Scheer grounds in Quebec with promises of laundry permits
Conservative leader Andrew Scheer gave a passionate voice to voters in the province on Tuesday night, delivering an important speech in which he promised to be an ally of French, culture and stay away from the province's nationalist government in Quebec City.
With the rise of Bloc's Québécois support and his own few controversial productions criticized by Quebec experts, Scheer took his wife Jill and their five children to a rally on La Prairie's south shore of Montreal.
In doing so, Scheer opened a laundry list of promises to Quebecers, which he said reflect Quebec values. He said he was back in Quebec for "the Conservative's beautiful years under Brian Mulroney" and allowed the Quebec "blue" team to return to power in Ottawa. He promised to work with Prime Minister François Legault. And hearing back the slogan and frustration of the quiet revolution in the 1960s, when Francophone Quebec gained more political control.
"And as prime minister, my message to Quebecers is simple: When we talk about Quebec authorities? Yeah. You are the masters of your house. Masters of your culture, masters of your institutions. "
He said he financially supports the Francophone University in Ontario (a measure initiated by Ontario provincial liberals, later cut by Ontario Prime Minister Doug Ford and revived only after public outrage).
Scheer said he would extend the protection of minority languages to a new court that is still responsible for overseeing the revised Official Languages Act.
In his first prime ministerial talks with Legault, Scheer said he agreed to several of Legault's claims, including that Quebec manages and collects taxes from one form of income tax for provincial and federal taxes; revise the Quebec-Canada Agreement, which would give Quebec more say in immigration matters; improving the program for temporary workers; tackling labor shortages in the province; Giving Quebec greater autonomy in cultural matters; and ensuring that the Minister for Economic Development is Quebecer.
He shook the liberal government of Justin Trudeau, saying that the prime ministers should settle their disputes "for good coffee, not for the judiciary".
But Scheer never mentioned the main lawsuits initiated by conservative prime ministers who sought to repeal Trudeau's carbon price and price reduction scheme. The federal government's right to impose a carbon tax has so far been confirmed by two courts.
And Scheer played his decision to sit alongside Quebec's controversial secular law, saying voters had never heard so much talk of federal judicial intervention in National Assembly decisions (as the Quebec provincial legislature calls it).
In fact, no federal party has said it would intervene in the litigation at this stage, though Trudeau's Liberals and Jagmeet Singh's NDP have not ruled out any intervention arguments when the court challenges law known as Law 21, never before the Canadian Supreme Court.
As a prime minister, Scheer reiterated that he would not interfere in any judicial debate over whether Quebec's ban on provincial public officials' religious symbols unfairly discriminates against the religious and freedom of expression of certain religious minorities.
His biggest and most risky sales pitch came when a Conservative leader presented his vision of a national east-west energy corridor for Quebec as a so-called win-win solution, as the province could export its hydroelectric power to more markets.
But Scheer also insisted that Quebecers have access to domestic oil instead of oil from the US and Algeria, an argument that has so far failed to persuade the province to buy new pipelines throughout its territory. .