Justin Trudeau was in Hamilton this morning, a day after the national English debate for Election 21. Trudeau started his event at the Soccer World playing with kids.
On a lighter note, he said he talked to his mother after the debate. She was not upset with him revealing her age during the national broadcast. Keep up the good work across the country was the response from Trudeau’s mother.
The Liberal Party leader moved quickly discussing the impact of pandemic on Canadians noting that they have all done a good job during the past few months. “We stepped up, got vaccinated, and had been there for each other.”
He recalled his visit to Ottawa General Hospital where he heard from healthcare workers how exhausted they were. “They were stressed, stretched and exhausted while taking care of patients during pandemic to keep Canadians safe,” said Trudeau.
He remarked that unvaccinated people have been showing up at ICUs, while surgeries and emergency treatments have been delayed.
“This reminds us of how much we have to learn the lessons of the pandemic.
“The lesson learned was that Canadians stepped up for each other.”
“One major lesson was that more money should be invested in Canada s health system,” said Trudeau.
He said the hesitancy to get vaccinated by some people is having an impact on the health system. He noted that a personal doctor could be contacted, who would advise on vaccination. Adding that some people have no access to personal physicians.
“We recognize the backlogs in surgeries because of COVID,” said Trudeau.
He criticized the health plan of Erin O’Toole, the Leader of the Conservative Party. “The numbers do not add up,” said Trudeau.
“Erin O’Toole had not been able to convince his candidates to get vaccinated,” he said.
Earlier, Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Finance, said Canadians have to make a clear choice in the September 20 election.
She said the plan of the Liberal Party would deliver child care of $10 a day within five years. She said the conservatives would tear up the agreement reached already with territories and provinces noting this would be a mistake.
“This would not be in the best interests of Canadian children, women and the economy.
“The Quebec experience as shown unequivocally that investing in early learning child care is not just a huge relief for families, but doesn’t just make life affordable but drives economic life,” said the Minister of Finance.
She reminded Hamiltonians of the fight with the United States over the tariffs imposed on Canadian steel. “We stood up for the steel workers in Hamilton,” said Freeland, “we are proud we did.”