Trudeau and Poilievre clash in first exchanges in the House

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Trudeau and Poilievre clash in first exchanges in the Chamber

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the new Leader of the Official Opposition, Pierre Poilievre, clashed their views on the best ways to combat the rising cost of living Thursday during initial discussions in Question Period in the Commons.

The Conservative leader reiterated his demands that the Liberals reverse planned tax hikes with reference to increasing insurance contribution limits -employment and the Canada Pension Plan.

“This is exactly the worst time to increase costs for Canadians. Will the Prime Minister reverse tax increases on gas, heat, food and paycheques? »

— Pierre Poilievre, Leader of the Official Opposition

Justin Trudeau responded by inviting his political opponent to support the measures recently announced by his government and contained in his Bills C-30 and C-31, such as a dental benefit and a doubling of the GST credit.

Pierre Poilievre, Leader of the Official Opposition.

Leader of the Opposition. Official Opposition has an opportunity to support these measures and deliver aid directly to Canadians. I hope that is exactly what he will do, the prime minister said.

The Conservatives have come out in favor of the GST credit hike, but they oppose the proposed checks to cover oral health care costs.

We don' #x27;are not going to support tax increases for Canadians, hammered Pierre Poilievre Thursday.

He also said that over the next three years, Ottawa would collect $10 billion more in EI tax than they will pay in benefits.

[This] will allow the Prime Minister to grab the difference to feed his insatiable appetite for spending, Mr. Poilievre argued.

Mr. Trudeau responded that EI premiums were actually higher when Mr. Poilievre was employment minister in Stephen Harper's former government, reiterating an attack made the day before by the Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland.

The Liberal leader further argued that the new Tory leader had clearly shown his colors by opposing the government's tax hike. tax on the richest 1% of Canadians introduced by the Trudeau government as soon as it began its first mandate.

We have seen where [he] is staying. On this side of the House, we remain focused on really helping Canadians, he sent.

Despite two opposing visions, the tone of the first exchanges in the House between the two political opponents was not particularly acrimonious.

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