Trudeau Targets Opponents In Campaign Kickoff
Prince George, B.C. – Federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau laid out his party’s election platform during a stop in Vancouver on Sunday and took some pointed shots at both of his major opponents.
Trudeau says “Canadians want change, they want real change, and no wonder. Stephen Harper’s plan has failed our country. We are working harder and harder to make ends meet but are falling further and further behind. Those few who have done well have done very, very well but the middle class and those hoping to join it, the truth is folks today are more likely to fall out of the middle class than they are to join it. And now, to top it all off, we’re headed into another recession.”
He says ‘it’s time to chose a person and a team with an economic plan that is based on this fundamental truth about Canada, that if you want to create jobs and grow the Canadian economy you have to give the middle class Candians a fair and real chance to succeed.”
Trudeau says Canadians are concerned about lost jobs and opportunities and are finding it increasingly difficult to make ends meet. “This election is about people with bills to pay and futures to plan. It’s not about polls.”
The Liberal leader says the Conservatives are tired, out of ideas and disconnected from reality and it’s time for a change in government. “But you want that change to mean something, for you and for your family. You don’t want to replace a failed plan for the economy with a mirage.” “That change is not just where we all sit in the House of Commons, but where your finances sit when you go over them at the end of the month and crunch the numbers. That plan is our Liberal plan.”
He says under his plan a family with two kids making $90,000 per year will get $2,500 more tax free. Low income families will see 315,000 kids lifted out of poverty. Nine out of ten Canadians will be better off in hard dollars and cents under Liberal plan compared to either of the other two leaders’ plans.
Trudeau says “we will pay for our plan by making the wealthiest pay more in taxes and will stop sending cheques to millionaires just because they have children. He says he will talk during campaign about other job creation measures including new infrastructure investments, ensuring post-secondary schooling opportunities are available to everyone and investing in research and innovation dealing particularly with environmental issues.
Trudeau also went after NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair. “The NDP talks about an increase in the minimum wage but will not tell you that the plan will not help 99% of people that are earning the minimum wage. It won’t help staff at restaurants or hotels or those who work in parking lots or cashiers. Tom Mulcair’s plan will not give them one cent for it only works for those working under federal rules earning the minimum wage. NDP candidates will not tell you that. His is sending false hope to those who work hard. He pretends to help them but that’s not what they’ll do.”
“The NDP’s other answer for everything is to make the company you work for pay more in taxes. That means fewer jobs and less investment, all while our economy is stalled. The NDP would put the brakes on the economy at the worst possible time. The NDP will talk about helping the middle class but they won’t raise taxes on the wealthiest Canadians, and Mr Mulcair won’t cut taxes for the middle class.”
As a parting shot Trudeau says Stephen Harper is spending $125 million taxpayer dollars calling this lengthy election campaign in an attempt to keep his job.