The National for Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019 — Leaders talk minority government, At Issue panel


(*)>>Adrienne: TONIGHT, LEADERS ON MESSAGE AS YOUR VOTE SPEEDS CLOSER. WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT MINORITY GOVERNMENT.>>Andrew Scheer: THE PARTY WITH THE MOST SEATS FORMS THE GOVERNMENT.>>Adrienne: ROSIE AND “AT ISSUE” ARE HERE TO SORT IT OUT.>>>ATLANTIC CANADA FEELS BLAST OF A WEATHER BOMB.>>>ALBERTA’S OIL AND GAS WELLS, WHY THE MONEY ISN’T SHUTTING THEM DOWN.>>>AND THE U.S. AND TURKEY STRIKE A DEAL.>>THE UNITED STATES AND TURKEY HAVE AGREED TO A CEASEFIRE IN SYRIA.>>Adrienne: DIPLOMACY ASIDE, OUR TEAM IN SYRIA SHOWS THE REALITY ON THE GROUND.>>>THIS IS “THE NATIONAL.” (*)>>>WITH JUST THREE FULL CAMPAIGNING DAYS LEFT, FEDERAL PARTY LEADERS ARE TRYING TO KEEP ON MESSAGE, BUT IN A RACE THIS TIGHT THERE IS ANOTHER FOCUS — WHAT HAPPENS IF NO ONE WINS A MAJORITY? FOR THE LEADERS TODAY THAT WAS A HOT TOPIC.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH, EVERYBODY.>>THANK YOU.>>N.D.P.! N.D.P.!>>Adrienne: SO AS THEY MADE THE ROUNDS, SHAKING HANDS AND PAUSING FOR PHOTOS, THEY WERE EITHER DODGING OR DIVING RIGHT INTO TALKS OF HOW A MINORITY WIN WOULD PLAY OUT. SO TONIGHT WE WILL LOOK AT HOW THE THREE MAIN FEDERAL PARTIES DEALT WITH IT, STARTING WITH KATIE SIMPSON AND THE CONSERVATIVES.>>Reporter: ANDREW SCHEER IS GEARING UP FOR A NEW FIGHT THAT MAY DRAG ON WELL PAST ELECTION DAY.>>Andrew Scheer: THE PARTY THAT WINS THE MOST SEATS SHOULD BE ABLE TO FORM THE GOVERNMENT.>>Reporter: BUT IT’S NOT NECESSARILY THAT STRAIGHTFORWARD. IN A MINORITY SITUATION, PARTIES WITH FEWER SEATS COULD TEAM UP TO TRY TO FORM GOVERNMENT. SCHEER WOULD KNOW THAT SINCE HE SAT AS SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE FOR FOUR YEARS. NEVERTHELESS, HE PERSISTED.>>Andrew Scheer: A PRIME MINISTER WHO ENTERS INTO AN ELECTION AND COMES OUT OF THAT ELECTION WITH FEWER SEATS THAN ANOTHER PARTY, RESIGNS. THAT IS A MODERN CONVENTION IN CANADIAN POLITICS.>>Reporter: HERE’S WHAT LIBERAL LEADER JUSTIN TRUDEAU SAID TO PETER MANSBRIDGE ABOUT A POSSIBLE MINORITY SITUATION IN 2015…>>THE WAY THAT IT’S ALWAYS BEEN. WHOEVER COMMANDS THE MOST SEATS GETS THE FIRST SHOT AT GOVERNING.>>Peter: IS THAT NOT ALWAYS THE WAY THAT IT’S BEEN?>>WHOEVER GETS THE MOST SEATS GETS THE FIRST CHANCE TO COMMAND THE CONFIDENCE OF THE HOUSE.>>Peter: WELL, ACTUALLY, THE FIRST SHOT GOES TO THE OUTGOING PRIME MINISTER.>>TO THE OUTGOING PRIME MINISTER, ABSOLUTELY.>>Reporter: SCHEER’S COMMENTS SUGGEST THAT INTERNAL POLLING HAS THE PARTY POISED TO WIN THE MOST SEATS, BUT NOT ENOUGH FOR A MAJORITY. ALL OF THAT WAS HIS TOPIC OF CHOICE TODAY BUT HE WAS NEARLY KNOCKED OFF MESSAGE DURING A GRILLING ON SAME-SEX MARRIAGE.>>I HAVE BEEN WITH MY PARTNER FOR 25 YEARS, HOW IS MY MARRIAGE DIFFERENT THAN YOURS?>>Andrew Scheer: LOOK, I MADE IT VERY CLEAR THAT CANADA HAD A DEBATE AS A SOCIETY WANT WE WELL TWO ELECTIONS WHERE THIS WAS AN ISSUE AND TWO HOUSE OF COMMONS AND I HAVE MOVED ON. IT’S NOT MY PLACE AS A PERSON, AS A COMMUNITY TO JUDGE ANYBODY ELSE.>>Reporter: THOUGH THE PUBLIC POLLING SHOWS A TIGHT RACE, SCHEER AND HIS TEAM BEHIND THE SCENES APPEAR CONFIDENT HEADING INTO THE FINAL WEEKEND OF CAMPAIGNING. KATIE SIMPSON, CBC NEWS, LITTLE HARBOUR, NOVA SCOTIA. [Applause]>>Reporter: I’M SALIMAH SHIVJI WITH THE LIBERAL CAMPAIGN, WHERE JUSTIN TRUDEAU WAS ON A TWO-DAY QUÉBEC SWING TO TRY TO STOP THE BLOC QUÉBECOIS’ MOMENTUM.>>Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau: [Speaking French]>>Reporter: THE BLOC QUÉBECOIS DOESN’T HAVE A MONOPOLY ON QUÉBEC PRIDE, HE SAYS. A LINE THAT HE REPEATS STOP AFTER STOP. WITH BLOC LEADER YVES-FRANCOIS BLANCHET ENJOYING HIS MOMENT, NOT AT ALL FAZED OR SURPRISED BY HIS NEWFOUND SUPPORT.>>THE QUÉBEC NATION HAS DECIDED TO BE PROUD, AND TO DEMAND RESPECT.>>Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau: [Speaking French]>>Reporter: THE PITCH FROM TRUDEAU IN THE DYING DAYS OF THIS CAMPAIGN LEANS INTO FEAR OF CONSERVATIVE CUTS IF HYPOTHETICALLY THE CONSERVATIVES WIN. BUT HE’S STEERING CLEAR OF ALL OTHER HYPOTHETICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT HE’D DO IN A MINORITY SITUATION, STICKING VERY MUCH TO HIS STRENGTH.>>Question: GIVEN THAT IN A MINORITY SITUATION THE PRIME 3479 HAS THE FIRST RIGHT TO GOVERN, DO YOU INTEND TO USE THAT RIGHT?>>Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau: I AM FOCUSED ON ELECTING A STRONG PROGRESSIVE GOVERNMENT THAT WILL CONTINUE THE FIGHT AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE. OR DO WE GO BACK TO STEPHEN HARPER’S AUSTERITY AND CUTS WITH THE PROGRESSIVE OPPOSITION? THE CHOICE CANADIANS ARE FACING IS A VERY, VERY CLEAR ONE AND WE ARE ENTIRELY FOCUSED ON THAT.>>Reporter: A CLASSIC STRATEGY FROM A LEADER TRYING TO STAY IN POWER — TALKING ABOUT WORKING WITH OTHER PARTIES AT THIS STAGE NEGATES JUSTIN TRUDEAU’S FINAL PLEA. TO FRAME THIS ELECTION AS A FIGHT BETWEEN HIS PROGRESSIVE LIBERALS AND THE GUY ON THE RIGHT, ANDREW SCHEER. SALIMAH SHIVJI, CBC NEWS, MONTRÉAL.>>Reporter: I’M HANNAH THIBEDEAU WITH THE N.D.P. WHICH TODAY VISITED THE BLUE STAR DINER IN WELLAND, ONTARIO.>>Jagmeet Singh: HOW IS IT GOING, WELLAND? [Cheers and Applause]>>Reporter: IT’S A FAVOURITE CAMPAIGN STOP. JUSTIN TRUDEAU VISITED IN THE 2015 ELECTION.>>Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau: HELLO, NIAGARA! [Cheers and Applause]>>JUSTIN HAS A ROCK STAR STATUS. BUT THE N.D.P. IS BIG IN WELLAND.>>Reporter: SINGH WAS ASKED ABOUT ANDREW SCHEER’S CLAIM THAT IF THE CONSERVATIVES WIN A MINORITY, THE LIBERALS AND THE N.D.P. BETTER RESPECT THAT AND LET HIM FORM GOVERNMENT.>>Jagmeet Singh: WE DON’T RESPECT CONSERVATIVES, NO. [Applause] WE’LL ALWAYS FIGHT CONSERVATIVES BECAUSE WE DON’T BELIEVE IN CUTS TO SERVICES.>>Reporter: THAT IS SINGH’S MESSAGE, THAT HE’LL DO WHATEVER HE CAN TO STOP ANDREW SCHEER FROM BECOMING PRIME MINISTER. AND HE TOLD VOTERS NOT TO BELIEVE THAT COALITION IS A DIRTY WORD.>>Jagmeet Singh: IT’S NOT. [laughter] IF YOU HAVE NEW DEMOCRATS WHERE WE COULD BE IN GOVERNMENT, WHICH I WOULD LOVE TO BE IN GOVERNMENT — PLEASE, LET THAT HAPPEN. [Applause] WHETHER THAT’S IN OPPOSITION OR WHETHER THAT’S WORKING TOGETHER WITH OTHERS, WHETHER IT’S A COALITION, WHATEVER IT IS, I WANT CANADIANS TO KNOW IF YOU VOTE NEW DEMOCRAT, YOU GET FIGHTERS, YOU GET FIGHTERS AND YOU GET PEOPLE ON YOUR SIDE.>>Reporter: THIS IS SINGH’S LAST RALLY IN ONTARIO BEFORE ELECTION DAY AND HE’S EXPECTED TO SPEND THE REMAINDER OF THE TIME IN BRITISH COLUMBIA, WHERE THE N.D.P. ARE FIGHTING SOME TOUGH THREE-WAY RACES. HANNAH THIBEDEAU, CBC NEWS, BRAMPTON, ONTARIO.>>Adrienne: AND OF COURSE, THIS BEING THURSDAY, YOU WILL HEAR “AT ISSUE’S” TAKE ON THE FINAL DAYS OF THE CAMPAIGN. ROSIE WILL BE HERE WITH CHANTAL, ANDREW AND ALTHIA. THAT IS IN ABOUT 15 MINUTES.>>>AND A MINORITY GOVERNMENT IN BRITAIN IS SPELLING TROUBLE FOR THE LATEST BREXIT PLAN. TODAY PRIME MINISTER BORIS JOHNSON SECURED A NEW DIVORCE DEAL WITH THE EUROPEAN UNION, COMPLETE WITH UNANIMOUS APPROVAL FROM E.U. LEADERS. SOME THOUGHT THAT WOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE BUT AS RENÉE FILIPPONE REPORTS THAT MIGHT HAVE JUST BEEN THE EASY PART.>>Reporter: AFTER DAYS OF UNCERTAINTY –>>HOW ARE YOU FEELING, GENTLEMEN?>>Reporter: AND LAST-MINUTE NEGOTIATIONS, PRIME MINISTER BORIS JOHNSON ARRIVED IN BRUSSELS WITH A DEAL.>>IT’S A REASONABLE, FAIR OUTCOME, AND REFLECTS THE LARGE AMOUNT OF WORK THAT’S BEEN UNDERTAKEN.>>Reporter: BOTH SIDES HAD TO COMPROMISE TO END THE LATEST BREXIT STALEMATE.>>IT WOULD PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF OUR CITIZENS AND IT PROTECTS PEACE AND STABILITY ON THE ISLAND OF IRELAND.>>Reporter: THE NEW DEAL WILL AVOID A HARD BORDER BETWEEN THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND AND U.K.’S NORTHERN IRELAND. THE PRIME MINISTER OF THE REPUBLIC SUPPORTS IT.>>THERE WILL BE NO TARIFFS ON TRADE BETWEEN NORTH AND SOUTH. AND NO CHECKS ALONG THE LAND BORDER, THAT WAS CRUCIAL FROM OUR POINT OF VIEW.>>Reporter: ENTHUSIASM FOR THE DEAL IN BRUSSELS IS ALL WELL AND GOOD, BUT IF THE POLITICIANS HERE WON’T SUPPORT IT, IT DOESN’T MATTER. M.P.s WILL GET A CHANCE TO VOTE ON THE DEAL THIS WEEKEND. BUT IT’S UNCLEAR IF JOHNSON WILL BE ABLE TO GET THE SUPPORT THAT HE NEEDS.>>AS IT STANDS, WE CAN’T SUPPORT THIS DEAL AND WE’LL OPPOSE IT IN PARLIAMENT ON SATURDAY.>>Reporter: IT’S NOT JUST THE OPPOSITION THREATENING JOHNSON’S DEAL. HIS KEY ALLY, NORTHERN IRELAND’S DEMOCRATIC UNIONIST PARTY, IS ALSO OPPOSED.>>IN ORDER TO AVOID TRYING TO GET AN EXTENSION HE HAS BEEN TOO EAGER BY FAR TO GET A DEAL AT ANY COST.>>Reporter: WITH THE MINORITY GOVERNMENT, JOHNSON NEEDS THEIR VOTES IN THE HOUSE.>>ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN.>>Reporter: THIS BREXIT ANALYST SAYS THAT IT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO PREDICT WHAT WILL HAPPEN ON SATURDAY.>>WE HAVE REACHED A DEAL BEFORE AND AT THE TIME PRIME MINISTER THERESA MAY PROMISED THAT SHE’D BE ABLE TO GET IT THROUGH PARLIAMENT AND FAILED TO DO SO.>>Reporter: BY LAW, JOHNSON WILL HAVE TO SEEK A DELAY IF IT FAILS. BUT IN BRUSSELS TODAY, THERE’S NO INTEREST IN THAT. FOR THE E.U., ITS JOB HERE IS DONE. NOW IT’S UP TO JOHNSON TO TAKE IT ACROSS THE FINISH LINE. RENÉE FILIPPONE, CBC NEWS, LONDON.>>Adrienne: TO THE U.S. RIGHT NOW WHERE THE WHITE HOUSE ADMITTED THAT IT HAD USED FOREIGN AID TO PRESSURE UKRAINE TO INVESTIGATE DONALD TRUMP’S POLITICAL FOES.>>THE DEMANDS FOR AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE DEMOCRATS WAS PART OF THE REASON THAT HE WAS ABLE TO WITHHOLD FUNDING TO UKRAINE?>>WE LOOKED BACK TO WHAT HAPPENED IN 2016 AND IT CERTAINLY WAS PART OF THE THING THAT HE WAS WORRIED ABOUT WITH CORRUPTION WITH THAT NATION AND THAT IS ABSOLUTELY APPROPRIATE.>>Question: TO WITHHOLD THE FUNDING?>>YEP.>>Adrienne: SO NICK MULVANEY SEEMED TO SAY THAT THEY MEDDLED IN THE ELECTION FOR THE DEMOCRATS. DONALD TRUMP RAISED THAT IN A JULY PHONE CALL WITH UKRAINE’S PRESIDENT AND THAT CALL IS NOW DRIVING A DEMOCRAT-RUN IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY. TODAY MULVANEY SEEMED ENTIRELY UNAPOLOGETIC.>>I HAVE NEWS FOR EVERYBODY — GET OVER IT. THERE’S GOING TO BE POLITICAL INFLUENCE IN FOREIGN POLICY.>>Adrienne: BUT THE WHITE HOUSE LATER WALKED THOSE STATEMENTS BACK, SAYING THAT AID TO UKRAINE WAS NEVER CONDITIONAL ON AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE 2016 ELECTION.>>>NOW THE TRUMP BRAND OF DIPLOMACY IS ALSO PLAYING OUT IN NORTHERN SYRIA. KURDISH FIGHTERS THERE ONCE FOUGHT SIDE-BY-SIDE WITH AMERICAN SOLDIERS BUT TONIGHT THEY ARE ON THEIR OWN AND FACING A FIVE-DAY WINDOW TO FLEE OR ELSE. THE ULTIMATUM IS PART OF A DEAL BROKERED BY THE U.S. AND TURKEY. AS PAUL HUNTER TELLS US, IT APPEARS TO LEAVE THE KURDS OUT IN THE COLD.>>Reporter: SAID TURKEY TODAY “WE GOT WHAT WE WANTED.” AS TURKISH-BACKED FIGHTERS IN NORTHERN SYRIA WHO HAD BEEN PART OF THE ONSLAUGHT AGAINST SYRIAN KURDS CELEBRATED THE PAUSE IN THE VIOLENCE BROKERED TODAY IN ANKARA.>>TODAY THE UNITED STATES AND TURKEY HAVE AGREED TO A CEASEFIRE IN SYRIA.>>Reporter: IT’S A FIVE-DAY BREAK FROM THE TURKISH ASSAULT, ANNOUNCED BY THE U.S. VICE PRESIDENT. IN THAT TIME, SYRIAN KURDS, THE FORMER U.S. ALLIES, ABANDONED BY U.S. FORCES LAST WEEK ON ORDERS FROM THE U.S. PRESIDENT, MUST NOW LEAVE THEIR LAND IN NORTHERN SYRIA. IT’S TO MAKE A SO-CALLED SAFE ZONE ALONG THE BORDER WITH TURKEY, WHICH SEES THE KURDS AS A THREAT. DONALD TRUMP WILL ABANDON PLANS TO SANCTION TURKEY, THOUGH THE DEMOCRATIC LAWMAKERS SAY THEY’LL PRESS ON WITH THEIR OWN REGARDLESS. INDEED, THE U.S. RETREAT IN SYRIA WAS AGAIN LABELLED A BETRAYAL BY TRUMP CRITICS. AMONG THEM — AGAIN EVEN SENIOR REPUBLICANS.>>WHAT WE HAVE DONE TO THE KURDS WILL STAND AS A BLOOD STAIN IN THE ANNALS OF AMERICAN HISTORY.>>President Donald Trump: THIS IS AN AMAZING OUTCOME…>>Reporter: TODAY TRUMP UNDERLINED THE ASSAULT THAT BEGAN WHEN THE U.S. FORCES LEFT WOULD LIKELY ONLY WORSEN.>>President Donald Trump: IT WAS GOING TO BE VERY NASTY. NOT ONLY SANCTIONS AND TARIFFS, BUT THE WAR ITSELF WOULD HAVE BEEN VERY NASTY. WOULD LIKELY ONLY WORSEN.>>President Donald Trump: IT WAS GOING TO BE VERY NASTY. NOT ONLY SANCTIONS AND TARIFFS, BUT THE WAR ITSELF WOULD HAVE BEEN VERY NASTY.>>Reporter: WITH RUSSIAN FLAGS NOW SEEN FLYING IN PLACES FORMERLY CONTROLLED BY KURDISH AND U.S. FORCES… TRUMP EXPLAINED THE THREAT OF A LONGER, HORRIFIC WAR WAS ITSELF AN IMPETUS FOR PEACE.>>President Donald Trump: YOU WOULD HAVE LOST MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF LIVES. THEY COULDN’T GET IT WITHOUT A LITTLE ROUGH LOVE AS I CALLED IT.>>Reporter: SAID TRUMP — IT’S A GREAT DAY FOR KURDS AND FOR CIVILIZATION. ADDING, A DINNER PLANNED FOR PRESIDENT ERDOGAN IS STILL ON. AND ERDOGAN SAID THAT TRUMP IS A “STRONG, TOUGH MAN AND A HELLUVA LEADER.” PAUL HUNTER, CBC NEWS, WASHINGTON.>>Adrienne: WELL, WHILE THE U.S. STRUGGLES TO CONTAIN VIOLENCE WITH DIPLOMACY IT’S ALREADY EXACTED A PRICE ON THEIR FORMER ALLY. FOR YEARS THE SYRIAN KURDS HAD THEIR OWN DE FACTO GOVERNMENT IN NORTHERN SYRIA. MARGARET EVANS SHOWS US FIRSTHAND HOW KURDISH POLITICAL DREAMS ARE BEING DIRECTLY TARGETED.>>Reporter: IN NORTHERN SYRIA, A TOWN MOURNS A LOST DAUGHTER. THE CHANT ON THEIR LIPS THAT MARTYRS NEVER DIE. AND A MOTHER STANDS TO REMEMBER HER. EVEN THOUGH THE MANNER OF HER DEATH CARRIES SUCH A HEAVY WEIGHT. THESE ARE THE FRIENDS AND FAMILY OF HAVRIN KHALAF. THE KURDISH POLITICIAN WAS TAKEN FROM HER CAR AND MURDERED LAST SATURDAY ALONG WITH HER DRIVER AND AN AIDE. SHAPAL MUSTAFA IS HER COUSIN.>>I’M VERY ANGRY. WHY? WHY ALL OF THIS HAPPENS TO US? ONLY JUST BECAUSE WE ARE KURDISH.>>Reporter: KHALAF’S KILLERS ARE SUSPECTED OF BELONGING TO ONE OF THE ARAB MILITIAS UNLEASHED BY TURKEY TO FIGHT ON ITS BEHALF. HER MOTHER, SOHID MOHAMMED DOES NOT SHY AWAY FROM THE BRUTALITY OF IT.>>[speaking foreign language] “THEY COULD NOT EVEN SHOW HER BODY TO ME,” SHE SAYS. “THERE WASN’T ANY PART OF IT WITHOUT BULLETS. THEY EVEN PULLED OUT HER HAIR.” HER FAMILY WANTS THE WORLD TO KNOW ABOUT IT AND WHAT’S HAPPENING IN ROJAVA, THE TURKISH ENCLAVE WEDGED BETWEEN IRAQ AND TURKEY. THE KURDS OF NORTHERN SYRIA ARE NOT ONLY DEALING WITH DEVASTATING HUMAN LOSS, BUT THEY’RE ALSO FACED WITH A POTENTIAL LOSS OF THE DREAM OF ROJAVA. THE DEIR TOWN CENTRE IS UNUSUALLY QUIET. CONFLICT KEEPS PEOPLE INDOORS. AND CONVINCING PEOPLE HERE THAT THE PROMISE OF A CEASEFIRE WILL BE KEPT WILL BE DIFFICULT.>>WE DON’T TRUST ANYONE, NOT ASSAD, NOT AMERICA. BECAUSE ALL OF THEM GIVE US AND GIVE US A LOT OF PROMISES, BUT THEY TAKE IT BACK.>>Reporter: THOSE MOURNING HAVRIN KHALAF EXPECT THAT THERE WILL BE MORE GRIEF TO COME. MARGARET EVANS, CBC NEWS, NORTHERN SYRIA.>>Adrienne: BACK TO CANADA NOW AND THE STATE OF THE ALBERTA OILPATCH WHERE THIS YEAR WHERE MORE WELLS ARE BEING CLOSED UP THAN NEW WELLS ARE BEING DRILL DRILLED. KYLE BAKX SHOWS US HOW THAT IS DRIVING BUSINESS IN A PROVINCE WAITING FOR ANOTHER BOOM.>>Reporter: IT’S A SIGN OF THE TIMES — OIL FIELD WORKERS DECOMMISSIONING OR CLOSING AN OLD NATURAL GAS WELL INSTEAD OF DRILLING A NEW ONE. BUT THESE DAYS IN CANADA’S OILPATCH A PAYCHEQUE IS A PAYCHEQUE.>>WHEN I FIRST STARTED WORKING THE RIG, YOU WERE BUSY ALL THE TIME. NOW IF YOU GET TWO WEEKS IN A MONTH OR SOMETIMES A WEEK, YOU DO PRETTY GOOD.>>Reporter: AFTER SEVERAL YEARS OF LOW OIL AND GAS PRICES, THIS TYPE OF WORK IS HELPING TO KEEP SOME SERVICE COMPANIES AFLOAT. IT’S THE ONLY GROWING BUSINESS IN THE OILPATCH, ALTHOUGH IT TOO IS HARDLY THRIVING.>>IT IS TOUGH AROUND THE MARGINS. PEOPLE DON’T WANT TO SPEND MONEY ON THE DEAD HORSES. BUT, YOU KNOW, IT HELPS US TO GET THROUGH THESE TOUGH TIMES.>>Reporter: THERE IS HUGE POTENTIAL FOR THE DECOMMISSIONING BUSINESS. WESTERN CANADA HAS NEARLY 140,000 INACTIVE OIL AND GAS WELLS. THE LONGER THEY SIT, THE HIGHER CHANCE OF LEAKS AND OTHER ENVIRONMENTAL HARM. STILL, THE PRICE TAG CAN DETER SOME PRODUCERS FROM TAKING ACTION.>>SOMETIMES THE COMPLEXITY AND THE COST IS NOT — IS NOT KNOWN. AND SO THERE HAS BEEN A BACKLOG OF SITE CLEANUPS.>>Reporter: AT LEAST ONE INDUSTRY GROUP HAS LOBBIED LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT TO RELAX SOME REGULATIONS. OTHERS WANT AN INVESTOR TAX CREDIT. BOTH AIMED AT SPURRING MORE CLEANUP EFFORTS. WITH SO MANY PEOPLE OUT OF WORK THEY ARGUE THE TIMING IS RIGHT.>>WHICH IS A WIN-WIN BECAUSE CASH IS INJECTED INTO THE SYSTEM, AND THE ENVIRONMENT IS CLEANED UP AND SOME OF THOSE MANY UNEMPLOYED OIL FIELD WORKERS CAN GET BACK TO WORK DOING SOMETHING THAT’S VERY IMPORTANT IN OUR SOCIETY.>>Reporter: WITH OIL PRODUCTION EXPECTED TO BE STAGNANT, INSTEAD OF DRILLING NEW WELLS THIS CREW WILL CONTINUE TO ABANDON OLD ONES FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE. KYLE BAKX, CBC NEWS, NEAR SETTLER, ALBERTA.>>Adrienne: WE’RE BACK IN TWO MINUTES WITH THIS — WHY A GROWING NUMBER OF SPORTS BRANDS ARE PUSHING PRODUCTS INFUSED WITH CANNABIS.>>>AND, LATER, PEOPLE IN NOVA SCOTIA TOOK A SEAT IN OUR VOTERS’ CHAIR AND TOLD US WHAT ELECTION ISSUES MATTER TO THEM. (*)>>Adrienne: A NEW REPORT RAISES QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PROMISE OF LEGALIZED CANNABIS IN CANADA. IT HAS BEEN EXACTLY ONE YEAR AND LEGALIZATION HAS NOT WORKED OUT QUITE AS PLANNED. STATISTICS CANADA SAYS THAT ONLY 29% OF CANADIANS WHO BUY IT DO SO FROM A LEGAL SOURCE. BUT EVEN IF THEY ALL WANTED TO GET IT LEGALLY, THERE’S A SHORTAGE OF RETAIL STORES AND THEN THERE IS THE COST. WHILE THE LEGAL PRICE AVERAGES $10.23 PER GRAM, THE COMPETING BLACK MARKET RATE? $5.59 PER GRAM. TODAY ROUND TWO OF LEGALIZATION KICKED IN FOR EDIBLES, PART OF AN ALTERNATIVE CANNABIS MARKET WORTH NEARLY $3 BILLION. IT’S NOT JUST GUMMIES AND BROWNIES THOUGH. AS JACQUELINE HANSEN TELLS US, SPORTS DRINK BRANDS WANT IN ON THE ACTION.>>Reporter: BIOSTEEL’S ORIGINAL DRINK IS BACKED BY SOME OF TODAY’S MOST WELL-KNOWN CANADIAN ATHLETES.>>THIS PRODUCT IS OUR ORIGINAL PINK DRINK.>>Reporter: CO-FOUNDER AND EX-NHL PLAYER MICHAEL CAMMALLERI SAYS THAT IT WAS DEVELOPED AS A HEALTHIER VERSION OF A SPORTS DRINK. NOW THE COMPANY WANTS TO ADD A TWIST TO THE MIX — C.B.D. IT’S DERIVED FROM CANNABIS OR HEMP THAT DOESN’T GET YOU HIGH ON ITS OWN BUT MAY HELP WITH ANXIETY.>>WITHIN PRO SPORTS THE STIGMA IS GONE AND I THINK QUICKLY DISSIPATED EVERYWHERE ELSE. TO THE POINT WHERE C.B.D. WILL BE LOOKED UPON AS A HEALTH AND WELLNESS PRODUCT.>>Reporter: BUT THERE ARE STILL QUESTIONS ABOUT THE SUPPOSED HEALTH BENEFITS OF FACTS AND SAFETY OF C.B.D.-INFUSED PRODUCTS.>>THE RESEARCH THAT IS OUT THERE IS COMPLETELY IN ITS INFANCY. WE KNOW PROBABLY A LOT MORE ABOUT T.H.C. THAN WE KNOW ABOUT C.B.D., BUT WE KNOW VERY LITTLE ABOUT EITHER COMPOUND.>>OUT OF THE AIR AND INTO THE END ZONE…>>Reporter: THE NFL IS DOING ITS OWN RESEARCH TO SEE IF C.B.D. IS AN EFFECTIVE ALTERNATIVE FOR MANAGING PAIN. BUT FOR NOW IT’S OFF-LIMITS TO ITS ATHLETES. IT ISN’T ILLEGAL, ACCORDING TO THE WORLD ANTI-DOPING AGENCY, BUT WATA STILL WARNS AGAINST USING IT, IN CASE IT’S CROSS-CONTAMINATED WITH BANNED SUBSTANCES SUCH AS T.H.C. THEY SAY DESPITE MANUFACTURE CLAIMS, TO OUR KNOWLEDGE THERE ARE NO C.B.D. OILS WITH ZERO T.H.C.>>CLEARLY WE NEED TO DO SOME GOOD RESEARCH I THINK BEFORE I3 ARE NO C.B.D. OILS WITH ZERO T.H.C.>>CLEARLY WE NEED TO DO SOME GOOD RESEARCH I THINK BEFORE I WOULD MAKE ANY RECOMMENDATION, PARTICULARLY TO PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES.>>Reporter: MARIJUANA PRODUCER CANOPY GROWTH IS BEHIND THE NEW LINE OF BIOSTEEL PRODUCTS IT. BOUGHT A MAJORITY STAKE IN THE COMPANY, AND IT’S PROVIDING RESEARCH AND HEMP-DERIVED C.B.D. AND THEY SAY THAT THE AMOUNT OF T.H.C. WOULD BE SO MINIMAL THAT IT COULDN’T BE DETECT. IF THE PRODUCTS MEET HEALTH CANADA’S NEW REGULATIONS, BIOSTEEL EXPECTS THEM TO BE ON THE MARKET BY EARLY NEXT YEAR. JACQUELINE HANSEN, CBC NEWS, TORONTO.>>Adrienne: AMONG THE OTHER STORIES THAT WE’RE FOLLOWING TONIGHT, SOME 30,000 QUÉBECERS ARE STILL WITHOUT POWER AFTER HEAVY WINDS AND RAINS PUMMELLED THE SOUTHERN PART OF THE PROVINCE TODAY. AT THE HEIGHT OF THE STORM, NEARLY 110,000 HOMES AND BUSINESSES WERE LEFT IN THE DARK. HEAVY WINDS TOPPLED THOSE TREES AND TAKING HYDRO POLES DOWN WITH THEM, AND EVEN CRUSHING SOME CARS IN MONTRÉAL. FLOODING IN SOME PARTS OF THE REGION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT.>>AND A B.C. MOUNTIE IS CALLING FOR FASTER TREATMENT FOR RCMP OFFICERS WHO ARE STRUGGLING WITH P.T.S.D., SAYING THAT THE SUPPORT SYSTEM IS BROKEN AND IN CRISIS. STAFF SERGEANT JENNIFER POUND IS OFF WORK SINCE BEING DIAGNOSED WITH PTSD IN 2017. SHE CLAIMS THAT SHE DIDN’T RECEIVE PROMPT HELP FROM THE RCMP AND SHE FEARS THAT OTHER OFFICERS WON’T RECEIVE THE SUPPORT THEY NEED EITHER. SO SHE IS CALLING FOR THE SYSTEM TO BE REBUILT FROM THE GROUND UP.>>FIRST RESPONDERS ARE TAKING THEIR OWN LIFE AND I CAN TELL YOU THAT IT’S BECAUSE OF DESPERATION.>>Adrienne: PUBLIC SAFETY CANADA SAYS THAT MORE MONEY WILL BE SPENT ON ASSESSING OFFICERS FOR PTSD, STARTING NEXT APRIL.>>>AND SWEDISH CLIMATE ACTIVIST GRETA THUNBERG WILL BE MET BY COUNTERPROTESTERS IN ALBERTA TOMORROW. UNITED WE ROLL, THAT’S THE TRUCK CONVOY THAT TRAVELLED TO OTTAWA IF FEBRUARY, SAYS A SIMILAR CONVOY WILL MAKE ITS WAY TO EDMONTON IN TIME FOR THUNBERG’S PLANNED CLIMATE RALLY. THE GROUP SAYS THAT ALBERTANS AND THE OIL AND GAS SECTOR ARE FRUSTRATED WITH CELEBRITIES VISITING THE PROVINCE.>>>STAY WITH US, ROSIE IS COMING UP WITH THE LAST “AT ISSUE” BEFORE MONDAY’S ELECTION. SO FASTEN YOUR SEATBELTS, CHANTAL, ANDREW AND ALTHIA HAVE A LOT TO SAY. (*)>>Andrew Scheer: THIS WEEK JUSTIN TRUDEAU IS DESPERATELY TRYING TO SALVAGE HIS JOB BY DOING A COALITION DEAL WITH THE N.D.P. BUT THIS IS A COALITION THAT CANADIANS CANNOT AFFORD.>>Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau: CANADIANS NEED TO PULL TOGETHER AND PICK A PROGRESSIVE GOVERNMENT, NOT A PROGRESSIVE OPPOSITION.>>Jagmeet Singh: WHETHER WE’RE IN GOVERNMENT, WHICH I WOULD LOVE TO BE IN GOVERNMENT, LET’S MAKE THAT HAPPEN — WHETHER IT’S IN OPPOSITION OR WHETHER THAT’S WORKING TOGETHER WITH OTHERS. WHETHER IT’S IN A COALITION, WHATEVER IT IS.>>Rosemary: THE POSSIBILITY OF A MINORITY GOVERNMENT SEEMS VERY REAL. SO HOW ARE THE PARTIES POSITIONING THEMSELVES? “AT ISSUE” IS HERE FOR THE LAST THURSDAY BEFORE ELECTION DAY. CHANTAL HEBERT IS IN MONTRÉAL AND ANDREW COYNE IN TORONTO AND ALTHIA RAJ IS ALSO IN TORONTO TONIGHT. OKAY, CERTAINLY THE CLOSEST RACE THAT I HAVE WITNESSED AND THE POSITIONING AROUND THE LIKELIHOOD THAT THIS WILL BE A MINORITY HAS BEEN INTERESTING TO WATCH THIS WEEK. WHAT HAS STRUCK YOU, CHANTAL, ABOUT THE WAY THAT LEADERS ARE POSITIONING THEMSELVES?>>I HAVE TO SAY THAT I FOUND THE CONSERVATIVES A BIT HARD TO FOLLOW. AT THE BEGINNING OF THE WEEKEND ANDREW SCHEER SAID THAT WE’LL HAVE A MAJORITY. AND BY TODAY HE’S SAYING WHOEVER HAS MOST SEATS HAS A RIGHT TO GOVERN, WHICH SEEMS TO GO THE OTHER WAY. AND I’M NOT CONVINCED THAT THE BEST APPROACH TO SEALING THIS BARGAIN HAVE VOTERS THIS YEAR IS TO TALK OF A MAJORITY GOVERNMENT OR TO SAY — TO TALK ABOUT THE FIRST 100 DAYS OF A CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT OR TO SAY THAT WE’LL BE REPEALING THE CARBON TAX. BECAUSE THE CONSERVATIVES CAN ONLY WIN NEXT WEEK IF THE VOTE AGAINST THEM SPLINTERS BETWEEN THE N.D.P., THE LIBERALS AND THE BLOC. IF YOU’RE GIVING MORE AND MORE REASON TO VOTERS WHO ARE STILL SOFT TO SAY MAYBE WE SHOULD STICK WITH TRUDEAU BY SAYING THINGS LIKE THAT, MAYBE YOU’RE NOT ON THE RIGHT STRATEGY.>>Rosemary: AND, ANDREW, IF CANADIANS FEEL THEY NEED THEM ON A SHORTER LEASH, MAYBE THAT’S WHAT A MINORITY GOVERNMENT IS — MAYBE CONTINUOUSLY SAYING THAT YOU WANT A MAJORITY GOVERNMENT IS NOT THE WAY THAT IT WORKS. ALTHOUGH THE CONSERVATIVES SAID TO ME LAST NIGHT, HOW DO YOU ASK FOR A MINORITY GOVERNMENT, YOU DON’T DO THAT ANYWAY. WHICH IS FAIR.>>WELL, THERE’S TWO FACTORS AT PLAY. THERE’S THE ONE FACTOR THAT CHANTAL IS TALKING ABOUT, KEEP KEEPING THE NON-CONSERVATIVE VOTE SPLINTERED BY BEING NON-SCARY. BUT THERE’S THE TURNOUT AND MAKING SURE THAT YOU GET YOUR BASE THINKING ABOUT THINGS. SOME PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE SCARED OF THE PROSPECT OF A CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT AND SOME PEOPLE WILL BE SCARED OF THE PROSPECT OF A LIBERAL MINORITY PROPPED UP BY THE N.D.P. AND/OR THE GREENS. SO I AGREE, IT’S NOT CONVENTIONAL. SO ONE POSSIBILITY IS THEY HAVE NOT THOUGHT THIS THROUGH AND ONE POSSIBILITY IS THEY’RE THINKING OF THINGS THAT WE HAVEN’T THOUGHT OF.>>Rosemary: ALTHIA? WHAT DO YOU THINK?>>OR THEY’RE NOT SURE WHAT THEY SHOULD BE THINKING WHICH PROBABLY EXPLAINS THE ANDREW SCHEER SCENARIO AND DIFFERENT MESSAGING AND, FRANKLY, JAGMEET SINGH’S DIFFERENT MESSAGING. I’M NOT SURE THAT THE ARGUMENT THAT WE HEARD FROM STEPHEN HARPER IN 2008 ABOUT HOW COALITIONS WERE ILLEGITIMATE AND THE THAT YOU WERE MEANT WE HEARD THE THAT YOU WERE MEANT WE HEARD IN 2011 THAT YOU HAD TO VOTE CONSERVATIVE TO PREVENT THE N.D.P. FROM FORMING GOVERNMENT PROPPED UP BY THE LIBERALS, WILL WORK THIS TIME. YOU HAVE A LIBERAL INCUMBENT GOVERNMENT. SO IF YOU WERE SCARED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF AN N.D.P./LIBERAL COALITION, WHY WOULDN’T YOU JUST VOTE LIBERAL? I THINK THAT MAYBE THAT EXPLAINS SOME OF THE KIND OF WALK BACK THAT WE HAVE SEEN FROM MR. SCHEER AND SOME OF THE WALK BACK THAT WE HAVE SEEN FROM JAGMEET SINGH. BUT IT KIND OF SEEMS THEY DIDN’T EXPECT THE REPORTERS TO GO DOWN THIS ROUTE, WHICH IS ODD TO ME, BECAUSE WE HAVE BEEN GOING DOWN THIS ROUTE FOR THE LAST SEVERAL ELECTIONS. SO IT’S INTERESTING. I WILL SAY A SIDEBAR — IT DOES BOTHER ME WHEN WE HAVE OUR POLITICAL LEADERS TALKING ABOUT HOW COALITIONS ARE ILLEGITIMATE AND MISLEADING THE PUBLIC ON HOW OUR SYSTEM ACTUALLY WORKS. I DON’T THINK THAT’S WHAT OUR POLITICAL LEADERS SHOULD BE DOING.>>Rosemary: WELL, CAN I PLAY THIS ANDREW SCHEER CLIP AROUND THE PARTY WITH THE MOST SEATS GETS TO GOVERN? THIS TENDS TO MAKE SOME PEOPLE CRAZY. HERE’S WHAT HE SAID ABOUT IT AGAIN TODAY…>>Andrew Scheer: IT’S CLEAR THAT IN MODERN CANADIAN HISTORY, THE PARTY WITH THE MOST SEATS FORMS THE GOVERNMENT. AND A PREMIER WHO COMES OUT OF AN ELECTION WITH FEWER SEATS THAN THE OTHER PARTY RESIGNS.>>Rosemary: SO, CHANTAL?>>I THINK MAYBE MR. SCHEER WHEN HE HAS A SPARE MOMENT SHOULD CALL THE FORMER B.C. PREMIER CHRISTY CLARK. NO, SHE IS NOT FROM ANOTHER CENTURY. SHE WAS THE PREMIER OF B.C. IN 2017. AND SHE ACTUALLY WON THE MOST SEATS BY TWO. SHE TRIED HER LUCK GETTING THE CONFIDENCE OF THE ASSEMBLY IN VICTORIA, DID NOT, AND LAST TIME I CHECKED THE N.D.P., JOHN HORGAN, HAVE BEEN IN POWER SINCE THEN. OR IF THAT’S TOO RECENT, WE COULD GO BACK TO 1985, AND REALLY ANCIENT HISTORY AND A REVOLUTIONARY PROVINCE CALLED ONTARIO WHERE THE INCUMBENT WON 52 SEATS, THE CONSERVATIVE INCUMBENT, AND THE LIBERALS 48. I WAS THERE FOR THAT, I HATE TO ADMIT. AND MR. MILLER, THE NAME OF THE PREMIER THEN, TRIED HIS LUCK TOO AND DID NOT GET THE CONFIDENCE OF THE HOUSE AND DAVID PETERSON BECAME THE PREMIER. SO THOSE ARE NOT EXAMPLES FROM SOME FORGOTTEN CONSTITUTIONAL ERA THAT MR. SCHEER IS A FORMER SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS WOULD NOT HAVE HAD ACCESS TO.>>Rosemary: BUT PRESUMABLY, ANDREW, HE’S NOT SAYING THAT BECAUSE HE DOESN’T KNOW. HE’S SAYING IT BECAUSE HE WANTS TO MAKE THINGS DIFFICULT THE DAY AFTER OR THE NIGHT OF.>>YEAH, HE WANTS TO AS YOU’RE SAYING — AS A MATTER OF CONVENTION OR CONSTITUTIONAL LAW HE’S COMPLETELY WRONG. AS A MATTER OF OPTICS AND PRACTICALITIES AND ARITHMETIC IT DEPENDS ON THE NUMBERS. IF YOU LOOK AT THE PROJECTIONS THEY’RE LOOKING ROUGHLY TIED IN THE LOW 130 SEATS BUT SUPPOSE IT COMES OUT WITH THE TORIES WITH 140, AND THE LIBERALS WITH 125. WITH THE LIBERALS TO FORM A GOVERNMENT OUT OF THAT, THEY’D HAVE TO GET THE SUPPORT OF NOT ONLY THE N.D.P. AND THE GREENS BUT ALSO THE BLOC. THAT’S A PRETTY RICKETY CONTRAPTION AND THEY’D HAVE TO THINK TWICE TO FORM A GOVERNMENT IN THOSE CIRCUMSTANCES. BUT THAT’S A MATTER AS I SAY OF PRACTICAL POLITICS, OPTICS AND WHAT CAN ACTUALLY BE DONE RATHER THAN THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION.>>Rosemary: IF WE’RE LOOKING AT FOUR SEATS, FIVE SEATS, I DON’T KNOW WHAT THE BAR WOULD BE, BUT A NUMBER OF SEATS — YOU COULD SEE HOW JUSTIN TRUDEAU COULD MAKE THAT CASE, COULD YOU NOT, ALTHIA? BECAUSE HE’S THE INCUMBENT AND HE GETS TO TRY TO TEST THE CONFIDENCE.>>I THINK IF HE ONLY NEEDS ONE OTHER POLITICAL PARTY, LIKE, IF THE N.D.P. HAS A SUBSTANTIAL NUMBER OF SEATS AND THE SEAT COUNT IS VERY CLOSE BETWEEN THE CONSERVATIVES AND THE LIBERALS, THEN IT MAKES SENSE TO ME BECAUSE, FRANKLY, I THINK THAT A LOT OF LIBERAL VOTERS WOULD WANT THAT TO HAPPEN AND A LOT OF NEW DEMOCRAT VOTERS WHO ARE POSSIBLE SWITCHERS IN THE FUTURE WOULD LIKE THAT TO HAPPEN. AND WHEN YOU ACTUALLY LOOK AT WHERE THE PARTIES ALIGN THEMSELVES AND THEIR AGENDA — I MEAN, THE BLOC IS TOXIC FOR THE SOVEREIGNTY REASON. BUT IN TERMS OF THEIR AGENDA, SO MUCH MORE ALLIANCE — I MEAN, THE GREENS, THE BLOC AND THE N.D.P. AND THE LIBERALS ARE ON ONE SIDE ON THOSE ISSUES AND THE CONSERVATIVES ON THE OTHER. SO I THINK THAT THE PUBLIC WOULD WANT THEM TO TRY TO FORM SOME SORT OF ARRANGEMENT. IF IT DOESN’T WORK, THEN THE PUBLIC HAS SPOKEN, RIGHT? AND ANDREW SCHEER, OBVIOUSLY, THIS IS ALL HYPOTHETICAL AND THEN WE COULD GO BACK INTO ANOTHER ELECTION.>>Rosemary: CHANTAL AND THEN ANDREW, YEP.>>THERE’S ALSO THE ISSUE OF MR. SCHEER’S CAPACITY IF HE ENDS UP WITH A MINORITY GOVERNMENT OF ACTUALLY SURVIVING THE FIRST CONFIDENCE VOTE. THIS WEEK THE BLOC QUÉBECOIS MADE IT CLEAR THAT IT WOULD NOT SUPPORT THE REPEALING OF THE CARBON TAX. THAT’S THE POSITION OF THE N.D.P. AND THE GREENS. SO UNLESS MAXIME BERNIER BRINGS A LOT OF FRIENDS TO THE HOUSE OF COMMONS TO HELP ANDREW SCHEER, OR JODY WILSON-RAYBOULD SUDDENLY WANTS TO JOIN THE CLUB THAT DOESN’T BELIEVE IN CARBON PRICING — WHICH I VERY MUCH DOUBT — YOU COULD HAVE A CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT WITH 15 SEATS MORE THAN THE LIBERALS. STILL NOT MANAGE TO HAVE A VIABLE GOVERNMENT.>>THE ONE THING THAT EVERYONE’S CALCULATIONS IS PARTISAN SELF-INTEREST. [laughter]>>Rosemary: YOU DON’T SAY.>>AND THIS IS HOW STEPHEN HARPER WAS ABLE TO CONTINUE THROUGH MINORITIES, WHEN ALL THREE PARTIES, IN THIS CASE ALL FOUR PARTIES HAVE TO PULL TOGETHER TO FORCE AN ELECTION OR TO BRING THE GOVERNMENT DOWN, IT’S NOT ALWAYS THE CASE THAT THEY WILL SEE THEIR INTEREST ALIGNING AT THE SAME TIME. WHEN ONE PARTY IS UP IN THE POLLS ANOTHER PARTY IS DOWN IN THE POLLS. THE CRUCIAL PERIOD WOULD BE IN THE SHORT TERM, BECAUSE IF THEY WERE TO BRING HIM DOWN IMMEDIATELY, THEN ALL KINDS OF POSSIBILITIES OPEN UP. THE LONGER THEY WAIT, IF IT WERE TO GO SIX MONTHS OR A YEAR AND YOU WOULD LOOK AT AN ELECTION. AND ONE PARTY OR ANOTHER WOULD SAY, YOU KNOW WHAT, WE DON’T WANT TO HAVE AN ELECTION JUST NOW. AND THE THING THAT WE LEARNED FROM THE 2008 COALITION, IS THAT PEOPLE TEND TO PUNISH WHICHEVER PARTY, WHICHEVER SIDE LOOKS LIKE THEY’RE OVERREACHING AND TOO HUNGRY FOR POWER. AND SO THAT’S ONE OF THE CONSTRAINTS THAT ALL OF THE PARTIES WILL BE HAVING TO WORK UNDER. AND THE OTHER IS OF MAYBE THE SAME POINT — IS NOT ASKING TOO MUCH, NOT DEMANDING TOO MUCH IN RETURN FOR YOUR SUPPORT. SO IF ANYBODY THINKS THAT ANY ONE PARTY IS GOING TO HAVE THE ABSOLUTE END, THEY’LL ALL BE UNDER THE WATCHFUL EYE OF THE PUBLIC. IF ANY OF THEM LOOK LIKE THEY’RE BEING UNREASONABLE, THEY’LL PAY A PRICE.>>Rosemary: ALTHIA?>>I WOULD JUST SAY THAT THERE’S AN OVERARCHING ISSUE AND THAT’S CLIMATE CHANGE. EVEN IF IT SEEMS THAT THEY’RE ACTING IN THEIR OWN PARTISAN POLITICAL INTEREST THEY CAN SAY, ACTUALLY, WE’RE ACTING BECAUSE WE THINK THAT WE ONLY HAVE 11 YEARS TO GO TO ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE. SO GRAVE CIRCUMSTANCES CALL FOR GREATER ACTION. SO THIS IS WHY WE’RE PERHAPS TAKING EXTRAORDINARY STEPS AND WORKING TOGETHER THAN WE WOULD OTHERWISE. I THINK THAT MIGHT BE A POWERFUL ARGUMENT FOR THE PUBLIC.>>Rosemary: OKAY, CAN I END ON, YOU KNOW — SO WE’RE ALMOST AT THE END, FOUR DAYS TO GO — DID YOU THINK THAT WE WOULD STILL BE THIS CLOSE? I MEAN, ANDREW AND I WERE TALKING BEFORE ABOUT THE LAST TIME IT WAS THIS CLOSE. SO I’LL LET ANDREW GO FIRST. BUT, DID YOU THINK THAT WE’D BE THIS CLOSE?>>NO, WHO KNEW. I HAVE NEVER SEEN AN ELECTION IN MY MEMORY WHERE THE TWO MAIN PARTIES WERE SO CLOSE ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE CAMPAIGN. REMEMBER BACK TO 2015 WHERE ALL THREE MAJOR PARTIES WERE AT ONE POINT OR ANOTHER IN FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD. AND THERE WERE WILD SWINGS IN THE SUPPORT. THIS TIME BOTH OF THEM HAVE BEEN ON A SLOW FADE, MAYBE A RATHER FASTER FADE FOR THE LIBERALS THAN THE CONSERVATIVES. BUT I CAN’T RECALL SEEING SOMETHING AS STATIC WITH THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE TWO MAJOR PARTIES.>>Rosemary: ALTHIA?>>HMM, I THINK IF YOU GO BACK A YEAR I DID NOT THINK THAT IT WOULD BE THIS CLOSE. AT THE BEGINNING OF THE CAMPAIGN THOUGH — I DON’T KNOW, IT’S BEEN A WEIRD ELECTION WITH SO MANY BIZARRE CURVEBALLS THAT I’M NOT SURPRISED THAT IT’S SO TIGHT. YOU FELT THAT IN THE SUMMER, AND CRISS-CROSSING THE COUNTRY AND TALK TO PEOPLE IS KIND OF THE HATRED FOR THE PRIME MINISTER IS REALLY PALPABLE. BUT A YEAR AGO, TWO YEARS AGO, WE THOUGHT THAT JUSTIN TRUDEAU WOULD BE CRUISING TO RE-ELECTION SO IT HAS BEEN FASCINATING TO WATCH.>>Rosemary: CHANTAL?>>WELL, YES, ALTHIA IS RIGHT. OVER THE SUMMER YOU WOULD HEAR A LOT OF THE ANTI-TRUDEAU RHETORIC AND IT WAS DEEP. AND, NO, WHAT I DIDN’T EXPECT IN THIS CAMPAIGN, I EXPECTED MORE INDIFFERENCE TO ANDREW SCHEER THAN HOSTILITY. BUT WHAT I PICKED UP OFF THE PAST THREE WEEKS — AND IT GOES TO SHOW WHY THEY FAILED TO THRIVE IN THE POLLS AGAINST THE LIBERALS IS NOT THE GREAT LIBERAL CAMPAIGN BUT THE SENSE THAT ANDREW SCHEER AND ALL OF THE DEBATES THAT HE’S PARTICIPATED IN HAS NOT MANAGED TO INSPIRE ENOUGH TRUST IN ENOUGH VOTERS TO GET TO WHERE HE WANTS TO GO.>>THIS IS AN ELECTION THAT BOTH MAJOR PARTIES BASICALLY LOST. UNDER 33% IN THE POLLS, THAT’S NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE IN OUR HISTORY.>>Rosemary: SO ON THAT SAD NOTE, EVEN BEFORE THE ELECTION ANDREW IS SAYING THAT EVERYONE HAS LOST, THANK YOU ALL. BEFORE WE GO I DO WANT TO REMIND YOU THAT THESE GUYS WILL, OF COURSE, BE WITH ME ON MONDAY NIGHT FOR LIVE COVERAGE OF THE RESULTS AND THE ANALYSIS. I’M VERY GRATEFUL THEY’LL BE THERE. HERE’S A SNEAK PEEK OF OUR ELECTION NIGHT SET. CHECK IT OUT. “CANADA VOTES 2019” BEGINS AT 6:30 EASTERN ON CBC TELEVISION AND CBC NEWS NETWORK AND CBC GEM AND THE CBC NEWS APP, cbcnews.ca, YOU CAN FIND US EVERYWHERE. SEE YOU THERE.>>Adrienne: AND THERE’S MORE CAMPAIGN COVERAGE STILL TO COME. “THE VOTERS CHAIR” IS ON THE MOVE AGAIN. TONIGHT NOVA SCOTIANS TAKE A SEAT AND TELL US WHAT’S ON THEIR MINDS.>>Adrienne: THROUGHOUT THE ELECTION CAMPAIGN WE HAVE BEEN TRAVELLING ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND ASKING CANADIANS TO TAKE A SEAT IN OUR “VOTER’S CHAIR” AND TO TALK ABOUT WHAT MATTERS MOST TO THEM. SO TONIGHT WE’RE IN NOVA SCOTIA. (*)>>ALL RIGHT. WHAT MATTERS MOST TO ME THIS ELECTION?>>OH, MAN. THAT’S A GOOD QUESTION, ISN’T IT?>>I’M JUST A REGULAR OLD SELF-TAUGHT ARTIST, PRETTY NORMAL NOVA SCOTIAN GIRL BUT I HAVE REALLY BIG DREAMS FOR THE FUTURE. I WANT TO SEE OUR COUNTRY TACKLE THINGS LIKE THE CRISIS WITH THE ENVIRONMENT THAT’S BEEN GOING ON.>>PERSONALLY AS SOMEONE WHO HAS RECENTLY BEEN ON CANADA PENSION DISABILITY, I CANNOT IMAGINE HOW PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SURVIVING AND STAYING IN HOMES. WHY THE HOMELESS POPULATION IN THIS COUNTRY ISN’T THROUGH THE ROOF WITH SENIOR CITIZENS. IT’S TIME THEY STOP SAYING, YEAH, WE’LL DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT AND JUST DO IT.>>HONESTLY, I’VE LOST A LOT OF FAITH IN SOME OF THE LEADERS AND THE POLITICAL PARTIES. SO I WANT TO SAY THAT NOTHING REALLY MATTERS. I’M PROBABLY NOT EVEN GOING TO VOTE. (*)>>FOCUS MORE ON THE MARITIMES. WE SEEM LIKE WE’RE LITTLE PEOPLE TO YOU BECAUSE WE ARE NOT RICH PROVINCES. WE NEED HELP DOWN HERE WITH OUR MEDICARE SYSTEM. MY HUSBAND HAS BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH A SERIOUS ILLNESS. WE PAY OVER $500 A MONTH, SOME MONTHS, IN MEDICATIONS. (*)>>WELL, I’D SAY WHAT MATTERS MOST TO ME IS THAT POLITICIANS WITH GUTS, POLITICIANS THAT WOULD STAND SHOULDER-TO-SHOULDER WITH THE PEOPLE — YOU’VE GOT A BIG JOB AHEAD OF YOU. BETTER BE SHOVEL READY.>>IN THIS ELECTION I’M VERY UNDECIDED WHO I WANT TO VOTE FOR. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE SOME ISSUES THAT ARE FOR SENIORS BECAUSE I’M A SENIOR AND SOMETIMES THEY FORGET ABOUT SENIORS. (*)>>DONE?>>I HOPE THAT I’M NOT ON THIS SHOW. WHEN IS IT? [laughter] (*)>>Adrienne: AND AS WE HEAD INTO THE FINAL WEEKEND OF THE CAMPAIGN, PETER MANSBRIDGE HAS SOMETHING SPECIAL THAT YOU WILL SEE TOMORROW NIGHT ON CBC TELEVISION. (*)>>Peter: I’M HITTING THE ROAD, HEADING CROSS-COUNTRY TO MEET PEOPLE LIKE YOU. (*)>>I THOUGHT THAT YOU WERE JUST KILLING TIME.>>WELCOME TO KELOWNA.>>LOVELY TO MEET YOU.>>Peter: RUTH?>>YES, SIMPLE FOUR-LETTER WORD.>>Peter: I WANT TO HEAR WHAT GETS YOU OUT OF BED IN THE MORNING.>>LOOKING FOR A BETTER JOB.>>THAT IS MY CULTURE, THAT’S WHO I AM.>>Peter: WHAT KEEPS YOU AWAKE AT NIGHT.>>I COULD HAVE EASILY ENDED UP HOMELESS.>>THEN WE’RE LIKE, OH, AND MAYBE CIVILIZATION AS WE KNOW IT WILL NOT SURVIVE.>>Peter: WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE MESSAGE THAT YOU’RE HEARING ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAILS.>>I WOULDN’T TRUST THESE PEOPLE WITH MY GIRLFRIEND’S DRINK AT A BAR.>>Peter: THIS IS THE WAY THAT YOU SEE IT. (*) * >>Announcer: Next summer. Tokyo 2020 on CBC. Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic Network.>>I’M JAYME POISSON AND TOMORROW ON THE CBC’S DAILY NEWS PODCAST “FRONTBURNER.” WITH JUST DAYS TO GO BEFORE THE VOTE A SECOND OF A TWO-PART SERIES ON THE PARTIES’ PLATFORMS. THIS TIME THE CONSERVATIVES AND THE GREENS. SUBSCRIBE WHEREVER YOU GET YOUR PODCASTS.>>Adrienne: WELCOME BACK. DESPITE FIERCE OPPOSITION, VENEZUELA HAS WON A SEAT ON THE U.N. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL. THE COUNTRY WILL BEGIN A THREE-YEAR TERM ON JANUARY 1st. THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL WAS CREATED IN 2006 TO SPOTLIGHT ABUSES AND MONITOR COUNTRIES. SEVERAL GROUPS OPPOSED VENEZUELA’S CANDIDACY ON THE GROUNDS THAT THE GOVERNMENT OF NICOLÁS MADURO IS GUILTY OF STARVING, TORTURING AND MURDERING ITS OWN PEOPLE.>>>AND THE CHAOTIC SCENE ON LONDON’S SUBWAY TODAY HAS ANGRY COMMUTERS CLASHING WITH CLIMATE ACTIVISTS DISRUPTING RAIL SERVICES DURING THE PEAK RUSH HOUR. THAT VIDEO SHOWS THE MOMENT THAT A GROUP OF COMMUTERS HAD ENOUGH IN THE ENGLISH CAPITAL, AND DRAGGING A REBELLION PROTESTER OFF THE ROOF OF AN IDLE TRAIN AND CHASING ANOTHER BEFORE DRAGGING HIM OFF AS WELL. LONDON’S MAYOR CONDEMNED THE GROUP FOR CAUSING UNACCEPTABLE DISRUPTIONS.>>>IN WASHINGTON, POLITICIANS ON ALL SIDES STOPPED TO HONOUR THEIR COLLEAGUE ELIJAH CUMMINGS WHO DIED SUDDENLY THIS MORNING.>>ALL OF US IN THIS HOUSE LOST A RESPECTED COLLEAGUE. MANY OF US LOST A DEAR LONG-TIME GOOD FRIEND.>>Adrienne: THERE WAS A MOMENT OF SILENCE FOR THE 68-YEAR-OLD WHO SPENT NEARLY A QUARTER CENTURY WORKING IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND CHAMPIONING CIVIL RIGHTS. HIS OFFICE SAID THAT HE DIED AFTER A LONG-STANDING HEALTH CHALLENGE.>>>STRAIGHT AHEAD… ANOTHER CASUALTY OF CLIMATE CHANGE. IT IS ONE OF NOVA SCOTIA’S MAJOR TOURIST ATTRACTIONS AND NOW THE WINDOW FOR THOSE FAMOUS FALL COLOURS IS SHIFTING. (*)>>Adrienne: WELL, ISN’T THAT UGLY, THE SEASON’S FIRST WEATHER BOMB HIT ATLANTIC CANADA TODAY BRINGING WITH IT FIERCE WINDS AND POUNDING RAIN. NOVA SCOTIA WAS PARTICULARLY HARD HIT — THE TREES WEAKENED LAST MONTH BY HURRICANE DORIAN TOOK ANOTHER BEATING. MANY TOPPLED ON TO POWERLINES AND CAUSED OUTAGES ACROSS THE REGION. EXACTLY WHAT’S HAPPENING RIGHT THERE — A TREE HITS A POWERLINE AND CAUSES IT TO ARC REPEATEDLY AND IT CAUSES THE POWER TO GO OUT. HEAVY RAIN AND HIGH TIDE AND STORM SURGE ALSO LED TO FLOODING ALONG THE COAST.>>>SO THAT STORM IS BAD NEWS FOR TOURISTS AND THE INDUSTRY THEY SUPPORT. PEOPLE FROM ACROSS CANADA AND AROUND THE WORLD DESCEND ON CAPE BRETON’S CABOT TRAIL TO TAKE IN THE OWNERS AND THE REDS OF THE AUTUMN LEAVES. BUT AS KAYLA HOUNSELL SHOWS US, NOT JUST WEATHER BUT CLIMATE CHANGE IS HAVING AN IMPACT. (*)>>Reporter: EVERY YEAR FALL LEAVES DRAW TENS OF THOUSANDS TO CAPE BRETON ISLAND. THEY COME FOR THE COLOURS AND FOR THE MUSIC. (*) THIS FESTIVAL IS CALLED “CELTIC COLOURS.”>>I’M FROM PHILADELPHIA.>>I’M FROM MICHIGAN AND WE HAVE COLOUR BUT WE DON’T HAVE TREMENDOUS VISTAS OF COLOUR.>>Reporter: AS VISITORS FLOCK TO THE TRAIL, A RESEARCHER FROM ST-FRANCOIS XAVIER UNIVERSITY IS STUDYING HOW CLIMATE CHANGE COULD IMPACT THE TIMING OF THOSE COLOURS.>>THEY HAVE A CAMERA OVERLOOKING THE VALLEY.>>Reporter: LYNSAY SPAFFORD IS TAKING US TO ONE OF THEIR RESEARCH SITES. SHE HAS CAMERAS ALL OVER NOVA SCOTIA, TAKING PICTURES OF 300 TREES EVERY DAY TO MONITOR THE CHANGING COLOURS.>>WE’VE BEEN OBSERVING IN THE LAST FEW DECADES THAT IN THE SPRING THE LEAVES ARE COMING OUT EARLIER AND EARLIER.>>Reporter: SPAFFORD IS PARTNERING WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES, SHARING DATA TO STUDY THE IMPACT OF AIR TEMPERATURE AND THE HUMIDITY ON TREE GROWTH AND THE VARIOUS STAGES OF THE LEAF LIFE CYCLE. EXTREME WEATHER IS ALSO A FACTOR. HURRICANE DORIAN IS BEING BLAMED FOR THE BROWN POCKETS ON SOME PARTS OF THE ISLAND THIS YEAR.>>AND THE LEAVES ARE MOVING AROUND RAPIDLY AND THEY MIGHT SEVER SOME OF THE LEAF VEINS THAT TRANSPORT THE WATER AND NUTRIENTS TO SUSTAIN THE LEAVES. SO WE MIGHT SEE A QUICKER PROCESS GOING FROM GREEN LEAVES TO BROWN LEAVES.>>WE’RE CONCERNED BECAUSE WE LOST QUITE A FEW LEAVES.>>Reporter: THE C.E.O. OF “DESTINATION CAPE BRETON” SAYS THAT UNDERSTANDING THE TIMING OF THE FALL COLOURS HELPS TOURISM OPERATORS TO DETERMINE THE TIMING OF THEIR SEASON.>>WE’VE BEEN TRYING TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO OPEN UP A LITTLE BIT LONGER. BUT IF THE LEAVES AREN’T THERE, THAT MAY IMPACT THE PEOPLE COMING TO VISIT.>>Reporter: FOR NOW, THEY’RE STILL COMING, STILL CAPTURING THOSE SPECTACULAR COLOURS. (*)>>I HAVE LIKE 20 PICTURES OF TREES ON MY PHONE NOW.>>Reporter: LIKE THE MUSIC, THE COLOURS ARE PART OF THE CULTURE HERE. THAT’S UNLIKELY TO CHANGE, EVEN IF THE TIMING DOES AND THE TOURISM SEASON IS FORCED TO ADAPT. KAYLA HOUNSELL, CBC NEWS, ON THE CAPE BRETON CABOT TRAIL.>>Adrienne: THE PARIS ZOO HAS UNVEILED A NEW EXHIBIT AND WHILE WE DON’T REALLY WANT TO GIVE AWAY TOO MUCH JUST YET, FEAST YOUR EYES ON THE BLOB, A BIOLOGICAL ODDBALL YOU’LL (*)>>Adrienne: AT A ZOO IN PARIS, A BIZARRE CREATURE THAT HAS BAFFLED AND AMAZED SCIENTISTS FOR DECADES WILL NOW GO ON DISPLAY. THIS THING IS WEIRD AND IT HAS PEOPLE TALKING AND IT IS TONIGHT’S “MOMENT.”>>BEFORE THE BLOOD CURDLING THREAT OF THE BLOB.>>Adrienne: SO ITS SCIENTIFIC NAME TRANSLATES TO “THE MANY-HEADED SLIME” BUT THE ZOO CALLS IT “THE BLOB.”>>THE MOST HORRIFYING MENACE EVER CONCEIVED.>>Adrienne: NAMED FOR THE CREATURE OF THE 1958 HORROR CLASSIC “THE BLOB,” CERTAINLY DEFIES EASY DEFINITION.>>AND THE BLOB… [Speaking French]>>Adrienne: YEAH, NO PLANT CAN CRAWL AT 4 CENTIMETRES AN HOUR EATING EVERYTHING IN ITS PATH. IF YOU CUT IT, IT HEALS WENT — WITHIN MINUTES. AND MORE REMARKABLE, DESPITE HAVING NO BRAIN THIS BLOB SEEMS TO KNOW THINGS.>>[Speaking French]>>Adrienne: MERGE TWO BLOBS TOGETHER AND THEY TRANSMIT KNOWLEDGE BETWEEN THEM. SO, YEAH, HOLD YOUR LOVED ONES TIGHT TONIGHT.>>THIS TOWN IS IN DANGER! (*)>>Adrienne: THE BLOB GOES ON DISPLAY AT THE PARIS ZOO ON SATURDAY.>>>OKAY, AND SO THIS BLOB HAS NO MOUTH, NO STOMACH, NO EYES AND YET IT CAN STILL DETECT AND DIGEST ITS FOOD AND HERE’S THE FAVOURITE WEIRD DETAIL — IT HAS 720 SEX ORGANS BUT NO BRAIN, OF COURSE. I HAVE NO IDEA HOW THEY KNOW THAT.>>>THAT IS “THE NATIONAL” FOR THIS THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17th. GOODNIGHT. (*)

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