Murray also says women in leadership is important. McCrimmon says it's important to find balance too (with protections). Murray gets in the last word 'we need a women defence minister'
Martin Cauchon asks David Bertschi: What will be your plan of action for the arctic council?
Bertschi attacks Harper gov. saying it'll enforce environmental laws in the arctic.
Cacuhon says we should sit with America and establish a four-year plan to do something meaningful for the environment, and to empower the people living in the North.
He also says we need to look after the fisheries, attacks Cons for cutting scientific research. 'R & D scientific research is key'
Bertschi says we need to respect regional differences. Get local, help and work with them.
Cauchon - Arctic development is welcome, but we should also talk about prevention (then the mic gets cut)
Coyne and Murray up now...
Coyne asks Joyce: question on gender gap in corporate leadership. What should be done to help get women in more
corporate leadership roles?
Murray says she's pledging 40 % rule in cabinet, other areas of government.
But she hasn't said about mandating it on corportations
Coyne suggesting loans for women seeking to go into politics - asks Murray for her thoughts?
Murray: Why? Violence against women, esp aboriginal women, still an issue. And women overseas...still many other ways to work toward women participation and advancement.
Now up David Bertschi vs. Marc Garneau
Bertschi - I have a plan on natural resources, trade. What's your plan on protecting farmers, fishermen?
Garneau - wants to make it very clear that he supports supply management.
Garneau - our competitors subsidize agriculture, dairy to the tune of billions of dollars. Says he will stand up for supply management.
Bertschi asks about subsidies on poultry.
Garneau doesn't think Canada should be a 'boy scout' in our economic world, Canada should be on a level playing field.
Bertschi asks Q on Euro free trade and brand name drug prices.
Garneau says feds haven't led us into the negotiation process. Asks lots of hypothetical questions about trade on drugs, cheese.
Hall Findlay and Cauchon now up
HF - what are your solutions to increase the number of jobs created in this region and regions with lots of seasonal employment?
Cauchon slams Harper's EI reforms, says it's not respectful of the region. They need to work with ACOA on jobs.
Says government needs to focus on regions, government isn't doing that.
Hall FIndlay - brings back the question to her original question: what are you proposing to do?
Cauchon - I was sec. of state for regional employment. Employment officers need to be more active for jobs in a specific region (ie. focus on jobs for fisheries, agriculture) rather than blanket programs.
Also says training is important to revitalize economy in specific regions.
McCrimmon and Trudeau now on the divide of rural vs. urban. How would you bridge that divide?
Trudeau: suggests the party reconnect with Canadians, the west, rural Canadians. Stresses the importance of respecting, standing up for small farms.
McCrimmon: How are we as the Liberal party going to re-gain that trust? First steps?
Trudeau: First steps are listening and learning. Tells anecdotal story of a man who went and got training, who went to the city and got job with Disney affiliate and can later move home.
McCrimmon: how can we get people to work in the agricultural sector? Trudeau: farming is hard work, gov. needs to give young people tools
Bertschi asks Cauchon: Riding associations in rough shape...what is your plan to rebuild the Lib party?
Cauchon: First thing I would say is no to a merger with the NDP (small applause breaks out)
If the NDP ever merge with a party, Cauchon says he thinks it'll be with the Bloc.
- how will you tackle this rebuilding?
Cauchon - I know the party very well. Only way to reconnect is to get in touch with people listen to people. Talks about the Chretien government 'some of you were not even born' - says he got people inspired.
Finishes by saying we need to be proud to be Canadian
Garneau now asking Murray: you say you'd make an alliance with the NDP...how will you make this alliance?
Murray: It's the majority of Liberals that support the idea of co-operating with other progressive parties (to defeat Harper gov). because we we've done so far hasn't worked so well in the past.
Murray says they need one-time co-operation. Like team Canada hockey players coming together to win gold. Garneau counters - there are going to be consequences to the party.
Murray: the majority of Cdns and Liberals want co-operation to defeat Harper. 'We have to change'
Garneau - if Mulcair says 'no' to a merger, how are you going to change his mind?
Murray: A lot of Canadians want a progressive gov. so they'll say no to Harper
Coyne asking Hall Findlay about Northern Gateway pipeline - what's an acceptable level of risk that would justify the pipeline?
MHF - chimes in on previous question
Now says she doesn't support Northern Gateway pipelien, but they need to open up access to the west.
Coyne excited about transmission link. Says there needs to be more co-ordination of energy grids.
MHF - one of the first things they need to do is look at a pipeline from the west to the east.
Says they need cross-country co-operation.