With the shadow of a massive and controversial trade deal looming over the campaign trail, Tom Mulcair visited a farm Saturday to press his contention that only a New Democrat government would stick up for Quebec’s dairy farmers.
By contrast, Statistics Canada has reported that the prevalence of marijuana use among Canadians over the age of 15 has remained relatively stable, with 12 per cent reporting they used the drug in the past year both in 2002 and 2012.
He said an agreement would be good news for workers in the province’s fisheries sector.
“We don’t need to convince them to leave the Conservative party”.
Hours earlier in Montreal, Harper insisted Canada would only sign a deal that was in the country’s best interests, noting it would also have to be ratified by Parliament.
He added: “We have a possibility of being in what could be the largest trade deal in history.”
“It is a system we can and should be proud of”.
As predicted, the hot-button question of whether to allow the Islamic face covering during citizenship ceremonies made for a pivotal exchange during the French leaders’ debate, the last face-to-face clash of the 2015 campaign.
Still, Trudeau poked fun at his opponents during the speech, likening the Harper government to a “bad movie franchise”.
“You’re playing a unsafe game”, Mulcair charged. “No problem, you’re supposed to go back”, he said.
“That is reflective of a profound contempt for Canadian values … you are targeting a community to play politics”.
The Council of Canadian’s Ken Kavanagh outlined what he would like to see from the next Prime Minister.
Mulcair said that while he understands the niqab is an emotional issue for many people, he supports the existing rule that states anyone seeking citizenship must uncover their face to identify themselves before swearing the oath.
“But the courts have ruled and it’s no longer about what we like or don’t like”.
“We’ve spent a couple of generations trying to reduce the use of tobacco in Canada with a lot of success”, he said.
Asked how the Liberals expect to compete electorally with such a significant economic achievement by the Conservatives, Trudeau waved his 88-page platform document as the answer.
Mulcair couldn’t even bring himself to believe Harper would come through on his commitment to disclose details of the agreement.
Dr. Robert Schwartz said each year tobacco kills more people in Canada than alcohol, motor vehicles, firearms, illegal drug use, and HIV put together.
The Conservatives are vehemently opposed to the idea, with Harper saying that regulating its sale in the same way as cigarettes or alcohol would do nothing to keep it out of the hands of kids.
Federation of Labour’s Mary Shortall says the Conservatives haven’t made a public inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women and that, she says, is a mistake.
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