Federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh stops campaigning in Calgary

Federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh stops campaigning in Calgary

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Federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh made a brief stop in Calgary on Saturday as talk of an election campaign continues to heat up.

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Singh, in the middle of a three-day tour of Alberta, visited a pancake breakfast and beer garden in the East Village to meet, take selfies and talk to those in attendance.

Speaking to the media at the event, he said he has heard from Albertans who are worried about getting good jobs. He also said he has heard from people concerned about health care cuts currently being proposed by the provincial UN Conservative party, which is currently negotiating for nurses to take a three per cent pay cut.

“I know another big concern here in Alberta is the cuts to health care that people are really worried about. “Already on the way in, people are talking about how scared they are that in a pandemic there are cuts of nurses,” said Singh.

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Singh said his party would invest in health care, noting that he has pushed for a national pharmaceutical plan. He also said he wants dental care to be included in publicly paid services.

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh visits East Village Beer Garden before meeting with Calgary and the District Labor Council.  Saturday, July 17, 2021.
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh visits East Village Beer Garden before meeting with Calgary and the District Labor Council. Saturday, July 17, 2021. Photo by Brendan Miller /Postmedia

“We do not want to see our healthcare system cut, we want to see investment, we want to expand it,” Singh said. “We are fighting to improve health care with federal transfers to give people that support.”

Singh is the third federal party leader to visit Alberta’s largest city in the past month. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stopped by to announce that his government was green lighting the latest expansion to the Green Line LRT project during a trip through western Canada.

Trudeau’s stops in Alberta and British Columbia have given rise to speculation that he sees an election in the near future, but the prime minister has denied such a move.

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The following week, Conservative party leader Erin O’Toole stopped at a pancake breakfast in northeastern Calgary to promote a message that he would be an ally of Western Canadians, saying Trudeau’s time in power has led to a breach of unity. in Canada.

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh visits East Village Beer Garden before meeting with Calgary and the District Labor Council.  Saturday, July 17, 2021.
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh visits East Village Beer Garden before meeting with Calgary and the District Labor Council. Saturday, July 17, 2021. Photo by Brendan Miller /Postmedia

During his stop on Saturday, Singh said he prefers federal politicians to return to work to help people rather than hit the campaign track. However, he said his party would be ready if the letter was dropped and he believes the NDP is in a good position to get more seats in the House of Commons.

The NDP currently has a seat in Alberta, Edmonton-Strathcona. He said he believes the province is ready for a shift, and believes he can get support in the province.

Singh also said on Saturday that he is focused on diversifying the economy. He said workers in Albert’s energy sector need good jobs now and mentioned that there will be infrastructure investments that help get them to work.

“We can always listen to workers and listen to what their concerns are, and think of a plan to create jobs, not in the distant future, but right now,” Singh said. “A lot of money will be spent on infrastructure, these infrastructure jobs are jobs that many of the resource sector employees have skills (for), and we will talk about retrofitting buildings, rebuilding oil wells, converting oil wells to geothermal energy. ”

dshort@postmedia.com

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