Poilievre presses Trudeau on inflation for the first time as a Conservative leader in the House of Commons

Conservative leader Pierre Boulevard rises during the question period, in Ottawa, on September 22.Adrian Wilde/The Canadian Press

In his first opportunity to question Justin Trudeau since winning the Conservative leadership, Pierre Poilifri reiterated his calls for a federal payroll tax freeze and rebuked the prime minister for choosing international travel over attending the House of Commons.

“It is good to see the Prime Minister here visiting Canada,” began Mr. Poliveri. The prime minister has spent most of this week in New York for UN meetings, and missed the first two days of regular sessions, which resumed Tuesday after the summer recess.

The prime minister kicked off the week in London for the Queen’s funeral and departs on Saturday for a five-day trip to Japan to attend the funeral of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

While it was Mr. Polievry’s first opportunity to question Mr Trudeau as a Conservative leader, the parliamentary scene felt familiar. Mr. Boliever had many opportunities to question the Prime Minister in his former capacity as a financial critic of his party.

All this week, Liberals and Conservatives have been debating how Ottawa should respond to the affordability concerns facing Canadians in light of the current high levels of inflation.

Mr Boliever is urging the government not to raise premiums for Employment Insurance (EI), Canada Pension Plan (CPP) contributions and the federal carbon price in 2023.

The Liberals faced their $4.6 billion affordability plan. It includes Bill C-30, which would allow the government to double the tax credit for low-income Canadians from the GST for six months, and Bill C-31, which provides payments for dental care to uninsured parents with children under 12 and also boosts subsidies for dental care. rent.

Liberals argued that their plan is more effective because it targets low-income Canadians who need it most.

“Canadians cannot afford more of their paycheck. Will the prime minister cancel his Canadian payroll tax increases?” asked Mr. Poilievre.

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Mr Trudeau responded by pointing out that premiums for emotional intelligence were 20 per cent higher in 2015 when Mr. Poolevery was the Conservative minister in charge of the programme.

“On the CPP issue, we promised to be there for workers when they got older to help them with their retirement, and that’s exactly what we did,” he said. “In terms of pollution pricing, we promised that nowhere in this country would pollution be free, and it is no longer.”

The tone of the exchange between the leaders of the two parties was civil. Mr Poilievre only asked an opening round of questions, leaving other conservative MPs to ask similar questions about the cost of living for the remainder of the roughly 45-minute question period.

Immediately afterwards, the two men rose to their feet again for a special event marking the 50th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series. The surviving members of the Canadian hockey team—including Paul Henderson who scored the winning goal in the last game of the series—received a standing ovation from Members of Parliament and were given seats on the floor of the House of Commons as Mr. Trudeau, Mr. Polievry and others gave speeches in their honor.

Mr Poilievre politely applauded during Mr Trudeau’s speech and the Prime Minister reciprocated during the Conservative leader’s remarks.

The debate over the cost of living took a turn on Wednesday when governors said they “may” support Bill C-30 on the GST credit, but not Bill C-31. Mr Poilievre had previously rejected the entire liberal package, which was first announced by Mr Trudeau last week.

During the debate on Bill C-30, the Goods and Services Tax Credit Act, on Thursday afternoon, Conservative MP and fiscal critic Dan Albus said the liberal plan came after a “summer of silence” as Canadians struggled with price hikes due to inflation.

In a speech, he told MPs that while the Conservatives were concerned that the Liberals’ overall spending plan would worsen inflation, his party was ready to support a “band-aid” that provides short-term benefit to people receiving the GST credit.

“Providing them some of the GST that they paid them at such a difficult time is something we support as the official opposition,” he said. “I think we all need to be critically aware of those who are still suffering and this law will not help them.”

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