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Singh says Bill 21 is discriminatory, but stops committing the court complaint

Singh says Bill 21 is discriminatory, but stops committing the court complaint

OTTAWA – NDP leader Jagmeet Singh says Quebec’s law on secularism is undoubtedly discriminatory, but will not commit to federal intervention if elected prime minister.

In an interview with CTV National News on Thursday, Singh said he is waiting to see how the current court challenge in Bill 21 unfolds before making that decision.

“It is being fought in court right now, and it is important that it is being fought in court. As a lawyer, I know that these decisions can be very complex, and therefore I would not assess anything until we know what happened, ”he said.

Singh says the law, which prevents public service employees such as teachers, judges and police officers from wearing religious symbols at work, is discriminatory. But he said he was less concerned about “labels” than about action.

“It is important to note that it does not help to call things different brands in the fight against systemic racism. “What I want to do is make sure people know that they are valued and that they belong to who they are,” he said.

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, on the other hand, says he disagrees with the law but will not go so far as to call it discriminatory. However, he has said he will keep the door open for a trial at a later date if necessary.

Conservative leader Erin O’Toole has said that as prime minister he would never challenge a law passed by a provincial legislature.

In the same interview, Singh was confronted with questions about whether he would keep or sell the already purchased Trans Mountain pipeline, as he is openly against it.

“I have always learned, my mother has always taught me that we must make good decisions, and a good decision is made only when you know what you are, what you are facing. We do not know what Mr Trudeau has done and we do not know the situation. Until we are in government, we know better, ”he said.

He added that an elected NDP government would end declining fossil fuels and set more “realistic” emission reduction targets – even if at least one environmental economist has questioned the plan’s feasibility in terms of its impact on Canada’s GDP.

The NDP has promised that by 2030, Canada would have 50 percent carbon dioxide emissions below 2005 levels. By comparison, the Liberals promise to reduce emissions by 40 to 45 percent below the 2005 level by the end of the decade, while the Conservatives promise to follow Canada’s reduction target under the Paris Agreement – which is lower than the government’s current target.

Here is the full text of Singh’s interview with CTV News National Affairs Correspondent Omar Sachedina.

Note: This printout has been edited for length and grammar.

Soon: Your platform promises more than $ 200 billion in consumption over the next five years and is dependent on new taxes on the so-called ultra-rich and also businesses as well as generating more revenue. Are you not risking killing innovation at a time when economic growth is so important to Canada’s recovery from the pandemic?

Singh: No not at all. What we are looking at is just fairness. It’s about making sure that the people who use tax havens at sea, and loopholes that mean they do not pay their fair share, start paying their fair share, and then it’s really a matter of justice. When we see workers who have fought in this pandemic, small businesses that have closed their doors, but we see the richest 44 billionaires in Canada increase their fortunes by $ 78 billion and continue not to pay their fair share, it’s something , Canadians say, do not do not sit well with them.

Soon: I will now move on to the Trans Mountain pipeline. You say you are against what you have said repeatedly. But you will not say what you want to do with it. Do voters not deserve to know what your plan is?

Singh: Voters know well where I stand and they know where I stand about the environment.

Soon: But they do not know what to do with it.

Singh: They know where I stand on the environment, and they know the things that I would concretely do right away. They know that

I would end the drop in fossil fuels while Trudeau increased them to Mr. Harper’s level.

Soon: Specifically on the pipeline, which you now know is a taxpayer-owned asset: If you get elected, what will you do with it? Do you want to keep it or do you want to get rid of it?

Singh: I have always learned, my mother has always taught me that we must make good decisions, and a good decision is made only when you know what you are, what you are facing. We do not know what Mr Trudeau has done and we do not know the situation. Until we’re in government, we know better.

Soon: You will decide the decision on whether you want to keep it or sell it. What are the criteria there, what do you want to look at?

Singh: All parameters involved in making a decision, what is in the interest of Canadians, what is the state of the asset, what is the best decision we can make?

Soon: I will move on to Bill 21, this is a question where for you, the personal and the political really collide, right. If you were in Quebec, you would not be able to be a state attorney, even a teacher. The Left is at least open to intervening in a legal challenge, right?

Singh: What I have said about this bill is that it is being fought right now in court. It’s a bill that’s divisive, and I do not support that kind of bill.

Soon: The question was very direct, Mr Singh: do you want to intervene, are you at least open to intervening?

Singh: My position is that it is being fought in court right now and it is important that it is being fought in court. As a lawyer, I know that these decisions can be very complex and therefore I would not assess anything until we know what is happening.

Soon: Is it racist?

Singh: Calling people racist or marking things as racist is less important to me than actually getting the results, and the results for me would be a society where people belong, where we do not have police violence based on someone else’s color on their skin, where people are not treated differently because of who they are. That’s what I want to achieve.

Soon: If you think it’s discriminatory –

Singh: I do not think it is.

Soon: So why are you not at least open to the possibility of challenging it legally?

Singh: We’ll see what happens with what you know, I’ve seen a lot of lawsuits and the results are very complicated and the decisions can be very complex so we want to know what the results are.

Soon: We are now only a few days away from September 20th. If it’s a conservative minority and you have the balance of power, would you work with that scenario?

Singh: I want to turn it around because I will not accept defeat. I am fighting to become Prime Minister, and as Prime Minister, my goal is to tax the super wealthy, to invest in people.

Soon: But the likelihood of that happening is not great at this point. There are two frontrunners right now, if it’s a conservative minority, would you be willing to work with that government?

Singh: It does not change that I will not accept that framework. I’m running to become Prime Minister. As Prime Minister, I would achieve what I promised to do, namely invest in our childcare, invest in solving the housing crisis, invest in our healthcare, tax the super rich. I want Canadians to know they have a choice. If they want these things to happen, you have Mr. Trudeau, who is all for show, says many nice things all for show, but it is to protect the interests of the rich. Or you have got new Democrats who will fight for you, will ensure the super-rich their fair share and invest in solutions that people need.

With a file from The Canadian Press

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