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With election set to kick off, 2 federal leaders visit London

With election set to kick off, 2 federal leaders visit London

The federal election will officially kick off today but Londoners got plenty of political theatre on Tuesday night, with two federal leaders in town to meet voters. 

The NDP’s Jagmeet Singh and Maxime Bernier of the People’s Party of Canada both spoke at separate events. 

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. 

Bernier talks multiculturalism, faces hecklers

Later Tuesday evening, Maxime Bernier spoke to a full hotel conference room about multiculturalism, which he decried as a failed policy. 

“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.”

Most in attendance were supporters but two hecklers tried to shout down Bernier, one calling him a coward and a bigot. Bernier continued his speech unfazed. Both men were escorted out by police.

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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. 

Mansur said multiculturalism and immigration are two “sacred cows” in Canadian politics that will change Canada for the worse “long before the seas rise and ice caps melt and polar bears disappear.” 

“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.” 

People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier said he’d like all immigrants screened in face-to-face interviews to see if they support ‘Canadian values.’ (Andrew Lupton/CBC)

“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

The People’s Party platform calls for immigration to be limited to 150,000 a year, a level not seen since 1986