Quebec Premier Francois Legault says the province will start charging people who refuse a COVID-19 vaccination an additional fee for health care. He says the exact amount hasn’t yet been decided. He says the charge wont apply to people with valid medical exemptions #cdnpoli
Legault says vaccinations are key to reducing the burden on hospitals and people who dont go get their shots in the next few weeks will face a health contribution fee. #cdnpoli
Legault says the health contribution wont only be for people who refuse vaccination and need to go to the hospital, he says it will be for everyone who refuses vaccination and doesn’t have a valid medical exemption. #cdnpoli
Legault says the fee will be significant and while they haven’t yet decided what it will be, he doesn’t believe $50 or $100 counts as significant #cdnpoli
Legault also says the provinces is still getting legal advice on whether the fee #cdnpoli

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The Liberals are the first major party to release a costed platform.

It details $78-billion in new spending over five years, deficits would be $14-billion higher per year on average than the projected pre-election deficit forecast from the PBO. #cdnpoli…
First Q to Justin Trudeau is whether the spending is responsible & when the budget will be balanced. He defends it and says Canada is in a good fiscal position. "This is the plan that Canada needs to be even more ambitious" on child care, climate change and housing, says Trudeau.
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In questions from reporters, O’Toole is asked about critiques of his carbon pricing plan, which some experts say is overly complex and will be difficult to implement.
O’Toole doesn’t engage with the Q just repeats what his plan is. #cdnpoli
O’Toole is asked again about his emissions reduction targets. In April he said he wouldn’t meet Canada’s promised 40-45% cut. He doesn’t repeat that, just says that he is commited to the Paris targets.
Note: The Paris targets were set in 2015 and are lower than the new targets.
O’Toole is pressed four times to explain what he would have done on Afghanistan if he had been Prime Minister.
He says he would have a plan but does not explain what it is, and gives no specifics. He says he would act and lead but doesn’t say what he would do or how #cdnpoli
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25 Aug 21
The Conservative Party says 150 people are expected at tonight’s rally in downtown Hamilton, the room capacity is 200 #cdnpoli
At the event, Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole uses his platform as a prop and outlines the five key planks to the crowd. The speech was a mix of policy nuts and bolts, partisan attacks saying the other parties always focus on “where we fall short.” #cdnpoli
“We can build up a country that, right now, is partially down,” O’Toole says in closing. “We can’t have a path forward that would leave millions behind. We can’t have a path forward that would have more provinces losing hope…” #cdnpoli
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He says his party presented a clear plan but doesn’t address the lower target #cdnpoli
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O’Toole doesn’t directly address the Q, he says the current situation is unacceptable and says the Liberals haven’t done enough
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