September 29, 2022

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says ‘buzzwords, canine whistles and careless assaults don’t add as much as a plan for Canadians’.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has criticised the brand new chief of the opposition Conservative Celebration, saying Pierre Poilievre’s rhetoric and coverage positions, together with on the financial system, don’t quantity to “accountable management”.

Talking to reporters on Monday afternoon, Trudeau congratulated Poilievre on his victory and mentioned his governing Liberals would proceed to work with lawmakers throughout social gathering strains when Canada’s Parliament resumes subsequent week.

“However this doesn’t imply that we’re not going to be calling out extremely questionable, reckless financial concepts. What Canadians want is accountable management,” Trudeau mentioned.

“Buzzwords, canine whistles and careless assaults don’t add as much as a plan for Canadians. Attacking the establishments that make our society truthful, protected and free is just not accountable management.

“Preventing towards vaccines that saved thousands and thousands of lives, that’s not accountable management. Opposing the help and investments which have helped save jobs, companies and households in the course of the pandemic, that’s not accountable management.”

Pierre Poilievre, leader of Canada's Conservative Party
Pierre Poilievre was elected chief of Canada’s Conservative Celebration on Saturday [Patrick Doyle/Reuters]

Poilievre, a right-wing populist and profession politician who has been a parliament member for the reason that mid-2000s, was elected as the brand new head of the Conservative Celebration of Canada on Saturday.

The Ottawa-area MP has opposed coronavirus vaccine mandates, backed anti-vaccine convoy protesters who occupied the Canadian capital earlier this 12 months, and questioned the independence of the Financial institution of Canada.

Poilievre has additionally forged himself as a defender of working-class Canadians, slamming Trudeau for hovering inflation – which he has dubbed “JustinFlation” – and authorities spending in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Proper now, we now have individuals who can’t afford to pay for his or her children’ meals … Now we have numerous younger adults nonetheless dwelling of their mother and father’ basements, caught in small flats,” the brand new chief mentioned throughout a Conservative caucus assembly on Monday.

Poilievre additionally issued a “problem” to Trudeau, whose Liberals reached a deal with the left-leaning New Democratic Celebration in March to prop up their minority authorities till 2025, asking him to decide to freezing any new tax will increase, particularly for staff and seniors.

“There shall be no compromise on this level – Conservatives is not going to help any new tax will increase and we are going to battle tooth-and-nail to cease the coalition from introducing any,” he mentioned.

However regardless of his rhetoric, the Canadian Union of Public Workers (CUPE), the nation’s largest union with 700,000 members nationwide, has mentioned Poilievre “shall be a catastrophe for working individuals”.

“Pierre is a profession politician who has been amassing a six-figure wage on the general public’s dime since he was 24, and he’s spent each minute of his time in workplace combating towards truthful wages, good pensions and a greater life for working individuals,” Mark Hancock, CUPE nationwide president, mentioned in a assertion on Saturday.

“He’s not a employee, and he positively doesn’t get what it means to be a member of the working class.”

Whereas earlier Conservative leaders have shifted again to the centre after profitable the social gathering’s prime publish in an try and take votes from the Liberals normally elections, one skilled just lately advised Al Jazeera that she anticipated Poilievre to go “full steam forward”.

However a attainable pivot might be in the direction of being extra particular on his concepts, mentioned Lori Turnbull, director of the College of Public Administration at Dalhousie College in Nova Scotia.

“As a result of he’s going to be chief of the opposition, he’s going to need to say one thing in parliament, to ask the prime minister questions, and take up some legislative house that’s not about imprecise concepts of freedom,” she mentioned.

The Canadian Parliament will resume on September 20.

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