Jagmeet Singh Refuses To Challenge Quebec Bill 21 Religious Symbols Ban In New Interview
Singh talks healthcare, women in politics and, of course, Bill 21.
- The popular Quebec talk show, Toute le monde en parle, had Jagmeet Singh talking Bill 21 and more when he was a guest last night.
- The NDP leader also spoke about women in politics, healthcare and taxes.
- It seems that Quebeckers have found a new love for the PM-hopeful, take a look at the tweets below. Full interview linked en bas!
Jagmeet Singh talked Bill 21 and more as a guest on Tout le monde en parle last night, and it seems he's managed to catch the attention of a good number of Quebeckers, thanks to the famous talk show.
For those unaware, the CBC in Quebec runs a weekly talk show called Tout le monde en parle (TLMEP), which is broadcasted across the province via Ici Radio-Canada.
While it might seem like us Anglos generally don't have much to gain from watching a French talkshow, in truth, that couldn't be farther from the truth.
A show of this popularity simply doest not exist in English Canada, and when it comes to a federal election, political leaders are always looking for a way to include and even woo voters in Quebec.
His appearance last night seems to have done more than just woo voters in Quebec, and some are even beginning to draw comparisons between Singh's visit to TLMEP and the visit by the late Jack Layton right before Canada's last "orange wave."
As mentioned above, several reporters and other political pundits made note of the impact that TLMEP can have on voters in Quebec, calling to memory Layton's visit in 2011.
Singh himself took to Twitter this morning to thank the TLMEP group for inviting him to speak and share his goals for Canada.
On the show, Jagmeet notably spoke to the controversial religious symbols ban, sometimes referred to as Bill 21 or the law of laicity.
He also spoke about his dedication to increasing the number of female candidates in the NDP party, and ensuring that every riding has an NDP candidate to vote for come election day.
Countless viewers took to Twitter to acknowledge Singh's good job on the show, where he was able to find humour, get real and also share his hopes for this country.
Though, of course, the topic of Bill 21 was inevitable, as it is becoming one of the foremost talking points in this election. While it seems that Quebeckers, as a majority, support the law, the rest of Canada isn't quite on board.
Singh's response to the law has been the same almost since it was first brought forward as a bill.
Federally, he insists would not be able to do anything about the law, as it is considered provincial jurisdiction and he trusts the "competency of Quebec" in this area.
Singh has, in the past, however, indicated that he felt the law was "wrong," and that it has the power to really hurt people, particularly young people, who are the vulnerable position of having to decide what kind of future career they may have.
So while people were certainly impressed with Singh "performance" on the popular talk show, it is interesting to see how Singh's language towards the law has changed as the window between now and voting day grows smaller.
At the very least, it is super cool that Singh is able to come and participate in these very important public and social spheres in Quebec, because he is bilingual and because he clearly holds bilingualism dear to his heart, for himself but for Canada as a whole, as well.
It will be very interesting to see if any other federal party leaders make an appearance on the show before October 21st.
The entire interview is available to watch in full here, in French.