THAT WE’RE FACING RIGHT NOW. AND I HAVE TO SAY THAT I AM SO HONOURED TO BE PART OF THIS CAMPAIGN, TO TALK ABOUT REAL ISSUES AND TALK ABOUT HOW WE CAN MAKE THE DIFFERENCE IN THIS ELECTION FOR THE PEOPLE OF OUR COMMUNITIES AND ACROSS THIS COUNTRY SO IT’S A HUGE HONOUR AND A HUGE PRIVILEGE TO INTRODUCE SOMEONE THAT I KNOW WELL, AND I CARE SO MUCH ABOUT, THAT I KNOW LOVES PEOPLE AND WHEN YOU MEET HIM, YOU CAN FEEL THE LOVE. AND I’VE REALLY WITNESSED THE COURAGE, THE BOLD AND THE STRENGTH OF THIS MAN AND I’M SO PROUD TO CALL HIM MY LEADER, JAGMEET SINGH, THE LEADER OF THE FEDERAL NDP. [ Cheering and Applause ]>>(Together): JAGMEET! JAGMEET!>>THANK YOU, THANK YOU. THANK YOU, EVERYBODY. THANK YOU SO MUCH. YOUR MEMBER GORD JOHNS ONCE AGAIN! [ Applause ] THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING ME. THIS IS INCREDIBLE. FOR JOINING US. AND THANK YOU FOR ELECTING GORD BEFORE, AND I HOPE YOU CAN DO IT AGAIN. [ Cheering and Applause ] FRIENDS, WE’RE GOING TO HAVE A LITTLE CHAT AND THEN I WANT TO HEAR A LOT OF QUESTIONS FROM YOU. SO I’M JUST GOING TO TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT WE’RE UP AGAINST AND WHAT’S GOING ON AND GIVE YOU A BIT OF AN UPDATE AND THEN I REALLY LOOK FORWARD TO HAVING A CHAT WITH ALL OF YOU. SO GORD KIND OF TOUCHED ON IT, BUT WE’VE GOT A BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY, A BEAUTIFUL COMMUNITY BUT THERE’S A LOT OF CHALLENGES. THERE’S A LOT OF STRUGGLES THAT PEOPLE ARE FACING RIGHT NOW. AND JUST SOME OF THEM THAT WE’VE BEEN HEARING ABOUT OVER THIS CAMPAIGN, ONE OF THE THINGS I’M REALLY PROUD OF IS OUR CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN ABOUT BRINGING PEOPLE WHO HAVEN’T HAD A VOICE, HAVEN’T HAD A CHANCE TO TELL THEIR STORIES, WE’VE BEEN MAKING OUR CAMPAIGN ABOUT THEM AND THEIR STORIES. ABOUT THE PEOPLE THAT WANT A BETTER LIFE AND ARE STRUGGLING RIGHT NOW. WE WERE JUST IN CAMPBELL RIVER, MADE AN ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT HOUSING. MET A WOMAN THAT WAS THERE. AND THE HOUSING CRISIS IS NOT JUST A BIG URBAN CENTRE ISSUE. IT’S A CRISIS THAT IS IMPACTING PEOPLE UP AND DOWN THE ISLAND AND ACROSS CANADA. AND THAT’S WHEN WE MADE THAT ANNOUNCEMENT IN A SMALLER COMMUNITY BECAUSE WE WANTED TO HIGHLIGHT THAT THIS ISN’T A BIG VANCOUVER CITY OR A TORONTO KIND OF CITY ISSUE, THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT’S IMPACTING PEOPLE EVERYWHERE. AND IN CAMPBELL RIVER, WHEN WE MET WITH THE WOMAN, SHE TOLD US THAT BECAUSE HOUSING IS SO EXPENSIVE, JUST TO RENT PLACE FOR HER FAMILY WOULD HAVE COST MORE THAN $3,000 A MONTH. SHE CANNOT FIND A PLACE RIGHT NOW. SHE WAS FORCED OUT OF HER PREVIOUS PLACE, AND NOW SHE’S LIVING IN A TENT. IT WAS JUST HEART BREAKING TO HEAR HER STORY, AND SHE SAID TO ME, YOU KNOW, IF IT WAS JUST ME, I’D BE OKAY. BUT I GOT KIDS. AND I DON’T KNOW IF I’M TAKING CARE OF THEM, I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO. AND HER VOICE BROKE DOWN BECAUSE SHE WASN’T WORRIED ABOUT HERSELF. SHE SAID I CAN LIVE IN A TENT, BUT IT’S MY KIDS, I’M WORRIED ABOUT MY KIDS. AND OUR COUNTRY IS SO RICH, IT’S DOING SO WELL, THE ECONOMY IS BOOMING, AND THEN WE ASK THE QUESTION, WELL, WHO IS IT BOOMING FOR YOU? WHO’S THE ECONOMY WORKING FOR? BECAUSE IT’S NOT WORKING FOR PEOPLE. IT’S WORKING FOR THOSE AT THE VERY TOP. AND TO ME, THIS ELECTION IS ABOUT EXACTLY THAT, THE RIGGED ECONOMY THAT BENEFITS THE PEOPLE AT THE VERY TOP, THE FACT THAT WHETHER IN OTTAWA WE HAVE CONSERVATIVES OR LIBERALS, THE ECONOMY CONTINUES TO WORK FOR THOSE AT THE VERY TOP, THE GOVERNMENTS MAKE DECISIONS FOR THE PEOPLE AT THE VERY TOP, THE POWERFUL, THE BIG CORPORATIONS AND THOSE DECISIONS HURT EVERYONE ELSE. THEY HURT FAMILIES. [ Applause ] I WANT TO GIVE YOU A COUPLE OF EXAMPLES. WE TALKED ABOUT HOUSING, PEOPLE CAN’T FIND HOUSING SO MR. TRUDEAU SAYS THERE’S A HOUSING EMERGENCY. AND SO THAT WAS KIND OF ENCOURAGING, HE ACKNOWLEDGED THERE’S AN EMERGENCY. BUT THEN IT TURNS OUT HE SAID HE INVESTED MONEY INTO SOLVING THE CRISIS. BUT GUESS HOW MUCH HE SPENT? WE DID A LITTLE RESEARCH, THE PBO PUT OUT THAT HE SPENT 19% LESS THAN EVEN MR. HARPER. TAKE THAT IN. MR. TRUDEAU RAILED AGAINST THE CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT, RAILED AGAINST THEM SAYING THEY HAVEN’T DONE ANYTHING FOR PEOPLE, COMPLAINED ABOUT HOW BAD THEY WERE, AND THEN SAID THERE’S A HOUSING CRISIS, BUT HE’S SPENDING 19% LESS THAN WHEN MR. HAMPER SPENT AS A PERCENTAGE TO GDP. CLEAR EXAMPLE OF AN ECONOMY THAT’S WORKING WELL BUT NOT FOR PEOPLE. THEN LAST YEAR, YOU KNOW, WE LOOK AT THINGS THAT MR. TRUDEAU DID. WHEN PEOPLE ARE SAYING THAT WE CAN’T AFFORD MEDICATION, OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IS STRUGGLING AND OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IS A BEAUTIFUL THING. WE’RE PROUD OF IT. WE’RE PROUD OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH CARE SYSTEM WE BUILT. THAT MEANS NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE, YOU CAN GET THE CARE THAT YOU NEED. BUT MORE AND MORE, WHEN FAMILIES NEED THAT CARE, IT’S NOT THERE FOR THEM. WE’VE GOT LONG WAIT TIMES. IN RURAL COMMUNITIES, DON’T HAVE ACCESS TO THE CARE WE NEED. IN SMALLER COMMUNITIES IT’S NOT THERE. WE WONDER WHY THAT’S HAPPENED. WELL, IT’S NOT BY CHANCE. THINGS DON’T HAPPEN BY COINCIDENCE. WE GOT TO THIS POSITION WHERE HEALTH CARE IS IN CRISIS AS WELL BECAUSE GOVERNMENTS IN OTTAWA, LIBERALS AND CONSERVATIVE, GAVE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN TAX CUTS TO THE WEALTHIEST CORPORATIONS AND CUT FUNDING FOR HEALTH CARE THAT PEOPLE NEED. SO THERE USED TO BE A 50/50 SPLIT BETWEEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND THE PROVINCE, THAT’S BEEN DROPPED A LOT. DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW FAR IT’S BEEN DROPPED? WHAT’S YOUR GUESS? SOMEONE’S BEEN DOING THEIR RESEARCH. [ Some Laughter ] VERY GOOD QUICK ANSWER, HE’S ON, HE’S PROBABLY LIKE A HEALTH EXPERT. I’M NOT SURPRISED. THERE’S PROBABLY A LOT OF HEALTH EXPERTS IN THE ROOM. EXACTLY THAT. IT USED TO BE 50/50, NOW IT’S 25%/75% SO BASICALLY PROVINCES HAVE BEEN CUT — THEIR FUNDING HAS BEEN CUT IN HALF WHAT THEY USED TO RECEIVE. IT’S NO WONDER IT’S STRUGGLING AND GUESS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN HEALTH CARE GETS STARVED, WHEN OUR PUBLIC SINGLE-PAIR SYSTEM GETS STARVED OF FUNDING. WHAT HAPPENS THEN? THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENS. THEY OPEN UP THE DOOR, WHAT IF WE CAN PAY FOR A LITTLE SERVICES HERE, WHAT IF I BUY THAT SERVICE THERE, WHAT IF WE CREATE A TWO-TIER SYSTEM AND EVENTUALLY WE LOSE WHAT WE FOUGHT FOR. FRIENDS, ALL OF US, ALL NEW DEMOCRATS AND EVERYONE IN THIS ROOM, WE ARE NOT GOING TO LET THAT HAPPEN. NO, WE’RE NOT. [ Applause ] AND WE TALK ABOUT THE CLIMATE CRISIS, YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE MAJOR MASSIVE CRISES THAT WE’RE FACED WITH. WE LOOK AT THE EYES OF YOUNG PEOPLE, YOU KNOW, THEY SAY TO US WHAT ARE YOU DOING? THEY SAY TO LEADERS, THEY SAY TO LEADERS AROUND THE WORLD, WE HEARD FROM GRETA, WE HEARD FROM AUTUMN, AN INDIGENOUS WOMAN FROM ONTARIO, WE HEAR FROM THESE YOUNG LEADERS SAYING HOW DARE YOU, HOW DARE YOU FAIL US AND BETRAY OUR FUTURES? HOW DARE YOU BETRAY OUR FUTURES? AND I WANT TO BE ABLE TO SAY TO THESE YOUNG PEOPLE THAT LIBERALS AND CONSERVATIVES MIGHT HAVE BETRAYED YOUR FUTURE BUT NEW DEMOCRATS WILL HAVE YOUR BACK, WE’RE NOT GOING TO LET YOU DOWN. WE’RE NOT GOING TO LET YOU DOWN. [ Applause ] AND THEN I MEAN SO WE’RE FACED WITH CHOICES IN THIS ELECTION, IT’S IMPORTANT TO TALK ABOUT THOSE CHOICES, YOU KNOW. ON ALL THESE ISSUES, ON THE ENVIRONMENT, ON A CLIMATE CRISIS, WE’VE GOT MR. TRUDEAU WHO SAID, HEY, I’M GOING TO FIGHT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, AND WHAT DOES HE GO AND DO? HE BUYS A PIPELINE. HOW CAN YOU CALL YOURSELF A DEFENDER OF THE ENVIRONMENT, A LEADER FOR CLIMATE ACTION WHEN YOU BUY A PIPELINE? NO GOVERNMENT’S BUYING PIPELINES NOW. WE’RE INVESTING IN CLEAN ENERGY. THAT’S WHAT YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO BE DOING. THEN ON ONE DAY HE DECLARES A CLIMATE EMERGENCY, AND ON THE VERY NEXT DAY, HE SAYS I’M GOING TO EXPAND AND BUILD ANOTHER PIPELINE. IT JUST DOESN’T MAKE SENSE. AND FACED WITH THE HEALTH CARE CRISIS AND FACED WITH THE CRISIS OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND HOUSING, YOU KNOW, THE LIBERALS AREN’T THE OPTION. WHAT ABOUT THE CONSERVATIVES? [ Some Laughter ]>>BEEN THERE, DONE THAT.>>BEEN THERE, DONE THAT. BUT I WANT TO SAY ONE THING, THEY’RE GOING TO SAY SOMETHING IN THIS ELECTION AND IT’S IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO BE READY FOR THIS. THEY’RE GOING TO SAY THEY’RE GOING TO CUT TAXES AND THEY’RE GOING TO PUT SOME DOLLARS IN YOUR POCKET. THEY’RE GOING TO SAY THAT. THEY’RE GOING TO PUT A COUPLE DOLLARS IN YOUR POCKET BUT THEY’RE GOING TO CUT ALL THE SERVICES THAT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY NEED. AND THOSE SERVICES THAT GET CUT, IT’S GOING TO COST WAY MORE THAN WHAT THEY’RE GOING TO GIVE YOU. PEOPLE ARE GOING TO PAY THE PRICE. AND SO I WANT TO WRAP UP WITH A COUPLE OF THINGS. RECENTLY, WE JUST ANNOUNCED THAT TO TACKLE — WE CAN DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY, IF WE MAKE BETTER CHOICES, WE CAN ACTUALLY TACKLE THESE PROBLEMS. SO OUR COMMITMENT ON HOUSING, WE WANT TO BUILD HALF A MILLION NEW AFFORDABLE HOMES ACROSS OUR COUNTRY. [ Applause ] YES. BUT WE ALSO KNOW THAT’S GOING TO TAKE SOME TIME. WE’RE NICK DIXONWE’RE COMMITTED. WE’RE GOING TO PUT A MASSIVE INVESTMENT, WE’RE GOING TO BUILD HOUSING BUT FOR THOSE WHO NEED HELP NOW, FOR THAT WOMAN WE MET WHO CAN’T AFFORD HER RENT RIGHT NOW, WE’RE GOING TO PUT IN PLACE RENTAL SUBSIDIES THAT’S GOING TO HELP 500,000 FAMILIES. WE’RE GOING TO GIVE THEM UP TO $5,000 TO HELP THEM WHEN THEY’RE JUST ON THE BRINK, JUST TO THE POINT WHERE THEY CAN BARELY MAKE IT, WE’RE GOING TO GIVE A $5,000 SUBSIDY TO THOSE FAMILIES. IT’S GOING TO MAKE A MASSIVE DIFFERENCE. [ Applause ] I DON’T KNOW IF YOU HEARD THE ANNOUNCEMENT, WHILE PEOPLE ARE STRUGGLING WITH HOUSING, MR. TRUDEAU MADE AN ANNOUNCEMENT HE’S GOING TO HELP PAY FOR CAMPING TRIPS. YOU CAN’T MAKE THIS STUFF UP. [ Please Stand By ]>>AND WE INVEST IN CLEAN AND RENEWABLE ENERGY THAT IS GOING TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT SO PEOPLE CAN BE HEALTHY WHEN THEY GROW UP WORK AND WE ARE GOING TO DO ONE THING ELSE. WE ARE GOING TO MAKE INVESTMENTS IN HEALTHCARE AND EXPANDING TO MAKE SURE, NOT ONLY ARE WE GOING TO DEFEND OUR HEALTHCARE SYSTEM WE NEED TO A DEFENDANT, WE NEED TO EXPAND IT. WHEN PEOPLE TELL ME THEY CANNOT AFFORD MEDICATION, WHEN I MEET FAMILIES WHO TELL ME THEY MAKE CHOICES BETWEEN MEDICATION OR FOOD, I MET A FAMILY WHERE THE FATHER WORKED A GOOD JOB BUT THEY DON’T HAVE ANY BENEFITS AND HE NEEDS HEART MEDICATION. HE WORKS A CONSTRUCTION JOB. HE SAYS I MAKE A GAMBLE EVERY DAY NOT TO TAKE MY MEDICATION BECAUSE MY FAMILY NEEDS FOOD, MY FAMILY NEEDS OTHER EXPENSES. AND I WANT TO SAY TO THAT CONSTRUCTION WORKER AND EVERY FAMILY IN CANADA, IF YOU NEED MEDICATION IN THIS CANADA YOU SHOULD USE YOUR HEALTH CARD, NOT YOUR CREDIT CARD. [ Cheering ]>>WE ARE ALSO GOING TO EXPAND HEALTHCARE TO INCLUDE YOUR WHOLE BODY. YOU CAN GO IN AND GET OPEN HEART SURGERY, COMPLICATED PROCEDURES ON YOUR JOINTS, BUT YOUR TEETH? SOMETHING SO ESSENTIAL IS COMPLETELY IGNORED. SO WE ARE GOING TO PUT IN PLACE A PLAN RIGHT AWAY. YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE ACCESS TO THIS WITHIN ONE YEAR. SO EVERY FAMILY, IT IS GOING TO BE PUT IN PLACE RIGHT AWAY, EVERY FAMILY EARNING LESS THAN 70,000 WILL IMMEDIATELY GET COVERAGE. THAT’S OUR NEW PLANT CALLED DENT TO CARE, WE ARE GOING TO COVER DENTAL SERVICES IMMEDIATELY. IMMEDIATELY. AND JUST TO WRAP UP I WANT TO SAY, PEOPLE ARE GOING TO SAY HOW ARE YOU GOING TO PAY FOR THIS? THAT WILL BE THE BIG QUESTION. AND I GET IT, PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW. IT IS GOING TO BE TWO THINGS. DIFFERENT CHOICES, AND WE ARE GOING TO ASK FOR AN INCREASED REVENUE. TRICKED DIFFERENT CHOICES ARE THIS. LAST YEAR ALONE, MR TRUDEAU SPENT BILLIONS ON THE WEALTHIEST CORPORATIONS, BASICALLY HE WROTE A CHECK FOR THE WEALTHIEST CORPORATIONS TO BUY JETS AND LIMOUSINES. $14 MILLION. HE BOUGHT A PIPELINE FOR 4.000000000 — AND LAST YEAR HE WROTE OFF CORPORATE LOANS. WEALTHY CORPORATIONS HAD LOANS, HE FORGAVE $6 BILLION IN LOANS IN ONE YEAR. JUST THAT IS ALMOST $25 BILLION. $25 BILLION THAT HE SPENT FOR THE WEALTHIEST, NOT FOR FAMILIES, NOT FOR PEOPLE. WHEN WE TALK ABOUT OUR DENTAL CARE PROGRAM, THAT PLAN WOULD COST $856 MILLION. SO BASICALLY, WHEN MR TRUDEAU SPENT IN ONE YEAR TO PAY FOR 25 TIMES OUR PLAN, IT’S A MATTER OF CHOICES. ON TOP OF THAT WE ARE GOING TO DO SOMETHING NO ONE ELSE WILL. WE WILL ASK THE SUPERRICH TO PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE. [ Applause ] THAT’S RIGHT. IT’S ABOUT TIME. WE’RE GOING TO PUT IN PLACE A SUPER WEALTH TAX ON THOSE WHO HAVE FORTUNES OF OVER $20 MILLION. I AM SURE THAT IS NO ONE IN THIS ROOM. BUT EVEN IF IT IS, I’M GOING TO ASK YOU TO PAY A LITTLE BIT MORE. [ Laughter ]>>I’M SORRY. AND WE’RE ALSO GOING TO CLOSE OFFSHORE TAX HAVENS, CLOSE LOOPHOLES. AND WE ARE GOING TO INCREASE REVENUE AND USE THAT TO BUILD A BRIGHTER FUTURE. TO TACKLE THE CLIMATE CRISIS, TO INVEST IN HEALTHCARE, TO BUILD HOUSING, TO DO WHAT PEOPLE NEED. WE ARE NOT IN IT FOR THE PEOPLE AT THE VERY TOP, WE ARE NOT IN IT FOR POWERFUL CORPORATIONS, WE ARE IN IT FOR YOU. I WORK FOR YOU. AND WE ARE GOING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR YOU. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. [ Applause ]>>WE’RE GOING TO GET INTO SOME QUESTIONS NOW. WE HAVE HANDS UP ALREADY. BE ON THE ALERT FOR THE MIKES, AND THE MICS ARE GOING TO COME TO YOU. THEN WE’RE GOING TO HEAR YOUR QUESTIONS.>>MY NAME IS HEATHER, AND I WORK IN A RECOVERY HOME FOR WOMEN. AND IT IS AN AVERAGE OF 12 CANADIANS A DAY RIGHT NOW ARE DYING FROM OPIOID OVERDOSES. MY QUESTION FOR YOU IS, NORTH AMERICA COLLECTIVELY SHUT DOWN THE ROMAINE LETTUCE INDUSTRY AFTER FIVE DEATHS. WE ARE HAVING 12 DEATHS A DAY AND THESE ARE WOMEN THAT I WORK WITH, I KNOW THEIR NAMES, AND I AM JUST HEARTBROKEN HERE THAT OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ISN’T DECLARING A CRISIS. THEY ARE NOT LOOKING AT CALLS TO DECRIMINALIZE, MY QUESTION FOR YOU IS WHAT IS YOUR PLAN? [ Applause ]>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE QUESTION. THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION. WHAT YOU TOUCHED ON IS, MADE IT VERY PERSONAL. MADE IT REAL. AND YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. YOU TALK ABOUT THE ROMAINE LETTUCE EXAMPLE. IMAGINE THERE WAS AN OUTBREAK OF ANY SORT OF VIRUS IN CANADA WHERE THOUSANDS OF CANADIANS WERE DYING. YOUR FRIENDS AND YOUR COLLEAGUES, YOUR BROTHERS, YOUR PARENTS. THOUSANDS OF CANADIANS ARE DYING A YEAR. IF THERE WAS AN OUTBREAK OF A VIRUS, YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. THERE WOULD BE AN IMMEDIATE PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY DECLARED. THERE WOULD BE PEOPLE SETTING UP CAMPS DEALING WITH THIS, MOBILE CAMPS, HEALTHCARE CENTRES. IT WOULD BE RESPONDED TO IMMEDIATELY. WE’VE GOT THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE DYING. THOUSANDS OF OUR FELLOW CANADIANS DYING IN OUR COUNTRY. I MET A WOMAN JUST TWO DAYS AGO, AND SHE TOLD ME SHE WAS IN HER TWENTIES, A YOUNG WOMAN. SHE SAID SHE LOST HER FATHER, SHE LOST HER DAD. TO THE OPIOID CRISIS. YOU MENTIONED YOU LOST FRIENDS, PEOPLE YOU KNOW THEIR NAMES. WE ARE LOSING PEOPLE EVERY DAY. AND IT IS A BETRAYAL OF THOSE PEOPLE, THOSE FELLOW CANADIANS THAT WE HAVE NOT DECLARED A PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY. SO WHAT I KNEW DAMN IT — WHAT I WOULD DO IS ON DAY ONE, AVENUE DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT, WE WOULD DECLARE PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY. [ Applause ]>>WE WOULD DECLARE IT RIGHT AWAY. BUT WE’VE GOT TO GO FURTHER THAN THAT. WE WOULD DECLARE THE PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY AND WE’D PUT IN PLACE SUPPORTS FOR THOSE WHO ARE HELPING PEOPLE OUT ON THE FRONT LINES, WE ALSO NEED TO CHANGE OUR APPROACH. I’M A FIRM BELIEVER, IF YOU ARE DOING SOMETHING ONE WAY AND IT’S NOT WORKING, CAN’T KEEP DOING IT THE SAME WAY. YOU HAVE TO CHANGE WHAT YOU’RE DOING. AND I THINK WE ALL AGREE THAT WE WANT TO SAVE LIVES. WE WANT TO SAVE CANADIANS, WE WANT TO SAVE THEIR LIVES. SO IF OUR APPROACH HAS BEEN, AND IF I WAS A DEFENCE LAWYER. I WAS A LAWYER AND I HAD A LOT OF CLIENTS ARE REPRESENTED WHO WERE DEALING WITH ADDICTIONS, THEY WERE CHARGED WITH PERSONAL POSSESSION. THEY WERE STRUGGLING WITH ADDICTION AND MENTAL HEALTH AND POVERTY. AND THEY GOT ARRESTED, TAKEN TO THE POLICE STATION, THEN PUT IN JAIL, BROUGHT TO THE COURTS, THEY GOT BAIL OR THEY DIDN’T GET THEY’LL, BROUGHT BACK TO THE COURTS AGAIN. ALL THIS MONEY WAS BEING SPENT ON PEOPLE THAT JUST NEEDED HELP. THEY DIDN’T NEED TO GO TO JAIL, THEY NEEDED HELP. [ Applause ]>>SO IF WE WANT TO SAVE LIVES, LET’S NOT ARREST PEOPLE AND PUT THEM INTO JAILS. LET’S GIVE PEOPLE ACCESS TO REHAB AND ADDICTION SERVICES AND SUPPORT SERVICES. LET’S REDUCE HARM. SO ABSOLUTELY I FIRMLY BELIEVE THAT WE NEEDED TO RESPOND WITH COMPASSION AND HEALTHCARE, NOT WITH THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. [ Applause ]>>WE’VE GOT A MIC BACK HERE, THERE ARE MORE QUESTIONS IN THE FRONT. LET’S GO WITH YOU. WE WILL WORK AROUND THE ROOM.>>MY NAME IS DANIEL, AND MY QUESTION REVOLVES AROUND CANCER TREATMENT. MY DAUGHTER HAS BEEN BATTLING LEUKEMIA FOR THREE YEARS. AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT APPROVED A TREATMENT BUT NOT THE PRICE. SO I HAD TO GO OUT OF COUNTRY, TAKE MY DAUGHTER TO SEATTLE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL, AND I AM WONDERING, ARE WE GOING TO HAVE THOSE TYPES OF TREATMENTS COVERED FOR CHILDREN THAT ARE AS DIFFICULT TO TREAT AS MY DAUGHTER WAS?>>I’M SO SORRY. THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR STORY. IT TAKES A LOT OF COURAGE, WHEN ANYONE GETS UP AND ASKS A QUESTION. SHARING YOUR STORY TAKES COURAGE. THANK YOU, AND I’M REALLY SORRY YOU HAD TO GO ALL THE WAY TO SEATTLE TO GET CARE. THAT SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN. I’M SORRY THAT HAPPENED TO YOU. OUR PLAN IS TO MAKE SURE THAT NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN. THAT’S WHY WE NEED TO FUND OUR HEALTHCARE SYSTEM, WE NEED TO MAKE SURE IT HELPS PEOPLE LIKE YOUR DAUGHTER, AND IT IS NOT JUST THE DIAGNOSIS, YOU CAN GO TO A HOSPITAL OR DOCTOR AND FIND OUT WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU. BUT HOW DOES IT MAKE ANY SENSE THAT YOU CAN GO FIND OUT WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU, BUT YOU CAN’T GET THE TREATMENT? YOU CAN’T GET THE MEDICINE TO GET HEALTHY? YOU CAN’T PAY FOR THE MEDICATION YOU NEED TO GET WELL. I THINK ABOUT EXAMPLES, THIS IS A HORRIBLE EXAMPLE FOR YOUR DAUGHTER. THERE ARE SO MANY EXAMPLES OF THIS. YOUR DAUGHTER IS NOT ALONE AND IT IS SO SAD SHE IS NOT ALONE. WE HAVE PEOPLE ENDING UP IN EMERGENCY ROOMS BECAUSE THEY COULDN’T PAY FOR A FIVE-DOLLAR A DAY PILL, AND THEY END UP IN AN MADE A COMMITMENT BACK IN 2015. A COMMITMENT TO DROP THE PRICE OF MEDICATION. AND ALL IT TOOK WAS CHANGING THE LIST OF COUNTRIES, REPLACE IT WITH A NEW LIST, IT COULD HAVE DROPPED THE COST OF MEDICATION SIGNIFICANTLY. HE DIDN’T DO IT FOR FOUR YEARS AND I WONDERED WHY HE DIDN’T DO IT. WE FOUND OUT WHY. OVER THE PAST FOUR YEARS, HE MET WITH THE BIG PHARMA, HE MET WITH THE BIG INSURANCE COMPANIES, THEY LOBBIED HIM A WHOLE BUNCH OF TIMES. GUESS HOW MANY TIMES? TEN. A HUNDRED. 875 TIMES. AT LEAST. BIG PHARMA AND THE INSURANCE LOBBYISTS. THEY MET WITH THEM SO MANY TIMES THAT THEY ABANDON THE COMMITMENT THAT WOULD’VE DROPPED THE PRICE OF MEDICATION. THEY NOW ARE TALKING ABOUT A PHARMA CARE PLAN WHICH IS NO PLAN, IT’S A PHONY PLAN. PEOPLE LIKE YOUR DAUGHTER IN THE END ARE GOING TO BE LEFT OUT IN THE COLD BECAUSE MR TRUDEAU AND THE CONSERVATIVES WOULD RATHER HELP BIG PHARMA AND BIG INSURANCE COMPANIES PROTECT THEIR PROFITS THEN HELP OUT PEOPLE WHO NEED IT. WE WILL STAND UP TO THEM, WE ARE GOING TO BRING IN UNIVERSAL PHARMA CARE, WE ARE GOING TO FUND OUR HEALTHCARE SYSTEM SO EVERYONE GETS TREATMENT HERE IN CANADA AND THEY DON’T NEED TO GO ANYWHERE ELSE. [ Cheering ]>>YES. WE HAVE MORE HANDS UP OVER HERE. OKAY.>>THANK YOU. JAGMEET SINGH I DON’T HAVE A QUESTION, EXCUSE ME. I HAVE A MESSAGE AND AND ASK. THAT YOU DELIVER OUR FAMILIES MESSAGE TO AUTO UP. WITH CLEAR LANGUAGE. WE LOST OUR 26-YEAR-OLD SON TWO YEARS AGO TO THE FENTANYL POISONING. NOT AN OVERDOSE. AND OUR BC CORONER, SORRY. NO LONGER REPORTS THESE DEATHS AS AN OVERDOSE. THEY ARE NOW REPORTED AS AN ILLICIT DRUG DEATH. DUE TO TOXIC SUPPLY. SO WE CAN NO LONGER TALK ABOUT HARM REDUCTION, SAFE INJECTIONS, WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT THE TOXIC SUPPLY. A CLEAN SOURCE. WE SPEND BILLIONS FIGHTING THE WAR ON DRUGS. AND ORGANIZED CRIME COLLECTS BILLIONS FROM THE WAR ON DRUGS WITH NO DIFFERENCE. IT IS WASTED EVERY YEAR AND WEEK — THEY COLLECTED EVERY YEAR. IF WE TOOK THAT MONEY WE SPENT AND THE MONEY THEY COLLECT, AND IF WE HAD A REGULATED SAFE SOURCE CONTROLLED, WE WOULD THEN HAVE TWO STREAMS OF REVENUE TO PUT BACK INTO COMMUNITIES THAT WOULD MAKE REAL CHANGE. WE DON’T HAVE AN OPIOID CRISIS. WE HAVE A TOXIC SUPPLY CRISIS. AND UNTIL WE START TALKING ABOUT THE TOXIC SUPPLY, WHICH WILL STOP PEOPLE FROM DYING, ALL PEOPLE, NOT JUST THE CHRONIC USER, WHICH SAFE INJECTION SIGHTS.>>SPEAKER-02: . DOESN’T SPEAK TO THE FIRST TIME ADOLESCENT USER, THE RECREATIONAL USER OR THE USER LIKE OUR SON. HE JUST FINISHED EIGHT MONTHS OF RECOVERY AND WENT BACK TO WORK AND RELAPSED AND DIED ON HIS JOB SITE. AND RYAN WOULD IT DIE TODAY IF HE RELAPSED AGAIN. BECAUSE WE HAVEN’T ADDRESSED THE TOXIC SUPPLY. AND THE TIME HAS COME TO USE THAT WORD, AND THE WAR AND REPLACE THE TOXIC SUPPLY. [ Applause ]>>THANK YOU, THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR STORY, THANK YOU. YOU ASKED ME TO TAKE THIS TO AUTO AND I WILL DO THAT. I WILL GIVE THIS TO MY TEAM RIGHT HERE. THANK YOU SO MUCH. THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR STORY. THAT TAKES A LOT OF COURAGE TO DO THAT. THE FACT THAT YOU WANT, IN YOUR SON’S MEMORY, TO PREVENT THIS FROM HAPPENING AGAIN IS VERY POWERFUL. I’M GOING TO ADDRESS IT DIRECTLY. THE WHAT YOU TALKED ABOUT IS BANG ON. IF WE’VE GOT EVIDENCE, IF WE’VE GOT PROOF, THAT WE CAN SAVE LIVES, WE HAVE TO BE WILLING TO DO WHATEVER IT TAKES. ANYTHING WE CAN DO, AND A STEP WE CAN TAKE THAT WILL SAVE LIVES HAS TO BE SOMETHING WE HAVE THE COURAGE TO BE WILLING TO HAVE THE CONVERSATION AND TO PUT IN PLACE. I’M WILLING TO DO THAT. [ Applause ] THANK YOU. WE HAVE MORE HANDS UP.>>HI, MY NAME’S SASHA AND I’M A REGISTERED SOCIAL WORKER AND A MOM OF THREE. MY QUESTION IS AROUND YOUR DENTAL PLAN, AS A REGISTERED SOCIAL WORKER I HAVE WORKED IN THE HEALTH SECTOR AND THE NONPROFIT SOCIAL SECTOR AND I HAVE SEEN FIRSTHAND THE INCREDIBLE DETRIMENTAL IMPACT ON MY CLIENTS WHO CANNOT ACCESS DENTAL CARE. PEOPLE CHOOSING BETWEEN RENT AND DEALING WITH THEIR CHRONIC PAIN, IT IS BOTH A PHYSICAL AND A MENTAL HEALTH ISSUE. EVEN FOLKS WHO ARE COVERED UNDER PROVINCIAL DISABILITY BENEFITS ARE OFTEN NOT ABLE TO ACCESS ADEQUATE CARE. THERE IS SUCH A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE MINISTRY GUIDE AND THE DENTISTRY GUIDE. I WANT TO KNOW ABOUT WHAT YOUR DENTAL PLAN IS GOING TO LOOK LIKE AND HOW ARE THOSE MARGINALIZED PEOPLE GOING TO BE ABLE TO ACCESS IT? [ Applause ]>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. GREAT QUESTION. THANK YOU AGAIN FOR THE QUESTION, AND YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. WE ALL KNOW THAT YOU DON’T NEED TO HAVE A HEALTH CARE EXPERTS SAY THIS, BUT ALL HEALTHCARE EXPERTS SAY THIS. DENTAL HEALTH IS DIRECTLY CONNECTED TO YOUR WELL-BEING, YOUR OVERALL HEALTH, YOUR MENTAL HEALTH AS WELL. I MET A WOMAN WHO WAS WORKING HARD AND COULDN’T AFFORD A CERTAIN MEDICATION SHE NEEDED, AND HER ILLNESS RESULTED IN HAVING A WHOLE BUNCH OF COMPLICATIONS AND SHE ENDED UP LOSING HER TEETH. SHE CAME IN TO MEET WITH ME AND SHE WAS COVERING UP HER MOUTH. I DIDN’T KNOW WHY SHE WAS DOING THAT AND SHE SAID, I AM SO EMBARRASSED ABOUT MY TEETH. I CAN’T GO OUT IN PUBLIC. AND I’M AFRAID, I’M ANXIOUS, AND IT IS HARD FOR HER TO WORK. AND SO YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT, THERE IS A DEEP CONNECTION TO WELL-BEING, HEALTH AND MENTAL. WHAT WE ARE PROPOSING TO DO IS, THIS PLAN IS IMMEDIATE. IT IS A PLAN THAT WOULD WORK RIGHT AWAY. IT IS ESSENTIALLY A PUBLIC INSURANCE. IT IS PUBLIC INSURANCE DELIVERED BY THE GOVERNMENT, WE PUT IT IN PLACE RIGHT AWAY AND IT WOULD IMMEDIATELY COVER 4.3 MILLION CANADIANS. WE HAD IT COSTED OUT AND BE LOOKED AT IT, SO THIS WOULD COVER PEOPLE WHO HAVE NO COVERAGE AT ALL. SO 4.3 MILLION CANADIANS WITH NO COVERAGE AT ALL THAT EARN LESS THAN 70,000, THIS INCLUDES LOW INCOME, NO INCOME AND YOUNG PROFESSIONALS THAT ARE STRUGGLING. IT COVERS THEM ALL OUT RIGHT AWAY. OUR GOAL IS TO GO BEYOND THAT BECAUSE WE KNOW THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE THAT WOULDN’T BE COVERED STILL WITH OUR PLAN. IT IS A BOLD STEP, IT’S A STRONG STEP FORWARD, BUT WE NEED TO GO TO, OUR FUTURE PLAN IS TO HAVE UNIVERSAL DENTAL CARE FOR EVERY SINGLE PERSON. IT MUST BE A PART OF OUR HEALTHCARE SYSTEM. [ Applause ]>>AND JUST ONE ADDITIONAL PIECE, YOU MENTIONED THOSE WHO HAVE SOME COVERAGE AT A PROVINCIAL SYSTEM BUT DON’T HAVE ENOUGH COVERAGE. WHAT WE ARE GOING TO DO IS WITH OUR PROGRAM IT WILL ALLEVIATE A LOT OF PRESSURE OFF THE PROVINCES AND PROVIDE A LOT OF COVERAGE TO A LOT OF PEOPLE. THEN WE ARE GOING TO SIT DOWN WITH PROVINCES AND SAY WITH THE MONEY THAT IS BEING SAVED, WE WILL ENCOURAGE THEM TO INVEST MORE IN THOSE PROGRAMS THAT ARE THERE THAT DON’T COVER PEOPLE ADEQUATELY. OUR GOAL IS TO EVENTUALLY COVER EVERY SINGLE PERSON AS A PART OF OUR HEALTHCARE SYSTEM. [ Applause ] WHEN WE GET A CHANCE, MAYBE SOME PEOPLE ON THIS SIDE AS WELL. YOU’RE DOING A GREAT JOB. IT’S TOUGH TO GET AROUND THE ROOM RIGHT? THERE ARE A LOT OF HANDS, LOTS OF PEOPLE. I’M GLAD JESSE IS DOING ITS AND NOT ME. THANK YOU JESSE.>>HI, I MARGUERITE. I AM A RETIRED OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST I WORKED IN HOME CARE. IT’S A MARVELLOUS SERVICE, BUT WHAT THE HOSPITALS SEEM TO BE DOING IS, YOU KNOW, YOU CAN’T STAY IN HOSPITAL VERY LONG, IT’S A QUICK ROTATION IN AND OUT AND SOMETIMES YOU DON’T GET PAST EMERGENCY. SEND THEM HOME WITH HOMECARE SUPPORT, BUT THERE IS NO EXTRA FUNDING FOR HOME CARE. I MEAN, THESE PEOPLE ARE STRETCHED. THEY ARE HEROES, THEY DO THEIR BEST BUT THERE IS NOT ENOUGH FUNDING. MY REAL QUESTION IS, WHAT ARE THEY DOING ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES? WE HAVE ANOTHER EPIDEMIC ON OUR HANDS AND THAT IS DEPRESSION. AND THE LACK OF PSYCHIATRIC HELP AND THE LACK OF COMMUNITY SUPPORT, I WATCHED PEOPLE GO IN A DOUBT AND IN AND OUT OF THESE THINGS, AND THERE IS FAR TOO MANY OF THEM. SO WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO?>>THANK YOU SO MUCH. [ Applause ]>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THANK YOU. SO YOU TOUCHED ON TWO THINGS. I CAN ANSWER BOTH OF THOSE. WE MENTIONED WHAT WE WANT TO DO WITH HEALTHCARE IS EXPAND HEALTHCARE. WE DON’T THINK IT’S RIGHT THAT IT’S BEEN STARVED OF FUNDING. WE NEED TO INCREASE OUR FEDERAL INVESTMENT IN HEALTHCARE. CANADIANS ARE PROUD OF THE FACT THAT WE HAVE A HEALTHCARE SYSTEM BUT WE HAVE TO INVEST IN IT AN EXPANDED. OUR VISION IS NOT JUST PHARMA CARE FOR ALL, NOT JUST DENTAL CARE FOR ALL, BUT WE BELIEVE HEALTHCARE SHOULD COVER YOU FROM HEAD TO TOE. WITH NO GAPS. AND HAD TO TELL HEALTHCARE COVERAGE MEANS ADDICTION AND REHABILITATION SERVICES, IT MEANS VISION, AND HEARING CARE, AND IT ALSO MEANS MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES. THAT HAS BEEN A MASSIVE GAP IN OUR SYSTEM. IT ALSO MEANS HOMECARE AND LONG-TERM CARE. WHAT WE ENVISION IS OUR HEALTHCARE SYSTEM BEING THERE FOR YOU WHENEVER YOU NEED IT FOR WHATEVER THE CAUSE MAY BE. WE KNOW OTHER COUNTRIES HAVE DONE THIS SUCCESSFULLY. WE CAN DO IT AS WELL. WE LIVE IN THE RICH COUNTRY, WE CAN MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICES. WE CAN INVEST IN A HEALTHCARE THAT COVERS YOU, WHETHER IT’S LONG-TERM CARE, HOME CARE, MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES. ALL SHOULD BE COVERED IN OUR SYSTEM. THAT IS OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU. [ Applause ] YES? YOU’RE DOING GREAT JESSE. IT’S HARD, I KNOW.>>I HAD A QUESTION, I GOT ATTACKED BACK IN 2010. I HAD MY DAUGHTER LIVING WITH ME AT THE TIME. HAD JUST SEPARATED FROM MY HUSBAND, AND AFTER THE ATTACK I HAD SUFFERED SEVERE HEALTH ISSUES. SO MY QUESTION IS, WHEN YOU’RE, WHEN YOU SUFFER THOSE ATTACKS OR ANY KIND OF HEALTH ISSUES, I’VE BEEN ON A DISABILITY SINCE THEN. AND I HAD A 13-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER AT HOME WITH ME. WITH MAJOR, WHEN I WAS HAVING MAJOR ISSUES WITH MY BACK AND HIP. SHE STAYED HOME WITH ME FOR THE MOST PART AND DID SCHOOLING FROM HOME. BUT A $560 FOR DISABILITY IS WHAT WE LIVED ON. SO I LOST MY HOME, I LOST MY CAR, YEAH. AND WE COULD BARELY AFFORD LIVING IN A RENTAL HERE IN TOWN. SO I JUST FOUND A LIVE-IN NANNY POSITION, BUT NOW I WILL BE LOSING THAT POSITION WITHIN THE NEXT NINE MONTHS. SO I WON’T EVEN BE ABLE TO AFFORD A ROOM AND $560 HERE. SO THE DISABILITY IS MY BIGGEST QUESTION.>>I DIDN’T SORRY I DIDN’T UNDERSTAND.>>I WAS ATTACKED IN 2010 BY A MALE.>>I AM SO SORRY. I MISUNDERSTOOD, I THOUGHT YOU MEANT IT WAS AN EPISODE. I’M SO SORRY, THAT’S HORRIBLE. WHILE. I MEAN, THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR STORY. YOU TOUCHED ON A NUMBER OF THINGS. ONE IS VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN. THAT IS SOMETHING THAT IS HORRIBLE, A REALITY THAT STILL EXISTS. NEARLY ANYONE YOU KNOW, HALF THE PEOPLE YOU MEET HAVE SUFFERED OR HAVE BEEN A SURVIVOR OF VIOLENCE. THAT IS A STAGGERING FIGURE. HALF OF THE WOMEN THAT WE KNOW IN OUR LIVES HAVE EXPERIENCED SOME FORM OF VIOLENCE LIKE THAT. THAT IS JUST WRONG, IT SHOULD NEVER BE THAT BAND I’M SORRY IT HAPPENED TO YOU. WE NEED TO STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN FIRST AND FOREMOST. THAT SHOULD NEVER HAVE HAPPENED TO YOU AND NOTHING, YOU SHOULD NEVER FEEL LIKE… I REMEMBER WHEN I WAS THINKING ABOUT MYSELF AS A KID, WHEN I WENT AND EXPERIENCED SOMETHING WHEN I WAS YOUNGER, I WAS BLAMING MYSELF AND I THOUGHT SOMEHOW IT WAS MY FAULT. I HOPE YOU NEVER FEEL IT WAS YOUR FULL. NEVER, NEVER. NEVER FEEL THAT WAY, PLEASE. IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT. [ Applause ]>>AND YOU TALKED ABOUT THE COST OF ALL THE THINGS, CHILD CARE AND HEALTH ALL THE COSTS. AND REALLY THIS IS WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT. WE TALK ABOUT HEALTHCARE, NOT JUST BECAUSE WE BELIEVE IN PEOPLE GETTING THE CARE THEY NEED. THERE IS ALSO COST ISSUE ASSOCIATED. WE BELIEVE INVESTING IN SERVICES. IT COSTS FAMILIES A LOT AND INVESTING IN SERVICES WOULD SAVE FAMILIES A LOT. WE INVESTED IN CHILDCARE NOT BELIEVE JUST BECAUSE WE BELIEVE IN CARING FOR KIDS, IT WILL SAVE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FOR FAMILIES SO THEY CAN HAVE THE CARE THEY NEED AND ESPECIALLY WOMEN CAN GO BACK TO WORK. WE WANT TO INVEST IN DENTAL CARE AND THAT SAVES THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FOR FAMILIES. WE HAVE MEDICATION COVERAGE FOR ALL, THAT SAVES THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS. THESE THINGS ALL SAVE MONEY. BUT FOR YOUR HOUSING SITUATION, THAT IS THE REALITY SO MANY PEOPLE STRUGGLE WITH. THEY CANNOT FIND HOUSING. THAT IS WHY WE ARE COMMITTED TO BUILDING AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND THAN HELPING WITH FAMILIES LIKE YOU WITH A RENTAL SUBSIDY SO YOU HAVE MONEY RIGHT NOW TO HELP YOU WITH FINDING A PLACE. THIS IS SO IMPORTANT. THANK YOU FOR RAISING THIS. [ Applause ] YES.>>HI JACK MEET, I’M SABINA. I’M A REGISTERED NURSE. I RUN MOBILE CLINIC IN COMOX VALLEY WHICH IS SPONSORED BY THE DAYCARE SOCIETY AND NOT-FOR-PROFIT. THIS GROUP IS HAVING 50 PROFESSIONALS, NURSES, DOCTORS, CHIROPRACTORS, MOST HEALTHCARE DISCIPLINES PROVIDING SERVICE FOR FREE. WE HAVE SERVED OVER 1700 PEOPLE IN THE LAST NINE YEARS. WHO ARE UNDER HOUSED, WHO ARE MARGINALLY HOUSED, WHO ARE HOMELESS. AND THERE IS A LOT OF STIGMA IN MENTAL HEALTH ABOUT THE POPULATION OF PEOPLE WHO ARE HOMELESS. BUT IT HAS BECOME UNIQUELY DIVERSE AND WE HAVE SEEN MISS PROPORTIONATE REPRESENTATION OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLE, OF WOMEN, OF ELDERS IN OUR COMMUNITY NOT BEING HOUSED. AS WELL AS NOT BEING ABLE TO RECEIVE ADEQUATE MEDICAL SERVICES. WE HAVE PEOPLE WHO, 40 PERCENT OF OUR CLIENTS HAVE A MEDICAL ILLNESS AND ARE LIVING OUTSIDE. ANOTHER HALF OF THOSE ARE HAVING ANOTHER EITHER MENTAL ILLNESS OR COMORBIDITY. AND OF ALL THE PEOPLE THAT WE SERVE, 50 PERCENT OF THEM ARE NOT HAVING ACTIVE CLAIMS OR DOCTORS. AND I AM CONCERNED BECAUSE WHAT I SEE IN THIS COMMUNITY, WHICH WE ARE VERY GOOD AT, IS HAVING A LOT OF NONFOR PROFIT GROUPS WORKING TOGETHER TO SUPPORT THE GAPS IN THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM. AND WE ARE ALIGNED TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO DISTRIBUTE THE FUNDING BUT THERE ARE NO STEADY STREAMS IN THIS COMMUNITY TO PROVIDE THE STREAMS THAT ARE IN — SERVICES THAT ARE NEEDED. ALTERNATELY I WORK IN PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES AS A CLINICAL COORDINATOR, AND I AM WORKING IN A UNIT THAT DAILY HAS 76 PERCENT OVER CAPACITY OF PATIENTS. SO MORE PATIENTS, 70 PERCENT PERCENT MORE PEOPLE NEED TO USE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES THAN THEY HAVE ACCESS TO. ONE IN FIVE CANADIANS IS HAVING A MENTAL ILLNESS. BUT WE ARE NOT SEEING 20 PERCENT OF HEALTH FUNDING GO TO MENTAL HEALTH, TO SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT, TO THINGS THAT STABILIZE PEOPLE, THEIR WELLNESS RIGHT? SO WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IS, HOW DOES YOUR STRATEGY, HOW DO YOU PLAN TO ENSURE THAT THE STRATEGIES ARE ADHERED TO ON A PROVINCIAL LEVEL, IN OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES AND THAT IT IS EQUALLY DISTRIBUTED BUT MEETING THE DIVERSE NEEDS OF REMOTE AND RURAL COMMUNITIES IN CANADA? [ Applause ]>>THANK YOU. THANK YOU FOR THAT QUESTION. IT IS REALLY POWERFUL BECAUSE IT SPEAKS TO A LOT OF WHAT WE ARE UP AGAINST, THE CHALLENGES. FIRST OF ALL, THE WORK YOU ARE DOING AND YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE DOING IS AMAZING. YOU HAVE HELPED OUT 1700 PEOPLE ALREADY, AND THE REASON WHY YOU ARE DOING THIS IS BECAUSE THERE HAS BEEN MASSIVE GAPS IN OUR SYSTEM. AND THAT’S SOMETHING WE WANT TO STOP. THOSE GAPS SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN THERE IN THE FIRST PLACE. YOUR COLLEAGUES SHOULD BE ABLE TO PROVIDE THAT CARE ON A REGULAR, SUSTAINABLE BASIS, NOT AS A STOPGAP MEASURE BECAUSE THERE IS AN ADEQUATE FUNDING. SO YOU’RE STEPPING UP AND IT’S AMAZING. WOW. WOW. I WANT TO REPEAT THAT BECAUSE SOME PEOPLE IN THE ROOM SHOULD KNOW. THE PROFESSIONALS SHE MENTIONED, I AM ASSUMING YOURSELF AS WELL, ARE WORKING ARE GIVING THEIR TIME FOR FREE. WHICH IS PRETTY INCREDIBLE. [ Applause ]>>BUT WHAT YOU AND YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE DOING, YOU ARE FILLING A GAP BECAUSE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, MR TRUDEAU, MR HARPER, THOSE BEFORE HIM HAVE ALL FAILED TO MAKE SURE THE PROVINCES ARE ADEQUATELY FUNDED. AND WE HAVE TO STOP THAT. WE HAVE TO STOP THAT AT ITS SOURCE. WE HAVE TO INVEST APPROPRIATELY. YOU ALSO TOUCHED ON THE WAY THEY ARE DISTRIBUTED. SO ONCE WE ARE ADEQUATELY FUNDED, HOW DO YOU MAKE SURE IT’S BEING DISTRIBUTED PROPERLY? GOT A GREAT GREAT GOVERNMENT NOW THAT CARES ABOUT PEOPLE LIKE PREMIER HORGAN WHO BECAUSE DEEPLY ABOUT PEOPLE. WE ARE CONFIDENT THAT WITH SOMEONE LIKE HIM, IT WILL NOT BE A CONCERN BECAUSE THEY WILL DO THE RIGHT THING, BUT WE MIGHT HAVE ANOTHER, HOPEFULLY NOT BUT WHAT IF WE HAVE ANOTHER LIBERAL GOVERNMENT? I’M SERIOUS. THIS GOVERNMENT HAS SLASHED HEALTHCARE INVESTMENTS THAT ALLOWED PRIVATE CARE TO COME IN AND WAS FINE BECAUSE THEY VIOLATED THE CANADA HEALTH ACT, $60 MILLION. THAT VERY SAME HEALTHCARE MINISTER THAT WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE PRIVATIZATION IS NOT — NOW A STAR CANDIDATE RUNNING IN KAMLOOPS FOR THE LIBERAL GOVERNMENT. FOR MR TRUDEAU, AND IT IS AN INSULT. IT ABSOLUTELY IS AN INSULT. IT TOTALLY NEGLECTS AND DENIES THE LIVED EXPERIENCES OF PEOPLE GOING THROUGH THAT HORRIBLE PRIVATIZATION. THE FACT THAT THEY WERE FINED FOR VIOLATING THE ACT, BUT TO YOUR POINT. WHAT WE WANT TO DO IS USE THE CANADA HEALTH ACT BETTER. IT’S A GREAT TOOL TO ENSURE THAT THE QUALITY OF CARE, THE FUNDING TRANSFERS ARE CONTINGENT ON PUBLICLY DELIVERED SERVICES AND DELIVERED TO ANYONE. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE ARE MORE ACCOUNTABLE WITH MAKING SURE THAT FUNDING THAT GOES TO OUR PROVINCE, GOES TO PUBLICLY FUNDED SERVICES ACCESSIBLE FOR EVERYONE AND AVAILABLE FOR EVERYONE WHEREVER THEY LIVE. THESE HAVE TO BE PRIORITIES. [ Applause ] WE HAVE TIME FOR ONE LAST QUESTION.>>I’M WONDERING WHAT YOU WILL BE DOING TO SUPPORT THE YOUTH THAT ARE SUFFERING IN MENTAL HEALTH UPDATE MX. MORE OF MY FRIENDS THAN NOT HAVE BEEN DEPRESSED, SELF HARMING, SEVERELY ANXIOUS, INCLUDING MYSELF. AND SUICIDAL, AND I JUST WANT TO KNOW HOW THE MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM THAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT IMPLEMENTING WILL SUPPORT THE YOUTH SPECIFICALLY.>>THANK YOU FOR RAISING THAT AND I AM SO SORRY, AND PLEASE GET THE HELP YOU NEED AND DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK FOR IT. YOU NEED IT AND YOU DESERVE IT. YES. IT’S TOO EXPENSIVE. THAT’S EXACTLY… I’M SORRY. YEAH PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT $200 A WEEK AND HOW EXPENSIVE IT IS. AND JUST THINKING ABOUT THAT AND IT MAKES YOU SO SAD. SORRY. OKAY. PEOPLE REALLY CARE ABOUT YOU. KNOW IT’S OKAY, IT’S OKAY. WE’RE HERE FOR YOU. WE ALL CARE ABOUT YOU IN THIS ROOM. WE ARE NDP FAMILY. WE CARE ABOUT YOU. [ Applause ] IF THERE’S ANY OTHER REASON, FOR OUR YOUNG PEOPLE WE OWE IT TO THEM. YOU SHOULDN’T BE WORRIED ABOUT THIS. YOU SHOULDN’T HAVE TO WORRY. WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE IT IS COVERED, WE WANT TO FUNDED AS A PART OF OUR SYSTEM AND THAT MEANS WITH ALL THE CHECKS AND BALANCES, YOU SHOULD GET THE CARE YOU NEED WHENEVER YOU NEED AND YOU SHOULDN’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THE COST. I WANT TO BRING IT IN, I WANTED TO BE FUNDED, I DON’T CARE WHAT THE COST IS, I WANT TO GET IT DONE. I BELIEVE IN IT. [ Applause ] IS IT OKAY IF I GIVE YOU A HUG? I’M GOING TO TRY. I’M GOING TO TRY HARD. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, OUR TIME FOR QUESTIONS HAS JUST WRAPPED UP. SO THANK YOU BUT I’M GOING TO STICK AROUND AND CHAT WITH YOU ALL IF I CAN. BUT WHAT WE HAVE TO DO NOW, VERY IMPORTANT, WE HAVE MEDIA WITH US THAT ARE TRAVELLING WITH US. SO THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE SOME QUESTIONS. SO PLEASE STAY SEATED AND STAY WITH ME AND I AM OWING TO ANSWER SOME QUESTIONS. [Please standby] .>>THEY ARE ALREADY DOING IT BECAUSE THE COVER CERTAIN INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES. SOME INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES. WHAT WE ARE SAYING TO CANADIANS AS THIS, I WOULD SIT DOWN AT ANY PREMIER AND SAY TO THAT PREMIER, YOU ARE ALREADY SPENDING MONEY ON MEDICATION. THE EXACT SENTIMENT THAT YOU ARE ALREADY SPENDING, NOT TO SEND MORE, WHATEVER YOU ARE SPENDING BACK JOIN WITH US IN A UNITED NATIONAL PROGRAM. THE SAME AMOUNT, NOT A PENNY MORE, YOU CAN COVER EVERY SINGLE PERSON IN YOUR PROVINCE. I CAN’T IMAGINE EVEN THE MOST CONSERVATIVE PREMIER WHO COULD POSSIBLY SAY NO TO UPLAND THAT WOULD COVER EVERYONE IN THE PROVINCE. WE WILL COVER EVERY SINGLE PERSON WITH THEIR MEDICAL DEVICES AND A MEDICATION. AND IT’S GOING TO MAKE A MASSIVE DIFFERENCE IN THEIR LIES. I WILL FIGHT AS HARD AS I CAN TO MAKE SURE THIS HAPPENS. [ Cheering and Applause ]>>Reporter: THERE ARE SOME AT THE ONTO THE PHARMA CARE PROGRAM. WHAT YOUR PLANS TO WORK IF IT TAKES BUYING POWERFUL CANADIANS. IF YOU HAVE PROVINCES THAT ARE NOT OPTING IN AND WHAT WOULD YOU DO? HE SAID HE WON’T OPPOSE PROJECTS THAT MESSES — PROVINCES DON’T WANT TO.>>WE COULD STILL GO AHEAD WITH IT EVERY PROVINCE. IT WOULD STILL WORK. IT WHICH IS NOT THE AS EFFECTIVE. OUR PLAN IS THIS. I WON’T GIVE UP. I KNOW I CAN WIN OVER PEOPLE. I KNOW THIS TIME MAKE SENSE. ALL THE EVIDENCE IS THERE. EVERY OTHER COUNTRY IN THE WORLD THAT HAS A NATIONAL MEDICARE SYSTEM, THE UNIVERSAL MEDICARE SYSTEM HAD PHARMA CARE INCLUDED. ON CONFIDENT I CAN WIN OVER CANADIANS AND WIN OVER EVERY SINGLE PREMIER. [ Applause ]>>Reporter: [ Speaking French ]>>Voice of Translator: YOU MET A MOTHER WHO LOST HER HOME IN APRIL. AND SHE IS NOW LIVING WITH HER 3 CHILDREN AND SHE’S DISABLED. AND SHE IS IN TEMPORARY HOUSING. WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP HER WHAT WE PROPOSE IS THAT IN THE LONG TERM WE WANT TO BUILD 500,000 HOUSING UNITS, AFFORDABLE UNITS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. WE KNOW THEY WILL TAKE TIME. SO WHAT WE PROPOSE TODAY IS A FUN, AND ALLOWANCE FOR VENDORS TO HELP FAMILIES TO PAY THEIR RENT. SO WE CAN HELP FAMILIES, FOR EXAMPLE THE FAMILY OF THE LADY THAT WE MET, WE WILL HELP THEM WITH OUR PROGRAM STRAIGHT AWAY. THIS IS TOO EXPENSIVE. A NUMBER OF FAMILIES WHO CAN’T AFFORD TO PAY THEIR RENT BOTH OUR PROGRAM WE CAN HELP THEM STRAIGHTAWAY. [ Applause ]>>Voice of Translator: WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO THE PEOPLE OF VANCOUVER ISLAND MIGHT BE TEMPTED TO VOTE FOR THE QUEEN — GREEN PARTY? THE NDP HAS THE MOST COHERENT AND MOST COMPREHENSIVE PLAN. WE KNOW THERE IS A CLIMATE EMERGENCY. WE SHARE THOSE VALUES WITH THE GREENS. ON TOP OF THAT, WE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE ACTUALLY OFFER SOLUTIONS TO HELP PEOPLE WITH HOUSING PROBLEMS, THE PROBLEMS OF HOUSING, PROBLEMS OF HEALTHCARE AND OUR PROGRAM, OUR PLAN PACKAGES — WHICH IS TO GO AFTER BIG BUSINESS, BIG COMPANIES CUT BIG CORPORATIONS WHO STILL TOO MUCH INFLUENCE ON THE GOVERNMENT. WE ARE READY TO IMPLEMENT PROGRAMS SUCH AS PHARMA CARE FOR FAMILIES. WE ALSO WANT TO HELP WITH HEALTHCARE 3 MILLION CANADIANS. AND WE HAVE THE COURAGE TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE OF CLIMATE CHANGE BY HELPING WORKERS. THAT’S UNIQUE. WE ARE THE ONLY ONES DOING THIS. WE ARE THE ONLY ONES DOING THIS. THAT YOU CAN’T HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH SOMEONE WHO REALLY DOESN’T BELIEVE IN THE RIGHTS OF WOMEN. MISSED ME AND THE GREEN PARTY THEY SAID THAT THEY WOULD SUPPORT SCHEER, — SCHEER. HE IS AGAINST WOMEN’S RIGHTS AND ABORTION. THIS IS NOT NEGOTIABLE. WOMEN’S RIGHTS ARE SO IMPORTANT. WE WILL ALWAYS DEFEND THOSE RIGHTS. IT’S NOT CLEAR ENOUGH IN THE GREENS. BUT FOR US IT IS CLEAR. THAT’S A MAJOR DIFFERENCE ALSO. [ Applause ] [ END OF TRANSLATION ]>>Reporter: HELLO MR SINGH.>>THERE YOU ARE.>>Reporter: PARTY HAS STRUGGLED FINANCIALLY. WHY SHOULD WE BELIEVE HE WILL DO A BETTER JOB WITH CANADA’S FINANCES?>>WE DON’T HAVE THE BIG POCKETS OF THE WEALTHY AND POWERFUL WHO DONATE TO THE LIBERALS AND CONSERVATIVES. AND I’M PROUD OF THE FACT THAT THE PEOPLE WHO DONATE TO US ARE HARD-WORKING PEOPLE THAT HAVE LESS MEANS WE WORK FOR THEM. WE DON’T WORK FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE TOP. THAT’S A BIG DIFFERENCE. [ Applause ]>>CANADIANS CAN HAVE THE CONFIDENCE. I DON’T OWE ANYTHING TO BIG PHARMA, TO THE BIG INSURANCE COMPANIES, TO THE BIG GANG — BIG BANKS AND BIG TELECONFERENCE BUT I DON’T OWE ANYTHING TO THEM. THE LIBERALS AND CONSERVATIVES DO. THERE’S A REASON WHY WE PAID THE HIGHEST SELF ON PRICES IN THE WORLD. BECAUSE THEY HAVE CAVED INTO THE DEMANDS DEMANDS OF THE BIG TELECOM LOBBYISTS. THERE IS A REASON WHY WE HAVEN’T HAD PHARMA CARE EVEN THOUGH THE LIBERALS HAVE ANNOUNCED AT FOR 22 YEARS. THEY HAVE TALKED ABOUT FAR-MAC — PHARMA CARE FOR 22 YEARS. IT’S BECAUSE THEY ARE TOO BEHOLDEN TO THE POWERFUL PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES. I’M NOT BEHOLDEN TO THEM. I’M BEHOLDEN TO THE GOOD PEOPLE IN THIS ROOM. ON FIGHTING FOR THEM. [ Applause ]>>Reporter: WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR FINANCES, YOUR PARTY’S FINANCES, HOW SHOULD PEOPLE TRUST YOU TO GOVERN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY’S FINANCES AS WELL.>>FISHER TRUST ME BECAUSE I’M IN IT FOR THEM. I WILL MAKE DECISIONS TO BENEFIT PEOPLE. I WILL NOT BENEFIT THE POWERFUL AND WEALTHY CORPORATIONS AT THE TOP. I DON’T HAVE ANY– I’M NOT HOLDING TO THEM, I DON’T WORK FOR THEM, I WORK FOR THE PEOPLE TO SCRIPT TOGETHER THEIR DONATIONS, THE SCRIPT TOGETHER WITH THEIR GENEROSITY, SUPPORT AND I’M FOREVER THANKFUL FOR EVERYONE’S SUPPORT AND IT’S BECAUSE OF THOSE PEOPLE WE HAVE A MOVEMENT THAT IS BASED ON THE PEOPLE FOR THE PEOPLE AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR THEM. [ Applause ]>>[ INAUDIBLE QUESTION BY THE MEDIA ] [ Cheering ] [ Laughter ]>>THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. I WANT TO MENTION 1 OTHER ISSUE THAT HASN’T GOT A LOT OF ATTENTION. I READ IT BUT IT YESTERDAY. AND NORTHERN ONTARIO, 102 INDIGENOUS KIDS HAVE DIED IN THE PAST 5 YEARS. AND 100 — 102 KIDS HAVE DIED BECAUSE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN FIGHTING INDIGENOUS KIDS IN COURT FOR EQUAL FUNDING AND HUMAN RIGHTS TRIBUNAL HAS SAID THEY DESERVE EQUAL FUNDING AND THEY SAID NO, AND CHALLENGED IN COURT MULTIPLE TIMES AND NOW WE HAVE 102 KIDS THAT HAVE DIED IN NORTHERN ONTARIO. APTN REPORTED ON IT YESTERDAY. LET’S JUST TAKE A MOMENT TO SAY THAT. THAT IS WRONG, THAT IS SHAMEFUL, AND A NEW DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT WILL NEVER TAKE INDIGENOUS GETS TO COURT. WE WOULD ENSURE THAT THEY GET AT MINIMUM EQUITABLE FUNDING AND WE STOP THESE DEATHS FROM HAPPENING. [ Applause ]>>THANK YOU. THANK YOU EVERYBODY. [ Applause ] [ Cheering ]