Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks in the House of Commons. (Photo: Adrian Wyld/CP)With plunging world oil prices devastating western Canada's resource economy, the opposition Conservatives have a ready-made issue to bludgeon the new government's blank economic record.
'Disturbing things' from Montreal mayor"I don't want to do anything to foment this debate, because I'm hearing very disturbing things from a mayor of Montreal and then disturbing things from people reacting to that in western Canada," said Ambrose. "That's not what our country is about. And this is not a (pipeline) project that should divide the country."
"The prime minister should stop using the cell phone for selfies with Leo DiCaprio, pick it up and call Denis Coderre and fight for natural resources."She demanded a public declaration of government support for the Energy East project. Trudeau parried the initial Conservative queries by asserting that he recognizes the resourcefulness of Canada's resource workers, but was eventually goaded into a sharp retort. "It's interesting that the members opposite are criticizing us for not getting done in 10 weeks what they were unable to do in 10 years," Trudeau shot back at Ambrose. And so it went.
Mulcair hammers Liberals on TPPNDP Leader Tom Mulcair wondered why the Liberals announced Monday they'll sign on to the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement, negotiated by the previous Conservative government, after promising they would consult Canadians and Parliament first. Trudeau replied that to not sign the agreement would effectively kill Canada's participation, and that consultation would still take place before a decision on ratification. Question period ended with the Liberal government neither for nor against Energy East, and neither for nor against the Trans Pacific Partnership. About the only point of agreement came during the sombre moment of silence observed by all MPs for the victims of the La Loche, Sask., shootings before the daily question period began.
Interim Tory Leader Rona Ambrose speaks in the House of Commons. (Photo: Adrian Wyld/CP)That, and a quick comment by Trudeau as he bolted up the stairs outside the Commons, concerning the need for a chat with the mayor of Montreal. "I've actually scheduled a meeting with Denis Coderre shortly," said the prime minister. A spokeswoman said later that the meeting was previously scheduled and will occur Tuesday morning. Coderre, for his part, rejected the role of country-wrecker over a pipeline project. "I've been fighting for this country all my life, so nobody will give me lessons about national unity," he said in Montreal. "But it's not at any cost that we have to take some projects."
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