National security, Trans-Pacific trade talks, refugee measures and climate change just a few of the items debated and discussed during Monday’s leaders debate in Toronto.
Conservative Leader Stephen Harper defended his government’s anti-terror legislation, Bill C-51, saying it is much needed in Canada to battle extremists, but Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau didn’t see it that way.
“Mr. Harper wants us to be afraid that there’s a terrorist hiding behind any leaf and rock around us, and we all need to be afraid, and that’s why he’s there to protect us…we are not a country dominated by fear.”
Harper said the threat we face today is ISIS, and not CSIS.
He also defended policies on taking in Syrian refugees, saying many nations have accepted them without proper security checks.
The leader of the NDP, Tom Mulcair responded to that by saying that this country has been built on immigrants.
Climate change was also a hot topic. Trudeau criticized the NDP policy in cutting greenhouse gas emissions, while Mulcair attacked Harper on the Keystone XL pipeline project.
The 3 main leaders return to the campaign trail Tuesday.
Harper is in Toronto-area, Trudeau in Winnipeg, and Mulcair visits Nunavut.