NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and NDP candidate Bob Chamberlin met with local voters to talk about one of the key issues of the campaign: affordability.
“Families that are just trying to get by aren’t
being put first in Ottawa, and that’s wrong,” said Singh. “The Liberals have latched onto rich companies like Loblaws and SNC-Lavalin, while the Conservatives cozy up to big oil and gas – and regular people are paying the price.”
At a Friday morning coffee house, Singh said the Liberals and Conservatives showed their true colours in Parliament this week by saying no to an NDP proposal to put people’s needs ahead of corporate handouts.
people I’ve talked to during this campaign are frustrated,” said Chamberlin. “They see handouts and tax havens for rich corporations, but everyone else has to make due with higher costs and little help.”
said he heard the cynicism from people firsthand last week when it was revealed that Conservative leader Andrew Scheer held secret, day-long election strategy sessions with wealthy oil executives in Alberta.
“Big oil is
planning the next Conservative election campaign?” asked Chamberlin. “It’s bad enough that Trudeau’s Liberals spent billions on the Trans-Mountain pipeline – think about how much worse it could get for our climate and our
pocketbooks under a Conservative government that owes the oil industry favours. We should be ending the billion dollar subsidies for the oil and gas industry, not cozying up to them. We should be investing now in good clean energy jobs instead. To
make life better and more affordable for people, you have to have the guts to stand up to corporations that take advantage of us. And that’s what I’m determined to do.”
He also noted that earlier this week Conservative and Liberal
MPs said no to an NDP plan that would stop huge subsidies to fossil fuel companies and other corporate handouts. The plan called on the Liberal government to recover the $12 million handout to Loblaws, and instead put the money toward the needs of people.
Singh has been on the campaign trail with Chamberlin since Wednesday, knocking on doors, mainstreeting, meeting seniors and students, and attending a boisterous roadside rally Thursday morning.https://www.facebook.com/events/430924654155283/