Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and newly elected Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre both met in caucuses on Monday and the two had a few words for each other.
Poilievre challenged Trudeau to refrain from raising taxes, and Trudeau criticized Poilievre’s use of profanity and division.
It has been two days since Poilieve won the first ballot to become leader of the Conservative party. He met with the National Conservative Party caucus on Monday morning, including MPs and senators, to deliver the party leader’s inauguration speech.
Trudeau is currently in New Brunswick for a three-day retreat with the Liberal Party caucus before the House of Commons continues to sit next week.
BUZZWORDS, DOGS AND RESPONSIBLE LEADERSHIP
Speaking at the retreat, Trudeau first congratulated Poilievre on his victory before making precise comments on Poilievre’s economic views.
“We have been doing our best to work with all MPs, and we will continue to do so,” he said on Monday. “But this does not mean that we will not introduce reckless, questionable economic ideas. What Canadians need is responsible leadership.”
He mentioned that Poilevre once championed the cryptocurrency, which has seen massive losses in the market over the past year, as a way for Canadians to avoid inflation.
“Telling people that they can ‘choose inflation-free’ by investing their savings in volatile cryptocurrencies is not responsible leadership,” Trudeau said.
“When Conservative politicians say we should fight inflation with more pollution, the group is reminding them that climate change is real, and the real people are being affected by flooding. and wildfires that it exacerbates.”
Trudeau also criticized Poileivre’s “popular words, slurs and careless attacks”, saying the Conservative Party leaders’ methods “do not add to a plan intended for Canadians.” “.
“Attacking the institutions that make our society fair, safe, and free is not responsible leadership. Resistance to the vaccine saved millions of lives? That is not responsible leadership. Opposing the support and investment that helped save jobs, businesses and families during the pandemic? That is not responsible leadership.”
He also vehemently rejected Poilievre’s framing of government spending, saying “it’s the smart thing to do”.
“I heard Mr. Poilievre talk about how much we have wasted on Canadians over the past few years. Let me be very clear. Being there for workers, for families, for seniors, for young people, for businesses – it’s the right thing to do. “
NO PROBLEM, NO NEW TAX INCREASE
After entering the room to loud applause, Poilevre delivered his first speech as party leader.
“Canadians are hurting and it is our duty to turn that hurt into hope, and that is my mission,” he said.
He had similar words for Trudeau, listing multiple tax increases as well as national carbon prices, which he said would lead to “higher grocery prices” and a greater burden on Canadians. .
He said he was “giving a challenge to Justin Trudeau today.”
“If you really understand the suffering of Canadians, Prime Minister, if you understand that people can’t get gas, raise a family or buy a house for themselves, if you really care, commit now. today that there will be no new taxes. increase for workers and the elderly. Not available.”
He criticized the national carbon price hike plan, saying it was “not working”.
Towards the end of his speech, he reiterated his rejection of the tax increase, repeating his comments were “to the Prime Minister and to his radical alliance with the NDP.”
“This is my commitment,” he said. “As Conservatives, we are always happy to work with any party to partner, expand and advance the interests of Canadians. We are. But there will be no compromise on this point: Conservatives will not support any new tax increases, and we will fight to the teeth to stop the union from introducing any measures. “