Leaders battle over economy while battering an absent Trudeau at first debate

first_imgJustin Trudeau was glaringly absent when the first National Leaders’ debate hosted by Citytv and Maclean’s got underway on Thursday night, but within minutes the Liberal Leader was the centre of attention.Trudeau may have declined his invitation to the debate at the CityNews building near Yonge and Dundas Square in downtown Toronto, but it quickly became clear that he wouldn’t evade stinging criticism from his political rivals.The state of the economy was the first topic up for discussion and Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer didn’t waste any time pinning the country’s fiscal woes on Trudeau.Ignoring Green Party Leader Elizabeth May’s somewhat tepid defence of a costly guaranteed livable income plan, Scheer quickly attacked his absent, and more significant rival.“Justin Trudeau promised that the budget would balance itself this year, instead we see massive deficits as far as the eyes can see, years into the future,” Scheer sneered.“That puts a huge strain on our social services like health care and education.”NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh piled onto the Trudeau bashing, while making sure he didn’t give Scheer a pass.“Governments in Ottawa whether they have been Conservative, or particularly with Mr. Trudeau … have always made decisions that seem to make life easier for the richest and hardest for everyone else and we’ve got to change that.”“He (Scheer) would certainly cut taxes, he would cut taxes for the wealthy and he would cut services for families and that’s exactly what Conservatives do.”Trudeau wasn’t the only non-present politician to wade into the discussion.Singh made sure to align Scheer with Ontario Conservative Premier Doug Ford, whose early tenure has been marked by controversy and dismal poll numbers.“We’ve seen it here in Ontario, Mr. Ford promised to cut taxes, he did — he cut taxes for the wealthiest, and then he cut services for families, autism funding, education funding, all the thing that families rely on,” Singh said.Scheer denied it while craftily swaying the conservation back to Trudeau.“I have made a firm commitment that under a Conservative government I will ensure that funding for health care and social services continue to increase.”“We can see that Justin Trudeau is trying to do Canada what Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals did to Ontario when they ran massive deficits that put strains on our public services and led to higher taxes.”May suggested finding money by “increasing taxes on the wealthy (and) eliminating loopholes that overwhelmingly only benefit the top one per cent.”“We don’t tax Google or Facebook,” she noted. “They take billions out of this economy.”Stench of SNC-LavalinJustin Trudeau’s shadow, and biggest scandal, hovered over the debate.Scheer accused Trudeau, who was found guilty of violating the Conflict of Interest Act, of trying to obstruct an RCMP probe into the SNC Lavalin affair.“He is the only Prime Minister that has ever been convicted of breaking the law and he lied about it, and now we find out that the RCMP is looking into this case with a view to possible obstruction of justice charges and he is obstructing their attempts to get the truth.”“I want to use this opportunity to call on Justin Trudeau to do the right thing and waive full cabinet privilege and cabinet confidence to allow people to testify to the RCMP so we can get to the bottom of this issue.”Singh quickly interjected, insinuating that both the Conservatives and Liberals are vulnerable to corporate influence.“Whether we have Mr. Trudeau in government, a Liberal government, or Mr. Scheer in government, at the end of the day both these parties continue to make it easier for the rich to get ahead. That’s their priority, so it wouldn’t have been much different. The PMOs office, if it was Mr. Scheer’s office, would have got the call directly from SNC, all the wealthiest corporations know to donate to either Conservatives or they donate to the Liberals because they know it’s either of those parties that have their back.”Scheer quickly fired back, alleging that Singh met with SNC Lavalin on May 10, 2018.“That’s not true and you know it, Singh barked.May then provided a rare moment of levity, quipping: “I think I’m so incorruptible, SNC Lavalin never asked to meet me.”“He’s scared”: Scheer mocks TrudeauLast week Trudeau said he would only participate in debates organized by the Leaders’ Debates Commission.Both Scheer and Singh derided Trudeau upon their arrival at the debate.“I’m exciting that we are going to have an opportunity to talk about our priorities and our plans,” Scheer said. “I just wish that Justin Trudeau had taken the time to show up, it’s obvious that he’s afraid of his record but we’ll carry on without him.”Singh’s rebuke was even more searing.“We’ve got to hold Mr. Trudeau to account,” he said after stepping off his campaign bus. “He’s let down people a lot in the four years, and he’s not here to defend his track record. His track record is pretty abysmal when it comes to things like climate crisis, Indigenous rights, when it comes to fighting for health care, the housing crisis, we want to make sure we hold him to account.”May was the only one to avoid the topic of Trudeau upon her arrival. Instead she put the focus on her party’s climate action plan, dubbed Mission Possible.“I’m just looking forward to having a chance to put forward our ideas, our positive vision for the country,” May stressed “Our approach, Mission Possible, is the most ambitious plan of any party and the only one consistent with the science.”“We want Canadians brought together like a family because that’s what we are.”Watch the full two-hour debate below. Look back at some key moments below: LiveInfoLiveInfoSep 135:26 PMThe three party leaders faced off on the #firstdebate of the election campaign, attacking a prime minister who wasn’t there to defend his record. Who fought hard but fell short and who won the night? Our political panel weighs in. https://t.co/F52MayKm1k #elxn43 #cdnpoli— CityNews Toronto (@CityNews) September 13, 201900SHARE COMMENTS Sep 135:00 PMThree of Canada’s federal party leaders wasted no time trading blows in a fiery #firstdebate hosted by @CityNews and @macleans. https://t.co/IaC1wOU7RD #elxn43 #cdnpoli— CityNews Toronto (@CityNews) September 13, 201900SHARE COMMENTS Sep 1311:42 AMThe three party leaders faced off on the #firstdebate of the election campaign, attacking a prime minister who wasn’t there to defend his record. Who fought hard but fell short and who won the night? Our political panel weighs in. https://t.co/F52Maz1XpU #elxn43 #cdnpoli— CityNews Toronto (@CityNews) September 13, 201900SHARE COMMENTS Sep 1311:40 AMAs the three leaders debated at Citytv in Toronto, one question that was on many peoples minds was where was Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau? https://t.co/ivcFEqLJNk #elxn43 #cdnpoli #firstdebate— CityNews Toronto (@CityNews) September 13, 201900SHARE COMMENTS Sep 1311:38 AMThree of Canada’s federal party leaders wasted no time trading blows in a fiery #firstdebate hosted by @CityNews and @macleans. https://t.co/IaC1wOCx05 #elxn43 #cdnpoli— CityNews Toronto (@CityNews) September 13, 201900SHARE COMMENTS Sep 1311:04 AMMissed the @macleans and Citytv National Leaders Debate? Watch Elizabeth May, Andrew Scheer and Jagmeet Singh debate here: https://t.co/Dl2mcvLxGV #firstdebate #Canpoli #Elxn43— CityNews Toronto (@CityNews) September 13, 201900SHARE COMMENTS Sep 1310:23 AMThe question people were asking the most during the Citytv and Maclean’s National Leaders Debate was: Where is Justin Trudeau? https://t.co/yncjvhXsh5 #FirstDebate #CDNpoli #elxn43— CityNews Toronto (@CityNews) September 13, 201900SHARE COMMENTS Sep 1310:08 AMNDP Leader Jagmeet Singh brought up Ontario Premier Doug Ford during the #firstdebate but Andrew Scheer won’t mention him. I asked Ford’s cabinet what they make of the snub from the Federal conservative Leader. #Elexn43 #onpoli https://t.co/ESC56LnI3g— Richard Southern (@richard680news) September 13, 201900SHARE COMMENTS Sep 139:50 AMFinal pitches…May: we need to come together for our futureScheer: who do you trust to make your life more affordable?Singh: who is going to fight for you? NDP not in it for the wealthy#firstdebate #cdnpoli #elxn42— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) September 13, 201900SHARE COMMENTS Sep 139:50 AMElizabeth May says if you want to know what Andrew Scheer’s foreign policy is just look at Donald Trump. May said Trump is the ventriloquist and Scheer is Charlie McCarthy #firstdebate— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) September 13, 201900SHARE COMMENTS Sep 139:34 AMWe are following the #firstdebate live in our newsroom. Watch a snippet of our ⁦@Stu_McGinn⁩ and ⁦@Stall680news⁩ break-down what debate leaders have to say on the #economy #elxn19 https://t.co/pUV2aEY8WA— 680 NEWS Toronto (@680NEWS) September 13, 201900SHARE COMMENTS Sep 139:31 AMAndrew Scheer asked if he is still pro-Brexit. Says he is always in favour of countries determining their own path and says it’s up to the British people. To note, Scheer tweeted in the past that he was pro Brexit “before it was cool” #firstdebate #elxn43 #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) September 13, 201900SHARE COMMENTS Sep 139:30 AMConservative Andrew Scheer advocates for a stronger approach with China by pulling public funding for Chinese companies #firstdebate #elxn43— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) September 13, 201900SHARE COMMENTS Sep 139:30 AMOn China, May says Kovrig and Spavor need to be our priority right now, not trade. Says anyone who says there is a simple answer to this is talking out of their hat #firstdebate— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) September 13, 201901SHARE COMMENTS Sep 139:13 AMNow time for “who would you support” in a minority government.May says under the current climate targets she wouldn’t support any of the other parties. But she thinks that could change with negotiation.Singh says he would not support Scheer— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) September 13, 201900SHARE COMMENTS Sep 139:12 AMTrudeau’s rally started late, ensuring that it would overlap with the start of the Citytv – Maclean’s National Leaders debate, where a podium remains open for him. https://t.co/5lWITxU3yO #FirstDebate #elxn43 #CDNpoli— CityNews Toronto (@CityNews) September 13, 201900SHARE COMMENTS Sep 139:08 AMScheer brings up the SNC-Lavalin affair, calls on Trudeau to waive cabinet privilege to allow people to testify and May calls for an inquiry outside of the RCMP investigation. Meanwhile, Singh said he believes Scheer would have done the same thing the Trudeau did. #FirstDebate pic.twitter.com/ctrXnu03hD— CityNews Toronto (@CityNews) September 13, 201900SHARE COMMENTS Sep 139:04 AMWhat matters most to you in this election?— CityNews Toronto (@CityNews) September 13, 201900SHARE1 COMMENTS 1JoLo18 hours agoThe environment and climate change have to be the #1 if our children are to survive. 12REPLYREPLY2 repliesView all 2 repliesnormal18 hours agoThe FAKE “climate change” Lies peddled by the marxist-Liberals has just been an excuse to brainwash low IQ voters that if you let Trudeau steal more of your paycheque, he will make all the bad weather go away. Burning fossil fuels has nothing to do with the weather.00REPLYRT18 hours agoClimate change is a hoax..We were to have been flooded inland West and East Coasts by now,no snow to be in Canada by now and several degree’s warmer..It never happened as it wont…21REPLYSep 138:43 AMAfter round one of the debate on the economy, a couple of chiefs wonder how the government can afford pharmacare when it can’t fulfill its treaty duties. #firstdebate #cdnpoli #elxn43 pic.twitter.com/M3O1vumWUq— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) September 13, 201900SHARE2 COMMENTS 2JoLo18 hours agoCan’t or won’t?00REPLYREPLYCanada is True Norht18 hours agoIs Cormac McSweeny sober now or is he still mixing his comments with his affliction to Whiskey, hope he stays sober for the rest of the campaign reporting00REPLYREPLYSep 138:40 AMSingh and May are going after Scheer hard on Indigenous issues. Scheer suggests one indigenous community should not be able to block a project of national interest #firstdebate— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) September 13, 201910SHARE COMMENTS Show More PostsAdd Arena.im to your sitelast_img

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