Jagmeet Singh In Conversation with Poet Rupi Kaur


BURNABY, BRITISH COLUMBIA WELCOME TO RUPI KAUR. [ Cheers ] [ Applause ]>>Rupi: THANK YOU, EVERYBODY. THANK YOU! I’M SO EXCITED TO BE HERE. AND I’M SO SORRY THAT I HAVE MY BACK TOWARDS YOU, BUT I LOVE YOU ALL VERY MUCH. THIS IS AN INCREDIBLE MOMENT. I’VE BEEN WAITING TO HAVE THIS MOMENT FOR A VERY, VERY LONG TIME WITH MY DEAR FRIEND JAGMEET. HOW ARE YOU DOING?>>Jagmeet Singh: I’M GOOD. CAN I JUST SAY SOMETHING? I DID THIS TO YOU BACKSTAGE.>>Rupi: YES. ZIPPING SINGE BUT I’VE BEEN IN THE CLOUD CHEERING YOU ON AND CLAPPING ANYTIME YOU’RE PERFORMING AND TO BE ON STAGE WITH YOU IS PRETTY SPECIAL.>>Rupi: I’M REALLY HONOURED. THANK YOU. [ Applause ] [ Cheers ] IT’S — I MEAN, MAYBE I’LL SAVE THE EMOTIONS FOR THE END, BUT YOU HAVE SORT OF LED THE PATH FOR ALL OF US, AND IT’S BEEN INCREDIBLE, AND SO, I JUST FEEL LIKE — I FEEL BUTTERFLIES BECAUSE IT FEELS LIKE THIS HAS BEEN A LONG TIME COMING, AND I CAN’T BELIEVE WE’RE HERE. SO… I HAVE SOME QUESTIONS FOR YOU.>>Jagmeet Singh: SURE.>>Rupi: HOW IS THE CROWD FEELING? FEELING GOOD? FEELING EXCITED? [ Cheers ] AMAZING. [ Applause ] SO, YOU HAVE BEEN TRAVELING ACROSS THE COUNTRY, AND IT MUST BE QUITE AN AMAZING JOURNEY TO MEET SO MANY DIFFERENT KINDS OF CANADIANS. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE MOMENTS THAT YOU’RE GONNA TAKE AWAY FROM THIS EXPERIENCE, AND WHAT ARE THINGS THAT HAVE TOUCHED YOU AND WHERE ARE THE PLACES THAT HAVE SPOKEN TO YOU?>>Jagmeet Singh: WELL, WE LIVE IN A REALLY BEAUTIFUL PLACE. LIKE… THE WHOLE COUNTRY SPEAKS TO ME. THERE’S JUST SO MUCH — SO MUCH DIVERSITY. THE LAND IS SO BEAUTIFUL, AND THE PEOPLE REALLY BELIEVE IN TAKING CARE OF ONE ANOTHER. LIKE, I HEAR THAT AND I FEEL THAT EVERYWHERE I GO. LIKE, PEOPLE CARE ABOUT EACH OTHER. WHAT REALLY INSPIRED ME RECENTLY — YESTERDAY, I WAS IN VICTORIA AND THERE WERE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS AND OF YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WERE MARCHING BECAUSE THEY WERE DEMANDING ACTION ON THE CLIMATE, THE CLIMATE CRISIS. AND I WAS INSPIRED TO SEE KIDS THAT WERE, LIKE, SIX YEARS OLD, TO HIGH SCHOOL, TO UNIVERSITY. THEIR PASSION. THEIR HOPES OF BUILDING A BETTER FUTURE INSPIRED ME, AND I WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW THAT I’M IN THIS FOR THEM. LIKE, I DON’T WORK FOR THE PEOPLE AT THE VERY TOP. I DON’T WORK FOR WEALTHY CORPORATIONS. I WORK FOR PEOPLE, AND THE PEOPLE I MEAT ARE MY INSPIRATION. THEY’RE THE MEETING THAT I WANT TO FIGHT FOR, AND I WANT TO MAKE THEIR FUTURES BETTER. [ Applause ]>>Rupi: I FEEL LIKE YOU KIND OF ALREADY ANSWERED MY NEXT QUESTION, BUT MANE MAYBE, THEN, WE CAN DIG A LITTLE DEEPER.>>Jagmeet Singh: SURE.>>Rupi: EVERYTHING THAT’S BEEN HAPPENING ALL WEEK, ALL YEAR, HAS BEEN INCREDIBLE AND I FEEL LIKE WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS MOMENT FOR OUR WHOLE LIVES. FROM INDIGENOUS YOUTH WHO’VE BEEN ADVOCATING FOR CHANGE TO THE MASSIVE CROWDS ACROSS THE WORLD, ACROSS THE COUNTRY OVER THE LAST WEEK. WHAT CAN YOU DO TO SPUR MEANINGFUL ACTION ON ADDRESSING CLIMATE CHANGE?>>Jagmeet Singh: I THINK THAT’S EXACTLY IT. WE NEED ACTION. AND WE HEARD PEOPLE, YOUNG PEOPLE, YOUNG LEADERS LIKE GRETA, LIKE AUTUMN FROM AN INDIGENOUS WOMAN FROM MANITOULIN ISLAND IN ONTARIO, THEY SPOKE IT THE UNITED NATIONS AND THEY DEMANDED ACTION, AND THEY SAID, OUT DARE YOU BETRAY US? BECAUSE WHAT WORLD LEADERS ARE DOING, THEY’RE BETRAYING YOUNG PEOPLE ASK THEIR FUTURES, AND I SEE YOUNG PEOPLE, WHO INSTEAD OF HAVING A HOPEFUL LOOK FORWARDS THE FUTURE, THEY’RE AFRAID. AND I WANT TO SAY TO THEM THAT WE NEED MORE THAN JUST EMPTY WORDS. YOU KNOW, PRETTY WORDS.>>Rupi: THERE’S A LOT OF SKEPTICISM, I FEEL LIKE. SICK SINGH THERE IS.>>Rupi: EVERYBODY’S, LIKE, STRAIGHT UP, WE’RE GOING TO DO THIS. WE’RE GOING TO PLANT ALL THE TREES AND SAVE ALL THE WATERFALLS, AND IT’S, LIKE, OKAY, BUT YOU’VE BEEN SAYING THAT FOREVER AND… OUR PLANET IS DYING.>>Jagmeet Singh: YEAH, NO.>>Rupi: HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH THE SKEPTICISM?>>Jagmeet Singh: THE SKEPTICISM IS BASED ON — IT’S VERY OBVIOUS. GOVERNMENTS IN OTTAWA, WHETHER THEY’VE BEEN LIBERAL OR CONSERVATIVE, HAVE BEEN MAKING DECISIONS THAT BENEFIT THE PEOPLE AT THE TOP. LIKE Mr. TRUDEAU MET WITH THE ENERGY LOBBIESES, LIKE, OIL AND GAS LOBBYIST, IS A HUNDRED TIMES OVER THE LAST FOUR YEARS, SO IT’S NOT A SURPRISE THAT HE DIDN’T FOLLOW THROUGH. AGAIN, I DON’T WORK FOR THOSE GUYS. I WORK FOR THE PEOPLE. AND I WORK TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR FUTURE IS BRIGHT. AND THAT’S WHY I WOULD COMMIT RIGHT AWAY TO ENDING FOSSIL FUEL SUBSIDIES. THAT’S BILLIONS OF DOLLARS THAT WE’RE SPENDING ON FOSSIL FUEL COMPANIES. WE NEED TO STOP THAT IMMEDIATELY. [ Cheers and Applause ] YEAH. AND I WOULD INVEST. I WOULD INVEST IN CLEAN ENERGY. RENEWABLE ENERGY, INVEST IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION, ELECTRIFY TRANSPORTATION AND THEN RETROFIT EVERY HOME AND BUILDING SO THAT WE REDUCE OUR EMISSIONS. WE CREATE JOBS, BUT WE REALLY FOLLOW THROUGH, BUS IT’S FAR PAST THE TIME OF PRETTY WORDS AND EMPTY PROMISES. WE NEED REAL ACTION, AND THAT’S WHAT I’M COMMITTING TO.>>Rupi: AMAZING. YEAH. [ Applause ] IT FEELS LIKE THERE’S NOT — NOT FEELS LIKE. SCIENCE AND THE REAL IS THERE ISN’T A LOT OF TIME YET SO IT’S AMAZING TO HEAR A RESPONSE LIKE THAT.>>Jagmeet Singh: THANK YOU.>>Rupi: OUR DEVASTATION OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS HAS ALREADY MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIES MORE THAN ANYBODY ELSE. WE KNOW THIS, AND IN YOUR CONVERSATIONS WITH CANADIANS IMPACTED BY ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION, WHAT ARE THE LESSONS THAT YOU’VE LEARNT THAT WILL SHAPE YOUR POLICY?>>Jagmeet Singh: WELL, YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT PEOPLE THAT ARE MOST IMPACTED, IN A LOT OF WAYS, THE FIRST PEOPLE OF THIS LAND, INDIGENOUS PEOPLES, ARE THE MOST IMPACTED, AND THEIR TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE IS NOT BEING USED IN THE SOLUTION. THE FIRST PEOPLE OF THIS LAND HAVE SO MUCH TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE. THEY’VE SO MANY TEACHINGS THAT WOULD HELP US BE BETTER STEWARDS. AND I THINK ABOUT PLACES LIKE GRASSY NARROWS. THE WATER HAS BEEN POISONED BY MERCURY. YOU CAN LOOK AROUND THE LAND AND SEE THIS BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPE THAT’S ALL BEEN POISONED, AND FIRST NATIONS PEOPLE ARE SAYING, HEY, WE CAN CLEAN THIS UP. WE JUST NEEDED COURAGE TO DO SO. I WANT TO SAY TO THOSE FOLKS, IT’S NOT ENOUGH TO SAY THAT INDIGENOUS RECONCILIATION IS AN IMPORTANT THING. WE’VE GOT TO BACK IT UP WITH REAL ACTION. CLEAN THE LAND. CLEAN THE WATER AND WE SUPPORT THE — THOSE WHO KNOW THE LAND THE BEST. THOSE WHO ARE CONNECTED TO THE LAND AND ARE FEELING THE BRUNT OF IT. FIRST NATIONS ARE ALSO FEELING THE IMPACT OF LOSING A LOT OF SPECIES THAT ARE VITAL TO THEIR LIFESTYLE. SALMON IN BC. AND CARIBOU IN THE NORTH. THESE ARE RELATIONSHIPS THAT ARE DEEP BETWEEN INDIGENOUS PEOPLES AND THOSE WAYS OF LIFE AND THEY’RE BEING ENDANGERED, SO THEY’RE FEELING THE IMPACTS AND WE’VE GOT TO WORK WITH THEM TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY’RE AT THE HEART OF THE SOLUTION, THEY’RE AT THE TABLE MAKING DECISIONS TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM. [ Cheers and Applause ]>>Rupi: SITE NOTE: I ALSO LIKE — I WISH PEOPLE JUST DID THIS EVERY TIME I SPOKE. I SAY SOMETHING AND THE ROOM ERUPTS.>>Jagmeet Singh: IN APPLAUSE? OKAY. HAVE YOU EVER BEEN THROUGH TO ONE OF OTHER EVENTS? I MEAN, PEOPLE APPLAUD YOU ALL THE TIME.>>Rupi: NO, I HAVE TO BE ON THE STAGE FOR TWO HOURS AND THEN I GET A LITTLE BIT. [ Applause ] ALL RIGHT. SO, IN 2019, THIS IS SO SAD THAT I HAVE TO ASK THIS QUESTION. I WANT TO ASK THIS QUESTION, BUT IT’S UNFORTUNATE THAT WE’RE STILL HERE. WHY DO YOU THINK THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE IS STILL AN ISSUE AND IT’S BEING DISCUSSED?>>Jagmeet Singh: IT’S — YOU’RE RIGHT TO BE — I MEAN, I’M SUPER SADDENED BY THAT. THE FACT THAT IT’S EVEN A DEBATE AND ON TOP OF THAT, THE FACT THAT MEN HAVE ANY THOUGHT IN THEIR MIND THAT THEY SHOULD BE HAVING I INPUT ON THIS DECISION IS ABSURD. TO ME, IT’S ABSURD, RIGHT? [ Cheers and Applause ] SO, IT IS, THOUGH. [ Applause ] SO, I MEAN, THIS IS A QUESTION OF — IT’S HEALTH CARE BETWEEN A PERSON AND THE HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL. AND AS LONG AS WE DON’T REALIZE THAT IT’S A HEALTH CARE QUESTION, THERE’S NO DEBATE IN HEALTH CARE. PEOPLE SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO HAVE ACCESS TO ABORTION SERVICES, AND IT’S NOT ENOUGH TO JUST TALK ABOUT THE RIGHT. IN OUR COUNTRY, THERE’S STILL FAR TOO MANY PEOPLE THAT DON’T HAVE ACCESS TO THE SERVICE, SO WE CAN TALK ABOUT THE RIGHT, BUT IF PEOPLE WANT ACCESS THE SERVICE… IT’S A REALLY MEANINGLESS RIGHT. SO FOR ME, I MEAN… [ Applause ] YEAH.>>Rupi: HOW DO WE CHANGE? ZIPPING SINGH WE’VE GOT TO CHANGE IT. HOW TO WE CHANGE IT…? A COUPLE OF WAYS. 1, WE’VE GOT A CANADA HEALTH ACT, AND IN THAT ACT, IT SAYS THAT THE TRANSFERS, SO BASICALLY THE MONEY THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT GIVES TO PROVINCES, IS CONTINGENT UPON THE SERVICE BEING PUBLIC AND PUBLICLY DELIVERED, AND SO IN MANY PROVINCES, ABORTION SERVICES ARE NOT CONSIDERED A PART OF THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. THEY’RE DELIVERED IN PRIVATE CLINICS THAT CHARGE FEES, AND THAT TO ME IS JUST WRONG. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE IT’S ACCESSIBLE. THE SERVICE IS SO IMPORTANT. [ Applause ]>>Rupi: YOU HAVE COME OUT AND SAID THAT THAT HAS HAPPENED TO MISSING AND MURDERED INDIGENOUS WOMEN IS A GENOCIDE. I AGREE WITH YOU. WHAT WOULD BE A POLICY OR INITIATIVE THAT YOU WOULD UNDER TAKE REGARDING THIS?>>Jagmeet Singh: I THINK WE JUST HAVE TO TAKE A MOMENT AND PAUSE. THAT INQUIRY, THEY FOUND THAT IT WAS A GENOCIDE, AND I SUPPORT, AS YOU DO. WE SUPPORT THAT IT IS — THAT IT WAS A GENOCIDE, OF COURSE. I ACCEPT THEIR FIND, BUT IF WE TAKE A MINUTE TO THINK ABOUT IT, IT MEANS THAT — IT MEANS THAT INDIGENOUS WOMEN AND GIRLS WERE FAILED SO MUCH BY THE SYSTEM THAT THEIR DEATHS — THAT THEIR DEATHS WERE A RESULT OF MASSIVE FAILURES. IT WASN’T JUST A BY CHANCE. IT WAS — IT WAS ALMOST ON PURPOSE BECAUSE THE SYSTEM WAS DESIGNED TO FAIL INDIGENOUS WOMEN AND GIRLS.>>Rupi: THE SYSTEM WASN’T BUILT FOR THEM.>>Jagmeet Singh: IS WASN’T BUILT FOR THEM. IT WAS BUILT TO FAIL THEM, AND WE THINK ABOUT WHAT THAT MEANS. THAT MEANS WOMEN AND GIRLS WERE STRIPPED FROM THEIR FAMILIES. WERE LOST FROM ALL OF US. THEIR LIVES WERE CUT SHORT. THERE’S A LOT OF PAIN, AND IMAGINE WHAT IT WOULD FEEL LIKE TO KNOW THAT YOUR PEOPLE WERE THE VICTIMS OF A GENOCIDE RIGHT NOW, IN 2019. THAT’S STILL HAPPENING. SO, THAT SHOULD — I MEAN, THAT SHOULD WEIGH HEAVY AN YOU WILL OF, YOU AND I THINK IT’S ALL OF OUR COLLECTIVE RESPONSIBILITY TOGETHER TO SAY “NEVER AGAIN. NEVER AGAIN.” [ Applause ] AND IF I COULD JUST ADD — TO DO THAT, THAT THAT MEANS WHAT THAT HE RECOMMENDED IS OVERHAULING OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM. OVERHAULING OUR POLICE SYSTEM, OVERHAULING OUT SERVICES ARE DELIVERED. THEY CALLED FOR A PRETTY WIDESPREAD OVERHAUL, AND IT’S SOMETHING THAT WE CAN DO AND WE MUST DO.>>Rupi: RIGHT. [ Applause ] AS SOMEONE WHO GREW UP HER ENTIRE LIFE AROUND PEOPLE WHO PHYSICALLY WEAR REFLECTIONS OF THEIR FAITH, IT SADDENED ME TO SEE A TEACHER FROM QUÉBEC BE FORCED TO MOVE TO BC IN ORDER TO FOLLOW HER DREAMS OF BECOMING A TEACHER. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO PEOPLE LIKE AMRIT WHO ARE TOLD BY THE POWERS THAT BE THAT THEY HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN THEIR DREAMS AND THEIR FAITH?>>Jagmeet Singh: THAT IT’S WRONG. THAT’S WRONG THAT THAT HAPPENS. IT IS — IT IS SAD. LIKE, SOMEONE LIKE AMRIT KAUR WHO CAN OFFER SO MUCH AND GIVE SO MUCH BACK IS BEING TOLD THAT SHE DOESN’T BELONG, AND I REMEMBER WHAT THAT FEELS LIKE. I KNOW YOU REMEMBER WHAT THAT FEELS LIKE TO BE TOLD WE DON’T BELONG. MANY PEOPLE IN THIS ROOM HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT, THAT YOU DON’T BELONG ASK YOU’RE NOT WELCOME, AND PEOPLE HAVE BEEN DISCRIMINATED AGAINST BECAUSE OF WHO WE ARE, AND NOW WE HAVE A GOVERNMENT THAT’S NOT JUST SAYING OKAY, IT’S A LAW. I’VE BEEN GOING RIGHT TO QUÉBEC, INTO THE HEART OF QUÉBEC AND TELLING THEM, I THINK THIS IS WRONG. I THINK THIS HURTS PEOPLE. AND I WANT TO WIN OVER THE HEARTS AND MINDS OF PEOPLE. I WANT TO WIN OVER PEOPLE. SO I’M HOPING THAT ME RUNNING TO BECOME PRIME MINISTER OF THIS COUNTRY IN QUÉBEC, I SEND A MESSAGE THAT WE CAN COME TOGETHER AND DO SO MANY BEAUTIFUL THINGS IF WE WORK TOGETHER.>>Rupi: RIGHT.>>Jagmeet Singh: IF WE CARE FOR ONE ANOTHER.>>Rupi: AND I THINK WE HAVE TO SPREAD THE IDEA THAT OUR DIFFERENCES DO BRING US TOGETHER AND THEY DO HELP US BELONG AND THEY DON’T SEPARATE US.>>Jagmeet Singh:>>Harry: . [ Applause ] MAYBE WE SHOULD JUST SWITCH.>>Rupi: I KNOW. I’LL QUIT MY JOB, AND LIKE, JUST COME BE YOUR LITTLE BUDDY AND JUST CHEERING YOU ON.>>Jagmeet Singh: NO, NO. YOU SHOULD JUST TAKE OVER. I WANT TO BE A POET AND YOU BE A LEADER. LET’S SWITCH. [ Laughter ]>>Rupi: BEING A POET IS A VERY SAD AND LONELY EXISTENCE. YOU DON’T WANT TO DO IT.>>Jagmeet Singh: IF IT WASN’T FOR MY LIFE, IT WOULD BE PRETTY SAD AND HONELY, TOO. [ Laughter ]>>Rupi: YEAH, I MEAN… LET’S SEE… I WANT TO –>>Jagmeet Singh: IT’S SO NICE TO SEE YOU, BY THE WAY.>>Rupi: I THINK JUST FROM — IT BLOWS MY MIND THAT YOU’RE DOING THIS. AND, LIKE, THE FACT THAT YOU’VE BEEN ABLE TO COME SO FAR JUST GOES TO SHOW THAT OUR DIFFERENCES DO BRING US TOGETHER, SO I HOPE THE COUNTRY CAN REALLY SEE THAT. ZIPPING SINGH THANK YOU. [ Applause ]>>Jagmeet Singh: THANK YOU. [ Applause ]>>Rupi: EVERY ELECTION IS AN IMPORTANT ONE, AND THIS YEAR, IT FEELS LIKE EVEN MORE OF AN IMPORTANT ONE, JUST BECAUSE OF EVERYTHING THAT’S HAPPENING ACROSS THE WORLD. THERE’S BEEN RISING XENOPHOBIA WITH A SLEW OF FAR RIGHT-WING GOVERNMENTS DOMINATING. MANY OF THE RELATIONSHIPS THAT YOU’LL HAVE TO POTENTIALLY NAVIGATE AS PRIME MINISTER. WHAT KINDS OF STORIES ARE YOU HEARING FROM CANADIANS AND ARE THEY WORRIED? HOW WOULD YOU DEAL WITH THEM IN WAY THAT ADVOCATES FOR THE SOCIAL JUSTICE IDEAL THAT YOU HAVE ALWAYS LIVED AND HAD?>>Jagmeet Singh: I THINK IT’S TRUE. I THINK WE HAVE TO ACKNOWLEDGE IT IS TRUE. THERE IS A RISE OF HATE. THERE’S A RISE OF DIVISIVE POLITICS AND IT’S HAPPENING IN CANADA. WE’RE SEEING IT AROUND THE WORLD, AND IT IS SCARY. WE’VE GOT TO DO A LOT MORE TO CALL OUT AND DENOUNCE WHENEVER HE SEE HATE. WHENEVER IT IS. ONE OF THE THINGS I ALWAYS SAY ABOUT HATE, IS HATE IT LIKE A FIRE F IT IS BASED ON SOMEONE’S GENDER OR BASED ON SOMEONE’S RELIGION OR SOMEONE’S SEXUALITY, ONCE ALLOWED TO GROW, IT WILL SPREAD CAN IT WILL CONSUME EVERYTHING. AND SO WE ALL COLLECTIVELY HAVE TO DENOUNCE IT AND STAND TOGETHER TO FIGHT IT. [ Applause ] I ALSO THINK IT’S NOT ENOUGH TO JUST DENOUNCE IT, AND WE HAVE TO DO THAT. BUT I ALSO THINK THAT SOME OF THE CONDITIONS THAT ALLOW FOR HATE TO GROW COME BACK TO ECONOMIC INSECURITY. AND WHAT I MEAN BY THAT IS IF SOMEONE CAN’T FIND A HOUSE, IF THEY CAN’T AFFORD TO PAY THEIR BILLS, IF THEY’RE STRUGGLING IN THEIR LIFE, AND SOMEONE SOMEONE COMES ALONG AND SAYS, DO YOU KNOW WHAT? DO YOU KNOW WHY YOU WANT FIND A HOUSE OR A GOOD JOB? IT’S BECAUSE OF THAT NEW CANADIAN. IT’S BECAUSE OF THAT REFUGEE. IT’S EASY TO BE EXPLOITED WHEN YOU’RE WORRIED ABOUT YOUR OWN FUTURE, SO I THINK ONE OF THE WAYS TO TACKLE HATE AND TO TACKLE THE RISE OF DIVISION IS TO BUILD A FAIRER COUNTRY, A COUNTRY WHERE THE WEALTH DOESN’T GO TO THE FEW. [ Applause ] [ Cheers ] YEAH. WHEN WE BUILD AN ECONOMY THAT WORKS BETTER FOR EVERYONE, NOT JUST THE FEW, JUST NOT THOSE AT THE TOP, THEN WE BUILD A SAFER SOCIETY FOR EVERYONE.>>Rupi: MM-HMM. AMAZING. THANK YOU.>>Jagmeet Singh: THANK YOU.>>Rupi: SO AS SOMEONE WITH YOUNGER SIBLINGS — I HAVE THREE OF THEM.>>Jagmeet Singh: YES. I KNOW THEM.>>Rupi: THEY’RE GREAT, BUT SLIGHTLY ANNOYING.>>Jagmeet Singh:NARY PRETTY CUTE, TOO, THOUGH.>>Rupi: THEY’RE CUTE. THEY’RE CUTE. FROM AFAR. MY PARENTS AND I ARE INCREASINGLY CONCERNED ABOUT THE INCREASE OF VIOLENCE, ESPECIALLY GUN VIOLENCE, IN THE GTA. HERE IN BC, AND OTHER CITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. IT SEEMS LIKE EACH WEEK WE HEAR OF ANOTHER TRAGIC PASSING. HOW DO WE WORK WITH YOUNG PEOPLE. NOT AGAINST THEM, BUT WITH THEM, TO PREVENT THIS? meet Singh: I THINK IT’S AN INCREDIBLY RELEVANT QUESTION TO HERE IN BC. PARTICULARLY FOLKS ARE REALLY WORRIED ABOUT THIS A LOT IN SOME OF THE URBAN CENTERS. IN TORONTO AS WELL. SO IT’S A — IT IS A BIG CONCERN. AND THE ROOT CAUSE OF VIOLENCE IS COMPLEX. IT’S HARD TO SAY THAT I KNOW ALL THE ANSWERS TO THIS. IT’S PRETTY COMPLEX. ONE OF THE THINGS WE KNOW FOR CONCERN IS WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE TACKLE THE WEAPONS THEMSELVES. MAKING SURE THEY’RE NOT AVAILABLE, SO WE NEED TO MAKE SURE IF MUNICIPALITIES WAND TO BAN HANDGUNS, THEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO DO SO AND THE POWER TO DO SO. I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT’S LEGISLATED AND THEY’RE ALLOWED TO. I KNOW WE NEED TO CRACK DOWN ON THE DISTRIBUTION OR THE SMUGGLING OF GUNS. THAT’S SOMETHING REALLY IMPORTANT. BUT IN THE ROOT CAUSE, THE ROOT CAUSE OF VIOLENCE FROM ALL THE EXPERTS, IT’S ABOUT SOCIAL EXCLUSION, WHEN YOU DON’T FEEL LIKE YOU BELONG. WHEN YOU’RE HOPELESS. WHEN THERE’S NO OPPORTUNITIES. IF YOU FEEL LIKE A LOT OF DESPAIR, AND THAT’S WHEN THE ROOTS OF VIOLENCE TAKE HOLD. AND SO, ALL THE EXPERTS ARE SAYING WE NEED TO INVEST IN YOUNG PEOPLE MAKE SURE THERE’S A BRIGHT AND HOPEFUL FUTURE. MAKE SURE HOUSING IS AFFORDABLE. MAKE SURE WE INVEST IN SERVICE THAT’S HOW WE CAN PREVENT THAT ROOT CAUSE AND BUILD A BETTER SOCIETY AND A THAT YOUNG PEOPLE DON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THIS. [ Applause ]>>Rupi: SO, THERE’S THIS HOPELESSNESS, I SEE FROM THE YOUNGER GENERATION, ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES. I KNOW THAT I FEEL THIS. MY SIBLINGS FEEL THIS. MY FRIENDS FEEL IT. I MEAN, THEY’RE EXPERIENCING IT. STATISTICS SHOW THAT ONLY 50% OF YOUNG PEOPLE WILL DO BETTER THAN THEIR PARENTS FINANCIALLY. HOW ABOUT ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE?>>Jagmeet Singh: YEAH, THAT’S BACK TO THAT DESPAIR AND THAT FEAR. WE SEE IT EVERY DAY. NOT JUST FOR CLIMATE CRISIS, BUT ALSO FOR ECONOMIC REASONS. YOUNG PEOPLE ARE WORRIED ABOUT THE FUTURE. AND YOU’RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. IT’S HARDER NOW FOR A YOUNG PERSON TO IMAGINE A FUTURE WHERE THEY CAN ACHIEVE — EVEN JUST THE SAME THINGS AS THEIR PARENTS. LET ALONE HAVING A BETTER LIFE. MANY YOUNG PEOPLE CAN’T GET A PLACE TO LIVE. IT’S SOMETHING THAT THEIR PARENTS WERE ABLE TO DO REALLY EASILY — OR STRUGGLED, BUT THEY WERE ABLE TO DO, BUT NOW YOUNG PEOPLE CAN’T EVEN STRUGGLE TO ACHIEVE IT. IT’S JUST NOT EVEN ACHIEVABLE.>>Rupi: I THINK THERE’S WAVES OF HOPELESSNESS. THAT I FEEL LIKE YOU’RE SO HOPELESS, WHY AM I EVEN TRYING THEN?>>Jagmeet Singh: I REMEMBER THAT EXACT STORY. I WAS AT A DOORSTEP MEETING A FAMILY AND I WAS SPEAKING TO — THE WHOLE FAMILY KIND OF CAME OUT TO HAVE A CHAT. IT WAS MOM AND HER TWO KIDS. HER DAUGHTER AND HER SON. AND MOM MENTIONED HOW SHE WAS HAVING A HARD TIME KEEPING THE HOUSE THAT SHE LIVED IN. THERE WERE BILLS AND IT WAS TOO HARD, AND THE DAUGHTER SAID, I HAVE A GOOD JOB, AND WAS LIVING IN THE BASEMENT. THE SON WAS STILL IN SCHOOL, AND HE SAID MY MOM HAS A HOUSE, BUT SHE CAN’T KEEP IT. MY SISTER HAS A GOOD JOB, BUT SHE’S GOING TO LOSE THE PLACE THAT SHE LIVES IN. WHAT DO I HAVE TO LOOK FORWARD TO AND THAT SENSE OF, LIKE, DESPAIR AND KIND OF GIVING UP, AND I WANT TO SAY TO THOSE YOUNG PEOPLE, YOU’RE NOT FEELING IT BY CHANCE. IT’S A REAL REASON. BECAUSE SOCIETY HAS BEEN DESIGNED THIS WAY. DECISIONS HAVE BEEN MADE THAT HAVE NEGLECTED BUILDING HOUSES. CONSERVATIVE AND LIBERAL GOVERNMENTS HAVE DECIDED TO NOT MAKE IT A PRIORITY. IT’S MADE IT HARDER AND HARDER. SO I WANT TO CHANGE. I WANT TO CHANGE THAT, AND I WANT YOUNG PEOPLE TO FEEL HOPEFUL ABOUT THE FUTURE. I WANT THEM TO FEEL GUIDED ABOUT THE FUTURE. SO TO DO THAT, 1, I THINK THERE’S A LOT OF PRESSURE BECAUSE OF STUDENT DEBT, SO I WANT TO, YEAH, IMMEDIATELY WAIVE ALL INTEREST ON STUDENT DEBT DAY 1 OF A NEW DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT. WAIVE THAT. [ Cheers ] [ Applause ] THAT WOULD BE HUGE.>>Rupi: I FEEL LIKE… WE’RE SETTING — AS, LIKE, WE’RE SETTING FOLKS UP, STUDENTS UP FOR FAILURE. SING SINGH WELL, YEAH.>>Rupi: THERE’S SO MUCH MASSIVE DEBT AND THEN THE FIRST JOB THEY GET, WHEN THEY STRUGGLE FOR MONTHS AND MONTHS TO FINALLY LAND THAT JOB, IT’S NOT EVEN CLOSE TO ENOUGH TOY A OFF. AND THERE’S ALSO SO MUCH CONFUSION ABOUT LOANS AND WHERE THEY COME FROM AND, LIKE, THE ACCESSIBILITY TO INFORMATION ABOUT THESE LOANS.>>Jagmeet Singh: MM-HMM.>>Rupi: PUTS US IN MORE BRAVE STRAITS, BECAUSE WE DON’T KNOW HOW THEY WORK AND WHEN THE INTEREST RATES STARTS, SO I THINK THAT’S REALLY BIG ISSUE.>>Jagmeet Singh: WE ALSO NEED TO GO BEYOND THAT. I WANT TO FORGIVE LOANS FOR STUDENTS, SO THEY DON’T HAVE TO FEEL CRUSHED BY THAT WEIGHT. I WANT TO REPLACE LOANS WITH GRANTS. BECAUSE WHY ARE WE GIVING LOANS TO STUDENTS? WE SHOULD BE ISSUING GRANTS. [ Applause ] EVENTUALLY, THE GOAL SHOULD BE TO BUILD A SOCIETY WHERE THERE’S NO BARRIERS TO EDUCATION. WHERE WE GO FROM KINDERGARTEN TO CAREER WITH NO BARRIERS. THAT MEANS FREE TUITION. I MEAN I… [ Cheers ] [ Applause ] YEAH. YEAH. I WANT TO BUILD… I WANT TO BUILD AFFORDABLE HOUSING. OUR PLAN IS TO BUILD HALF A MILLION NEW AFFORDABLE HOMES FOR YOUNG PROFESSIONALS, FOR YOUNG FAMILIES, FOR SENIORS, FOR LOW AND NO-INCOME. I WANT TO BUILD MORE AFFORDABLE PLACES FOR PEOPLE TO LIVE. I WANT TO MAKE SURE WE RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE. I THINK IT NEEDS TO BE NOT JUST A MINIMUM WAGE OF $15 AN HOUR, BUT AT A FEDERAL LEVEL, WE WANT TO MOVE FROM A MINIMUM WAGE TO A LIVABLE WAGE. PEOPLE SHOULD BE ABLE TO LIVE. [ Applause ]>>Rupi: SOUNDS LIKE… I MEAN, MOVING FROM MINIMAL TO LIVABLE, THAT JUST SOUNDS LIKE COMMON SENSE TO ME. YOU KNOW…>>Jagmeet Singh: YEAH.>>Rupi: THANK YOU. THANK YOU. SO, I WAS — I, LIKE, PREPARED A LITTLE THING. IT’S, LIKE, NOT WELL EDITED, AND YOU KNOW, I’M A PERFECTIONIST.>>Jagmeet Singh: YOU ARE.>>Rupi: DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING ELSE I WANT TO SHARE BEFORE I DIVE INTO THE FEW WORDS THAT I HAVE?>>Jagmeet Singh: NO, I TOTALLY WANT TO HEAR. IT OH, CAN I TELL YOU ONE THING THIS THERE’S A SHORT STORY. TWO THINGS ABOUT RUPI.>>Rupi: SORRY. MINE IS FULL OF STORIES, SO GO FOR IT.>>Jagmeet Singh: ONE IS WHEN RUPI FIRST PERFORMED, I REALIZED THAT SHE HAS A SPECIAL ABILITY, THAT –>>Rupi: HE WAS THE ONLY ONE. NOBODY ELSE REALIZED IT.>>Jagmeet Singh: NO, I THINK MANY PEOPLE DID. FOR PERFORMERS IN MY LIFE, NO ONE HAS BEEN ABLE TO MOVE ME TO EMOTION AS EASILY AS RUPI HAS AND AS FREQUENTLY. ALMOST ON COMMAND. THAT’S A POWER THAT RUPI HAS, AND THE SECOND THING IS THE BOOK THAT I WROTE, IF IT’S AT ALL GOOD, ONE OF THE PEOPLE THAT MADE IT BETTER IS RUPI, ACTUALLY. SHE HELPED ME OUT A LOT WITH IT, WHICH HELPED ME OUT. THANK YOU.>>Rupi: THANK YOU. [ Applause ] I MEAN, THANK YOU. YOU’VE BEEN — YOU KNOW WHAT? LET ME JUST LEAVE IT AT THAT, AND LET ME JUST TELL MY STORY. [ Laughter ] THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING SO OPEN. SO I WANT TO CLOSE OFF WITH MY JAGMEET STORY. ABOUT TEN YEARS AGO, A SERIES OF EVENTS TOOK PLACE THAT CHANGED THE COURSE OF MY LIFE FOREVER. I WAS 16 YEARS OLD, AND I LIVED IN BRAMPTON WITH MY FAMILY, AND ONE DAY, I SAW A FLYER FOR A LOCAL OPEN MIC NIGHT. AGAINST MY BETTER JUDGMENT, I SHOWED UP WITH A TERRIBLY-WRITTEN POEM AND PERFORMED IT, AND TO MY SURPRISE, I WAS MET WITH LOOT OF LOVE, AND IT WAS THE ELECTRIFYING PULSE OF THAT RESPONSE HAD A KEPT ME GOING BACK TO THESE SPACES. WHO WERE THESE PEOPLE, I THOUGHT? ORGANIZING SUCH SAFE AND WELCOMING SPACES? THERE WERE ABOUT TEN OF THEM. ALL OF THEM WERE UNIVERSITY STUDENTS WHO GATHERED IN THE GREATER TORONTO AREA AND THEIR MISSION WAS TO SPREAD AWARENESS ON ANYTHING FROM HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES TO GENDER INEQUALITY AND RACIAL INEQUALITY AND THE WAYS THAT WE ARE MAKING SUCH A NEGATIVE IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT. I FELL IN LOVE WITH THEIR VISION FOR A BETTER WORLD ALMOST INSTANTLY. AND SIGNED UP AS QUICKLY AS I COULD TO BECOME A VOLUNTEER AT ANY EVENTS THEY WERE HOLDING, AND WOULD GO ON LATER TO BECOME A COMMUNITY ORGANIZER. THESE WERE THE SPACES WHERE MY ARTISTRY WAS BORN AND LED ME HERE. WHERE, TEN YEARS AGO, THE SEEDS OF POET, PERFORMER AND AUTHOR WERE FIRST PLANTED. BUT BEFORE I GET AHEAD OF MYSELF… I WANT TO GO BACK TO THOSE VOLUNTEER DAYS, WHEN IT WAS ALL STILL VERY KNEW TO ME, WHEN IT WAS, LIKE, MY FIRST DAY ON THE JOB, WHEN I WAS A FLY ON THE WALL AND SO DEEPLY SHY THAT I WOULD BASICALLY WALK WITH MY HEAD LOOKING DOWN AT THE GROUND AND YOU WOULDN’T EVEN HEAR A PEEP OUT OF ME. WE WERE SETTING UP FOR A CONCERT, AND I WAS SWEEPING AWAY THE FOYER. I REMEMBER I WAS SECOND GUESSING WHY I EVEN SHOWED UP AT ALL. I MEAN, I DIDN’T KNOW ANYBODY. EVERYONE ELSE WAS, LIKE, REALLY COOL. AND, LIKE, A LOT OLDER THAN ME, AND I HAD NO FRIENDS. AND FOR THE LIFE OF ME, I COULDN’T EVEN BRING MYSELF TO ENGAGE. AND JUST AS I WAS FINISHED SWEEPING AND DECIDED THAT I WOULD LEAVE EARLY AND NEVER, EVER, EVER RETURN TO ONE OF THESE THINGS AGAIN… THIS YOUNG MAN WALKS INTO THE BUILDING. DRESSED IN A SUIT. BIG SMILE ON HIS FACE. YOU KNOW, HEAD HELD HIGH, AND I WAS, LIKE, HEY, I WONDER WHAT HIS DEAL IS. [ Laughter ] LIKE, IN — JUST, LIKE ROLLING MY EYES INSIDE OF ME HEAD. [ Laughter ] AND HE MUST HAVE HONESTLY READ MY MIND, BECAUSE THE NEST THING I KNOW, HE’S WALKING RIGHT PASSED ALL OF HIS FRIENDS, RIGHT PASSED ALL OF THE COOL KIDS I THOUGHT HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN TALKING THERE AND THERE HE IS STANDING IN FRONT OF ME. AND HERE I WAS THINKING THAT I WAS INVISIBLE, AND HERE HE WAS SAYING “HELLO.” HE ASKED WHAT MY NAME WAS, HOW I WAS DOING. WE HAD A LONG CONVERSATION AND IN THE END, HE THANKED ME FOR ALL OF MY HELP AND INSISTED THAT LEAVING WOULD BE VERY, VERY SILLY, AND I SHOULD STICK AROUND FOR THE REST OF THE EVENING. AND SO I DID. AND BECAUSE OF THAT, FOR THE FOLLOWING YEARS, I SPENT AS MUCH TIME AS I POSSIBLY COULD BUILDING IN COMMUNITY SPACES THAT THIS YOUNG MAN HELPED TO FACILITATE. THAT’S WHAT HE DOES. JAGMEET SINGH MAKES PEOPLE FEEL SEEN. HE MADE ME FEEL SEEN AND VISIBLE. BECAUSE HE TRULY BELIEVES THAT WE ALL DESERVE TO BE. THAT IS HIS SUPER POWER. HE ISN’T INTERESTED IN THE SHINIEST PERSON IN THE ROOM. HE’S INTERESTED IN EVERYBODY. MOSTLY THE PEOPLE THAT STAND AT THE BACK, THAT ROLL UP TO THE EVENTS ALONE AND HAVE NOBODY TO TALK TO. THE PEOPLE WHO ARE QUIET. HE’S INTERESTED IN THEM. WHETHER YOU’RE THE PERSON IN THE FANCY SUIT RUNNING THE SHOW OR YOU’RE THE PERSON TAKING OUT THE GARBAGE AFTER A LONG NIGHT OF WORK, JAGMEET WILL SEE YOU. NO MATTER WHAT COLOUR, WHAT AGE, WHAT GENDER OR WHAT CLASS. I HAVE BEEN LUCKY ENOUGH TO HAVE HIS MENTORSHIP AS I GREW FROM TEENAGER TO WOMAN. HIS BELIEF IN YOUNG PEOPLE AND NEW IDEAS HAS CHANGED AN ENTIRE GENERATION WHERE I GREW UP. IN 2009, WE WERE JUST A BUNCH OF SCRAPPY TEENAGERS WITH ABSOLUTELY NO RESOURCES AT ALL. NONE. THOUGH WE HAD A LOT OF BIG IDEAS. A LOT OF BIG DREAMS TO THROW POETRY NIGHTS AND COMMUNITY GATHERINGS AND ART EXHIBITS AND WHENEVER WE FAILED TO MEET OUR FUNDRAISING FOALS, WHICH WAS BASICALLY ALL OF THE TIME… THIS GUY WOULD JUST SHOW UP AND QUIETLY OUR OLDER BROTHER JAGMEET WOULD COVER ALL OF THE COSTS, NO MATTER HOW MUCH OF A DENT IT MADE IN HIS WALLET. [ Please Stand By ] EXCITED AND REALLY, REALLY PROUD TO TELL THEM NO, IT IS NOT AN ACT, PEOPLE. IT IS SO REAL. THIS HAS BEEN HIM LONG BEFORE HE EVER EVEN HAD THE DREAM OF DIVING INTO POLITICS. JAGMEET SINGH DOESN’T EVEN KNOW HOW TO BE ANYTHING OTHER THAN REAL. NO MATTER WHAT THAT DOES TO HIM. AND TODAY, CANADIANS SEE JAGMEET FIGHTING FOR RECONCILIATION, BARRIER-FREE EDUCATION, CLIMATE CHANGE, JUST TO NAME A FEW. BUT I’VE BEEN LUCKY TO SEE HIM FIGHT FOR THESE THINGS YEAR AFTER YEAR AS I WAS GROWING UP IN BRAMPTON, LONG BEFORE US SCRAPPY TEENAGERS COULD EVEN CONCEIVE OF THE IDEA THAT WE WOULD SEE SOMEONE WHO LOOKS LIKE US RUNNING FOR THE HIGHEST OFFICE IN THIS COUNTRY. AND YOU KNOW WHAT? NOT A SINGLE THING HAS CHANGED. HIS POLITICS HAVEN’T WAVERED. THEY HAVE FURTHER CEMENTED. AND IT GIVES ME THE DEEPEST HONOUR TO SIT HERE BEFORE YOU TODAY AND ENDORSE MY BROTHER JAGMEET SINGH AS CANADA’S NEXT PRIME MINISTER. (Cheering/Applause) THANK YOU. I’M NOT DONE. I’M NOT DONE. WOW. JAGMEET, WHO KNEW WE WOULD BE HERE SO SOON? IT BLOWS MY MIND EVERY DAY. BUT I DID KNOW YOU WERE DIFFERENT, WHEN YOU SAW ME THAT DAY TEN YEARS AGO, WHEN MOST PEOPLE WROTE ME OFF AS A NOBODY. YOU CAME OVER TO SHOW ME THAT I BELONGED AND THAT I COULD DO ANYTHING. THAT WE ARE ALL CONNECTED, THAT WHEN ONE RISES, WE ALL RISE AND WHEN ONE SUFFERS, WE ALL SUFFER. I KNEW FROM THAT DAY THAT YOU WERE GOING TO CHANGE THE WORLD. AND IT FILLS MY HEART WITH SO MUCH JOY AND SO MUCH PRIDE, AND THAT’S WHY I WILL BE VOTING FOR YOU AND URGING ALL CANADIANS TO VOTE FOR YOU, JAGMEET SINGH, IN THIS FALL’S FEDERAL ELECTION. (Applause) THANK YOU. (Cheering/Applause) THANK YOU. THANK YOU SO MUCH. THANK YOU FOR GIVING US ALL THE OPPORTUNITY TO DREAM BIG. YOU BEING HERE GIVES ME THE PERMISSION TO DREAM BIGGER. THANK YOU FOR GIVING US THE OPPORTUNITY TO STAND WITH YOU AND FIGHT FOR YOU AND GIVING US THIS OPPORTUNITY TO WITNESS HISTORY. THANK YOU. (Cheering/Applause)>>THANK YOU SO MUCH. THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU, EVERYBODY. I REALLY APPRECIATE IT. THANK YOU. (Applause)>>WOW. I DID NOT KNOW THAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN. THAT WAS AMAZING. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, RUPI. ONCE MORE, RUPI KAUR. AND THANK YOU SO MUCH FRIENDS FOR BEING HERE. JUST SIT TIGHT, I WOULD LOVE TO MEET YOU ALL. BUT BEFORE WE GO ANY FURTHER WE’RE GOING TO BE TAKING SOME QUESTIONS FROM THE MEDIA SO JUST HANG TIGHT.>>Question: IT’S ANNIE WITH CTV. A NEW POLL OUT TODAY HAS YOU IN A STATISTICAL TIE FOR THIRD WITH THE GREENS. HOW MUCH OF A THREAT DO YOU THINK ELIZABETH MAY IS TO YOUR PARTY’S ELECTORAL SUCCESS, ESPECIALLY HERE IN B.C. WHERE BOTH PARTIES HAVE A STRONG BASE OF SUPPORT?>>Answer: WELL, FOR ME, THE CONTRAST IS REALLY CLEAR, AND I WANT FOLKS TO KNOW THAT CONTRAST. Ms. MAY HAS SAID THAT SHE WOULD PUT Mr. SCHEER INTO THE PRIME MINISTER’S SEAT. I WOULD NEVER WORK WITH THE CONSERVATIVES. SHE HAS SAID THAT SHE’S ALLOWED ANTI-ABORTION CANDIDATES TO RUN IN HER PARTY, NEW DEMOCRATS ARE VERY CLEAR THAT THERE IS NO DEBATE ON WHETHER A WOMAN HAS THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE, ALL OF OUR CANDIDATES SUPPORT THAT. (Cheering/Applause)>>Question:>>(Voice of Translator): RADIO CANADA. Mr. SINGH, YOU SPENT A LOT OF TIME IN B.C. AND THIS IS LAUDABLE BUT I WONDER IF YOU’RE COMMITTING TO VISIT ALL THE CANADIAN PROVINCES BEFORE THE END OF THE CAMPAIGN?>>Answer: IT’S MY COMMITMENT TO CRISSCROSS THE COUNTRY. I LOVE THIS COUNTRY. WE’VE MADE A LOT OF PROMISES AND WE’RE GOING TO TRY TO VISIT ALL THE REGIONS OF CANADA. I WANT TO SHOW ALL CANADIANS THAT THE NDP PARTY IS FIGHTING FOR YOU. WE’RE NOT WORKING FOR THE RICHEST, WE’RE WORKING FOR EVERYONE. (End of Translation). (Applause).>>(Voice of Translator): I WOULD LIKE A CLARIFICATION… SO NOT NECESSARILY A STOP IN ALBERTA, IN EACH AND EVERY PROVINCE?>>(Voice of Translator): WE’RE GOING TO TRY. IT’S ELECTION PERIOD AND IT’S DIFFICULT TO PREDICT EVERYTHING THAT WILL HAPPEN. MY COMMITMENT IS TO VISIT ALL REGIONS OF CANADA, AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. (Applause). (End of Translation).>>Question: MY CBC COLLEAGUES WANT THE SAME ANSWER IN ENGLISH, OF COURSE.>>Answer: YES OF COURSE. I’M REALLY HONOURED TO BE ABLE TO SPEND TIME HERE IN B.C. I FEEL LIKE B.C. OFTEN GETS NEGLECT AND AND IGNORED AND I WANT THE PEOPLE OF B.C. TO KNOW THAT WITH A LEADER THAT COMES FROM B.C. NOW YOU’RE NOT GOING TO BE IGNORED, YOU’RE NOT GOING TO BE FORGOTTEN AND YOUR ISSUES ARE GOING TO BE FRONT AND CENTER. THE QUESTION WAS AROUND WHETHER I WOULD BE ABLE TO VISIT ALL PROVINCES. I LOVE THIS COUNTRY, I WANT IT TO BE BEN BETTER AND I KNOW THERE’S A LOT OF CHALLENGES THAT WE’RE FACED WITH, AND I WANT TO DO MY BEST TO GET ACROSS AS MANY PLACES AS POSSIBLE SO THE PEOPLE KNOW THAT NEW DEMOCRAT, WE DON’T WORK FOR THE RICH, WE DON’T WORK FOR THE PEOPLE AT THE VERY TOP, WE WORK FOR ALL OF YOU. (Applause).>>Question: AMILE BAINS FROM THE CANADIAN PRESS. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW ABOUT THE FUNDING THAT YOU PROPOSE THIS HAD MORNING. WHAT ABOUT OTHER PROVINCES LIKE QUEBEC WHO ALSO HAVE FERRY SYSTEMS? WHAT WOULD YOU PROPOSE FOR THEM?>>Answer: TODAY WE ROUNDED OFF OUR TOUR OF VANCOUVER ISLAND, WHERE WE TALKED ABOUT PROTECTING THE COASTLINE AND INVESTING IN HOUSING AND THEN WE FINISHED OFF WITH INVESTMENTS FOR THE B.C. FERRY. THERE’S AN AGREEMENT SINCE 1997 BETWEEN CANADA AND B.C. AND THAT AGREEMENT AROUND THE FERRY HASN’T BEEN RENEGOTIATED SINCE A LONG TIME, SO WE WANT THAT INCREASE THAT FUNDING BECAUSE WE KNOW HOW IMPORTANT THE FERRY SYSTEM IS. IT’S THE WAY TO CONNECT A LOT OF PEOPLE. WE’LL BE ROLLING OUT THE REST OF OUR PLANS FOR TRANSIT AND TRANSPORTATION ACROSS CANADA, BUT THIS IS OUR FOCUS ON THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. (Applause).>>Question: ARE YOU GOING TO ANNOUNCE ANYTHING IN PARTICULAR FOR FERRIES ELSEWHERE, THOUGH, LIKE IN QUEBEC?>>Answer: YEAH, SO WE’LL BE ROLLING OUT OUR PLAN FOR THE OTHER PARTS OF CANADA AS THE CAMPAIGN CONTINUES. BUT WE’RE HERE IN B.C. SO WE THOUGHT WE WOULD FOCUS IN ON OUR PLAN FOR B.C., SO PEOPLE KNOW THAT WE’VE GOT A SPECIFIC APPROACH TO DEALING WITH THE CHALLENGES THAT UNIQUELY ARE FACED BY THE PEOPLE IN THIS AREA.>>Question: ONE MORE QUESTION… OF THE 30 MILLION THAT YOU PROPOSED, WHAT DO YOU — WHAT WOULD YOU WANT IT TO GO TOWARD, IS IT INFRASTRUCTURE OR IS IT NEW ROUTES OR WHAT WOULD YOU WANT IT FOR?>>Answer: SO IT WOULD BE A COMBINATION OF THINGS, TO HELP LOWER THE COST. THE COSTS ARE QUITE HIGH. I WAS GIVING YOU THE EXAMPLE, FOR TWO PEOPLE IN A CAR COMING IN FROM VICTORIA, IT’S $90, IT’S QUITE COSTLY, IT’S PRETTY PROHIBITIVE FOR SOME PEOPLE TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT. WE WANT TO LOWER THE COSTS, INCREASE SERVICE, PROVIDE THAT FUNDING SO WE CAN MAKE IT EASIER FOR PEOPLE TO GET AROUND. (Applause)>>Question: [Speaking Alternative Language]>>Answer: I WOULD JUST SAY A QUICK THING IN ENGLISH. I THINK IT’S GREAT THAT YOU’RE ASKING IN PUNJABI BECAUSE I CAN SHOW THAT I SPEAK ENGLISH, FRENCH AND PUNJABI SO IT’S GOOD.>>Question: THANK YOU, THANK YOU. [Speaking Alternative Language] [Speaking Alternative Language] [Speaking Alternative Language] [Speaking Alternative Language] (Cheering/Applause)>>Answer: OKAY, I JUST GOT THE THUMBS-UP THAT WE’RE DONE FOR TODAY, SO THANK YOU EVERYBODY. IT WAS AN HONOUR TO HAVE YOU ALL. THANK YOU SO MUCH. THIS IS AWESOME. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. (Cheering/Applause) I LOVE YOU ALL. THANK YOU. THANK

15 thoughts on “Jagmeet Singh In Conversation with Poet Rupi Kaur

  1. Pretty rude when there are two official languages and no translation. Especially at something so scripted.

  2. Beautiful conversation! Am a big fan of Rupi Kaur and kind of feel happy where Jagmeet Singh is reaching if he becomes PM. Rupi while speaking even normally, speaks in a poetic way 😄

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