1:30 p.m., Sept. 22)
Justin Trudeau makes enthusiastic campaign stop in Orléans
By Fred Sherwin
leader Justin Trudeau stopped by the Shenkman Arts Centre
Monday night to speak to close to 1,000 supporters and show
his own support for the man he calls "Andy".
leader Justin Trudeau waves to supporters
during an election rally at the Shenkman Arts
Centre on Monday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
by the fact that he would be able to spend the night with
his children for the first time in over a week, Trudeau
was his usual high-energy self, taking shots at the Conservatives
treatment of Canada's military and the civil service,
while lauding the credentials of retired lieutenant-general
Andrew Leslie who he considers a friend and close advisor.
particular, Trudeau echoed the promise he made on the
weekend to cancel the Conservatives' plan to purchase
the new F-35 fighter jet at an estimated cost of $44 billion.
Harper responded to Trudeau's plan to cancel the purchase
by claiming the Liberals are "dreaming".
Liberal Party is living in a dream world if they think
we can pull out of the development project of the F-35
and not lose business," Harper said on Monday. "I
don't know what planet they're living on."
sparked this response from Trudeau at last night's rally.
F-35 might be Stephen Harper's dream, but I can tell you,
for Canadian taxpayers, it'll be a nightmare," Trudeau
said to rousing cheers and applause.
loudest cheers of the night were reserved for Trudeau's
promise to restore respect to the federal civil service,
reimplement the long form census, and end the war on science
Liberal leader also made it clear that Leslie is his go
to man when it comes to all things military. A distinction
that Leslie played up during his opening statement by
pointing out that Harper is no expert on military matters.
Harper is not an expert. I'm an expert," said Leslie,
who is being hailed as a logical choice for Defence Minister
should the Liberals come to power.
Galipeau campaign tried to pre-empt the Liberal rally
by issuing a press release reminding people that in his
previous position as Chief of Transformation for the Department
of National Defence, Leslie recommended over $1 billion
in spending cuts as part of a report he authored in 2011.
a closer look at the actual report reveals that Leslie
made 43 specific recommendations aimed at finding $1 billion
in savings rather than actual cuts.
one area he did recommend making drastic cuts was in the
hiring of contractors and consultants. At the time the
military was spending $2.7 billion annually on contractors
and consultants. Leslie recommended cutting that amount
by 30 per cent.
he recommended "redeploying or eliminating 3,500
regular forces personnel who currently hold jobs that
serve little purpose", and "doing the same to
3,500 civil servants in the department".
should be noted that Leslie was given his assignment by
the Conservative government and that DND's budget has
been cut by $3-$5 billion in the years since depending
on whose figures you believe.
part of their pre-election budget, the Conservatives promised
to increase defence spending, but not until 2017 after
the budget has been balanced.
comparison the Liberals are promising to restore respect
for the men and women in uniform, but stop short when
it comes to making any sort of funding commitment.
Galipeau is promising to "step up" for Canada's
re-elected on Oct. 19, I will continue to step up for
Orléans, for our men and women in uniform, for
local businesses and to speak out against schemes like
the one put forward by Mr. Leslie and Mr. Trudeau that
would have a devastating impact on the local economy,
here in Orléans, Galipeau pledged in his
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)