This Thanksgiving Have The Turkey Talk

You’ve seen Justin Trudeau debate the other leaders — but there’s no debate quite like the one you can expect at the dinner table this Thanksgiving!

We get it – that favourite family member always comes to Thanksgiving with an appetite for talking politics.

So when pumpkin pie gets political this year, here are some handy Turkey Talk points to help get you ready for any of that 🔥extra spice 🔥 at the table.

“All of the parties are the same. None of you stand for anything!”

There’s a real choice in this election — between letting the Conservatives take us backwards with stale leftovers from the Harper years, or moving forward with our positive plan to invest in the middle class.

Do we invest in our future, or let the Conservatives carve up cuts to everything we care about?

A re-elected Liberal government will move forward with more money for middle class families, real action to address the climate crisis, and a strong plan to make our communities safe with stronger gun control.

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"Liberals raised taxes on 80% of Canadians!"

The Conservatives are cooking the numbers on this. In fact, one of the first things that the Liberal government did was raise taxes on the wealthiest 1% so we could lower taxes for 9 million middle class Canadians. The Conservatives? They voted against that.

Conservative politicians say they’re for the people, but then they cut taxes for the wealthy and cut services for everyone else. And the proof is in the pudding: Andrew Scheer’s plan gives a $50,000 tax break to millionaires, while making $53 billion in harmful cuts. 🙄

Liberals think the middle class needs a bigger share of the pie, so the first thing a re-elected Liberal government will do is cut taxes again for the middle class.

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"The new NAFTA is a 'historic humiliation'!"

Ok, so your uncle might not say that — but Andrew Scheer did, and even Conservatives know it’s not true. Both former Conservative leader Rona Ambrose and former PM Brian Mulroney have said themselves that Canada came out doing well.

We stood up to Donald Trump on trade when the Conservatives wanted Canada to back down, and we got a good deal for Canadian workers and our middle class. The Conservatives told us we should take any deal we could get, but giving up is not a negotiating strategy.

As for Mr. Scheer, we hear he might be celebrating Thanksgiving in November this year? 🤷

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"That carbon tax will make everything cost more. And climate change isn't even real!"

Here’s the funny thing about climate change. Actually, there’s nothing funny about climate change. It’s 2019 — how are we are still debating this?!

Climate 👏 change 👏 is 👏 real 👏, and the science is clear that we need to step up to protect a clean environment.

The Conservatives want to go back to the inaction of the Harper years and make pollution free again. We’ve got a real plan that creates jobs, reduces pollution, and gives the money back to middle class Canadians. We’ve also announced that we’ll commit Canada to net-zero emissions by 2050, ban harmful single-use plastics, and even plant 2 billion new trees.

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"What about that money you want to take from my home sale?"

Don’t fall for Conservative fowl play. For weeks, Andrew Scheer has been sharing a blatant falsehood that there is a secret plan to tax people’s homes. It’s not true — but just like right-wing American politicians, he’s trying to scare people into believing misinformation (and, you know, believing that he was an insurance broker!).

What we will do is provide up to 10% off the purchase price of your first home with the First-Time Home Buyer Incentive. We will also make housing more affordable by taxing foreign speculators who buy homes and then leave them empty, and protect families who are being priced out.

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"No one's looking out for me."

We’re here for you, and everyone at the dinner table! Aunt Audrey who’s turning 75 this year? We’re going to boost her OAS payments and make prescription drugs more affordable. Your cousin Joey who just started college? We’re going to increase the student grants he relies on, and he won’t need to start paying back his student loan until he makes at least $35,000 a year.

While the Conservatives keep talking about tax breaks for the wealthiest, we’re going to save families $1,000 a year with lower cell phone bills, create 250,000 new before and after-school child care spaces, and boost the Canada Child Benefit to cover the high costs of the first year of a baby’s life. For kids, for students, for families, for seniors…. We’re putting something on the table for everyone important in your life.

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"This is the Seinfeld election – it's about nothing!"

First of all, you might be a little old. Seinfeld was 25 years ago! You know what matters now? Climate change — and there’s no issue where the differences are more clear between the Liberals and the Conservatives.

Speaking of which, can you believe Scheer is running candidates who think climate change is a hoax? Let’s talk about it later when we’re watching Big Little Lies. 😉

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"What's up with this minority government talk? Jagmeet and Elizabeth seem nice, but can I vote for them and keep Justin as P.M.?"

The challenge with a minority government is that it’s more like a turducken than a turkey. You think you’re getting a Liberal government, but you end up with Andrew Scheer and the Bloc Québecois.

If you want a progressive government that will invest in the middle class, fight the climate crisis, and stand up to Conservative politicians like Doug Ford, vote Liberal.

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"Voting doesn't matter anyway."

Voting is fast, easy, and it makes a MAJOR difference to build a better future.

Plus, this Thanksgiving weekend and voting go together like potatoes and gravy! Advance Polls are open from 9am to 9pm all the way through Thanksgiving Monday, so you can head to the polls right after you head for the pumpkin pie.

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"I hear Justin roots for the Montréal Canadiens. I can't vote for a Habs fan!?"

Well, there might be a few arguments where you need to fend for yourself. Good luck with that one!

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From Justin Trudeau and the Liberal team,
Happy Thanksgiving!

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