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Quebec election: Leaders confident with their debate performance



All of them walk away from fiery first confrontation proud of having put their party’s message front and centre for voters to see.

CAQ Leader François Legault, left, Quebec solidaire Leader Manon Massé, PQ Leader Jean-François Lisée and Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard take part in the leaders' debate Thursday night.


After trading barbs and pleading their case for more than two hours Thursday, Quebec’s four major party leaders shared their thoughts on the first leaders’ debate of the provincial election campaign.

François Legault, Coalition Avenir Québec

“I’ve very happy with the debate, I think we managed to present the CAQ’s ideas, specifically in education, in health, and in the economy. I think we also managed to go over the Liberal government’s record for the last 15 years.

I think Mr. Couillard is trying to give lessons again and Quebecers don’t like that. I think we’re allowed to ask that new arrivals accept our values, accept to speak French. I think the majority of immigrants agree with that. I think Mr. Couillard is exaggerating and I don’t think it helps him to exaggerate.

A basic French test following three years of free French classes, everyone should pass it. Knowing Quebec’s values, everyone should be able to pass that test.

I think what we’re asking is what many countries in Europe are asking: to have a test and to respect the values of the country you go into. And I think it’s reasonable. It’s Mr. Couillard who’s trying to scare people.

I think we were able to show that Quebec is ready for a change and we can do better for Quebec.

Philippe Couillard, Liberals

Couillard said he wasn’t on the defensive.

“Of course I had to talk about the last four years, I’ve been in government,” he said. “It was a very successful four years, so I was happy to do so, but I deliberately wanted to talk about the next four years.”

He defended his statement to Massé that he was going to explain supply management to her, saying she had said inaccurate things and he wanted to clarify them.

Couillard defended his comments in the debate that Legault’s immigration plan is scaring people.

“It’s the truth,” he said.

Couillard also responded to a comment by the first viewer to put a question to the leaders, when asked if things were clearer after hearing the leaders’ responses, she replied “not very.”

“Unfortunately, in real life, you don’t always get black and white answers. Life is not in black and white, there’s always tones of differences. Our job is to express which part of the spectrum we are in, and of course we want people to see that, so they will not necessarily get as precise answers as they’d like to,” he said.

How did it go?

“I think it went well, what do you expect me to say?” Couillard said. “I was able to carry my message my values, I was happy that at some point I was able to tell Quebecers what my values are, which is at least as important as the different parts of our platform. That was for me a very positive moment.”

Jean-François Lisée, Parti Québécois:

“I had a piece of paper … that said, ‘Stay Zen, be engaged, be combative, but not aggressive.’ So I leaned on that. I tried to calibrate it. At first, I really wanted to be in the scrums, but eventually I settled back and thought ‘Alright, let’s let them speak.’ The important thing was to get our message across and ask questions.

“I’m very satisfied, you know there’s 40 per cent of Quebec voters that are undecided, so they’re thirsty to hear what we have to say. Today, they heard that I was very upset with the Liberal cuts in special needs education and I think that emotion came across. Our message was: ‘With us that’s over!’ We don’t want to see the horror stories we saw under the Liberals and we don’t want the cuts of the CAQ, who will only take us back to austerity.

“We’re rising slightly in the polls and I think the more people hear our message, the more they realize Mr. Legault’s proposals are … on immigration it didn’t make sense, on kindergarten at 4 years old, it was a weird obsession … we’ll catch up to him. There are two debates left.”

Manon Massé, Québec solidaire:

“When everyone starts talking over each other, that’s not what people want to hear. I didn’t want to participate in a cockfight. Even on the stage, it was hard to hear what they were saying, so I can’t imagine what it was like at home. I was there to bring our ideas forward and speaking over each other isn’t the way to debate.

“I think I had the opportunity to show that Québec solidaire is the only party with the environment at the heart of our campaign. François Legault was so uncomfortable when talking about the environment and I’m not surprised because there’s nothing in his program about it.

I gave my 100 per cent and think I brought Québec solidaire’s ideas to the table and did so in the rules of a debate. A leader’s listening is just as important as their words. The big winner is the people who listened to us and it’s up to them now to place their vote.”


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With man's fatal shooting, 2018 ties for Toronto's deadliest year on record




With the shooting death of a man in Toronto‘s west end Wednesday morning, the total number of homicides in the city this year has tied with a record high number of deaths set almost three decades ago.

Emergency crews were called to Ann Arbour Road, a residential side street east of Weston and Albion roads, shortly after midnight.

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“We received several 911 calls for the sound of gunshots,” Toronto Police Duty Inspector Jim Gotell told reporters early Wednesday morning.

“Police attended the scene and we located a vehicle with a male victim inside who had been shot.”

Looking back at 1991, Toronto’s record year for murders

A police spokesperson said officers tried to perform life-saving measures, but the victim didn’t have any vital signs.

A Toronto Paramedics spokesperson said the victim, who is believed to be in his 20s, was shot in the head numerous times.

Paramedics rushed the man to a trauma centre.

Toronto police plead for info in 3 unsolved shootings in the city’s northwest

Gotell said officers were canvassing the neighbourhood looking for evidence and surveillance. Members of the canine and forensic identification units were called in to assist with the investigation.

Police hadn’t released details about suspects as of early Wednesday morning.

Wednesday’s shooting came as Toronto has been plagued with many high-profile gun incidents in 2018.

The man’s death is the city’s 89th homicide. Toronto police said the record for the highest number of homicides in a single year, 89, was set in 1991.

Meanwhile, anyone with information is asked to call police at 416-808-3100 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-8477.

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Shooting in Humberlea leaves 1 male dead: police




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Published Wednesday, November 14, 2018 5:13AM EST

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One male has died in hospital following a shooting in Humberlea overnight.

Police were called to the area of Ann Arbour Road, located near Albion and Weston roads, at around midnight after residents in the area reported hearing the sound of gunshots.

Officers from 31 Division quickly responded to the scene and found a male in the driver’s seat of a Chrysler 200.

"We located a vehicle here and inside the vehicle we located a male who had been shot," Duty Insp. Jim Gotell told CP24 at the scene on Wednesday morning.

The sergeant who first responded to the shooting performed CPR on the victim, who was without vital signs after sustaining a gunshot wound to the neck.

"The male was taken by ambulance to Sunnybrook Hospital but unfortunately he was pronounced dead," Gotell said.

Police have not yet released the name or age of the victim but say he did not reside in the area where he was found.

"At this point in time, the investigation is now being turned over to the homicide squad," Gotell said.

Homicide Det. Mike Carbone is leading the investigation.

"We have our police dogs. We have out forensics people. We are currently investigating what happened," Gotell added.

Bullet holes were visible in one of the doors of the Chrysler.

Investigators have not provided any information on possible suspects but witnesses reported seeing a person running through backyards in the area.

The fatal shooting is Toronto’s 89th homicide of 2018.

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Man shot to death in north end is Toronto's 89th homicide this year — tying grim record set in 1991




A male was shot to death overnight Wednesday in north Toronto, marking the city's 89th homicide of this year — tying a grim statistical record that has stood for nearly three decades. 

Police were called to the area of Albion and Weston roads around midnight after some 10 gunshots were reported. 

Officers found one male victim badly injured and "without vital signs." He was taken to a trauma centre, where he later died of his wounds. 

Police did not have information about possible suspects.

Homicide detectives were at the scene early Wednesday. 

The victim's death brings to the total of slayings in Toronto this year to 89, a figure that has stood as the most homicides in a single year in the city. It was set in 1991. 

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