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The latest news on the French-language leaders’ debate between Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, Bloc Leader Yves-François Blanchet and Green Party Leader Annamie Paul ( always locally):

11:15 p.m.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says the government must have the capacity to immediately remove misinformation online that incites hatred.

Otherwise, he says, the problem is left in the hands of social media companies that aren’t equipped to take action and don’t seem particularly willing to step in.

He says current hate speech laws are not enforced very well and that many hate crimes are not prosecuted as such.

Singh was also asked to clarify his position on the Trans Mountain pipeline and reiterated that an NDP government would take stock of the situation before making a decision.

Singh also declined to answer a question from a Rebel News reporter, saying he did not answer questions from that outlet.

11 o’clock in the evening

Green Party leader Annamie Paul said there was “no doubt” that internal strife within her party – and the fact that they were not completely appeased before the campaign – hurt them. in the elections.

But she says the party’s values ​​remain the same, and she hopes tonight’s debate has prompted some people to vote green on September 20.

Paul, who was elected party leader last year, pushed back efforts to oust him from his post weeks before the election was called, but tensions appear to have eased since the campaign began.

The party’s platform, released on Tuesday, includes pledges to increase targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, cancel all new pipelines and oil exploration, accelerate the increase in carbon prices and to ban the sale of all passenger cars with internal combustion engines.

10:50 p.m.

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has said organizations like the Rebel News Network must take responsibility for some of the polarization in Canada over vaccines and the pandemic.

Trudeau made the comment in response to a question from a Rebel News reporter about a Federal Court ruling that ordered the Leaders’ Debates Commission to allow the organization to cover debates tonight and tomorrow. .

Trudeau said decisions about accreditation are made by the press gallery and the broadcast consortium.

But he added that Rebel News and other similar organizations continue to spread misinformation and misinformation about vaccines and the pandemic, which is contributing to some of the anger that has recently emerged in the country.

10:35 p.m.

Yves-François Blanchet says that the funding for health care provided for in the Conservatives’ encrypted platform is clearly not what the provinces are asking for.

The leader of the Bloc Québécois was asked to comment on the Conservatives’ cost, which was made public shortly before the debate.

He says health care support would essentially remain the same under the plan.

Blanchet was also asked about his exchange with Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau during the debate on who represents Quebec.

He reiterated that while Trudeau can call himself a proud Quebecer whatever he wants, the provincial legislature is the body that speaks for Quebec.

10:30 p.m.

The chiefs answered questions following the debate in French this evening.

Conservative leader Erin O’Toole was the first and faced questions about the cost of her party’s platform, which was released shortly before the event.

O’Toole has pledged to increase unconditional health transfers to the provinces by $ 60 billion over 10 years, guaranteeing a six percent increase in the transfer each year.

But the document shows that under the current formula for the Canada Health Transfer, which is based on economic growth, annual payments would already increase by nearly six percent for the next two or three years.

Pressed on the issue, O’Toole said his plan responds to what the provinces are asking for: predictable long-term funding with no strings attached.

9:45 p.m.

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau defended his identity as a Quebecker during a heated exchange with Yves-François Blanchet of the Bloc Québécois.

The exchange began when Blanchet asked Trudeau why he thought he could tell Quebec what to do and what to think.

Trudeau responded that as a Quebecer he had his say, adding that there were many people representing the province in the House of Commons.

The two spoke to each other on several occasions, with Blanchet at one point urging Trudeau to “relax, relax”.

Blanchet said that Quebec democracy is played out in the provincial legislature.

9:20 p.m.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh would not say what will happen to the Trans Mountain pipeline if his party forms government, but simply assess the situation.

Executives have been pressed on the fate of the pipeline – which the federal government bought from Kinder Morgan in 2018 – if they take the reins after September 20.

The existing pipeline between Alberta and British Columbia has been in service for decades, and a project to nearly triple its capacity is underway, despite objections from some coastal First Nations.

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said some Indigenous communities want to buy the pipeline and will continue to operate it until “we don’t need it anymore.”

Conservative leader Erin O’Toole, meanwhile, only said western Canadian families need an economic recovery, but didn’t say how long he would like the pipeline to be used.

Bloc Québécois leader Yves-François Blanchet has pledged to return the money from the pipeline to the people of Alberta, while Green Party leader Annamie Paul has said it should be canceled.

8:30 p.m.

Leaders were pressured to specify how much money they would give the provinces for health care – in particular, if they would hand over the additional $ 28 billion requested by the premiers.

Jagmeet Singh said the NDP would increase health transfers, but would not say by how much, while Annmie Paul would only say that the Greens would discuss the issue with the provinces.

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has pledged an additional $ 25 billion, with conditions as to how the money could be spent.

Erin O’Toole said a Conservative government would not attach any conditions to funding, out of respect for provincial jurisdiction.

Yves-François Blanchet said he would demand the additional $ 28 billion for the provinces.

Quebec Premier François Legault has already bristled with what he called a “centralist” Ottawa approach by tying health care funding to specific initiatives, such as hiring doctors.

8:20 p.m.

Annamie Paul has been pressed to find out why her party has not released a costed plan, with just two weeks before Canadians go to the polls.

The leader of the Green Party said an encrypted platform was “coming,” but declined to say when.

She pointed out that the short campaign contributed to the delay.

The NDP has yet to release its platform costs, while the Conservatives have released their hours before tonight’s debate.

The Liberals released their platform, with the costs, last week.

8:10 p.m.

Several leaders stress the importance of working together if this month’s election ends with another minority government.

Debate moderator Patrice Roy asked the five leaders if they would commit to not calling another minority election.

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau went first, repeating his rationale for sending Canadians to the polls – that the government needs a clear mandate to make decisions on how to exit the country from the pandemic.

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole and Green Leader Annamie Paul both said collaboration in the House was paramount, while Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet said his party would support any government action that was good for Quebec.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has said he will live up to the mandate Canadians give to the government they elect.

7:30 p.m.

Green Party leader Annamie Paul arrived at the venue by car – the last of five leaders to drive to the museum.

Speaking to reporters on her arrival, Paul said she welcomes the release of the Tories’ Encrypted Platform, but has yet to see it.

She says her message to Canadians at tonight’s event will be that her party is ambitious and promises real action on climate change.

The climate is one of the topics designated for the debate, along with the cost of living, public finances, indigenous issues, justice, foreign policy and the COVID-19 pandemic.

7:25 p.m.

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau arrived at the museum for tonight’s French debate.

As his motorcade entered the museum driveway, some of the crowd gathered on the sidewalk to boo him.

A few dozen people also gathered outside the room, some of whom appear to be supporters of the People’s Party of Canada and the Bloc Québécois.

The Liberal leader got out of his vehicle, motioned to him and walked inside without stopping to speak to reporters.

Trudeau’s campaign was continued by angry protesters, and tensions reached a new high on Monday when someone threw gravel at him at an event in London, Ont.

7:20 p.m.

Three of the leaders participating in tonight’s French debate arrived at the Museum of Canadian History in Gatineau, Quebec, across from Parliament Hill.

Bloc Québécois leader Yves-François arrived first, walking to the museum with his wife and pausing for a few moments to speak to reporters before entering.

He said, in English, that the Conservatives released their encrypted platform too late for it to be analyzed before the debate.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh also made a few remarks, in French, saying he would present his plan to Canadians.

Conservative leader Erin O’Toole, meanwhile, walked inside without speaking to reporters.

6.30 p.m.

A small group of People’s Party of Canada supporters wearing party supplies stand on the sidewalk near the Canadian History Museum in Gatineau, Que., Where tonight’s debate is taking place.

Large numbers of people dressed in party gear – as well as one of its candidates – were also in attendance at an event in London, Ont. On Monday where protesters threw gravel at Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau .

The leaders have not yet arrived at the museum for the debate, which is due to start at 8 p.m.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on September 8, 2021.

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said that the leader of the Bloc Québécois, Yves-François Blanchet, had declared that he would give the Trans Mountain pipeline to the people of Alberta. In fact, he said he would give them pipeline money.


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