Jagmeet Singh Holds Town Hall in Toronto

Jagmeet Singh Holds Town Hall in Toronto


COMES TO SHOVE, THEY HELP THEM OUT AND IT’S MADE PEOPLE HURT. I WANT TO SHOW YOU SOME EXAMPLES. YOU KNOW, WE TALKED ABOUT YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE — WHO SHOULD BE HOPEFUL ABOUT THE FUTURE, WHO SHOULD BE EXCITED ABOUT WHAT’S GOING TO COME IN THE FUTURE. INSTEAD OF BEING EXCITED, THEY’RE WORRIED BECAUSE THEY’VE GOT CRUSHING STUDENT DEBT. THEY’RE CRUSHED WITH THE WEIGHT OF STUDENT DEBT. AND I THINK ABOUT THE CHOICES THAT THIS GOVERNMENT’S MADE, MRS MR. TRUDEAU SPECIFICALLY HAS MADE OVER THE PAST FOUR YEARS WHILE MR. TRUDEAU’S BEEN IN GOVERNMENT. HE’S BEEN CHARGING STUDENTS INTEREST ON THEIR STUDENT DEBT. HE’S BEEN PROFITING ON STUDENT DEBT. SO OVER FOUR YEARS, MR. TRUDEAU HAS TAKEN $3 BILLION OFF THE BACKS OF STUDENTS BY CHARGING THEM INTEREST. HIGHER THAN BANKS EVEN. HE’S CHARGED INTEREST, PRIME PLUS 3%. THAT’S HIGHER THAN A BANK WOULD GIVE YOU. THAT’S OUR OWN GOVERNMENT. THAT’S THE CHOICE OF MR. TRUDEAU. AND ON THE FLIP SIDE, THAT’S $3 BILLION HE’S TAKEN FROM STUDENT, BUT ON THE FLIP SIDE, WHAT DOES HE DO FOR CORPORATIONS? WELL, LAST YEAR, THERE WAS $6 BILLION IN CORPORATE LOANS OWED TO THE GOVERNMENT. HE WROTE THEM OFF. LOOK AT THAT CONSCIENCE RIGHT THERE. THIS IS MR. TRUDEAU WHO CLAIMS TO BE HELPING YOUNG PEOPLE OUT. HE PICKED THE POCKETS OF YOUNG PEOPLE TO THE TUNE OF $3 BILLION AND HE GAVE CORPORATIONS $6 BILLION BY WAIVING LOANS. THAT’S THE CONTRAST. AND SENIORS, SENIORS ARE WORRIED, BECAUSE THEIR HEALTH CARE NEEDS ARE BECOMING MORE AND MORE AND IT’S HARDER AND HARDER TO PAY FOR IT. MEDICATIONS ARE SO COSTLY. AND HERE’S ANOTHER REALLY CONCRETE EXAMPLE OF WHAT MR. TRUDEAU DOES. HE PROMISED IN 2015 TO LOWER THE COST OF MEDICATION. AND HE PROMISED TO DO SOMETHING VERY SIMPLE. THERE IS A BOARD THAT SETS THE PRICES FOR MEDICATION. THEY SAID, GIVE US A NEW LIST OF COUNTRIES THAT WE CAN COMPARE TO AND WE CAN DROP THE PRICE OF MEDICATION FOR CANADIANS. JUST GIVE US A NEW LIST. WE’RE NOT ALLOWED TO DO IT ON OUR OWN. YOU’VE GOT TO LEGISLATE IT. LEGISLATE A NEW LIST OF COUNTRIES AND WE CAN DROP THE PRICE OF MEDICATIONS. MR. TRUDEAU PROMISED TO DO IT. FOUR YEARS PAST, AND HE DIDN’T DO IT. HE PROMISED IN 2015. SO WHY DID HE BREAK THAT PROMISE? AND THEN WE STARTED LOOKING TO SEE, WELL, WHAT HAPPENED? WHY DID HE BREAK THAT PROMISE? WELL, GUESS WHAT HAPPENED OVER THE PAST FOUR YEARS? GUESS WHO HE MET WITH? HE MET WITH THE BIG PHARMA LOBBYIST, THE INSURANCE LOBBYIST WHO SAID, NO, NO, DON’T DROP THE PRICE OF MEDICATION, DON’T BRING IN FREE PHARMACARE. IT’S GOING TO HURT OUR PROFITS. GUESS HOW MANY TIMES THEY MET WITH THE BIG PHARMA AND INSURANCE LOBBYIST TOGETHER TOTAL? ROUGH GUESS?>>50?>>30?>>EVEN HIGHER. 800 IS CLOSE. IF YOU PUT TOGETHER THE BIG PHARMA AND THE INSURANCE LOBBYIST, THE TIMES THEY MET WITH THE LIBERAL GOVERNMENT OVER THE PAST FOUR YEARS THAT WE CAN COUNT BECAUSE IT’S ALL REGISTERED, OUR RESEARCHERS HAVE COUNTED 875 TIMES. SO IT COMES AS NO SURPRISE THAT HE ABANDONED THE PROMISE TO LOWER THE COST OF MEDICATION BUT GUESS WHAT HE DID? RIGHT NOW WE’RE IN AN ELECTION PERIOD. GUESS WHAT MR. TRUDEAU LIKES TO DO DURING ELECTION PERIODS? PROMISES AND LIES, KIND OF BOTH, RIGHT? HE MADE A PROMISE TO LOWER THE COST OF MEDICATION BY DOING EXACTLY WHAT HE PROMISED TO DO IN 2015. HOW CAN WE BELIEVE HIM? HOW CAN WE BELIEVE HIM? THAT’S REALLY WHAT IT COMES DOWN TO. AND THE THING IS THAT MR. SCHEER IS GOING TO NOW SAY, MR. SCHEER JUST ANNOUNCED TODAY, OH, I’M GOING TO STOP GIVING MONEY TO THE WEALTHY CORPORATIONS. [ LAUGHTER ] COME ON, WHO’S GOING TO BELIEVE THAT? WHO’S GOING TO BELIEVE THAT? MR. SCHEER AND HIS GOVERNMENT HAVE CONSISTENTLY GIVEN THE MOST, BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO THE WEALTHIEST CORPORATIONS AND THE WEALTHIEST CANADIANS. THAT’S WHAT THEY DO. AND WHEN THEY DO THAT, THEY CUT TAXES FOR THE WEALTHY, GUESS WHAT ELSE THEY CUT. THEY CUT SERVICES THAT PEOPLE NEED. AND WE DON’T NEED TO LOOK FURTHER THAN ONTARIO AND TORONTO. FAMILIES HAVE TO PAY FOR IT. LET’S LOOK AT WHAT MR. FORD AS DONE. HE SAID HE WAS FOR THE PEOPLE, BUT WHO IS HE REALLY FOR? FOR THE POWERFUL CORPORATIONS. HE CUT SERVICES. HE CUT THEIR TAX AND CUT SERVICES FOR FAMILIES. WE’VE GOT MASSIVE CLASS SIZES. EDUCATION BEING CUT. HEALTH CARE IS BEING CUT. WE’VE GOT A DIFFERENT WAY. WE’RE DONE WITH LIBERALS AND CONSERVATIVES TAKING CANADIANS FOR GRANTED. RIGHT? WE’RE DONE WITH THAT. [ Cheering and Applause ] WE’RE DONE WITH THAT, NO MORE. WE’VE GOT A NEW DEAL FOR PEOPLE, A NEW DEAL THAT SAYS WE’VE GOT THE COURAGE TO TAKE ON BIG PHARMA. WE’VE GOT THE COURAGE TO TAKE ON THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY AND SAY YOU KNOW WHAT, WE’RE GOING TO MAKE SURE IF YOU NEED MEDICATION IN OUR COUNTRY, YOU USE YOUR HEALTH CARD, NOT YOUR CREDIT CARD. THAT’S WHAT WE’RE GOING TO DO. [Applause] AND YOU KNOW WHAT WE’RE GOING TO SAY, WE ANNOUNCED TODAY A REALLY BOLD PLAN, SOMETHING I’M REALLY EXCITED ABOUT. THERE’S ONE IN THREE CANADIANS THAT HAVE NO COVERAGE WHEN IT COMES TO DENTAL CARE, RIGHT? WE KNOW THAT AT LEAST 4.3 MILLION PEOPLE, CANADIANS, OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS, OUR FAMILY, DO NOT GET THE CARE THEY NEED BECAUSE THEY CAN’T AFFORD IT. SO WHAT WE ANNOUNCED TODAY IS IMMEDIATELY WITHIN THE FIRST 100 DAYS OF A NEW DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT, WE’RE GOING TO PUT IN PLACE SOMETHING THAT COMPLETES TOMMY DOUGLAS’ DREAM, NOT JUST DENTAL CARE, BUT DENTICARE. DENTICARE, OUR PLAN WILL IMMEDIATELY COVER EVERYONE WHO MAKES LESS THAN $70,000 A YEAR WHO DOESN’T HAVE PUBLIC OR PRIVATE COVERAGE WILL BE COVERED IMMEDIATELY WITH OUR PLAN. IT’S GOVERNMENT FUNDED PUBLIC COVERAGE FOR EVERYONE WHO NEEDS IT UNDER $70,000. [ Cheering and Applause ] IMMEDIATELY. WHEN I FIRST ANNOUNCED THIS, I WAS TELLING FOLKS I WAS GETTING GOOSEBUMPS. LIKE, I THINK ABOUT THE PEOPLE THAT COULD BENEFIT FROM THIS RIGHT NOW. I MET FAMILIES AND I MET PEOPLE WHO SAY YOU KNOW WHAT, I’M MAKING AN OKAY LIVING, GETTING BY, BY I JUST DON’T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO WORRY ABOUT MY DENTAL CARE BECAUSE IT JUST COSTS TOO MUCH AND OUR PLAN FOR A FAMILY THAT’S GOT FOUR PEOPLE IN THE FAMILY THAT NEED TO GET CLEANUPS AND CHECKUPS AND MAYBE ONE OR TWO PEOPLE THAT NEED TO GET MAYBE A FILLING DONE, OUR PLAN WOULD SAVE THAT FAMILY, 1200 A YEAR. THAT’S A MASSIVE SAVINGS. [Applause] A REAL SAVINGS. MY FRIENDS, I PUT IT TO YOU AGAIN. AT THE END OF THE DAY, WE CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE. WE CAN MAKE SURE YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE A BRIGHTER FUTURE. WE CAN TAKE ON THE CLIMATE CRISIS. WE CAN INVEST IN HEALTH CARE. WE CAN MAKE SURE PEOPLE HAVE AFFORDABLE BILLS WHEN IT COMES TO THEIR CELL PHONE WHICH WE’RE PAYING THE HIGHEST IN THE WORLD. WE CAN TAKE ON THE BIG TELECOM. WE CAN TAKE ON THE BIG PHARMA BECAUSE WE’RE NOT IN IT FOR THE RICH. WE’RE IN IT FOR PEOPLE. WE’RE IN IT FOR YOU. THAT’S WHAT WE DO. [Applause] AND WITH GREAT CHAMPIONS LIKE OUR CANDIDATES WE HAVE HERE TODAY, WITH OUR GREAT CHAMPIONS LIKE MARIA AND ANDREA AND THE WHOLE TEAM AND THIS COMMUNITY AND THE SURROUNDING AREAS, WE’RE GOING TO FIGHT FOR A BETTER FUTURE AND DO THAT TOGETHER. LET’S MAKE IT HAPPEN. [ Cheering and Applause ] HEY, HEY. AND I GUESS WE’RE GOING TO TAKE SOME QUESTIONS NOW.>>Question: SO IF YOU’D LIKE TO ASK OUR LEADER A QUESTION, PLEASE LET ME KNOW, BECAUSE I’M THE BOSS HERE NOW. [ LAUGHTER ] OKAY, WHO’D LIKE TO ASK A QUESTION?>>WE GOT A ROVING MIC AROUND?>>Question: HOW ARE YOU GOING TO DO THAT? THERE WERE SOME KIDS WHO GOT A LETTER GOING HOME THAT THEY HAD TO VISIT A DENTIST. A LOT OF TIMES THEIR DIDN’T GO BECAUSE THEY COULDN’T AFFORD IT. THAT WAS, LIKE, 20 YEARS AGO, SO WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO THAT’S GOING TO CHANGE?>>OKAY, I’M GOING TO TELL YOU EXACTLY WHAT I’M GOING TO DO. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THE QUESTION, HOW ARE WE GOING TO DO THIS, MAKE SURE PEOPLE GET THIS COVERAGE, THIS PLAN THAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT. AND I WANT TO MAKE THIS REALLY CLEAR. IT’S ABOUT CHOICES. SO GOVERNMENTS HAVE CHOICES THAT THEY MAKE. THERE IS OBVIOUSLY LIMITED RESOURCES, BUT THERE’S CERTAIN PRIORITIES. NOW I’M GOING TO GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT MR. TRUDEAU DID WITH THE LIMITED RESOURCES WE HAD. THERE’S ONLY SO MUCH MONEY WE HAVE TO SPEND AND WHAT DOES A GOVERNMENT DO WITH THAT MONEY, THAT’S THE QUESTION. THEY DO WHAT’S IN THEIR PRIORITY. THEY GO, OKAY, WHAT ARE OUR PRIORITIES. WE’LL SPEND MONEY ON THOSE PRIORITIES. JUST TALLY THIS WITH ME, WHAT MR. TRUDEAU SPENT LAST YEAR. IN THE FALL ECONOMIC STATEMENT, JUST LAST YEAR IN THE FALL, 2018, IN THE FALL ECONOMIC STATEMENT, MR. TRUDEAU PUT FORWARD A MASSIVE GIVEAWAY TO CORPORATIONSES. HE GAVE THEM BASICALLY $14 BILLION. AND HE GAVE $14 BILLION TO THE RICHEST CORPORATIONS SO THEY COULD BUY CORPORATE JETS AND LIMOUSINES. IT WAS WRITTEN IN THE FALL ECONOMIC STATEMENT, CORPORATE TAX CUT THAT WAS GIVING $14 BILLION AWAY. HE PAID $14 BILLION TO THE CORPORATIONS. HE BOUGHT A PIPELINE FOR $4.5 BILLION. WE’RE ALMOST AT $20 BILLION RIGHT NOW, RIGHT? I JUST MENTIONED THAT HE WROTE OFF THE LOANS FOR CORPORATIONS TO THE TUNE OF $6 BILLION. WE’RE GETTING UP TO $26 BILLION. GUESS HOW MUCH THIS PLAN WOULD DOST COVER EVERYONE WHO DOESN’T HAVE ANY COVERAGE WHO EARNS LESS THAN $70,000. [INDISCERNIBLE] $856 MILLION. SO LESS THAN A BILLION DOLLARS. SO THAT’S IT. THAT’S THE CONTRAST. WE MAKE BETTER CHOICES. [Applause]>>Question: WHO ELSE HAS A QUESTION? REVEREND SKY.>>WE’LL GET A MIC TO YOU.>>Question: OUR SUNDAY IS BESIEGED BY GUN VIOLENCE. I WALK WITH MOTHERS AND FAMILIES WHO LOSE THEIR KIDS TO GUN VIOLENCE AND THERE’S NO CARE FOR THEM AFTER THEY HAVE GONE THROUGH TRAUMA. WHAT SPECIFICALLY WILL YOU DO OR WILL YOUR GOVERNMENT DO TO PROVIDE CARE FOR YOUTH, THE FAMILIES, AND COMMUNITIES AFTER THEY’VE GONE THROUGH THAT TRAUMA?>>THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION, THANK YOU. IT’S A VERY SERIOUS QUESTION, BECAUSE WE ARE FACED WITH A PRETTY SERIOUS EPIDEMIC HERE IN TORONTO, SPECIFICALLY IN TORONTO, AND IT HURTS TO SEE THE STORIES WHEN THEY COME ON THE NEWS. WE LOSE YOUNG PEOPLE. FAMILIES GET TORN APART BECAUSE OF THE LOSS AND IT HURTS TO HEAR THAT AND IT HURTS THOSE FAMILIES AND YOU TOUCHED ON A REALLY IMPORTANT PART. AFTER THAT HORRIBLE LOSS, THEN THE FAMILIES ARE LEFT TO PICK UP THE PIECES. AND OFTEN THEY DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO. IT’S REALLY, REALLY TOUGH. AND SO IT’S A COMPLEX QUESTION AND I DON’T WANT TO ASSUME THAT I KNOW ALL THE ANSWERS, BECAUSE IT’S VERY COMPLEX BUT THERE’S A COUPLE THINGS I KNOW WE NEED TO DO. THERE’S SUPPORTS WE NEED TO PUT IN PLACE FOR FAMILIES AND THOSE SUPPORTS AREN’T THERE RIGHT NOW, SO WHEN WE TALK ABOUT HEAD TO TOE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE, IN THAT, WE ALSO NEED TO RECOGNIZE THERE’S A BIG GAP WHEN IT COMES TO COUNSELING AND SUPPORT SERVICES AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES DEALING WITH THE STRESS AND THE TRAUMA AND WE BELIEVE WHAT’S MISSING IN OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, WHAT PEOPLE ARE TELLING ME THERE’S NOT ENOUGH FOCUS ON THOSE SUPPORTS. SO WHEN WE TALK ABOUT INCLUDING MEDICATION COVERAGE FOR ALL, WE ALSO WANT TO INCLUDE THOSE SUPPORT SERVICES FOR FAMILIES. THAT MEANS MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AND THE SUPPORTS THE FAMILIES NEED WHEN THEY GO THROUGH THESE DIFFICULT TIMES. WE BELIEVE IN PUTTING THAT INTO THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. [Applause]>>QUESTION? YES, SIR.>>Question: WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO WITH THE PIPELINE THAT TRUDEAU BOUGHT?>>WELL, FIRST OFF, WE WOULDN’T HAVE BOUGHT THE PIPELINE IN THE FIRST PLACE. THAT WAS A BAD DECISION. AND WE CERTAINLY — WHAT WE’VE COMMITTED TO, VERY RECENTLY, THE B.C. COURT HAS NOW AGAIN SAID THAT THE DECISION MAKING AROUND ALLOWING IT OR APPROVING IT IS FLAWED. SOMETHING WE ALREADY KNEW. THEY HAVE RULED THERE ARE PROBLEMS WITH IT AND THAT PROJECT AGAIN IS NOW GOING TO BE CHALLENGED, SO MR. TRUDEAU JUST DOESN’T SEEM TO GET IT. THIS PROJECT SHOULD NOT GO AHEAD. THE TRANS MOUNTAIN, WHAT IT DOES IS IT GOES THROUGH INTO A COASTAL AREA WHERE IT PUTS THE COASTAL COMMUNITY AT RISK, THE COASTLINE OF B.C., WHICH IS A BEAUTIFUL, PRISTINE COASTLINE. THE DILUTED BITUMEN THAT’S BEING TRANSPORTED, NO ONE KNOWS HOW TO CLEAN IT UP. ONE OIL SPILL COULD RESULT IN A MASSIVE DEVASTATION TO THE ENVIRONMENT, TO THE COASTLINE, AND TO THOUSANDS OF WORKERS. SO OUR POSITION IS VERY CLEAR. WE NEED TO STOP THE EXPANSION AND SHOULD NOT GO AHEAD WIT. IT IS NOT THE RIGHT THING TO DO. [ Cheering and Applause ]>>YOU HAVE A QUESTION, SIR? OKAY, A QUESTION HERE. I’LL JUST REPEAT IT FOR FOLKS. THE QUESTION WAS ON CAR INSURANCE AND THE QUESTION ON CARBON TAX. SO LET ME TALK ABOUT BOTH OF THOSE. FIRST OFF, THE ONLY REASON WHY I KNOW A LOT ABOUT THE INSURANCE ISSUES IS BECAUSE I WAS PROVINCIAL AND WE PUT UP A BIG FIGHT, BECAUSE WHAT’S HAPPENED IN ONTARIO IS A LOT OF WHAT’S HAPPENING AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL. THE GOVERNMENTS IN OTTAWA, WHETHER THEY’VE BEEN LIBERAL OR CONSERVATIVE AND RECENTLY THE GOVERNMENTS IN ONTARIO, LIBERAL AND CONSERVATIVE, HAVE MADE A WHOLE BUNCH OF LAWS THAT BENEFIT THE PEOPLE AT THE VERY TOP. SO IN THE CASE OF AUTO INSURANCE, EVERY LAW THAT WAS MADE WHEN I GOT INTO OFFICE, I REMEMBER EVERY SINGLE LAW THAT WAS BEING MADE, LIBERALS BROUGHT IT IN. NOW CONSERVATIVES ARE BRINGING IT IN. IT KEPT ON BENEFITING INSURANCE COMPANIES AND HURTING FAMILIES, ALLOWED THEM TO MAKE MORE AND MORE PROFITS AND PEOPLE TO GET LESS COVERAGE BUT TO BE PAID FOR MORE IT. IMAGINE THAT. WE SAY WE’RE GOING TO CHARGE MORE FOR THE MOVIE TICKET, BUT YOU CAN ONLY WATCH HALF THE SHOW. THAT’S PRETTY MUCH WHAT THEY’RE DOING. THEY’RE CHARGING US MORE AND MORE AND RIPPING US OFF ESSENTIALLY AND THEY’RE COVERAGING US LESS. SO WHAT IT’S GOING TO AND TAKE IS SOMEONE WITH THE COURAGE TO STAND UP, AND I CAN TELL YOU, ANDREA HORWATH, THE ONTARIO NEW DEMOCRATIC LEADER AND THE ENTIRE ONTARIO NDP WILL STAND UP TO THEM. AND THEN ANOTHER QUESTION COMING UP, BUT BEFORE THAT, I JUST WANTED TO TOUCH ON THE CARBON TAX. WHAT WE KNOW IS THERE IS A PRICE TO POLLUTION. WHEN COMPANIES POLLUTE, WHEN POLLUTION GOES INTO THE AIR AND INTO THE WATER, WE ALL PAY THE PRICE. IT MEANS THE WATER IS NOT CLEAN. IT MEANS THE AIR IS NOT CLEAN TO BREATHE AND IT’S A REAL THING. I’VE SEEN — I MET A YOUNG MOM IN B.C. AND BECAUSE OF CLIMATE CRISIS, THE HOTTER TEMPERATURES, THE LONGER SUMMERS, THE HOTTER SUMMERS, FOREST FIRES ARE RAGING IN B.C. MORE THAN EVER BEFORE. JUST TO GIVE YOU A CONCEPT OF WHAT IT MEANS, IN B.C., WHAT IT MEANS IS BECAUSE THE FOREST FIRES ARE SO INTENSE AND SO LONG, THE PAST TWO SUMMERS IN A ROW MINUS THE LAST ONE, BUT THE TWO ONES BEFORE THAT, THE SUMMERS WERE SO LONG AND HOT, THE FOREST FIRES WERE SO BAD THAT DOCTORS RECOMMENDED PEOPLE NOT TO GO OUTSIDE AND BREATHE THE AIR. SO WHEN I ASKED THAT MOM WHAT SHE WAS MOST WORRIED ABOUT, SHE SAID SHE WAS WORRIED ABOUT THE FUTURE FOR HER BABY, ABOUT THE FOLLOWING SUMMER AND ON SOME DAYS, WHETHER OR NOT HER CHILD COULD BREATHE THE AIR, SO IF YOU LOOK AT THAT MOM AND LOOK AT THAT BABY IN THE EYES AND SAY TO THEM, IS THERE A PRICE TO POLLUTION? YEAH, THERE IS. THERE IS A PRICE. BUT THE WAY THAT PRICE SHOULD BE APPLIED SHOULD NOT EXEMPT THE BIGGEST POLLUTERS. WHAT MR. TRUDEAU AS DONE. THE BIGGEST POLLUTERS SHOULD PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE. FAMILIES SHOULD BE SUPPORTED, BUT THE BIGGEST POLLUTERS HAVE TO PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE.>>YOU’RE NEXT AND THEN YOU.>>Question: MY QUESTION IS THE YOUNG CHILDREN, I AM A MOTHER WITH FIVE CHILDREN AND LIVE IN THIS AREA AND I’M SUPPORTING MARIA. MY CHILDREN, THEY GRADUATE, MOST OF THEM, BUT THEY CANNOT AFFORD TO LEAVE MY HOUSE.>>OH, YES.>>THEY CANNOT AFFORD RENT. THEY CANNOT BUY A HOUSE. THEY CANNOT EVEN THINK ABOUT MARRIAGE. MOM, WHAT CAN WE DO? WE LIVE BETTER HERE! [ LAUGHTER ]>>BUT THAT’S NOT A SOLUTION. AND MY OTHER QUESTION IS THE ONLY COVERAGE IS COVERING THE HOSPITAL BED. I DIDN’T KNOW THAT UNTIL MY SON GOT LEUKEMIA 17 YEARS AGO. HE’S ALIVE, 20 YEARS OLD, DOING GOOD, BUT THAT DAY, I DISCOVERED THE OHIP CARD IS NOT COVERING THE MEDICATION, THE CHEMOTHERAPY, NOTHING. I WAS SURPRISED. THEY TELL ME, MOM, YOU HAVE INSURANCE. WE WERE ON WELFARE THEN. THEY PUSH YOU TO GO TO WELFARE BECAUSE IT IS NOT COVERED, THE MEDICATION, IN THE HOSPITAL. HOW CAN YOU HAVE MEDICATION OUTSIDE OF THE HOSPITAL?>>I HEAR YOU. THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTIONS. THANK YOU. CAN I SAY THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION. THANK YOU SO MUCH THOUGH FOR YOUR QUESTION. YOU TOUCHED ON TWO BIG ONES. ABOUT THE HOUSING, KIDS CAN’T LEAVE THE HOUSE, YOU’RE RIGHT. IT’S TOO HARD. THEY’RE COMFORTABLE. REALLY, THEY CAN’T AFFORD IT. IT’S TOO EXPENSIVE. THEY CAN’T LEAVE. AND PARENTS ARE, LIKE, THEY’RE HAPPY TO HAVE THE KIDS, BUT THEY ALSO WANT THEM TO SPREAD THEIR WINGS AND BE ABLE TO FIND THEIR OWN PLACE. MAYBE PARENTS REALLY WANT THEM TO GO MORE! [ LAUGHTER ] BUT THE REALITY IS THE KIDS WANT TO GO TOO! BUT THEY CAN’T AFFORD IT. BUT THIS IS A VERY SERIOUS THING. KIDS CAN’T AFFORD TO FIND A PLACE, BECAUSE WHAT’S HAPPENED IN OUR COUNTRY FOR THE PAST 30 YEARS, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS NEGLECTED ITS JOB. IF YOU LOOK AROUND EVERY COMMUNITY, NOT JUST TORONTO, BUT ACROSS CANADA, WHERE THERE WAS AFFORDABLE HOUSING, WHERE THERE WAS COOPERATIVES, WHERE PEOPLE COULD GO THERE AND LIVE WITH AFFORDABLE RENTS, A YOUNG STUDENT OR A YOUNG FAMILY OR YOU COULD BE A SENIOR, WHERE THERE WAS AFFORDABLE HOUSING, NON-MARKET HOUSING, THESE HOUSING UNITS THAT ARE AFFORDABLE, THAT PEOPLE CAN LIVE IN WITH DIGNITY AND QUALITY, GREAT PLACES, THEY WERE BUILT UP UNTIL THE ’90S. WHAT HAPPENED IN THE ’90S? THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT STOPPED FUNDING THESE PROJECTSES. SO FOR 30 YEARS, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT STOPPED BUILDING AFFORDABLE HOMES AND NOW WE HAVE A HOUSING CRISIS. BUT IT’S NOT A SURPRISE. IT’S BECAUSE OF A DECISION AND AGAIN I WANT TO BRING BACK TO THE CHOICES. THE GOVERNMENTS IN OTTAWA, LIBERAL AND CONSERVATIVE, HAD CHOICES AND THEY CHOSE TO CUT TAXES FOR THE CORPORATIONS, MAKE SURE THERE WAS BIG LOOPHOLES FOR CEOS. THEY LET THEM SEND MONEY OFFSHORE. BILLIONS OF DOLLARS GO TO TAX HAVENS. THEY’RE CHOOSING THIS. THIS IS NOT A BY CHANCE, OH, IT JUST HAPPENED. THEY’RE CHOOSING NOT TO BUILD HOUSING, NOT TO ADDRESS THE CRISIS. MR. TRUDEAU CHOSE TO DO THIS. HE MADE A BIG ANNOUNCEMENT. HE SAID, I’M GOING TO BUILD HOUSING. GUESS WHAT WE FOUND OUT? THE PARLIAMENTARY BUDGET OFFICE FOUND OUT THAT MR. TRUDEAU IS SPENDING LESS ON HOUSING THAN EVEN MR. HARPER DID. THE PARLIAMENTARY BUDGET OFFICER FOUND THAT HE SPENT 19% LESS ON HOUSING IN PERCENTAGE OF GDP THAN MR. HARPER, SO HE’S ACTUALLY SPENDING LESS ON HOUSING. WE’RE GOING TO DO IT DIFFERENTLY. WE’RE GOING TO SAY HOUSING A HOA PRIORITY. WE’LL BUILD HALF A MILLION NEW AFFORDABLE HOMES SO YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE A BRIGHT FUTURE WHERE HOUSING IS AFFORDABLE. WE’LL TAKE ON SPECULATORS, THE FOREIGN INVESTORS WHO PUT MONEY INTO CANADA THINKING OUR HOUSES ARE LIKE STOCK OPTIONS, STOCKMARKETS. WE’LL PUT IN A FOREIGN BUYERS TAX. IF YOU’RE A PERMANENT RESIDENT OR CITIZEN, YOU CAN BUY. BUT IF YOU’RE BUYING FROM AFAR, THERE’S GOING TO BE A BIG TAX TO STOP AND DISCOURAGE THAT. YOU ARE REALLY GOOD AT KEEPING THE QUESTIONS GOING.>>Question: SO JAGMEET, FIRST OF ALL, WELCOME TO HUMBER RIVER COMMUNITY.>>THANK YOU.>>Question: I HAD A QUESTION, A DIFFERENT KIND OF QUESTION. IT’S A COURAGE VALIDATION QUESTION, OKAY? SO WE HAVE EXAMPLES WHERE WE HAVE COUNTRIES SOUTH OF THE BORDER WHO BELIEVE ON BUILDING WALLS AND BASICALLY PITTING ONE PERSON AGAINST SOMEBODY ELSE. AS CANADIANS, WE HAVE A REPUTATION OF HELPING AND WELCOMING EVERY SINGLE PERSON. I JUST NEED TO KNOW HOW COURAGEOUS YOU ARE TO STAND UP IN FRONT OF THOSE PARTIES WHO HAVE POLICIES WHICH SUPPORT ANTI-IMMIGRATION. [Applause]>>GREAT QUESTION. I REALLY APPRECIATE IT. I’VE SAID IT AGAIN AND AGAIN AND I’M HAPPY TO SAY IT NOW. I WILL UNEQUIVOCALLY DEFEND THE BEAUTY OF OUR COUNTRY AS A PLACE THAT’S BUILT ON IMMIGRATION, BUILT ON PEOPLE COMING HERE AND CHOOSING CANADA AS OUR HOME, THAT MAKES US STRONGER, THAT MAKES US MORE BEAUTIFUL, THAT BUILDS UP A BETTER COUNTRY. [Applause] AND I’VE CALLED OUT PEOPLE THAT ARE DIVISIVE, THAT SPREAD MESSAGES THAT ARE HATEFUL. THINGS LIKE SAYING THERE’S A FEAR OF MASS IMMIGRATION OR BLAMING REFUGEES FOR PROBLEMS. SEE, WHAT HAPPENS IS WHEN PEOPLE DON’T HAVE HOUSING, WE TALKED ABOUT HOUSING, WHEN PEOPLE DON’T HAVE JOBS THAT HELP PAY T BI THEM E AMOUNTS OF MONEY, THE ECONOMY IS GOING SO WELL, BUT PEOPLE AREN’T BENEFITING FROM THAT ECONOMY, WHAT HAPPENS IS SOME POLITICAL LEADERS ARE GOING TO COME AROUND AND SAY IT’S THAT NEW IMMIGRANT’S FAULT, THAT REFUGEE’S FAULT, WHEN REALLY IT’S A FAULT OF GOVERNMENTS THAT CHOSE TO BENEFIT THE PEOPLE AT THE TOP AND HURT EVERYONE ELSE. IT’S THEIR FAULT. IT’S CORPORATIONS THAT ARE EXPLOITING WORKERS. IT’S THEIR FAULT, SO WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THE RIGHT TARGET IS THERE AND I WANT TO MAKE SURE EVERY SINGLE TIME I SAY IT IS NOT IMMIGRANTS’ FAULT, NOT NEW CANADIANS, NOT REFUGEES, IT’S DECISIONS THAT GOVERNMENTS HAVE MADE THAT HAVE BENEFITED AND PROFITED POWERFUL CORPORATIONS THAT HAVE HURT CANADIANS. THAT’S WHAT WE TARGET OUR ENERGY. [Applause] THE MIC IS COMING AROUND HERE.>>Question: I’VE GOT TWO QUESTIONS. ONE IS THIS GUN CONTROL, BECAUSE THEY’RE KILLING PEOPLE, SENSELESS KILLING AND IF YOU WIN GOVERNMENT, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO START DOING IF YOU BECOME PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA? WHAT WILL YOU FIRST TACKLE? WITH THE GUN CONTROL, MASSIVE GUN KILLINGS.>>THANK YOU SO MUCH. I GOTTA SAY, MARIA IS REALLY GOOD AT THIS, KEEPING THINGS GOING SO WELL. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, BROTHER, FOR THE QUESTION. IT’S REALLY TOUGH WHAT’S GOING ON IN TORONTO. LIKE, IT’S HARD TO READ THOSE STORIES, RIGHT? EVERY TIME WE READ A STORY ON THE NEWS OR SEE THE NEWS AND HEAR ABOUT ANOTHER GUN VIOLENCE INCIDENT WHERE SOMEONE’S LOST THEIR LIFE, IT HURTS US TO SEE THAT. IT HURTS US BECAUSE WE LOVE OUR CITY. I LOVE THIS CITY. THIS IS THE CITY — I WAS BORN IN TORONTO AND ANY TIME I SEE THOSE STORIES, IT MAKES ME FEEL SO SAD TO SEE THAT AND I THINK ABOUT THE BRIGHT, YOUNG LIFE THAT GETS STOLEN FROM US, WHAT THAT YOUNG PERSON COULD HAVE DONE. IT HURTS TO HEAR THAT, SO THERE’S — AGAIN, THIS IS A COMPLEX THING. WE CAN’T JUST DO ONE THING TO SOLVE GUN VIOLENCE, BUT THERE’S A COUPLE THINGS WE CAN DO. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE’VE SAID, IF A CITY ASKS FOR THE RIGHT TO BE ABLE TO BAN HANDGUNS, WE SHOULD ALLOW THAT CITY THE RIGHT TO DO SO. WE SHOULD GIVE THE CITY THE RIGHT TO DO SO. [Applause] AND WE WILL MAKE — AND THAT’S OUR COMMITMENT. WE WILL MAKE THE LEGISLATIVE CHANGES TO GIVE THE POWER, LEGISLATIVELY, TO THE CITY, TO DO THAT. THE SECOND THING THOUGH IS A MORE COMPLEX QUESTION. WE KNOW WE’VE MET WITH EXPERTS, PEOPLE IN COMMUNITIES WHO SAY WE KNOW THE SOLUTIONS. WE KNOW WHAT WE NEED. OUR YOUNG PEOPLE DON’T SEE A BRIGHT FUTURE. OUR YOUNG PEOPLE ARE WORRIED. THEY’RE AFRAID AND THEY GO DOWN A BAD PATH BECAUSE THEY HAVE NO HOPE AND WHEN SOMEONE HAS NO HOPE, THEY BECOME DESPERATE AND WHEN SOMEONE IS DESPERATE AND HURTING, THEY LASH OUT. AND SO THE ROOT CAUSE OF VIOLENCE IS VERY COMPLEX. I DON’T WANT TO ACT LIKE I KNOW ALL THE ANSWERS TO THIS, IT’S VERY COMPLEX, BUT WE KNOW IF WE INVEST IN COMMUNITIES, GIVE YOUNG PEOPLE A BRIGHT FUTURE, MAKE SURE THEY’VE GOT A GOOD PLACE TO LIVE, IF THEY CAN GET JOBS, EDUCATION, WE CAN BUILD UP THEIR BRIGHT FUTURE. WE CAN MOVE INTO A POSITIVE DIRECTION. WE KNOW WE CAN DO IT. [ Cheering and Applause ]>>Question: I’D LIKE TO SPEAK TO YOU ABOUT AFFORDABILITY OF BUYING A NEW HOME. I HAVE A FAMILY AND I RENT, BUT WE WOULD LIKE SOMETHING MORE. WE WOULD LIKE OUR KIDS TO STAY IN THE CITY. IT’S WHERE I WAS BORN, WHERE MY CHILDREN WERE BORN, BUT THE AFFORDABILITY IN THE CITY TO EVEN BUY A HOME FOR FAMILIES WHO ARE SAVING, TRYING TO GET THERE, THE NEW LAWS THAT CAME OUT WITH THE HELP FROM THE GOVERNMENT FOR FIRST-TIME HOME BUYERS DON’T EVEN AFFECT THE GTA BECAUSE OF THE MARKET. IT’S VERY STRONG, WE KNOW THAT, BUT WHAT CAN THE GOVERNMENT DO AND THE NDP GOVERNMENT DO TO HELP FAMILIES WHO WANT SOMETHING MORE THAN JUST RENTING AND HAVING CONTINUAL RENTING. THEY WANT TO STAY WHERE THEY ARE AND ENJOY THEIR COMMUNITIES. YORK SOUTHWEST AND ALL THE WAY! [Applause] [ LAUGHTER ]>>I LIKE HOW YOU TOOK THAT FROM REALLY SERIOUS HOUSING, YOU KNOW, AND THAT’S HOW WE DO! SO, I MEAN, YOU TOUCHED ON SOMETHING THAT’S REALLY IMPORTANT. MANY PEOPLE IN THIS ROOM WILL ALL AGREE THAT THEY’RE WORRIED ABOUT THAT. WHETHER THEY HAVE HOUSING, THEY’RE WORRIED ABOUT THEIR KIDS THEN AND MAYBE THEY DON’T HAVE HOUSING EITHER OR ARE IN THE SAME POSITION WHERE THEY’RE RENTING AND THEY WANT SOMETHING MORE STABLE, SO THIS AGAIN IS A BIGGER PROBLEM, BUT THERE ARE WAYS TO SOLVE IT AND I’M CONFIDENT WE CAN SOLVE IT IF WE MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICES. THERE’S TWO PARTS TO IT. HOW DO WE CONTROL THE HOUSING PRICES ARE GOING UP SO FAST? HOW DO WE PROVIDE SOME RELIEF? AND THEN THIRDLY, HOW DO WE HELP FIRST-TIME HOME BUYERS? THE FIRST PART IS TO GET AT THE ROOT CAUSE. WHY ARE HOUSING PRICES GOING UP SO FAST? THERE’S TWO THINGS WE CAN CONTROL. SO WHAT PEOPLE ARE DOING, IT’S MASSIVELY IMPACTING VANCOUVER AND B.C., BUT IT’S ACTUALLY ALSO HAPPENING HERE IN TORONTO. SO BECAUSE TORONTO HAS A STABLE HOUSING MARKET AND HOUSING PRICES ARE GOING UP, THERE’S FOREIGN INVESTOR THAT ARE JUST DROPPING MONEY AND BUYING HOMES HERE, BUYING CONDOS HERE AND JUST SITTING ON IT AND IT’S DRIVING UP THE COST OF HOUSING. IT’S SPECULATION. SO WE ARE PROPOSING TO STOP THAT. B.C. ACTUALLY PUT IN PLACE A FOREIGN BUYERS TAX AND IT WORKED. IT ACTUALLY BROUGHT DOWN THE PRICE OF HOUSING. IT’S WORKING. WE WANT TO BRING THAT NATIONAL. SO I WOULD PUT IN PLACE A NATIONAL FOREIGN BUYERS TAX SO THAT WE CAN STOP THAT UPWARD RISING PRESSURE ON HOUSING THAT’S BECOMING OUT OF CONTROL. IT’S LITERALLY OUT OF CONTROL. SO THAT’S ONE STEP. THE SECOND ONE IS MONEY LAUNDERING. MONEY LAUNDERING IS ACTUALLY ALSO CONTRIBUTING TO THE RISING COST OF HOUSING. THEY SAID IT’S AT LEAST 5% THAT THEY CAN COUNT IN B.C., BUT THERE’S MUCH MORE THAT WE CAN’T ACTUALLY COUNT, SO MONEY LAUNDERING IS SOMETHING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD AND CAN TACKLE. BUT WE HAVEN’T ACTUALLY SEEN OUR GOVERNMENT DO THAT. MR. TRUDEAU, I ASKED HIM WHY IS NOTHING BEING DONE TO TACKLE MONEY LAUNDERING? THERE’S A DEPARTMENT FOR MONEY LAUNDERING, BUT YOU HAVEN’T HIRED ANYONE IN THE DEPARTMENT AND THERE’S A BUDGET FOR IT, BUT NO ONE IS USING THE BUDGET TO DO THE JOB. IT’S THE GOVERNMENT’S FAULT. AND MR. TRUDEAU SAID TO THE QUESTION, HE DIDN’T RESPOND. NO SURPRISE. BUT, I MEAN, SO WE WOULD MAKE SURE THAT THAT DEPARTMENT WAS FUNDED AND WAS GIVEN A CLEAR MANDATE TO TACKLE MONEY LAUNDERING AND FINALLY, WHEN WE LOOK AT COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD WHERE HOUSING IS AFFORDABLE, THERE IS A RENTAL OPPORTUNITY THAT IS AFFORDABLE. THE MORTGAGES AND RENTAL FEES ARE ALMOST THE SAME, SO IT’S DRIVING PRESSURE ON MAKING IT HARD TO OWN A HOME. SO COUNTRIES ACTUALLY HAVE INVESTED IN NON-MARKET HOUSING, COOPERATIVE HOUSING, SO YOU CAN HAVE A PLACE TO LIVE THAT’S QUALITY, THAT’S AFFORDABLE, AND THE RENT IS VERY LOW. THAT WAY, YOU CAN SAVE UP IF YOU WANT TO BUY YOUR OWN OR STAY THERE ARE BUT YOU HAVE THE SECURITY OF KNOWING THAT YOU CAN STAY IN THAT PLACE FOR AS LONG AS YOU NEED AND THAT’S ALSO THE FEAR WHEN YOU’RE RENTING. YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN IF THE LANDLORD CHANGES THEIR MIND, THEY DO A RENOVATION, SOMETHING HAPPENS AND YOU LOSE YOUR PLACE. WHAT WE’RE PROPOSING IS NON-MARKET, AFFORDABLE QUALITY HOUSING, A COOPERATIVE HOUSING WHERE YOU CAN LIVE THERE FOR AS LONG AS YOU WANT AND THAT WILL CREATE MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR PEOPLE TO RENT AFFORDABLY OR SAVE TO BUY THEIR OWN PLACE AND WHEN IT COMES TO BUYING THEIR OWN PLACE, ONE OF THE CHANGES THAT PEOPLE HAVE ASKED FOR IS A LONGER TIME TO PAY BACK THE MORTGAGE SO THEY CAN HAVE SMALLER PAYMENTS. SO WE’LL INTRODUCE THAT AND DOUBLE THE FIRST-TIME HOME BUYERS TAX CREDIT TO HELP PEOPLE OUT. WE’RE NOT THINKING OF JUST ONE SOLUTION. IT’S THAT WHOLE PACKAGE THAT WILL REALLY SOLVE THIS PROBLEM. [ Cheering and Applause ]>>UNFORTUNATELY, WE HAVE TIME FOR ONLY ONE MORE QUESTION. EVELYN, WHERE DID YOU GO? THERE YOU ARE. LAST QUESTIONER.>>Question: SO WE’VE BEEN TALKING A LOT ABOUT THE PROBLEMS. I’M WONDERING ABOUT SOLUTIONS NOW. SO IN OUR COMMUNITY, UNEMPLOYMENT IS A BIG PROBLEM, AND THE HOUSING CRISIS, ALL THOSE THINGS. BUT WE SEEM TO BE RELYING ON CREATING EMPLOYMENT, RIGHT? BUT WHAT’S HAPPENING, WE’RE CREATING PART-TIME JOBS AND LOW-WAGE JOBS. WHAT IDEAS DO YOU HAVE? LIKE, I’M GOING TO PRESENT AN ALTERNATIVE, WHEREAS THE LARGE COMPANIES CAN GO TO A BANK AND NEGOTIATE A LOAN, HOW ABOUT A GUARANTEE FOR PEOPLE WITH LOW WAGES, LOWER INCOME, SAVINGS, HOW ABOUT A GUARANTEE FOR THEM WHEN THEY HAVE THE IDEA TO GO FORWARD TO THE BANK AND SOMETHING LIKE YOU HAVE A GUARANTEE FOR THE STUDENT LOANS, HOW ABOUT HAVING THAT FOR WORKING-CLASS PEOPLE? WHAT ARE YOUR IDEAS ON THAT?>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE QUESTION, THANK YOU. [Applause] TO BUILD JOBS, I THINK IT’S ESSENTIAL, WE’VE GOT TO HAVE A STRATEGY TO CREATE JOBS AND THEY’VE GOT TO BE LONG-TERM, PERMANENT QUALITY JOBS, BECAUSE YOU’RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. WHAT’S HAPPENING IS MORE AND MORE JOB CREATION MEANS PART-TIME, PRECARIOUS, UNSTABLE, UNPREDICTABLE JOBS AND THAT DOESN’T HELP BUILD COMMUNITIES. IT MAKES LIFE VERY UNCERTAIN FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE AND THERE’S PROBABLY A LOT OF PEOPLE IN THIS ROOM THAT WORK JOBS THAT THEY DON’T KNOW IF THEY’RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO KEEP AND IT’S HARD TO BUILD A FUTURE IF YOU DON’T KNOW IF YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE YOUR JOB. WE WANT TO USE OUR DOLLARS, OUR PUBLIC DOLLARS, USE THEM VERY SERIOUSLY AND MAKE INVESTMENTS IN COMMUNITIES TO CREATE JOBS. ONE EXAMPLE, WE KNOW THERE’S A CLIMATE CRISIS. PEOPLE ARE WORRIED ABOUT THAT. SO WE’VE GOT A PLAN TO TACKLE THE CLIMATE CRISIS BUT ALSO CREATE JOBS AND THEY’RE GOING TO LONG-TERM, STABLE, QUALITY JOBS. WHAT WE’RE HOPING TO DO IS OUR COMMITMENT IS TO RETROFIT EVERY BUILDING AND EVERY HOME IN CANADA. THOSE JOBS WILL HAPPEN IN COMMUNITIES. THOSE RETROFIT JOBS MEAN THOSE WHO GO IN ENERGY AUDIT, SO THE PEOPLE THAT GO INTO THE HOME AND AUDIT WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE, THE PEOPLE THAT INSTALL THE INSULATION OR THE WINDOWS OR THE SOLAR PANELS, THOSE WHO SELL AND DISTRIBUTE THOSE MATERIALS, THESE ARE JOBS CREATED IN COMMUNITIES. THEY CAN’T BE SENT OFFSHORE. THEY HAVE TO HAPPEN IN COMMUNITIES, SO THAT’S ONE IDEA. AND THEN FINALLY ON YOUR IDEA ABOUT HAVING ACCESS TO ENTREPRENEURS WHO WANT TO BE ABLE TO SET UP THEIR OWN COMPANY, WE’VE GOT TO MAKE IT EASIER, BECAUSE RIGHT NOW, I REMEMBER MY BROTHER, WE STARTED A SMALL BUSINESS AND WHEN HE TRIED TO DO IT, IT WAS SO COMPLICATED. THERE WAS SO MANY STEPS AND HE COULDN’T GET FUNDING. IT MAKES IT REALLY HARD. WE WANT TO ENCOURAGE ENTREPRENEURSHIP, MAKE IT EASIER FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT TO START THEIR OWN BUSINESS AND START THEIR OWN IDEA, SO WE’VE GOT TO FIND EASIER WAYS FOR PEOPLE TO ACCESS CAPITAL TO START UP THAT COMPANY. WE’VE GOT TO FIND EASIER WAYS FOR PEOPLE TO GET SUPPORTED. LESS BARRIERS, LESS COMPLICATION TO ACTUALLY STARTING IT, MAKING IT STREAMLINED. I REMEMBER MY BROTHER, HE’S A LAWYER, AND HE HAD TO WRITE ALL THESE DOCUMENTS AND PREPARE ALL THESE MATERIALS AND THIS IS SO COMPLICATED. IT’S LIKE A LAW CASE, NOT JUST STARTING UP A BUSINESS, AND IT’S HARD, RIGHT? HOW ARE YOU GOING TO ENCOURAGE BUSINESS IF IT’S SO HARD TO FILL OUT THE PAPERWORK, SO I AGREE WITH YOU AND WE’VE GOT TO DO A LOT BETTER. [Applause] ONE LAST ONE UP THERE, I THINK. WE’VE GOT TO FIGURE OUT A WAY TO DO THAT, SOMETHING I’M GOING TO LOOK AT.>>Question: ACCESS FOR MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENTS FOR ALL CANADIANS?>>YES, GREAT QUESTION. THANK YOU. IT’S REALLY FITTING THAT A YOUNG PERSON IS ASKING, BECAUSE THIS IS A GROWING CONCERN. LIKE, MENTAL HEALTH, WE’RE SEEING IT MORE AND MORE, PEOPLE ARE HAVING CONCERNS, HAVING SOME SERIOUS PROBLEMS, AND THEY’RE NOT GETTING THE HELP THEY NEED, SO WE TALKED TODAY ABOUT OUR HEAD TO TOE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE. I’M PROUD THAT WE WANT TO INCLUDE MEDICATION COVERAGE. THAT’S GOING TO HELP IN SOME CASES. WE TALKED ABOUT DENTAL CARE, DENTICARE FOR CANADIANS. OUR PLAN IS TO MAKE IT UNIVERSAL. FOR THOSE WHO MAKE $70,000 OR LESS, BUT IT DOESN’T END THERE. WE WANT TRULY HEAD TO TOE TRUTH CARE COVERAGE AND INCLUDE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AND THAT’S BEEN MISSING IN OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM AND THAT MEANS PROVIDING THE SUPPORTS SO PEOPLE CAN GET THE MENTAL HEALTH CARE THEY NEED. IT MIGHT ALSO MEAN AND IT DEFINITELY MEANS HELP FOR ADDICTIONS AND REHABILITATION, SERVICES AND COUNSELING. THESE HAVE TO BE INCLUDE IN OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM AND RIGHT NOW IT’S A MASSIVE GAP, SO PEOPLE ARE FALLING THROUGH THE CRACKS BECAUSE THERE’S NO SUPPORTS THERE. IT’S NOT AVAILABLE. SO WE’RE GOING TO TAKE THAT VERY SERIOUSLY. IT’S A PART OF OUR COMMITMENT. WE WANT COMPREHENSIVE HEAD TO TOE HEALTH CARE INCLUDING MENTAL HEALTH CARE SERVICES.>>THANK YOU SO MUCH. THANK YOU. SO ON A SCALE OF ONE TO 10, HOW DID HE DO? [CROWD DIN]>>THANK YOU. THANK YOU FOR COMING OUT AND MEETING THE LEADER. JAGMEET SINGH IS REAL. THE NDP IS A REAL CONTENDER AND IN THIS RIDING, WE ARE AHEAD AND WE ARE GOING TO WIN. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>>THANK YOU, MY FRIENDS, THANK YOU.>>AND THANK YOU SO MUCH, AGAIN, YOU’RE AMAZING. I’M GOING TO BRING YOU TO ALL MY TOWNHALLS. YOU GET THINGS MOVING ALONG. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE FOR BEING HERE. I REALLY APPRECIATE IT. WE’RE GOING TO ANSWER SOME QUESTIONS FROM THE MEDIA, BUT I JUST WANT YOU TO STAY PUT. FIRST OFF, IT’S A GOOD LOOK, YOU KNOW. YOU’LL GET ON THE NEWS MAYBE AND YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY WILL SEE YOU THERE. BUT I WANT TO MEET WITH YOU ALL AFTERWARDS, SO STICK AROUND, WE’LL TAKE PICTURES AND HANG OUT AND SEND SOME TIME TOGETHER, SO HANG TIGHT AND WE’LL TAKE SOME QUESTIONS FROM THE MEDIA.>>Question: HI, MR. SINGH. ANNIE BERGERON-OLIVER. THERE’S A STORY JUST BREAKING IN TIME MAGAZINE THAT SAYS THAT JUSTIN TRUDEAU WORE BROWN-FACE BACK IN 2001 AT AN ARABIAN NIGHTS PARTY WHEN HE WAS TEACHING AT A SCHOOL. THEY SAY IT WAS AN ARABIAN NIGHTS AND IT WAS BACK IN 2001 BEFORE HE WAS PRIME MINISTER, BEFORE HE WAS A POLITICIAN. I’M WONDERING WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT THIS, WHAT YOUR INITIAL REACTION IS TO THIS STORY IN TIME?>>WELL, IT’S TROUBLING. I MEAN, IT’S INSULTING. ANY TIME WE HEAR EXAMPLES OF BROWN-FACE OR BLACK-FACING, IT’S REALLY MAKING A MOCKERYF

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  1. Always same old issues huh! Shrink the Government by at least half! And No more Public Funded Unions in education or health! The ministerial positions are way to over Staffed! Privatize 50 percent NOW! Climate gate/ Gender bending biggest Ponzi scheme costing Billions over a Lie !

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