OTTAWA - The Canadian Press is always on the lookout for noteworthy or zesty exchanges on the floor of the House of Commons. On Wednesday, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau went after Stephen Harper about the controversy surrounding temporary foreign workers; at one point during the exchange, the prime minister accused Trudeau of having given two different answers in English and French. Here's how Trudeau responded.
Trudeau: Mr. Speaker, the prime minister's years of neglecting Quebec have led to poorer French comprehension skills.
Our plan starts with a reduction in temporary foreign worker intake and a boosting of pathways to citizenship. It demands real transparency and accountability, a requirement that job vacancies are made available to Canadians first and tightens the labour market opinion process.
Will the government adopt our reasonable plan to fix its mess?
Harper: Mr. Speaker, the Liberal party has demanded a tightening of the program in some instances, and on other occasions, of course, it voted against a tightening of the program. It has also been regularly lobbying the government to increase the number of temporary foreign workers in various ridings.
The last time I checked, these contradictions had been delivered in both English and French.