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Canada Singh confident Trudeau will have to work with NDP, despite signals from Bloc

21:00  17 november  2019
21:00  17 november  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

Trudeau meets Bloc leader in hunt for support for minority government

  Trudeau meets Bloc leader in hunt for support for minority government OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is meeting Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet this morning as he looks for support for his new minority government in Parliament. Trudeau is sitting down with opposition leaders one by one this week, trying to identify areas of common ground where he can get their support for legislation once the House of Commons sits again in December. Without a majority in the Commons, Trudeau's Liberals willTrudeau is sitting down with opposition leaders one by one this week, trying to identify areas of common ground where he can get their support for legislation once the House of Commons sits again in December.

OTTAWA — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says he believes Prime Minister Justin Trudeau 's only options to pass legislation in a minority Parliament are to work with his The Bloc has more MPs than the NDP does. Speaking to reporters following the meeting, the New Democratic leader said he

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is continuing his meetings with other party leaders, sitting down with NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh on Thursday. As Mike Le Couteur reports, Singh says only the NDP can help the Liberals put together policies to “benefit all Canadians.”

a close up of Jagmeet Singh: NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to discuss shared priorities in the upcoming parliamentary session.© THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to discuss shared priorities in the upcoming parliamentary session.

Emerging from a meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau this week, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh sounded firm on what he wants from this minority parliament.

"I put out three specific priorities that are for the throne speech," said Singh during an interview on The West Block with Mercedes Stephenson.

"Things that I want to see that the prime minister is taking very seriously, and committing to taking some concrete steps [on]."

Singh suggested he feels confident Trudeau took stock of his wish list for the speech, which will take place on Dec. 5, after he announces his new cabinet on Nov. 20.

Jagmeet Singh to lay out NDP priorities in meeting with Trudeau Thursday

  Jagmeet Singh to lay out NDP priorities in meeting with Trudeau Thursday OTTAWA — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh will meet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday, where he will lay out his priorities in the hopes of using his party's position in a minority Parliament to get policies and laws that reflect New Democrat platform commitments. The party was reduced to fourth place in the House of Commons behind the Liberals, Conservatives and Bloc Quebecois after winning just 24 seats in the recent election, down from the 39 it held before the Oct. 21 vote. But despite these losses, party and caucus members were cheering on election night and have since been viewing the upcoming re-opening of Parliament as a positive for the party.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa on Thursday to lay out his priorities in the hope of leveraging his party ’s position in a minority government.

On Thursday, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh outlined for reporters his top priorities he raised during his earlier meeting with PM Justin Trudeau . Singh says NDP , not Bloc , is the ‘only option’ for Trudeau Liberals. Singh maintains Liberal government has to work with NDP .

READ MORE: Singh and Trudeau discuss NDP’s priorities in meeting ahead of throne speech

The Speech from the Throne is the first opportunity for a government to lay out its legislative agenda before the House of Commons, and will be the first chance for the Trudeau Liberals to test whether they can secure enough support from opposition parties to get it passed.

If Trudeau fails to gain a majority of votes in support of the speech, it would trigger the fall of his government and set the stage for another election.

The NDP and the Bloc Quebecois are the two parties that have been the focus of speculation about what it might take for them to prop up the Liberals.

And it's in this parliamentary situation that the NDP have stressed their priorities of universal pharmacare and a national dental care plan.

The Bloc Québécois Still Wants Quebec To Separate But Won't Help The West Do The Same

  The Bloc Québécois Still Wants Quebec To Separate But Won't Help The West Do The Same Blanchet won't be offering any help to the west.Bloc Québécois leader Yves-François Blanchet told reporters that he wants Quebec to be his own country and western Canada shouldn't look to him for help with doing the same thing there.

OTTAWA — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says he believes Prime Minister Justin Trudeau 's only options to pass legislation in a minority Parliament are to work with his New Democrats or the Conservatives

Asks from the Conservative, Bloc Québécois, NDP , and Green Party parliamentary caucus leaders covered topics, from requests for Alberta energy National unity is a major issue facing Trudeau ’s minority government from the onset. But the prime minister doesn’t have to worry for now about the

Singh also says that his party wants stronger climate emissions targets and for the federal government to drop its appeal against a ruling on compensation for Indigenous children.

Trudeau signalled last week that both parties were mostly on the same page.

"With Mr. Singh, we have a number of shared priorities," Trudeau said during a photo op before their meeting.

"Fighting climate change, making sure we're addressing affordability issues ... we both made commitments to pharamcare in our platforms."

The Liberal party platform included a pledge to discuss a potential pharmacare plan with the provinces, but did not commit to implementing it

It also pledged that Canada will have net-zero emissions by 2050.

READ MORE: 9 in 10 Canadians want national pharmacare: Heart & Stroke poll

Singh, however, signalled that he's prepared to vote down the Liberal government's throne speech they don't play ball, but refused to lay out clear lines.

Jagmeet Singh says NDP open to voting against throne speech

  Jagmeet Singh says NDP open to voting against throne speech NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says his party could vote against the upcoming throne speech if it doesn't offer commitments to parts of the party's platform, including a universal pharmacare plan. "We are absolutely open to voting against the throne speech if it doesn't include some of the priorities we know Canadians need," he told reporters this afternoon."We're not putting forward any red lines but I am prepared to vote against it if it doesn't respect the values that we have as a party."Parliament is set to convene on Dec.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is continuing his meetings with other party leaders, sitting down with NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh on Thursday. Trudeau has a minority government and will need to collaborate.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says that clearly "people are feeling neglected" by Ottawa, but that the “I want something concrete,” Singh said, downplaying questions of whether he is over exaggerating the bargaining position he will have in forth- party status, given the Bloc Quebecois’ indicated intention to

"I am willing to vote against the throne speech," said Singh.

"I don't want to draw any orange lines in the sand, but I do want to show that I'm firm."

Singh noted that the Liberals will likely have to rely on the NDP as a partner to get things done during their minority government.

"If he wants to work with somebody to actually develop something like a dental care program, we're the ones pushing for that," Singh said.

"He'll need to work with us if he wants to deliver it."

READ MORE: Singh lays down ‘challenge’ for Liberal minority but says he’s not drawing ‘lines in the sand’

Trudeau's Liberals came 13 seats short of a majority in the October election.

In effect, that means Trudeau will need to work with other parties to maintain the confidence of the House of Commons in order to survive and pass legislation.

That doesn't necessarily mean that the New Democrats are the only party Trudeau has to work with to deliver on Liberal platform pieces, but they're a party with which the Liberals have found common ground in the past.

Another option could be the Bloc Quebecois.

For the opposition, a dilemma: work with Trudeau, or cut him down early?

  For the opposition, a dilemma: work with Trudeau, or cut him down early? Opposition leaders meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau this week issued some dire warnings about policy red lines and national unity. Much of that was mere posturing, and at least two of the leaders should see opportunities in this new minority government.Instead, it has splintered into a half-dozen smaller campaigns — a tangle of pursuits that, individually and collectively, will define Canadian politics for the next while.

But despite these losses, party and caucus members were cheering on election night and have since been Julian believes the NDP is a particularly well-positioned to work with the Liberals now because of their shared progressive ideologies. NDP leader Jagmeet Singh on party 's priorities, PM Trudeau .

The Bloc Québécois and the NDP are trying to re-establish themselves as a relevant political forces. The Greens are in search of a new leader. Trudeau also might want to show some ability to work with (or at least gesture toward) the aggrieved premiers of two restless provinces.

In an interview with The West Block's Mercedes Stephenson, Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet indicated that his party would prop up Trudeau's Liberals for the time being.

"I do not believe that Canadians or Quebecers elected a minority government in order to go back to elections in two years," says Blanchet.

"This comes with the obligation to collaborate — to find common ground."

READ MORE: Bloc Québécois rises to prominence as it triples seats in Parliament

The Bloc Québécois were handed 32 seats by "la belle province," helping them regain official party status in parliament and almost tripling their previous seat count before the writ drop.

New Democrats, on the other hand, had 39 seats before the election but lost one-third of those on Oct. 21, losing 15 and seeing their party almost completely wiped out in Quebec.

With the result of the election, the NDP dropped to fourth in the total number of seats held by a party in parliament.

Singh says that Trudeau working with the separatist Bloc doesn't look like the best way forward for the government.

"The fact that Mr. Trudeau would rely on the support of a party...that seems to be interested in dividing Canada — seems to be not a good way to go ahead," Singh said.

"We're really the option when it comes to working with a national party."

READ MORE: Trudeau won the most seats, but not a majority. What now?

Singh did acknowledge that Trudeau could decide to pass on working with New Democrats, but he says he'll try to look for ways to be constructive.

"He can work with anyone else," Singh said. "But my goal isn't to look for ways to tear down the government."

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Nearly 70 per cent of Canadians said they support electoral reform.Numbers from Angus Reid polls show that in January 2016, 53 per cent of Canadians supported electoral reform. This November, 68 per cent of Canadians felt the same way.

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