Singh appeared at Goodwill Industries for what was described as a town hall on health care, but the venue was packed with party supporters.
Singh’s main focus was affordability, saying Canadians are falling behind when it comes to covering the basics, such as rent, cell phone bills and medications.
Earlier in the day he proposed a “super wealth tax,” a one per cent tax on Canadians whose net worth exce $20 million. He said this will raise almost $6 billion in the first year, generating money an NDP government would use to help seniors and bring in universal pharmacare.
“We believe that the richest in our society need to pay more, and we’re going to make that happen,” he said.
Singh spoke about an NDP plan to pare back cellphone and Internet bills, saying Canadians pay some of the highest costs in the world to access the Internet.
“This is not a luxury, this is a necessity,” said Singh, who said lobbying by large telecommunications companies has limited the Liberals’ willingness to reduce bills.
Singh said, if elected, his party would impose a price cap on Internet bills and make unlimited data plans a mandatory option.
“We have a core identity, a Canadian identity and we must do everything to protect that,” he said. Bernier said he would welcome newcomers to Canada but insist on each of them having a face-to-face interview with immigration officers.
“We want to know them, we want to know if they our Canadian values and yes if you our Canadian values, our Western civilization values, you will come and help us to build a freer and a more prosperous country.”
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The most controversial were made by Dr. Salim Mansur, a retired Western University professor who originally hails from India. He is running as the People’s Party candidate in London North Centre. He’s also a Muslim and author whose work Bernier admires.
“Any critical discussion of either is considered by the watchdogs of our elite establishment as politically incorrect and therefore reprehensible,” said Mansur.
Mansur said official multiculturalism is based on the idea that all cultures are equal, which he said is “a flat-out lie.”
“All individuals are created equal, not all cultures,” he said. He criticized the caste system he was born into in India and said Indian leader Mahatma Gandi was imbued with ideas of western democracy because he studied them in England.