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With the Conservative leadership debates kicking into high gear, nine of the fourteen candidates debated this Sunday in British Columbia. Among the topics discussed, there was healthcare, job creation, Islamophobia and what is the best way to deal with the immigration ban put by President Donald Trump.
The format of this year’s debate was a little different from the conventional way. Instead of the one on one moderator and candidate questioning, the candidates were divided into pairs to answer the questions together.
Discussions of the candidates where they unanimously agreed was the fact that Justin Trudeau’s administration has been carelessly using the finances of this country and the spending record has never been higher. A call for lowering taxes and providing of better health care is needed, according to most people.
The most notable of the topics was the carbon tax where a few candidates’ views diverged. The topic was related to the application of the Carbon Tax in British Columbia. Michael Chong, who presented himself as the most Conservative candidate, was in favour of the tax as he saw billions of dollars adding to the revenue in income tax cuts.
Andrew Saxton, on the other hand, was opposed of it because in his view, the carbon tax was too much for small business owners to handle. He thought that the hard working population of Canada needs a break from all the taxes that have been imposed and instead there should be a dialogue with the U.S. where Canada can reach an agreement with them about lowering emissions.
Other candidates such as Lisa Raitt and Brad Trost proposed that Justin Trudeau should not interfere with the U.S and its plans to ban immigrants from certain countries.
It seems like the Tories are going good with their interactive debate format and more is being discussed in a welcoming way to improve Canada’s current situation.