Second leaders’ debate: heated exchanges on the economy

justin-trudeau-thomas-mulcair-stephen(Ottawa) While the fight remains extremely tight in the polls, Stephen Harper, Thomas Mulcair and Justin Trudeau crossed swords last night on the best medicine to stimulate the Canadian economy and give some oxygen to the class average and on whether to raise taxes on large companies.

The second debate of the leaders of this long campaign, organized by The Globe and Mail, was held in Calgary, Alberta, the epicenter of the downturn in the Canadian economy in the wake of the sharp fall in crude oil prices in the last 12 months.

Deficit

90 minutes This debate has led to some heated exchanges between the three leaders, including the intention of Justin Trudeau Liberal plunging the federal government back into deficit – about $ 10 billion over the next three years – to invest heavily in the country’s infrastructure. But trade has also turned to the rat race, the leaders are cutting frequently or speaking simultaneously.

“Plunge the deficit countries is not the best thing to do to protect our economy from global economic instability,” has repeatedly supported the Conservative leader Stephen Harper, reminding that Ottawa had restored the fiscal balance last year and was well positioned to record a surplus this year. Harper also said that the best tax policy is to maintain a balanced budget, to maintain low taxes and make targeted investments “that we can afford.”

NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair also accused his Liberal opponent of wanting new debt shovel in the yard of future generations. “We must stop pushing the economic, ecological and social debt on the backs of future generations,” he began.

Mr. Trudeau did not seem shaken by the heavy fire of his two opponents.

“Yes, we will have modest deficits for the next three years. It’s time to invest again in Canada and Canadians to create jobs and growth. Interest rates are low, the debt to GDP ratio is falling, the economy is stalled. If this is not the ideal time to invest, I do not know when that will be. All Canadians understand this. The only ones who do not understand that these two gentlemen on this platform, “he retorted.

Tax big business

Mr. Mulcair has meanwhile had to defend its promise to increase the taxes of big business 15-17% in order to cover the costs of some of its promises, including the creation of a national child care system. “They are the only ones who do not pay their fair share of taxes in the country,” he insisted.

Stephen Harper jumped at the opportunity to accuse the NDP of wanting to do more damage to the economy by wanting to raise taxes and taxes, as did the NDP governments in British Columbia, Ontario and now Alberta.

“The NDP wants to still use the same recipe or increase taxes and taxes. This will slow our economy, kill jobs and hurt families, “commented Mr. Harper, taking on his own estimate that such an increase of two percentage points would result in the loss of over 150,000 jobs.

Natural resources

Harper found himself on the defensive on the issue of the exploitation of natural resources. MM. Mulcair and Trudeau recalled that the Harper government has been unable to approve a single pipeline project in the country because of its poor record on environmental protection.

“Mr. Harper has put all its eggs in one basket of natural resources and the basket then escaped him, “said Mulcair.

“He has not managed to build a single pipeline. He made the oil sands industry a pariah worldwide. With friends like Stephen Harper, Alberta does not need enemies, “said Mr. Trudeau.

Other topics such as immigration and indebtedness of Canadian families were also discussed.

The Green Party leader Elizabeth May was not invited to this debate. However, she put her two cents throughout the evening offering his comments on his Twitter account.

Three other debates are to be held by October 19, election day. The next debate will be in French in Montreal and will be organized by La Presse and Radio-Canada September 24.

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