Jagmeet Singh Makes Campaign Stop in Barrie, Ont.

Jagmeet Singh Makes Campaign Stop in Barrie, Ont.


WITH ME FOR TOO LONG GOVERNMENTS IN OTTAWA WHETHER LIBERAL, WHETHER THEY BE CONSERVATIVE MADE LIFE EASIER FOR THE RICH AND HARDER FOR EVERYONE ELSE. [Cheering]>>WE ARE GOING TO CHANGE THAT. [Applause & Cheering]>>THAT’S RIGHT. WE’RE NOT GOING TO CUT CORPORATION TAXES. WE ARE GOING TO INVEST IN PEOPLE. [Applause & Cheering]>>AND I’M SURE YOU KNOW PEOPLE THAT CAN’T AFFORD ESSENTIAL DENTAL SERVICES. THERE IS PEOPLE THAT PUT OFF CLEANING THEIR TEETH. THERE IS PEOPLE THAT PUT OFF THEIR DENTAL CARE BECAUSE IT COSTS TOO MUCH. WE’RE GOING TO STOP THAT BECAUSE TODAY WE ANNOUNCED FOR ANYONE THAT EARNS LESS THAN 70,000 THAT DOESN’T HAVE DENTAL CARE WE ARE GOING TO COVER THEM RIGHT AWAY. [Applause & Cheering]>>AND YOU KNOW Mr. TRUDEAU TALKED RECENTLY ABOUT SENIORS. HE MADE A PLAN ABOUT SENIORS. AND YOU KNOW WHAT, THE SENIORS THAT I TALK TO TELL ME THEY NEED MEDICATION COVERAGE. SENIORS THAT I TALK TO TELL ME THEY NEED DENTAL CARE SERVICES AND THAT’S WHY WE ARE GOING TO PUT IN PLACE PHARMACARE FOR ALL, DENTAL CARE. [Applause & Cheering]>>AND THE OTHER THING IS AFTER 2015, Mr. TRUDEAU SAID A LOT OF NICE THINGS. HE SAID A LOT OF PRETTY WORDS, AND WHAT DID WE GET? EMPTY PROMISES. SO ANOTHER ELECTION COMES AROUND, AND HE MAKES THOSE PROMISES AGAIN.>>SAME ONES.>>A LOT OF PRETTY WORDS AGAIN. I ASK YOU, HOW CAN WE BELIEVE HIM?>>YOU CAN’T.>>YOU CAN’T.>>NO WAY.>>YOU KNOW WHAT NEW DEMOCRATS ARE DIFFERENT BECAUSE WE ARE IN IT FOR PEOPLE. WE ARE IN IT FOR PEOPLE. WE ARE GOING TO FIGHT HARD FOR PEOPLE AND ALL OF YOU JUST KEEP ON FIGHTING. [Applause & Cheering]>>OH, MY GOODNESS. AWESOME. OKAY, I’M GOING TO TAKE SOME QUESTIONS FROM THE MEDIA AND SO WE’LL BEGIN.>>(Voice of Translator): THE FIRST CASE IN CANADA, A YOUNG PERSON WHO HAS CONTRACTED A PULMONARY DISEASE, DO YOU THINK THAT HEALTH CANADA SHOULD DEAL WITH THIS?>>(Voice of Translator): WELL, WITH EACH NEW PRODUCT ON THE MARKET, IT’S UP TO CANADA AND UP TO THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT TO MAKE SURE THAT THESE PRODUCTS, MEDICATIONS ARE SAFE. SO WE HAVE TO BE CAREFUL ABOUT THE ISSUES YOU RAISED WHICH WAS ON VAPING, RIGHT, SEEN IN THE NEWS THAT THERE WERE ISSUES RAISED OVER VAPING THAT HAS TO BE EVIDENTED, DECISIONS HAVE TO BE MADE BASED ON THAT EVIDENCE, WE HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF PEOPLE, WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE WE PUT IN PLACE THE NECESSARY MEASURES, REGULATIONS, IF YOU LIKE, TO PROTECT ORDINARY PEOPLE.>>(Voice of Translator): ON THE DEFICIT NOW, DEFICIT OVER A SHORTER PERIOD IS ACCEPTABLE BUT A DEFICIT OVER LONGER PERIOD IS NOT ACCEPTABLE. IS THAT WHAT YOU THINK?>>(Voice of Translator): IT DEPENDS ON THE TYPE OF DEFICIT. IT’S COMPLETELY OUTRAGEOUS TO HAVE A DEFICIT TO GIVE MONEY TO MULTINATIONALS FOR EXAMPLE, TO THE RICHEST AMONG US. THAT’S COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE. NO TYPE OF DEFICIT IS ACCEPTABLE IF YOU ARE GIVING MONEY TO THE WEALTHIEST. BUT IF YOU INVEST IN PEOPLE, AND IF YOU INVEST IN CANADIANS GENERALLY, IF YOU CREATE PROGRAMS SUCH AS DENTACARE, PROGRAMS LIKE THE UNIVERSAL PHARMACARE PLAN, THAT’S ACCEPTABLE. THAT’S WHAT WE ARE PROPOSING. ALSO THINGS WHICH WE ARE PROPOSING TO INCREASE REVENUE, A TAX ON THE SUPER RICH, TO MAKE SURE THAT THE SUPER WEALTHY PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE. SO WE’LL TAKE OUR COMMITMENT SERIOUSLY AND WE’LL FOLLOW THROUGH ON THEM.>>FOR ME HAVING A DEFICIT THAT IS SIMPLY TO GIVE MONEY TO CORPORATIONS IS WRONG. THAT IS NOT WHAT A DEFICIT SHOULD BE DOING. GIVING MONEY TO POWERFUL CORPORATIONS LIKE Mr. TRUDEAU WHO GAVE $14 BILLION TO THE WEALTHIEST CORPORATIONS IN THE LAST FALL ECONOMIC STATEMENT. THE LAST FALL ECONOMIC STATEMENT HE GAVE $14 BILLION TO THE WEALTHIEST CORPORATIONS JUST SO THAT THEY COULD BUY CORPORATE JETS AND LIMOUSINES. THAT’S YONGE. THAT’S NOT WHAT WE SHOULD BE RUN AGDEFICIT TO DO. IF WE WANT TO INVEST IN PEOPLE, WANT TO INVEST IN THINGS LIKE PHARMACARE FOR ALL AND DENTACARE THAT’S WHAT WE SHOULD DO. WE TAKE PEOPLE’S BUDGETS SERIOUSLY. THAT MEANS MAKING SURE WE HAVE THE REVENUE TO MATCH OUR ENGAGEMENTS AND PROMISES. THAT’S WHY WE WOULD PUT IN PLACE A TAX ON THE SUPER RICH. [Cheering]>>THOSE WHO GOT FORTUNES OF OVER $20 MILLION, YEAH ASK THEM TO PAY A LITTLE MORE. WE ARE NOT ASTRIDE TO SAY THAT. CLOSE DOWN OFFSHORE TAX HAVENS RAISING BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. WE ARE GOING TO RAISE REVENUES AND MAKE SURE WE ARE CONTRIBUTING TOWARDS BUILDING A BETTER CANADA. NOT GIVING AWAY BILLIONS TO MILLIONAIRES. [Applause]>>(Inaudible).>>I MEAN, I’M REALLY DISTURBED TO HEAR ANY TIME THAT A PRODUCT ON THE MARKET IS CAUSING ILLNESS. I THINK WE HAVE GOT TO BE VERY CAREFUL IN MAKING SURE WE GOT EVIDENCE. WE MAKE EVIDENCE-BASED DECISION ALONG ANY NEW PRODUCT TO MAKE SURE WE ARE FIRST AND FOREMOST MAKING SURE WE PROTECT CANADIANS, GIVING THEM THE INFORMATION AROUND WHAT’S SAFE AND WHAT’S NOT. OUR JOB AS A GOVERNMENT, A COUNTRY TO MAKE SURE WE DO ALL THE TESTING APPROPRIATE, MAKE SURE PEOPLE ARE AWARE OF THE RISKS ARE, IF SOMETHING IS RISKY TO SOMEONE’S HEALTH NOT ALLOWED ON OUR MARKET.>>THE GREENS ARE CAMPAIGNING FOR FREE DENTAL CARE. PUT OUT A PRESS RELEASE SAYING MONEY WILL GO TO LOW INCOME CANADIANS. CAN YOU TELL US WHY YOUR PLAN IS BETTER AND RESPONSE PUT THAT OUT THERE RIGHT AFTER YOU.>>WE HAVE A REALLY BOLD PLAN AND OUR PLAN IS THIS: ESSENTIALLY SOMETHING THAT MAYBE INSURANCE COMPANIES ARE NOT GOING TO LIKE BUT PEOPLE ARE GOING TO LIKE. WE KNOW 4.3 MILLION CANADIANS THAT DON’T HAVE COVERAGE RIGHT NOW. OUR PLAN WOULD IMMEDIATELY COVER THOSE 4.3 MILLION PEOPLE. [Applause]>>WHAT OUR PLAN WOULD DO IS ESSENTIALLY IF YOU MAKE LESS THAN $70,000 WE WOULD PUT IN PLACE GOVERNMENT PUBLIC INSURANCE FOR THOSE PEOPLE. IMMEDIATELY WITHIN THE FIRST 100 DAYS CAN PUT THIS IN PLACE AND MAKE SURE PEOPLE WHO NEED CARE GET THAT CARE RIGHT AWAY. SO IT WOULD BE LIFE CHANGING. THIS IS A BOLD WAY FORWARD.>>WHY SHOULD VOTERS VOTE FOR THE NDP OVER THE GREENS PROMISING SOMETHING SIMILAR.>>OUR PLAN IS ONE THAT IS VERY CLEAR. WE HAVE LAID IT OUT. WE HAVE COSTED IT. AND WE HAVE A PATH TO ACHIEVE IT. SOMETHING WE CAN DO IN THE FIRST HUNDRED DAYS. SOMETHING THAT CAN BE USED AND ACCESSED RIGHT AWAY. SOMETHING THAT CANADIANS WHO DON’T HAVE ANY CARE. COUPLE OF FOLKS WHO SHARED THEIR STORIES. YOUNG PROFESSIONALS EARNING AN OKAY SALARY BUT CAN’T AFFORD BECAUSE THEY NEED OR PUT IT OFF AND END UP BECOMING MORE AND MORE ILL. FAMILIES THAT LOOK AT THE COST OF DENTAL CARE. ON AVERAGE ONE CONCRETE EXAMPLE IF YOU ARE A FAMILY WHO HAS NEED FOR A COUPLE OF CLEANINGS, FAMILY OF FOUR, CAP OR TWO, OR FILLING OR TWO THAT COULD BE $1200 SAVED BY THIS PLAN. THAT’S MASSIVE SAVINGS FOR FAMILIES. IT’S A REAL PLAN. IT’S A CONCRETE PLAN. AND IT CAN BE PUT IN PLACE RIGHT AWAY.>>ABOUT TIME. [Applause]>>(Voice of Translator): THE CONSERVATIVES ARE PROMISING TAX CUTS, TAX CREDITS DIRECTLY TO TAXPAYERS. NOW, YOU HAVE A HUGE PROGRAM THAT YOU ARE PROPOSING BUT NOT PUTTING MONEY BACK INTO THE HANDS OF ORDINARY CANADIANS DIRECTLY. IF I HAVE MORE MONEY IN MY POCKET AT THE END OF THE MONTH PERHAPS THAT WILL BE BETTER FOR ME THAN THE LONG-TERM PROGRAM. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE ON THE WRONG PATH? DO YOU THINK YOU ARE WRONG NOT TO ACTUALLY PUT MONEY BACK DIRECTLY IN THE POCKETS OF ORDINARY CANADIANS?>>NOT AT ALL. BECAUSE WHAT WE ARE DOING REALLY IS TO SAVE MONEY FOR PEOPLE. TAKE DRUGS, FOR EXAMPLE, IT COSTS FAR TOO MUCH MONEY. SO EACH YEAR UNDER OUR PROGRAM PEOPLE WILL SAVE MORE THAN $550 RIGHT OFF THE BAT UNDER OUR PROGRAM FOR DENTAL CARE, DETACARE AS WE CALL IT, SAVE ON AVERAGE 600 TO $700 PER FAMILY PER YEAR. SO WE ARE PUTTING MONEY IN PEOPLE’S POCKETS. IT’S REALLY WRONG TO SAY IF WE — IF WE PUT MONEY DIRECTLY IN PEOPLE’S POCKETS WHILE YOU HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT IT COSTS A LOT OF MONEY AS WELL BECAUSE MEANS THAT YOU HAVE TO CUT SERVICES. WHEN THE CONSERVATIVES TALK ABOUT CUTTING TAXES, TAX CUTS MEANS ALSO CUT TAXES, ESSENTIAL SERVICES. WHAT WE ARE SAYING IS THAT TOGETHER WE ARE STRONGER TOGETHER. WE CAN REALLY CHANGE THE WORLD TOGETHER IF WE WORK TOGETHER I THINK.>>ONE OF THE THINGS YOU WERE MENTIONING YOU NEED TO (Inaudible). REPRESENTATIVES FROM EIGHT HEALTH ORGANIZATIONS ASKING FOR IMMEDIATE FEDERAL ACTION TO CURB MARKETING ON VAPING PRODUCTS. WOULD AN NDP GOVERNMENT BE GOOD DOING SOMETHING LIKE THAT. COMES FROM PRESTIGEIOUS HEALTH ORGANIZATIONS?>>WE HAVE TO LOOK WHAT OUR PRIORITIES ARE WHEN IT COMES TO HOW WE DEAL WITH HEALTH PROMOTION AND PREVENTION OF ILLNESS. WE ABSOLUTELY NEED TO DO A BETTER JOB OF PROMOTING HEALTHY ACTIVITIES AND DISCOURAGING THINGS THAT COULD BE HARMFUL. NEED TO DO A BETTER JOB OF THAT. I THINK THE GOVERNMENT HAS MADE SOME STEPS BUT WE NEED TO GO A LOT FURTHER. WHEN IT COMES TO ANY PRODUCT ON THE MARKET, WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE ARE SAFE, THAT THEY KNOW THE INFORMATION THEY NEED TO KNOW TO MAKE AN INFORMED DECISION AND DISCOURAGE BEHAVIOUR THAT COULD HURT PEOPLE AND ENCOURAGE POSITIVE HEALTHY BEHAVIOUR.>>YOU WOULD (Inaudible) CURB FOR MARKETING PRODUCTS.>>I WOULD CURB — I WOULD PROMOTE A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE WHICH MEANS CURBING THE USE OF NICOTINE, CURBING THE USE OF IRRESPONSIBLE USE OF ALCOHOL, PROMOTE HEALTHY LIFESTYLES AND THAT WOULD MEAN PROMOTING THINGS HEALTHY FOR PEOPLE. I THINK WE SHOULD DO THAT TO ENCOURAGE LIFESTYLES.>>HOW DO YOU GUYS MAKE IN-ROAD INSIDE SIMCOE COUNTY, TRADITIONALLY CONSERVATIVE AREA. SPENDING TIME IN ONTARIO TODAY. CAN YOU SPEAK TO THE VIEWERS WHO TRADITIONALLY VOTE THAT WAY AND MIGHT — WHAT DO YOU SAY TO THEM?>>ONE OF THE WAYS TO DO IT IS WITH A TEAM LIKE THIS. [Applause] ALSO WITH GREAT CANDIDATES. WE HAVE GOT DAN JANSSEN, WE HAVE PEKKA REINIO, JESSICA, YVONNE, LEONA, GREAT CANDIDATES, THAT’S A BIG PART OF IT. WHAT WE ARE SAYING TO PEOPLE IS THIS: WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THE COSTS IN YOUR LIFE DENTAL CARE COSTS A LOT, MEDICATION COSTS A LOT. I BELIEVE WHEN WE COME TOGETHER AND INVEST IN PROGRAMS THAT HELP EACH OTHER OUT WE CAN BUILD A BETTER WORLD. WHAT’S HANG GOVERNMENTS IN OTTAWA WHETHER CONSERVATIVE OR LIBERAL SEEM TO MAKE DECISIONS THAT HELP THOSE AT THE TOP. DON’T ACTUALLY HELP OUT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. IN FACT WE SEE HERE IN ONTARIO WITH Mr. FORD, THEY CUT THE SERVICES THAT YOU NEED. THAT’S WHAT CONSERVATIVES DO. AND LIBERALS THEY TALK A NICE GAME BUT DO THEY ACTUALLY MAKE YOUR LIFE BETTER? THEY END UP BREAKING PROMISES AND NOT REALLY DELIVERING THE CARE YOUR FAMILIES NEED BECAUSE THEY ARE WORKING FOR THE VERY RICH AND POWERFUL. I DON’T WORK FOR THEM. I WORK FOR YOU. I’M IN IT FOR YOU. [Applause]>>(Voice of Translator): DO YOU THINK IT’S IRRESPONSIBLE TO PROMISE TAX CUTS? IS THAT WHAT YOU THINK?>>(Voice of Translator): I THINK IT IS REALLY BECAUSE IF YOU PROMISE TAX CUTS, WHAT IT DOES IS IT HELPS THE RICH, FIRST OF ALL. SECONDLY, IT CUTS SERVICES FOR FAMILIES WHO REALLY NEED THEM. SO IT’S VERY IRRESPONSIBLE TO PROMISE THESE TAX CUTS. EACH TIME WE HEAR THE CONSERVATIVES, THE LIBERALS SAY WE ARE GOING TO CUT TAXES, IT MEANS THAT THEY WILL CUT SERVICES THAT YOU NEED AS WELL.>>VERY SPECIFICALLY AFFECTED BY IT. WOULD YOUR GOVERNMENT HAVE A PLAN TO TACKLE THAT?>>ABSOLUTELY. WITH THE OPIOID CRISIS HAVE TO TAKE A MOMENT AND REALIZE THOUSANDS OF CANADIANS ARE LOSING THEIR LIVES. EVERYONE HAS GOT STORIES PEOPLE THEY KNOW, CLOSE ONES THAT HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES TO THIS CRISIS. IT IS A CRISIS. AND IF THOUSANDS OF CANADIANS WERE DYING BECAUSE OF AN ILLNESS THAT CAME TO CANADA THERE WOULD BE AN IMMEDIATE RESPONSE. THERE WOULD BE PUBLIC HEALTH STATIONS SET UP ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO STOP THAT ILLNESS. WE GOT TO STOP THIS. AND OUR CURRENT APPROACH IS NOT WORKING. ON DAY ONE OF A NEW DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT DECLARE A PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY PROVIDING THE FUNDING TO HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS IMMEDIATELY. SECONDLY, WHAT WE WOULD DO OUR APPROACH A CRIMINAL JUSTICE RESPONSE TO THE OPIOID CRISIS DOES NOT WORK. PEOPLE DEALING WITH ILLNESS, PEOPLE DEALING WITH ADDICTION OR POVERTY OR MENTAL HEALTH AND WHO ARE DYING DON’T NEED TO BE PUT IN JAIL. THEY NEED TO GET TO REHAB. THEY NEED ADDICTION SERVICES. THEY NEED COMPASSION. THAT’S WHAT WE WOULD DO.>>YOU SAY THAT OPIOID CRISIS BY SUPPORTING A SITE AS WELL AS TREATMENT. CAN YOU DESCRIBE HOW YOU WILL SUPPORT THAT. BECAUSE I KNOW THESE SYSTEMS ARE VERY NUANCED AND THERE IS A LOT OF DIFFERENT TYPES OF TREATMENT. CAN YOU EXPLAIN EXACTLY HOW YOU ARE GOING TO DO THAT.>>SURE. FIRST THING WE HAVE TO GET TOGETHER ON OUR GOALS. DO WE WANT TO SAVE LIVES? DO WE WANT TO PREVENT ILLNESS? DO WE WANT TO HELP PEOPLE OUT? IF THAT IS OUR GOAL THEN WE HAVE GOT TO HAVE POLICY THAT ACHIEVE THAT GOAL AND WE KNOW THE EVIDENCE IS VERY CLEAR, OUR CURRENT APPROACH THAT DOESN’T ACTUALLY RESPOND WITH HEALTHCARE, RESPOND WITH COMPASSION, RESPOND WITH SERVICES, OUR CURRENT RESPONSE IS ACTUALLY CONTINUING THE PROBLEM. SO WE HAVE GOT TO CHANGE IT. WE WOULD PROVIDE MORE SUPPORTS FOR FRONT CAROLINE PROVIDERS, THAT ARE DOING SAFE INJECTION SITES, PROVIDING CARE FOR PEOPLE THAT ARE DYING, PROVIDE THE CARE TO PREVENT THOSE DEATHS, PREVENTIBLE IN MANY CASES. WE ALSO WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE PUT MORE EMPHASIS ON GETTING THE CARE THAT SOMEONE NEEDS. I REMEMBER IN MY OWN SITUATION MY DAD WAS GOING THROUGH ADDICTION AND IT WAS HORRIBLE AND WE DIDN’T HAVE PRIVATE INSURANCE. AND WE WERE LUCKY THAT WE WERE ABLE TO FIND A BED THAT WAS AVAILABLE IN A REHAB CENTRE. MANY FAMILIES AREN’T LUCKY. MANY PEOPLE HAVE TRIED TO FIND A BED AND CAN’T FIND A SPOT. THAT SHOULD NEVER BE THE CASE. IF SOMEONE NEEDS REHAB THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO GET IT AND THAT’S WHAT I WANT TO MAKE HAPPEN.>>THANK YOU. [Applause]>>THANK YOU, EVERYBODY. [Applause & Cheering]>>Mark:

Author: Kevin Mason

3 thoughts on “Jagmeet Singh Makes Campaign Stop in Barrie, Ont.

  1. Canada Strong, but a chain is only as strong as it's weakest link, and Canada humanity, is it greatness!
    PEOPLE 1st not CORPORATIONS!

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