Justin Trudeau’s victory speech: ‘Our government is ready’ (Full transcript)

Trudeau: 'The moment we face demands real, important change. And you have given this parliament, and this government, clear direction.' The post Justin Trudeau’s victory speech: ‘Our government is ready’ (Full transcript) appeared first on Macleans.ca.

Justin Trudeau’s victory speech: ‘Our government is ready’ (Full transcript)

Merci, mes amis.

You are sending us back to work with a clear mandate to get Canada through this pandemic and to the brighter days ahead, and my friends, that’s exactly what we are ready to do.

There are still votes to be counted, but what we’ve seen tonight is that millions of Canadians have chosen a progressive plan. Some have talked about division, but that’s what I see. That’s not what I’ve seen these past weeks across the country. I see Canadians standing together, together in your determination to end this pandemic, together for real climate action, for $10-a-day child care, for homes that are in reach for middle-class families, for our shared journey on the path of reconciliation. As Canadians, you’ve elected parliamentarians to deliver on all this and our team, our government is ready.

When I became prime minister six years ago, I couldn’t know what the future held. We didn’t know that we would be facing up to a once-in-a-century pandemic or a worldwide economic crisis, but what I did know is that together Canadians can overcome any obstacle and that is exactly what we will continue to do.

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I have heard you. I know you don’t want to hear any more talk of elections and politics, but you want us to concentrate on the work that is necessary for you. You just want to get back to the things you love, not worry about this pandemic, or about an election, that you just want to know that your members of parliament of all stripes will have your back through this crisis. and beyond.

The moment we face demands real, important change. And you have given this parliament, and this government, clear direction. You made a choice. You gave parliamentarians a clear mandate so that we put an end to this pandemic once and for all, and build a better future. You have elected a government in Ottawa that will fight for you, and deliver for you every day. We hear you. We hear you when you say you want more daycare spaces, a stronger health care system, affordable housing and good green jobs; to continue moving forward on the path to reconciliation [and] investments for the middle class and for all those who are working hard to join it.

Friends, I am ready to carry on with the work, my team is ready. But above all tonight, I want to take the time to thank some people, some special people. The other parties and their families—thank you for being part of this important moment. Political life isn’t easy. This is a path you choose because you believe in serving those around you. Thank you for your service to the elections. To the Elections Canada staff and volunteers who signed up to be part of this democratic process and who will be working around the clock to count votes and tally results—thank you. This election has confirmed that our democracy and our institutions remain strong. And to my fellow Canadians, there is no greater honour than serving you and serving this country. If you voted for our party, thank you. Thank you for putting your trust in our team to keep moving forward for everyone. And if you did not vote for us, I want you to know that we will stand up for you and work for you every single day.

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Because no matter how you voted, just like no matter where you come from, what language you speak, the colour of your skin, the way you pray, I hear you. I hear you, when you say that we can only move forward if no one is left behind. Our shared future is built vote by vote, door by door, and above all, person, by person.

That’s something I learned when I first ran in Papineau, 12 years ago.

During the last 12 years, as the member for Papineau, I had the opportunity to meet so many people from different backgrounds and lifestyles. And it’s an honour for me to represent you. It’s with you that I started this wonderful adventure. So thank you for your trust as well, and I will continue to be there for you. My friends from Papineau riding.

There are a lot of people who’ve worked hard, very hard, to get here tonight. First off, my fellow Liberals, my friends, congratulations. Whether you’re a candidate staff or volunteer, I know there have been a lot of late nights and early mornings. There have been tough days. But together, we’ve done something incredible. Bravo, mes amis.

And above all, I would like to thank my family. As always, my mother, who is here tonight, who started going through election nights like this when she was a little girl when my grandfather was running for Parliament in Vancouver north. But thank you, Mum, for always being there.

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Sophie, 12 years ago when we made the decision to become involved together in politics, it’s because we wanted to defend our values, because we wanted to contribute to build a stronger Canada. Since the very beginning, we did it together. So thank you.

And to my children, Xavier, Ella-Grace, here, and Hadrien, who’s been sleeping for some hours now upstairs—as we also need to do—we’re working hard to build a better future for you, a better future for your generations and those to follow. Every day you remind me that this work is important, this work that we’re doing together. So thank you for your patience while I have to be off on the job. And thank you for the sacrifices that you are doing.

We’ve all worked so hard over the last few weeks and over the last few years, and we have come so far. My friends, tonight, I think of something Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier said, as his generation was at the dawn of a new century. He said, “Let them look to the past, but let them still more look to the future.” Let us not forget the past and the dark days we have come through together, but let us still more look to the future, and all that is still to come and all that we have still to build together. Let us feel the warmth of a new dawn and above all, let us seize the promise of a brand new day.

Thank you my friends, thank you everyone!

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The PPC got more than 800,000 votes, and that should worry all of us

Pam Palmater: The election result is yet another sign that Canada is becoming fertile ground for far-right groups The post The PPC got more than 800,000 votes, and that should worry all of us appeared first on Macleans.ca.

The PPC got more than 800,000 votes, and that should worry all of us

Pamela Palmater is a Mi’kmaw lawyer and the chair in Indigenous governance at Ryerson University. 

The Liberals held a snap election in the middle of a pandemic, rolling the dice to gain a majority government, and they lost. Although the votes are still being counted, 320 of the 338 seats have been confirmed, and while the Liberals held on to their minority government status, they look to only gain one additional seat. At an approximate cost of $610 million dollars—which does not include the costs borne by Canadians to travel to their voting station or arrange child care while they stood in line for hours—this election, by any measure, cost far more than it was worth. However, the results did reveal a growing threat to public safety that has been largely unaddressed—the rise of far-right groups who have used the stress and uncertainty of the pandemic to gain support.

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While most political analysts were focused on whether the Liberals would hold on to their minority government, something else was happening throughout election night: the People’s Party of Canada (PPC) popular vote count continued to rise. In fact, they more than doubled the votes for the Green Party. In 2019, the PPC had almost 300,000 votes. But this election, at last count, the current total is more than 800,000—more than double that of two years ago. While none of the candidates in the PPC—not even leader Maxime Bernier—has won a seat, the party has been able rally the angry anti-maskers and those opposed to pandemic health measures under their far-right umbrella. A closer look at some of those who’ve joined the party include those who were rejected by the Conservative party or gained some degree of notoriety from racist rhetoric, or are opposed to pandemic health protections. And almost a million Canadians support them.

Although the rise of far-right populist rhetoric and groups is not unique to Canada, the federal government has been largely silent about the public safety risk it poses to Canadians—especially Black, Indigenous, and racialized people and women. Hate crimes have increased by 37 per cent in the last year and the proliferation of online hate groups in Canada is of particular concern. According to recent international studies, Canadians are among the most active in online right-wing extremism, which includes spreading racist, white supremacist and misogynistic views, and plotting acts of violence. While the United States has received the bulk of media attention for the rise in far-right ideology and violence in their country, the disturbing fact is, that Canada produces more far-right online content per web user than any other country. The violent inclinations, and ability to wield social media to recruit and radicalize younger Canadians, must be understood more broadly than the current lens of trying to address individual hate crimes: this is a group mentality.

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The PPC platform contained just the right combination of commitments to speak to those with far-right ideologies, anti-Indigenous views, pandemic gripes and pro-gun attitudes, including their promises to maximize freedom of expression (allow more hate speech); cut funding to universities if they silence those espousing hateful views; cut funding for CBC; cut funding for foreign aide; and lower the number of immigrants and stop the flow of refugees into Canada.

Beneath the surface of these promises are deeply embedded racist views against non-white people which would be bolstered by their plan to repeal multiculturalism laws and cut funding for multiculturalism with a view to forcing integration into Canadian society and culture. This together with the party’s promise to end the ban on military style weapons, is a recipe for disaster that appears to be gaining traction in Canada. While some may see individual incidents of Proud Boys and other white supremacist groups as one-off incidents, we know they are part of a larger phenomenon that is loosely rallying around the PPC. This Liberal minority government must look beyond the politics of the vote count and the fact that neither Bernier nor any of his candidates won any seats and consider carefully at what 800,000 votes for the PPC means in terms of far-right organizing and to public safety in the future.

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