Message from @JustinTrudeau tonight:— Cameron Ahmad (@CameronAhmad) August 28, 2021
It’s been a difficult year for everyone. The folks out protesting, they had a difficult year too.
But we need to meet anger with compassion. That’s who we are as Canadians.pic.twitter.com/OAnBvOL0Gm
This rings true to me:
This is the Justin Trudeau that I have been waiting for this entire campaign. This needs to be said. I am finished catering to the ignorant minority who refuse to get vaccinated, and I want a Prime Minister who stands with us. Not pandering to the ignorant few. #cdnpoli #Elxn44 pic.twitter.com/KsWHknehzx— Neil Before Zod™ (@WaytowichNeil) August 27, 2021
I’m beginning to think the Liberals called an election because the only cure they could see for what is happening is a fresh majority mandate. Breathing room. So they struck while the iron was hot, hoping to catch the high tide. A calculated risk based on a genuine threat.— Scribulatora (@Scribulatora) August 28, 2021
They’re also counting on us to recognize what’s happening. Because they can’t actually tell us without making it worse. These clips of Trudeau in angry crowds are important. He’s showing us a thing. We need to pay attention.— Scribulatora (@Scribulatora) August 28, 2021
And this was also quite a story -- a grieving father, whose son was shot down in Iran on flight PS752 last winter, stops Trudeau to ask him to do more to bring Iran to justice:
We all need to get into the mindset that when we tell the story of this election to our grandkids that it ends with us saying, “But not on our watch, no siree.” https://t.co/ayrDkVMfFP— Scribulatora (@Scribulatora) August 28, 2021
PMJT connects with an Iranian-Canadian father who is angry & upset about the lack of justice for the downed plane by Iran that claimed the life of his son. This video is touching. #Elxn44 #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/sjs71qc32K— Ishat Reza 🇵🇸 (@IshatReza) August 28, 2021
Trudeau listened about the unfulfilled promise amid a campaign where he is making new promises to voters. Animated, Zarei pressed his point.Finally, Trudeau reached out and hugged Zarei, speaking in his ear and promising anew to do everything possible to get justice for the victims, doing so in a small pocket inside a crush of security, journalists and onlookers as the Liberal leader hit the hustings."I hear now he's talking from (the) bottom of his heart to go for justice for the families," Zarei said afterwards, wearing a small button on his chest bearing his son's face and name."That's why I kept calling. And I believe him (that) he is going to do the justice for the people."
Here's a fascinating chart and tweet thread from economist David Macdonald comparing the $10-a-day child care plan from the Liberals with the tax credit plan from the Conservatives:
Canadians are starting to talk more about climate change issues during this campaign, and they're noticing that the Conservatives don't actually have much of a plan:
Child care fees are a major theme in #Elxn44. There are two dueling plans: a system of refundable tax credits vs. reaching $10/day. Which plan saves more?— David Macdonald (@DavidMacCdn) August 27, 2021
In most Canadian cities, the $10/day plan provides more savings in 2022 than tax credits.
A #FactCheckFridays thread. 1/9 pic.twitter.com/vy4ANz4oWT
The climate emergency is the greatest challenge humanity faces. But Erin O'Toole has now made it clear that he will put Big Oil and Stephen Harper before the interests of our poor burning planet. What an absolute monster. #cdnpolihttps://t.co/EJdo4BoDoQ— 🇨🇦 Simon 🏴 🌈🏂 (@montrealsimon) August 27, 2021
#ClimateEmergency is one of the top 3 issues on voters minds as we head in to #Elxn44 but you wouldn't know it from Canada's national news media, most of which are in the bag for the "Conservatives." I'm putting you all on notice: I'm not letting you get way with it this time https://t.co/9x9wgTFrXT— #SHIFT (@TheGentYYC) August 27, 2021
The Syrian refugees welcomed into Canada six years ago have made outstanding contributions to their new country, and I have no doubt the Afghan refugees and other Afghan immigrants now on their way will turn out to be just as important to Canada's future....this Operation was carried out under intense – and often misinformed – public scrutiny and criticism.For obvious reasons, operational details of what we were doing had to be kept quiet.So into that silence some people interjected their own narratives, without any real knowledge of the facts, adding to the confusion.But the truth is very different.Even though Kabul airport has left us heartbreaking stories, in the days to come you will also hear the stories of heroism of the people who took part in the operation, because those stories must be heard.You’ll hear the stories about how the dedication, determination, and compassion – how the heroism of our Canadian troops saved and changed thousands of lives.You’ll hear about the CAF members who cared for a new mother and the baby she’d given birth to approximately 15 hours before boarding a flight, making sure she and the infant made it to safety.You will hear about the little Afghan girl who followed a military policewoman to board one of our flights. She asked her father: How can a woman be a police officer? He explained that in Canada, women can be police officers. Looking up at the soldier, the girl said she would like to be a police officer when she was growing up.You’ll hear about the little Afghan boy, who so admired one of our soldiers that he wouldn’t leave his side as the soldier carried out his work during an evacuation flight… And how that soldier cared for the boy, who was about the same age as his own son waiting for him to return safely home to Canada.The events of recent weeks have, not surprisingly, caused many to ask of our past involvement in Afghanistan: Was it worth it? My personal answer is time will tell.We made a made a difference in thousands of lives while we were there.And every one of those lives counts as a win. We’ll see if that is enough.