LILLEY: Trudeau talks as if election campaign has already started

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The election war drums are beating hard in Ottawa as the spring Parliamentary session comes to a close and no one is beating them harder than Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

During a Tuesday morning news conference, Trudeau lashed out at the Conservatives — attacking his main opponent on many fronts — without prompting.

According to Trudeau, Erin O’Toole and the Conservatives are putting public safety at risk, are being obstructionist by blocking legislation, and don’t care for the less fortunate. It almost sounded like an election was already underway.

“The Conservative Party is doing everything in its power to prevent these issues from advancing,” Trudeau said of his budget implementation bill, his party’s gun control legislation, and more.

“Yesterday, despite the opposition of the Conservatives, the House finally passed a bill to support our artists and force web giants to pay their fair share,” Trudeau said of his government’s controversial Bill C-10, an attempt to regulate the internet.

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Trudeau also defended the contracts signed by 149 Liberal MPs, including himself, to direct taxpayer dollars towards two Liberal-friendly firms. One of the companies is owned by Trudeau’s childhood friend, Tom Pitfield, who also ran online operations for the Liberals in the 2015 and 2019 elections while another is an American firm with deep ties to the Democrats.

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Trudeau was asked about more than $200,000 being paid to these companies.

“I can also assure you that all rules have been followed in both the contract and the way it’s used,” Trudeau said.

In the House of Commons, Conservative Leader O’Toole asked about the Liberals using taxpayer dollars to look after friends, but Trudeau responded that he was only focused on helping Canadians through the pandemic.

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“There is a contract from the prime minister, in this pandemic, to his good friend Mr. Pitfield,” O’Toole said. “Will the prime minister today, apologize for putting the interests of his friends ahead of the interests of Canadians?”

Trudeau replied once again that there has been no wrongdoing.


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