A fiery segment on identity spices up a hearty debate

Politics Insider for September 9, 2021: An intense Trudeau; some questions about the Tory platform; and a very tight survey

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According to La Presse’s main story, (translation) the most interesting moment of Wednesday night Debate in French it was an exchange between Justin trudeau and Yves-François Blanchet, with Trudeau asserting his Québec status.

Without a doubt, the most animated part of the exercise was that of Justin Trudeau and Yves-François Blanchet on the question of Québec identity. The Liberal Party leader was wounded by a comment from his Bloc opponent, who wanted to take up part of the Prime Minister’s response on aboriginal identity. “I am proud Québécois, I have always been Québécois, I will always be Québécois, and I am here with my word. You don’t have (a monopoly) in Quebec. There are several of us representing Quebec in the House of Commons ”, Justin Trudeau went on. “When you say you don’t want federal interference in Quebec, and then you take the government’s record as your own, that’s a profound contradiction. No, you will not accuse me of not being Québec, Mr. Blanchet“He thundered again, earning him a” Unzip there, unzip there, relax, relax, relax “by Yves-François Blanchet.

The world history focuses on another attack launched by Trudeau, this one in Erin O’Toole, whose plan to end the Liberals’ child care deal with the Quebec government came under pressure.

Justin ling write on Maclean’s that O’Toole got in trouble because there’s a big hole in his expensive rig.

And in an overproduced and forced debate in French from all the leaders Wednesday night, O’Toole found himself tossing things out that were nowhere to be found in his five-year spending document, which he published earlier that day. What’s more, he found himself receiving criticism for it. Liberal leader Justin Trudeau said the Conservatives’ spending commitments are proof that O’Toole “is not delivering on any of the things Canadians need.” Block leader Yves-Francois Blanchet chided the Conservatives for “dropping their platform two weeks late and changing it the next day. “

Althia raj, which is just in the Toronto star, write in a inaugural column that Trudeau’s attacks on O’Toole did not connect, highlighting some attacks by Jagmeet Singh.

But perhaps Singh’s most devastating line of attack was the one that has plagued Trudeau during the first three weeks of the campaign: the timing of the election call. “It was a bad decision,” Singh told the audience. “It was for a selfish reason. It’s not the right thing to do, ”he said, referring to the liberals’ desire for a majority government. If the Liberals want another term, Trudeau must convince voters that the ballot issue should not be a referendum on him, whether the voters like or support this election, but on O’Toole and if they like the election. political agenda proposed by conservatives.

His correspondent thought Trudeau’s emotional attack on Blanchet could help polarize the battle for Quebec votes between the Liberals and the bloc, squeezing the Conservatives and the NDP, but only the polls will tell us that in the coming days.

Conservative plans: On the day of the French debate, the Conservatives revealed the cost details of their platform, promising lower deficits by spending less on child care and increasing payments through the benefit for low-income workers, The Globe. reports. The plan is more than $ 51 billion in net new spending (including tax credits and some canceled Liberal programs) over five years, compared to $ 78 billion in new spending promised by the Liberals.

One of the biggest differences between the conservative and liberal platforms is how much the parties would spend on child care. The Liberals propose spending $ 29.8 billion over five years to launch a national child care program of $ 10 a day. Conservatives would scrap that program and instead commit to a tax credit to help cover the costs of childcare that is estimated to cost the treasury $ 2.6 billion over five years. Until now, O’Toole has avoided saying what a Conservative government would do with the childcare agreements that liberals signed with some provinces while in government. At Wednesday’s technical briefing, officials said provinces could keep the money expected this year, but that deals would be scrapped after that.

Neck and Neck: Leger, Canada’s highest rated pollster for accuracy by Maclean’s survey forecaster Philippe J. Fournier, have a new survey at Mail and it shows a close race: CPC 33, LPC 33, NDP 21, BQ 6, GPC 3, PPC 3. The survey – of 3,000 Canadians via an online panel from September 3 to September 3. 6 – shows that the Conservatives’ lead disappeared, probably due to the gun control debate, says Andrew Enns: “The O’Toole campaign got caught up in the gun control debate and that was not handled so cleanly. I think maybe ultimately it took the momentum out of the conservatives and gave the liberals some air and oxygen. “

Protests running: Interviewer Nick Nanos says protesters following Justin Trudeau are succeeding in disrupting his campaign messages, CTV reports: “I think it has had an impact on the Liberal campaign and the Liberal messages for sure. Basically these people are on a mission to defeat Justin Trudeau and disrupt his campaign and, at least in terms of disrupting the campaign, they are doing a pretty good job because he’s talking about them. “

Saini process to be tested: Clerk of the House of Commons Charles Robert, the senior parliamentary official, accepted a request to investigate the handling of the case of former Liberal candidate Raj Saini, CBC reports. Conservative MP Michelle Rempel Garner wrote to Robert last week to ask if that process was carried out correctly, as the plaintiff who triggered a 2020 workplace assessment from Saini’s office said she was not interviewed. The CBC also has liberal whip comments Mark Holland, who analyzes some details of the case and asks for caution. Saini ended his re-election bid after a series of indictments were made public. Deny the accusations.

Weapons charge: Liberal deputy Mark Gerretsen has written to the Elections Commissioner of Canada to request an investigation into whether the Conservative Party of Canada is in collusion with the National Firearms Association, CBC reports. Gerretsen suggests CPC campaign manager Fred DeLorey, a former lobbyist for the NFA, has been coordinating campaign activities with the association.

Debate discussions: National mail contrary Colby cosh have a funny column questioning the point of having televised debates, with an interesting thought on Canadian political culture:

Britain, the original model of our form of democracy, manages to get by with almost no use of them, and this is largely unchallenged there. Here, we are too close to the Americans: their political habits rub off on us without warning. Explicitly, we make a political fetish of our differences with them. We are implicitly constantly assuming that if we don’t imitate them in some humiliating or self-destructive way, we may be suspected of being second-rate.

No more burned books: An Ontario French-language school board has stopped planned book burning after it was discovered that the indigenous “gatekeeper” at the heart of the process may not actually be indigenous, Radio Canada reports. (Translation.) Press columnist Isabelle hachey I had a good column especially on Wednesday. (translation.)

– Stephen Maher


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