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Singh says it would be an "obstruction" not to allow Wilson-Reybold to testify again

If Jodi Wilson-Raibould wants to testify for the second time before the Committee of Justice of the House of Peoples, but he is not given a chance, that means "obstruction, absolutely," says NDP leader Jagmeet Sing.

In an interview for the CTV Question Time, Sing called the contradictory testimony of Gerald Butts, former Secretary General of Prime Minister Trudeau, "incredible" and "simply incredible," and calls on the liberals to respond to the former general prosecutor.

"Given all of this, Ms. Wilson-Raibould should have the opportunity to come to the commission and offer her a contest of what was proposed," said Singh Evan Solomon.

Sing on Monday is entering the Lower House, while liberals continue to deal with the SNC-Lavalin affair. Will Wilson-Raibould get the chance to return to the board will decide on Tuesday afternoon behind closed doors.

When Singh takes his place in the Lower House, he will do it as the first person from a visible minority to lead the federal party. He said he understood the historical weight of the moment.

"I remember when I grew up as a child, I would never have thought that someone like me, someone who looks like me, could ever escape to become prime minister – he would even have this opportunity," he said.

"And I know there are many people who count on me, because there are too many Canadians who feel that they do not belong, who feel they are not important. And I hope that in the same way I managed to get to this point, as my people have broken barriers, I hope that I may be able to break barriers for others. "


Given that federal elections are due in October, Singh will not have time to lose in winning voters – especially progressive, who supported the liberals in 2015.

In the latest Nanos Research survey, published on March 12, the NDP ranks third with 18 percent, far behind the Liberals, with 33 percent, and conservatives, with 36 percent.

Nevertheless, Trudeau came in first place as the most preferred choice for the prime minister, with a support of 32.5%, followed by conservative leader Andrev Scheer, with 25%. Singh took only 7.4 percent – practically tying green leader Elizabeth Mai by 7.1 percent.

These numbers indicate a tough fight for Singh. Referring to his election strategy, Sing said that the NDP would "provide a real contrast to Trudeau's Liberals."

"We are currently seeing a scandal in which there is political interference, where well-connected corporate executives have a direct access line, they can call the prime minister in their office and get law changes and see that attorneys-at-law under pressure change their attitudes," he said.

"Instead, we want to tell people, listen, we do not believe that this is the way the government should function. We believe that the government should be on the side of people who work for people and make their priorities. "

Liberals will announce their latest budget on Tuesday – Singh's second day at work. Details of the liberal plan for pharmacy could be uncovered.

The NDP has already proposed a universal, public pharmacy program if elected. Anything less than that, Sing says, is simply not good enough.

"We are not looking for a patchwork system in the US, which the liberals will propose. We heard that, we saw them pointing to it. That's not good for Canadians. This does not help all Canadians. Millions of Canadians will not be protected by such a plan, he said.

"What we want is a universal, national, public, self-paid drug treatment program for everyone, similar to what we saw in other countries where it is effective to provide all the necessary care, reduce costs and (only) something that makes sense. "

Asked to pay for an ambitious plan, Singh said he would make "different choices" from the Liberal and break tax havens and other systems for the benefit of the richest rich.

"I believe that universal coverage for everything is possible. We might be able to cancel some of these types of initiatives that are not useful to Canadians and that we have the revenues we propose in our budget, "he said.

"We are talking about the existence of other tax systems, there are holes in the options for CEOs, there are many things that we can do to close that revenue we lose and bring it to our country and invest in such programs."

Calling from hate

Singh also touched upon the terrible mass shooting in New Zealand, where 49 believers were killed in a Christchurch mosque on Friday. He said that politicians in Canada who flirt with extremist groups who hate or not call out loud should be held accountable.

Singh made a direct line between the hatred of political rhetoric and the hate of motivated shootings, specially citing the case of a Pucca mosque in Quebec, Alexander Bissonnette, who killed six people and wounded 19 others in 2017.

"This type of rhetoric must be called. We have to appoint him. What happened in Quebec was born in Quebec. It was born in Canada. Not someone who came as a refugee or immigrant. "

When it comes to immigration, Sing said, the conversation can not be passed on to pointing fingers on the off-roaders.

"When people begin to blame and use the inflammatory language around immigration and refugees, it creates a climate of hatred and the fear that it will grow," he said.

"A legitimate discussion on how appropriate an approach to our immigration system can be, but it can not include a whistle-blowing policy that is particularly flammable against people who are already marginalized." And we saw that it happened earlier. It should be condemned. "


Monday marks a significant milestone for the NDP: for the first time since October 2017, the party leader was sitting in the House of Commons.

When asked if he was nervous about his first day, Sing admitted: "You know, a bit."

"These are big leagues. Anyone who looked at politics in Canada, anyone who looked at our system, looks at it as the highlight. "

Sing already knows what to pose as his first question in parliament – and he offered a broad hint.

"How to improve life for Canadians, affordability of housing, drug coverage for everyone, the environment. In this general subject area, you hear to focus on me. "


Weekly Nanos Tracking was produced by Nanos Research Corporation, based in Canada, operating in Canada and the United States. The data are based on a dual (land + cell) telephone line interview with 1,000 Canadians who use four weeks at an average of 250 respondents each week, 18 years or more. A random sample of 1,000 respondents can be weighted by age and gender using the most recent census information for Canada. The interviews were compiled on a quadruple average of 1,000 interviews, where every week the oldest group of 250 interviews is rejected and a new group of 250 interviews is added.

A random telephone survey of 1,000 Canadians is accurate ± 3.1 percentage points, plus or minus, 19 times from 20.

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