Manitoba premier criticizes Quebec's religious symbols law | Power & Politics

Manitoba premier criticizes Quebec's religious symbols law | Power & Politics

Canada's premiers are meeting this week for the last time before the federal election and although that election of course looms large for the provinces and territories premiers are also focused on something else interprovincial trade the Canadian free trade agreement took effect two years ago but barriers still exist all over the place in fact when Senate report estimates they cost the economy here in Canada 130 billion dollars a year today the Premier's announced that provinces and territories will be able to unilaterally remove exemptions they had under the sea' FTA the move is expected to help speed up the process so what does it mean for interprovincial trade in Canada we'll have actually overall be made any easier and joining me now from Saskatoon is Manitoba's premier Brian Pallister hi premier great to see you again you too Vashi I know that you are a longtime advocate for lowering internal trade barriers within the country I want to get to that in one second but first there is some big news in other parts of the country around Bombardier and layoffs and I heard some of your counterparts talking about an ask or a discussion that occurred today between the Premier's for the federal government to kind of look at what they could do to secure exemptions around buy American policies in the US can you tell us a bit about what that discussion was like only in a general sense Vashi I mean we're all concerned with trade issues right now obviously and the US by America policy is clearly discriminatory and protectionist in its nature and its intent so as a trading province premier of a trading province in Manitoba I can tell you that we're really concerned about any restrictions on our ability to do things to help people in in other countries like the United States get better products at better prices so you know we'll continue to work with the other premiers to remove whatever impediments we can to free trade is the federal government the lead on that is that the hope is there any communication between you know your province and the federal government around what they are doing to try and secure those exemptions well there's obviously and given recent trade discussions there's a lot of interface between provinces and the federal government on this and I've appreciated that actual open and the communication that we've enjoyed from the Prime Minister's office from his Trade Minister I expect that to continue and certainly various premiers expressed concern this morning and will continue will continue to advance the agenda of free trade we're free traders in this country let me ask you about free trade within the borders of this country because I know it's something that you and other premiers have talked about for a long time I was doing an interview yesterday and sort of remembering how many interviews I've done at these various meetings about lowering those barriers to trade within this country is anything tangible gonna come out of this meeting because it sure hasn't always known fair point I mean I remember in Manitoba as a cabinet minister there in the 90s advancing the idea of setting up a national trade organization and some improvements have been made over the last 25 years more in the last two I would say than in the previous 23 so what we've seen is now agreement among all premiers and I think part of this stems from the obvious trade impediments and threats that we have to face from some of our trading partners whether it be China the US or others but I think Canadians understand the importance of being able to find markets and to get the free exchange of goods and services going and they know – from many reports International Monetary Fund for example just released a report saying that this is equivalent to about a seven percent tariff that we charge each other because of our own internal trade barriers so it's a high priority as far as positive progress much we now have provinces having to list where they're making exceptions rather than list what they're willing to trade that's a massive change we changed the process today by agreement so that provinces can reduce their lists of exceptions without any impediments or any process delays that's really good and we've also made significant progress in things like trade among provinces with alcoholic beverages we've got ten provinces buying in on no limits now we've got agreement on transport rules financial services rules are coming up by the end of the year and many other categories workplace safety issues would be another example big category that we discussed today I think is very important is the whole issue of labor being able to move freely across than among provinces in the country we need to address that better than we have to date and that means credentials recognition and it means accepting other provinces standards when it comes to training or guidelines around professional preparedness that type of thing because Canadians should be able to move in a healthy country labour has to be mobile as much as capital does so I think there's been big progress made but much more needs to be done and it will get done where does the federal government stand with respect to what kind of progress still needs to occur do you in the past you'd floated the idea of legislation or tying action to federal health care money being given two provinces what what is your take right now as things stand of what kind of role the federal government should be playing in helping to reduce those barriers it's a really significant point you're making vasha because the federal government does maintain more exceptions than any province by a mile on procurement for example just just a lot of different rules that limit the ability of small and medium sized enterprises for example to participate in tendering processes that would result in better deals for Canadian taxpayers and more fairness among provincial businesses that they could participate in those processes so the federal government has a lot of work to do the right sound has come out of the Trudeau government but now we need follow-up and I've been on this for a long time as you know and I know that the Premier's the consensus among the premiers is that we'll continue to press Ottawa to do its part and that we'll continue to offer to work with them to assist in improving the situation so that we can put more money back on the kitchen table somehow Matoba and Canadian families does that mean legislation though premier are you looking for specifically legislation from the whatever whoever forms the federal government in the upcoming election where internal trade is concerned or interprovincial trade well I would say that part of the reason Vashi that there's been so little progress over such a long time is the complexity of dealing with these issues it isn't just dozens it's hundreds if not thousands of issues that have to be addressed so some may require legislative change others are regulatory in nature either way the progress has to be pursued and it'll require persistence diligence and focus and partnerships to get the job done but right now for example Ontario has a rule that prohibits the harvesting of bullfrogs by people from Manitoba now I know this isn't going to solve our gross domestic product problem but it's an example of the kind of dumb nature of some of these archaic restrictions that we have still in various provinces so I know that we're gonna make progress I've I've heard from the premiers today they're committed to this and I'm very excited by the level of commitment that I'm seeing demonstrated in the discussions today before I let you go primary you have spoken about your opposition to Kovacs bill 21 you called it and you said that it sends an uncontained message to people who wear religious symbols that they need to hide or that they're less acceptable for some reason not just for what they wear but for what they believe I just heard a question from a reporter – premier logo and premier MOU about whether or not it had come up in discussion premier MOU said that it had not have you spoken to premier Legault about your feelings on bill 21 I've raised this in private discussion I won't get into with who but I would say the vast majority of premiers already know my views on this issue I'm a I'm a farm boy I'm concerned when I see erosion not just of our soil but of our rights and our freedoms and I think that in this country one of the things certainly that most of us celebrate is is our tolerance and our our diversity as people so when I see threats to those things then I speak up I have and I will continue to I know you say that the conversations have occurred in private but why have more premiers not joined you in speaking out publicly have they told you what I expect you'll have to take that up with the other premiers all I can say is on a matter of a principle that is important to me I have to look myself in the mirror I have to be sure that I conduct myself in a way that I feel in keeping with my values and I believe that Manitoba is one of the most multi-ethnic multi provinces and I certainly think that Manitobans respect and value our diversity we just came through Canada day after all we didn't celebrate sameness there we celebrated the diversity that is our country and that has to continue and so again I'll speak on the issue I have and I'll continue to are you disappointed that no Ivan none of your counterparts have joined you well that'd be their personal choice some may feel you have other priorities currently that are more important i I see issues that affect human rights and and personal freedoms as being paramount and regardless of other agenda items I have spoken on this issue because I my convictions tell me that people of all races creeds and colors need to feel not only accepted in our country but celebrated in their citizenship so that's that's exactly where this is coming from for me other premiers community leaders federal politicians will will make their own call on whether they wish to speak on this issue I have made my call all right I'll leave it there thank you premier palster pleasure having you on the show again always nice to talk to you a she hi I'm Vashti Capello's host of power and politics see more of our show by subscribing to the CBC news channel or click the link for another video thanks for watching

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22 thoughts on “Manitoba premier criticizes Quebec's religious symbols law | Power & Politics

  1. It's BOTH the far-right and far-left that has to be stopped from taking away our freedom, if we compare the similarities between the two, it becomes much easier to reject authoritarian ideologies. Because when you compare freedom to only one type of authoritarianism, they seem like two equally valid opposing forces. Bill 21 and Bill C-51 are two clear examples of attempts to erode our freedom from the far-right.

  2. FREE trade within Canada between provinces "CAN NOT" include the meat industry and every component in it.

    Example: No Inter-provincial trading of poultry, pork, beef, lamb, bison, eggs, milk, fish etc: No Inter-provincial trading of embryos, feed, or animal byproducts from any products, period!!!
    This is why! Every province should be treated as its own entity in Canada! To prevent future problems like BSE or MAD COW, outbreaks like the one we had in Alberta, one American cow, with American feed, on an American farm, cost the beef industry $17 BILLION dollars, who knows what it cost the pork, poultry or the other meat industries in Canada! Because of the quarantine Regulations Canada put in place, to protect the industry and the consumers, in Canada and around the world!
    Now if a single Provincial entity was put in place, that one cow in Alberta, would have been quarantined in Alberta, with the rest of the countries provincial producers, still supplying the industry! One cow in Alberta should not be infecting a cow in the maritime provinces! Same as one chicken in BC, should not be affecting the sales of chickens in Quebec, plus a buffer zone between provinces, to prevent cross contamination of any kind, etc:
    With this single Provincial entity system, Canada would be the only country in the world, able to offer this protection to the consumers and industries alike. Without having to worry about foreign countries ill intentions, trying to shut down Canadian industries! Also protecting Canadian industries, with a safer, more productive future for all of our industry producers…. CANADA GRADE A, lets keep it that way!!!

  3. West MUST separate especially AB/SASK/MAN! The Federal Government Huge Administration top heavy Cartels Are unaffordable and completely UN manageable by design! Divide and Conquer!

  4. This reporter is biased and not neutral, even rude. Now, I feel CBC like those media run by Communism government.

  5. French speaking and English speaking Canadians can't even get along after more than 150 years.
    We both have been ''Americanized'' so badly that there's almost no cultural differences between the two beside language AND WE STILL CAN'T GET ALONG.Cut your bs about this multicultural wonderland that never existed to begin with.

  6. To have a lawyer that knows Chinese Law will be helpful !
    Recently from watching video about The Extradition Bill in HK. There is such a lawyer.
    He was educated in Canada ( both high school and university). Graduated with a degree in Politics ( not 100% sure)Then went to China for his law degree. He speaks English,and is in his
    mid thirties. He speaks fluent Mandarin.
    I didn't quite remember which party he belongs to, but one thing for sure , he is a good guy
    and helping vs Extradition Bill.
    Do not contact the HK Government where Carrie Lam is the leader…
    I hope this will be helpful for both Canada and America vs this evil nation ,China.

  7. Why are you always so slanted to the "left"??? No matter what the conversation is! This! Is why the CBC has lost all credibility! Maybe you should update your resume….pending the result of the October election? Hopefully, the CBC gets de-funded for good!!!

  8. I have no problem with people showing a little bit of their culture / religious heritage at work. Even in the public service.

    I object to face covering for security reasons only.

    I object to the wearing of weapons like the Kirpan for the same reason.

    Other than public safety things I say have at it.

  9. One commandment:
    Exodus 20:4
    "Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:”
    Religious symbols not necessary according to the bible.

  10. Quebec gets away with so much racism because of French. Even in debates, they openly displace prejudicial notions and there's no outlash because it's not English.

  11. I'm a Quebecois and I believe our flag, A white cross on a blue background, is the biggest influential religious symbol in our Province. Remember the law cannot target only certain religions or type of individuals . So… let's either drop the bill or remove the cross from the flag to show our Province truly "represents religious neutrality"(like Legault keeps saying). Because right now, the flag represents a leaning towards Christianity/Catholicism. He's a bigoted individual and unfortunately, so are many of my….. neighbors. But simply because other "civilised" countries are writing into law( infringing on human rights) don't mean we have to do it as well. The notwithstanding clause shouldn't be allowed to work on bills that infringes our charter of rights unless it's to remove a restriction that targets an individual rights. Sad to see bigotry winning in 2019 inside my own backyard.

  12. The Preamble to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms states: “Whereas Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law”. What / Who is God? This is the question that we need to debate in Canada, then judge and act according to that definition.

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