbon neutral aluminum in quebec i don’t have to tell you that green jobs are good jobs and good careers that’s why a liberal government will keep investing in clean industries that power our future grow our economy and protect our environment [Applause] all new vehicles sold in canada will be zero emission by 2035. to get there we’ll invest in made in canada models create more charging stations and ensure that these vehicles are affordable from the start of your day to the end we’ve got a plan to keep our air clean and keep people voting now there is a lot you can do in your dev in your everyday life to fight climate change but let’s be realistic over a quarter of canada’s emissions come from our oil and gas sector we need the leadership of these industries to decarbonize our country that’s why we’ll make sure oil and gas emissions don’t increase and instead go down with achievable milestones every five years from now until canada reaches net zero in 2050 and to ensure no one gets left behind we’ll invest two billion dollars for workers and communities in alberta saskatchewan and newfoundland and labrador so local economies can continue to prosper we know people get it we know people want their kids to have good jobs so we’ll be there to invest and help communities thrive in a transformed economy because our plan for climate it’s also a plan for jobs my friends together we get to decide the future we want to build for workers here and right across the country for kids like emily and frankly i don’t even want to think about what happens if aaron o’toole were in charge he has said it directly he would go back to the harper era of weak plans for climate and no plans for jobs canada lost a decade to the previous government and after the progress we’ve made since we can’t lose the next four years too do you think that the worker looking for a job has time to wait that the student who’s taken to the streets will just sit by think about it there is a generation of young people voting for the first time in this election who don’t remember what the stephen harper era was like you see everything that we’ve done as in the last six years as a baseline and you know that we need to go further i hear you the sirens in the background may remind us that this is a climate emergency that’s why we will move faster and be bolder because as you remind me every single day you as young people from coast to coast to coast yes this is an emergency and no half measures won’t do and to those who still deny climate change is real who still think our ambitions are too ambitious a few of whom certainly showed up today to you let me say this we didn’t make up the climate crisis just ask someone from litten we didn’t invent the idea of burning less fossil fuel or the concept of net zero just ask paul here at veriform this is the way the world is going this is where canadians know we need to go canada succeeds by leading right now we build a brighter future by stepping up right now and if you agree join me while we fight to keep you and your family safe like making sure everyone on a plane or train is vaccinated not everyone agrees and particularly not aaron o’toole that is what’s at stake in this selection [Applause] this is our moment this is our choice and if you’re with me i’m ready for more hard work i’m ready for hope i’m ready for everything we can achieve with faith in each other with a belief in what this country can be let’s choose forward for [Applause] good morning after your rally was canceled in bolton ontario you tried to extend sort of an olive branch to the protesters and you said like a lot of paintings they’ve had a difficult year yesterday we saw videos emerging from an event earlier in the day on friday in the same area where adults are yelling at the parents of a child a little boy three or four years old because he’s wearing a mask i think a lot of canadians are wondering are you not coddling this point of view at what point do you speak out denounce this as something much darker i have been very very clear that putting volunteers and supporters at risk is absolutely unacceptable and that’s why we cancelled friday night’s event because we couldn’t ensure the safety of those parents of those kids of those elders who came out for a political event that’s unacceptable but i do think we need to understand that people have had a tough year that the world is changing rapidly that that there is fear there is anxiety out there but let me be also very very clear i am absolutely resolute in my conviction to continue to move canada forward and that’s the choice people get to make in this election we are absolutely steadfast in needing to continue to move forward with vaccinations to keep canadians safe including those four or five-year-old kids who can’t yet get vaccinated i am absolutely firm on the need to do even more to fight against climate change and people who want to ignore the science around vaccines people who want to ignore the science around around climate change they don’t get to choose how canada moves forward canadians all canadians get to step up and be heard in this election and the choice couldn’t be clearer annually [Music] indeed [Music] you’ve already canceled one rally your message today was overshadowed here by this it was very distracting for people listening on television at home hearing trying to hear your message on on climate change can you keep campaigning the same way now can you keep doing public events that in one case you say put the safety of campaign volunteers people coming out putting police into the line of fire here can you keep campaigning the same way everything we’ve done over the past year and a half indeed over the past six years has been focused on keeping canadians safe and we will continue to do that but part of keeping canadians safe is making sure that everyone gets vaccinated making sure that our kids are safe making sure that we continue to move forward on being even more ambitious on the fight against climate change these are the ways we will continue to make canadians safer and more prosperous in the years to come so no i’m not going to back down on a message that canadians know is the right path forward and that’s why canadians need to choose to move canada forward in this pivotal time foreign [Music] [Music] uh [Music] i’m also going to ask you about climate change um so you submitted the new targets the united nations last month how does the plan that you’ve presented today get us closer to those targets and they’re still the least ambitious of the g7 we have demonstrated not just incredibly ambitious targets but we have demonstrated over the past years an ambitious plan to reach those targets we are the only one of our comparable countries with a full-scale broad-based price on pollution that will rise to 170 a ton by 2030 and that gives the clear signal to businesses to industries on the need for innovation on the need for further investment on the need to reduce our our our emissions that’s why we’re announcing today that emissions in the oil and gas sector will no longer rise will decrease every year as we’ve seen many of the largest oil and gas companies have committed to net zero by 50. well our plan announced today gets us there in those five-year increments we’re announcing zero emission vehicles are the only new vehicles to be sold in canada as of 2035 and to get there by 2030 50 of all new vehicles in canada will be zero emission we are going to continue to step up in investing in innovation in research in good jobs for workers like we did at algoma steel and defasco and turning coil coal-fired steel plants towards electric fire steel plants and part of doing that is to make sure that that electricity is 100 net zero by 2035 this is the most ambitious plan to fight climate change canada has ever seen and it’s a plan that we’re going to be able to deliver following up uh so we’re two weeks two weeks into the campaign and uh there’s still a lot of observers who are uh feeling that your party doesn’t even really know why it called an election so you know your some of your candidates seem nervous about the way the campaign is going and the protests and the security threats you’ve said that you won’t change how you’re proceeding in terms of uh you know because of the protest but what are you doing to regret address concerns that you don’t have a coherent message for canadian canadians i think canadians saw over the past year and a half how incredibly ambitious and bold we had to be to counter the crisis of covet and we demonstrated every step of the way that our values and our approach was about having canadians backs and that’s exactly what we did well what we’ve seen is the decisions on how we move forward how we end this pandemic how we rebuild better for the coming years aren’t going to be taken a year from now aren’t going to be taking two years from now they’re going to be taken right now this fall by canada’s government and what we learnt from this climate this uh covid crisis we will be applying to the climate crisis to the housing crisis to reconciliation to making sure that everyone has good jobs and careers that carry them through and create opportunities for their kids that is a big decision that canadians need to make because the choice is very clear we see conservatives choosing to be less ambitious on the fight against climate to do less to keep people safe with vaccinations to do less on child care scrapping the 10 a day agreements that we’ve signed across the country and signing no new ones there is a crystal clear choice that needs to be made right now for the future we want to live this is why we are talking with canadians now about how to move forward for everyone good afternoon mr trudeau travis danrash cbc news i i know that you’ve said that you understand people are upset and that you’re not going to back down on your message i just witnessed a black member of the security detailed racially attacked and called the disgusting slur a female officer was subjected to misogynistic slurs there were death threats against you hurled in this crowd so i’m just wondering what is the bar here in terms of what you’ll subject yourself to and your staff too and what if somebody gets hurt because of all of this first of all i want to take a moment to thank the extraordinary police officers local and national who do an amazing job in both keeping people safe and allowing canadians to express themselves that’s what an election is all about we may disagree with them and of course we will always condemn violence and hatred indeed we’ve strengthened uh the laws and rules around that over the past years and we’ll continue to do as we step up on the fight against systemic discrimination but this needs to make us ever more convinced of the importance of the choice in this election do we fall into division and hatred and racism and violence or do we say no you know what that doesn’t work to get us to back down that won’t scare canadians from standing up for what’s right and i know canadians i’ve met with people from coast to coast to coast and if you threaten them with violence and try to scare them away from what’s right we double down and we move forward into the future we know our kids and grandkids deserve violence and canadians stepped up time and time again to get through long winters to fight in world war one and world war ii to fight every day for a better future for our kids with all the choices we make canadians won’t back down and neither will i up trudeau i i’m just wondering you know you are trying to get your message out you believe that it’s resonating with canadians so i’m just wondering how you square that with the polls that show you uh you know losing ground in key demographics to the conservatives and also i’m just wondering if you can reflect on the campaign so far and if there’s anything you would change or any missteps that you think you’ve made i think this is a really important time for canadians to choose what kind of future they want yes we’re hearing people express anger about the direction this country is is taking that is absolutely their right to express their concerns and they will be able to express them at the ballot box but i also know that canadians from coast to coast to coast want to choose a brighter future want to continue to step up against climate change know that good jobs and careers and opportunities for themselves and their kids come with leading on protecting the environment know that stepping up to get more women into the workforce with 10 a day child care is the right thing not just for families but for our economy and our communities know also that continuing to move forward and respecting science and public health measures and getting people vaccinated before they can get on planes and trains these are the kinds of things we need to choose right now and that’s the choice canadians are facing in this election and canadians know exactly where i stand on the future we need to build together [Music] [Music] the politicians [Music] extremely disappointing to see in this day and age politicians elected politicians continue to peddle in conspiracy theories and it’s not enough for leaders like aaron o’toole to simply distance themselves from those comments he has to flat out condemn them and then correct the record so the people who are supporting cheryl gallant so people who are shouting out here today understand that they are wrong because we know they don’t listen to me perhaps they will listen to aaron o’toole if he tells them that climate change is real if he tells them that vaccines are safe and secure and demonstrates with real leadership how we’re going to move forward as a country to be safer to be better and more prosperous that’s the choice that aaron o’toole needs to make right now around cheryl gallant and all of these conspiracy theories being peddled [Music] on friday your government told canadians in afghanistan and uh afghans who’ve worked with canada that they should stay in place and there’ll be a way hopefully to get them out there’s a joint statement out today by a number of countries including canada that says the taliban has a has promised that they will allow canadian foreign nationals and afghans have worked with them to leave the taliban’s word for that or do you have a way to get those people out right now we have ended the air bridge out of kabul airport supported by americans and the allies but we remain committed and resolute to continuing to get as many people to safety in canada as possible and quite frankly canadians remain committed to stepping up to welcome afghan families fleeing violence and terror into their homes into their communities so we will continue to work with the international community continue to put pressure on the taliban to ensure that people are allowed to leave safely to come to canada and to come to other countries we don’t take them for their word but we will continue to put pressure on them to make sure that through the coming weeks and months we are continuing to be able to get afghans to safety in canada following up canadian officials have sent emails and texts to those people the canadian nationals and the afghans who’ve worked with canada how many people have they been in contact with to make arrangements about possibly getting out of the country i know there are regular briefings by ministers and officials on those details but what canadians need to know is that our hard-working consular officials our diplomats and our canadian armed forces have worked day and night to get people out of afghanistan to get people to come to canada in safety these are the things we’re going to continue to work on yes the air bridge supported by the americans and other allies including a lot of canadian troops on the ground as well have been there to support people we will continue to be there to get people to safety we’ll take one last question thank you very much mr trudeau for taking my question so um you’re here today to make an announcement on climate change climate change will have an impact on many generations to come i’m just wondering what your message is to many youth who are nervous about their future and and many youth who will be affected by climate change oh thanks for your question what’s your name uh wyatt with the wyatt sharp show pleasure to meet you wyatt listen thank you for your question and you’re absolutely right the decisions we’re taking right now will have a huge impact on your future and we need to get it right we need to do the right things and yes over the past six years we have actually set canada on one of the most ambitious plans uh for reduction of emissions because it’s one thing to say oh yes we want to fight climate change we want to eliminate pollution it’s another thing to actually do the hard work of getting it done and we got that very well started over the past six years but we have an awful lot more to do because every single day i think about your future wyatt i think about my kids future i think about christian’s kid’s future i think about emily i think about all the kids across the country who are really worried because you see wildfires and you see floods and you see everything being decided for you uh and not necessarily about you nearly enough and that’s why wyatt you need to be telling your parents your friends to tell their parents and everyone you know that this election really really matters and even if you don’t yet have a vote wyatt the people who love you have votes and they need to vote for your future and make the right choice so thank you wyatt for being here today thank you very much mr trudeau this is what ends today’s press conference thank you
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Justin Trudeau highlights climate plan, addresses protests at his campaign events – August 29, 2021

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