Canada federal election debate 2021: Top leaders' quotes you need to remember before you vote

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Justin Trudeau

Canadian Prime Minister and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau speaks during the federal election English-language Leaders debate in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada on September 9, 2021. (Photo by Justin Tang / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TANG/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Canadian Prime Minister and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau speaks during the federal election English-language Leaders debate in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada on September 9, 2021. (Photo by Justin Tang / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TANG/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Leadership & Accountability

We recognize that there are systems and institutions that need to change across the country and that's why, from the very beginning, we stepped up with policies, new policy stronger policies and processes to support every survivor ever.Justin Trudeau, leader of Liberal Party of Canada

Climate Change

You can't have a strong economy, unless you tackle climate change and you asked about how we're going to convince the quarter of Canadians who still don't think climate change is real. Mr. O'Toole, can't even convince his party that climate change is real...Justin Trudeau, leader of Liberal Party of Canada

Reconciliation

Over the past 150 years, Canada has failed in its relationship with Indigenous Peoples, people who we should be working with in shared stewardship of the land...working with in partnership as we draw from the bounty and the beauty of this land to build a better future for all. That is why over the past six years, we have stepped up on the path of reconciliation.Justin Trudeau, leader of Liberal Party of Canada

Affordability

We need longer-term supports one of the first things we did was increase the guaranteed income supplement for our most vulnerable single seniors when we first got elected, we're doing that again in our proposal in this election.Justin Trudeau, leader of Liberal Party of Canada

COVID Recovery

We have to get out of this pandemic first. And that's why the unequivocal leadership that we've shown as a government on making sure that everyone gets vaccinated, is what's going to get us there. We cannot rebuild the economy until we get through this, this pandemic.Justin Trudeau

Jagmeet Singh

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh speaks during the federal election English-language Leaders debate in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada on September 9, 2021. (Photo by Justin Tang / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TANG/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh speaks during the federal election English-language Leaders debate in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada on September 9, 2021. (Photo by Justin Tang / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TANG/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Leadership & Accountability

We've got a difficult choice for Canadians, you've got on one side, someone who doesn't believe there's a crisis and then on the other you have Mr. Trudeau who doesn't act like there's a crisis. And what it's going to take is real leadership, because the solutions are there. We can invest in green energy, clean energy, we can eradicate renewable energy.Jagmeet Singh, NDP leader of Canada

Climate Change

We just heard, Mr. O'Toole, Mr. Trudeau argue about who's worse, and honestly it's a tough question to answer. Let me tell you you're not stuck with these two. Better is possible: we can invest in a clean economy, we can end fossil fuel subsidies, we can make sure we're creating clean transportation, and we can invest in provinces and territories to make sure they have the resources necessary to fight the climate crisis.Jagmeet Singh, NDP leader of Canada

Reconciliation

How do you store trust when you've got a prime minister that takes a knee one day, and then takes Indigenous kids to court the next? How do you restore trust in a country as wealthy as ours, a G7 nation, in the 21st century that still does not provide clean drinking water to every single Indigenous nation? It starts by actually walking the path of reconciliation, not with empty words but real action: clean water, nation donation and respect.Jagmeet Singh, NDP leader of Canada

Affordability

What we're proposing to do is put in place a guaranteed income for seniors so they can live with dignity and not have to worry about paying the bills. That's a starting point, what we've seen so far is that Mr. Trudeau and Mr O'Toole, both are going to either cut the help that you receive, or put the burden back on people like you. We believe that the ultra rich should pay their fair share for once, and invest in you invest in families invest in people.Jagmeet Singh, NDP leader of Canada

COVID Recovery

Our commitment is to invest in our healthcare system, to defend it. Unlike Mr. Trudeau and Mr O'Toole who believe in private, long-term care delivery. We want to get out profit, get out of the greed from the delivery of long-term care, we want to invest in PharmaCare for all -- not promising in 2019, and then have $0 to commit towards it.Jagmeet Singh, NDP leader of Canada

Erin O'Toole

Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole speaks during the federal election English-language Leaders debate in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada on September 9, 2021. (Photo by Justin Tang / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TANG/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole speaks during the federal election English-language Leaders debate in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada on September 9, 2021. (Photo by Justin Tang / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TANG/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Leadership & Accountability

Our platform, including a detailed plan on climate change is about making sure we secure future jobs, accountability, national leadership. I am driving the bus to make sure we get this country back on track and I'm here to defend the rights of all Canadians, women, members of the LGBTQ community, indigenous Canadians— I want to make sure we all secure a future together.Erin O'Toole, leader of Conservative Party of Canada

Climate Change

Mr. Trudeau always forgets one fact, he has never made a target for climate change. He has great ambition -- that's part of the reason we're in an election in a pandemic -- is his ambition. He doesn't have achievement.Erin O'Toole, leader of Conservative Party of Canada

Reconciliation

My first question when I rose in the House of Commons was on a call to action on reconciliation with respect to indigenous health, we need to build partnerships we need to restore trust and that trust is eroded when you make commitments on safe drinking water on reserve, when you make commitments on the calls to action and the Truth and Reconciliation Report -- and have no plan to fulfill them. So I want to build partnerships and have Indigenous leaders have governance over the federal government finally delivering on our commitment to indigenous peoples.Erin O'Toole, leader of Conservative Party of Canada

Affordability

I will care about monetary policy because we need to keep inflation low, there is a crisis hitting families and Mr. Trudeau seems completely oblivious to bills going up, there's a housing crisis, as we talked about, and he's making it worse with as I said, almost half a billion dollars of borrowing per day. There's real risks on the horizon so we have a plan to get people work, get their bills down, give them a break.Erin O'Toole, leader of Conservative Party of Canada

COVID Recovery

We're going to create a million jobs in one year, we're going to clean up the accountability mess in Ottawa, we're going to have national leadership on mental health. We're going to be more ready for a pandemic, and we're going to get our finances under control. I want to get people working, I want to give families a break...After these 18 months as a country. We need a plan and a leader that will actually deliver.

Annamie Paul

Green Party Leader Annamie Paul speaks during the federal election English-language Leaders debate in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada on September 9, 2021. (Photo by Justin Tang / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TANG/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Green Party Leader Annamie Paul speaks during the federal election English-language Leaders debate in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada on September 9, 2021. (Photo by Justin Tang / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TANG/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Leadership and Accountability

I believe that if there were more women on this platform tonight and in previous years that we, in fact, would have better laws in our military, we would have child care at this point, we would have many of the things that we need. I am the only woman, other than Elizabeth May, to be on this platform in the last 18 years. The Liberal Party has never had a woman leading. I think that it's time for the party to examine its priorities.Annamie Paul, leader of Green Party of Canada

Climate Change

We can keep moving towards a mirage...that's just out there in the distance that we never arrive at, or you can send people back to Ottawa from every single party, who are committed to working together across party lines on the greatest existential challenge of our time and seizing the opportunity of a truly green recovery.Annamie Paul, leader of Green Party of Canada

Reconciliation

"Justice delayed is justice denied...I am tired of being up on these stages without indigenous leadership here to speak for itself...So Indigenous sovereignty, self determination, nation to nation engagement. That is my commitment."Annamie Paul, leader of Green Party of Canada

Affordability

This is an opportunity for us to learn the lessons from this pandemic and to really get to the heart of things and to stop talking about the symptoms but get to the root causes. It's so wonderful to see the consensus building around a guaranteed livable income, so that whatever your circumstances you can live with dignity. We need universal long term care that's a huge expense it was for my family, and we need more affordable housing, let's get to the root causes.Annamie Paul, leader of Green Party of Canada

COVID Recovery

This really comes to the heart of the matter which again is about changing the culture of politics in Ottawa. The culture has become toxic, has become hyper partisan. And so we need less partisanship, we need more diverse voices so that we can get the access to the best ideas in a more cooperative and collaborative way.Annamie Paul, leader of Green Party of Canada

Yves-François Blanchet

Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet speaks during the federal election English-language Leaders debate in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada on September 9, 2021. (Photo by Justin Tang / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TANG/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet speaks during the federal election English-language Leaders debate in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada on September 9, 2021. (Photo by Justin Tang / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TANG/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Leadership and Accountability

I am not very much interested in leading Canada. However, I am very much interested in making sure that Quebec is entitled to its own vision for the future.Yves-François Blanchet, leader of Bloc Québécois

Climate Change

You take the money for trans mountain, and you give it to Alberta for Alberta to initiate its own transition toward a greener economy. This is the way to do things, because if we don't do that and keep dreaming about reducing gas emission, while increasing production, we will never get there.Yves-François Blanchet, leader of Bloc Québécois

Reconciliation

First Nations and Quebec have something in common. They are binded by a document, they never signed, and any relationship between nations should be dealt with, with freely signed treaties or agreements or something, the Indian Act has to be replaced.Yves-François Blanchet, leader of Bloc Québécois

Affordability

Those people who suffered the most from the pandemic, their power to buy things was reduced, the fact that they were alone, more than ever before was made worse, and the stress, the anxiety they lived with is terrible. We want something to be done, and it has to start with a monthly cheque, seriously, increased.Yves-François Blanchet, leader of Bloc Québécois

COVID Recovery

Healthcare is a jurisdiction of the provinces, and Quebec...So it will be hard to be efficient, if those who are responsible of health care, do not have the resources, which are owed to them.Yves-François Blanchet, leader of Bloc Québécois

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