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Justin Trudeau blindsided by Martha Hall Findlay. “Middle-class” –the video and transcript.

February 19th, 2013  

So you want to know what Martha Hall Findlay really said to Justin Trudeau? And Trudeau’s reaction? You’re in luck. Whenever Trudeau was on stage my camera was on maximum zoom and focused exclusively on him.

So here’s video complete with transcript.

Justin Trudeau blindsided by Martha Hall Findlay: “middle class” up close and personal (2:58 min)

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

Deborah Coyne, Liberal Party of Canada GTA debate, February 16, 2013

—it’s something that as politicals we have to go at —look at the all, everything that goes into the foundations of a strong economy.

Martha Hall Findlay, Liberal Party of Canada GTA debate, February 16, 2013

But I’m going to jump in because quite honestly, I actually had prepared something that I really wanted to ask the audience. I was able to ask in French but I’m going to ask it in English.

We were told this was going to be a question on this topic.

And I have to say, Justin, you keep referring to the middle class. You yourself have admitted that you actually don’t belong to the middle-class. I find it a little challenging to understand how you would understand the challenges facing middle-Canadians.

But when did Canada— [audience reacts negatively. Some boos. A lot of hoots.]

Justin Trudeau, Liberal Party of Canada GTA debate, February 16, 2013

You know what—

Martha Hall Findlay, Liberal Party of Canada GTA debate, February 16, 2013

When did Canada—

Justin Trudeau, Liberal Party of Canada GTA debate, February 16, 2013

Martha you just asked me a question— You just asked me— You just asked me—

Martha Hall Findlay, Liberal Party of Canada GTA debate, February 16, 2013

When did Canada become a society of class! When did we become a society where we talk about class? Great Britain, yes. The United States.

Justin Trudeau, Liberal Party of Canada GTA debate, February 16, 2013

You know what—

Martha Hall Findlay, Liberal Party of Canada GTA debate, February 16, 2013

But your campaign has drawn a concept in this conversation that we need to get beyond.

Justin Trudeau, Liberal Party of Canada GTA debate, February 16, 2013

Okay, first of all, Martha, what we—

Martha Hall Findlay, Liberal Party of Canada GTA debate, February 16, 2013

We need to talk about equality of opportunity. We need to talk about what we can do as Canadians.

Every Canadian wants a job. Every Canadian wants a future for their youth —for their children.

Every Canadian wants to make sure we have equality of opportunity. To narrow the conversation in an environment like that, I think does damage to our envir —our entire society as Canadians where [inaudible] equality of opportunity we should [inaudible].

Justin Trudeau, Liberal Party of Canada GTA debate, February 16, 2013

[inaudible] Allow me, please.

From the very first day I chose to put my name forward to run for a contested nomination in the riding of Papineau, I got people coming at me to say ‘Well what do you know about representing one of the most economically-disadvantaged ridings in the country?

And I said, you know what? I’ve been lucky in my life to have been given an opportunity to go to great schools, to travel around the world, and what is important for me is to put everything that I’ve received —like each of us wants to— in service of my community.

And that is what my identity is all about.

[strong appreciative applause]

[microphone off] Thank you. [leaves podium.]

[strong appreciative applause. Whistles. Cheering.]

Moderator, Liberal Party of Canada GTA debate, February 16, 2013

[inaudible]

[strong appreciative applause. Whistles. Cheering. Trudeau realizes it’s not time to sit down so runs back to the podium.]

Deborah Coyne, Liberal Party of Canada GTA debate, February 16, 2013

I will not contribute to that exchange. I think we have to move on. We’re talking about the economy. We’re talking about the opportunities and we’re talking about Liberals getting back into the game and getting back into leading this country.

Moderator, Liberal Party of Canada GTA debate, February 16, 2013

Thank you very much. Hard to control the audience there!

Martin Cauchon. Marc Garneau. Karen McCrimmon.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

Note that it was difficult preparing a transcript when two candidates were engaged in heated debate, crabbing at each other —and the audience was howling with indignation or appreciation depending on who they were supporting.

Any errors in this transcript are just that —errors.

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