In a last-ditch effort to win seats in western Canada, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh is scheduled to stop on Saturday in five cities in Saskatchewan, Alberta and BC, where the party expects the riding to be orange in Monday’s federal election.
The NDP campaign began the day in Saskatoon, stopping in Regina and Edmonton, and then set to make a brief tour of Cranbrook, BC before ending the day in Vancouver. The NDP won no seats in Saskatchewan in 2019, and only holds the Edmonton-Strathcona ride in Alberta, but they are hoping this election will be different.
During the final weeks of the campaign, Mr. Singh has led with a message of positive change, though often interspersed with attacks on the Liberals’ record, hoping to reach progressive voters.
“One thing we always try to do in our campaign is to make people the heart of our story,” Mr. Singh said in an interview with “We use the campaign as a vehicle for people’s lives and their stories and their struggles, and then give hope that there is a solution to these problems.”
During a whistle stop through Southern Ontario last week, Mr. Singh extended his positive message by encouraging supporters to jump in and dance along to his upbeat, 2019 campaign song, Variation, as well as join him in the regimen that he repeats at each step: “When we lift one another up, we all rise.”
However, much of his campaign has also been about talking to liberals, aiming to differentiate between his party and Justin Trudeau.
“We have six years of evidence of what Mr Trudeau is capable of doing in power as prime minister,” he said, echoing a common theme from the campaign trail.
Some critics doubt that Mr. Singh’s plans will be better.
Received only a passing grade from the Institute for Financial Studies and Democracy at the University of Ottawa at NDP Platform Cost. One of the main issues cited by the institute was that the party had several revenue programs, but hardly any spending programmes, spent by the Parliamentary Budget Officer.
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Asked about the criticism, Mr Singh said that the NDP has devised a plan that the party believes in. “So people know where we stand,” he said. And asked if he would commit to more measures spent by the PBO, he did not give a direct answer. “We’ll give more details of our plan as we go forward, so it’s going to be more than just cost,” he said.
The institute’s assessment also gave the Conservative platform a passing grade, scoring it low for responsible financial management because it did not predict how the party would increase health spending while reducing deficits. The liberal platform was given a good grade.
The NDP has also faced criticism for its climate change plan, which has an ambitious goal of reducing emissions by at least 50 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.
Marc Jaccard, who developed the climate model, assessed the climate policies of four major national parties. He said achieving the aggressive targets of the NDP plan without giving a break to “business-exposed industries” would be “disastrous” for the economy.
Asked about this assessment, Mr. Singh said the party has consulted environmental experts to develop the policy, and he has said it is one of the best plans.
“Our plan is truly a plan that includes not only market-based solutions, but also the power of the government to invest in proactive solutions,” he said. Shri Singh said that NDP is focused on generating employment for projects like retrofitting of buildings. “We’re proud that we’re going to be bold about it,” he said.
Liberals aim to cut emissions by 40 to 45 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, and conservatives are pledging to cut emissions by 30 percent from 2005 levels by the same time frame.
The NDP had 24 seats in the House of Commons at the time of its dissolution, and it hopes to increase that number. More than half of the party’s candidates are women, and 72 percent are part of an “equity-seeking” group, which includes racial candidates, women, people from the LGBTQ community and other marginalized groups who are disabled. and youth.
“It has been a huge part of my leadership to ensure that women are well represented in positions of power. This is something I have committed to,” said Mr. Singh, his chief of staff and The campaign directors are both women, and he has always wanted to improve diversity within his party.
“I want to make sure we continue the trend we already started, to get more people, especially from indigenous backgrounds and other equity-seeking groups, to have a team that reflects the country. is,” he said.
Mr. Singh has also paid attention to indigenous issues. He visited the Nescantaga First Nation during the final week of the campaign. The remote, fly-in community in northern Ontario has had boil-water advisories for more than 26 years, one of the longest in Canada.
“They really felt unheard,” Mr Singh said of the people in the community. “They suffered in silence.” He said he hoped that a visit to Nescantaga, where he was accompanied by media covering the campaign, shed light on the day-to-day cost of the boil-water advice.
The Liberals had promised to end the boil-water advisory by March 2021, but said last year it would not, citing COVID-19 as the reason for the delay. Government documents from this spring showed it could take as long as 2026.
According to Indigenous Services Canada, there are still 52 long-term drinking water consultations in 33 communities. Since the Liberals came to power in 2015, 109 people have been evacuated.
Mr. Singh said he would prefer to do away with the boil-water advice, but gave few details on how his party would do so. He said the visit to Nescantaga was about helping people in the community have a voice.
“We want to share their story, want people to know what they’re going through,” he said.
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