Adrian Wyld La Canadian Press The leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, Pierre Poilievre, in Ottawa on Wednesday. On Thursday, Mr. Poilievre told reporters that a price on carbon in Ukraine would hamper its economic recovery.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday accused Conservatives of “turning their backs on Ukraine” by behaving like “right-wing and far-right” politicians who cite “reasons provided by Vladimir Putin.”
According to him, Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre's explanation that his troops voted against a free trade agreement with Ukraine at the start of the week because the bill favors carbon pricing, is an “absurd” and “ridiculous” excuse that hides “the real story.”
“It is indeed the rise of the American right and the right almost everywhere in the world which demonstrates its influence that all Conservative MPs in Canada voted against Ukraine,” he said during a press conference in St. John's, Newfoundland, where the Canada-European Union Leaders' Summit was taking place.
Visiting Toronto the day before, Mr. Poilievre told journalists that pricing on carbon in Ukraine would hamper its economic recovery.
“It’s cruel and frankly disgusting that Trudeau’s ideological obsession with taxing the working class, seniors and suffering families took precedence over what should have been a free trade agreement,” he said .
However, Ukraine has had a price on pollution for years and its ambassador to Canada is pressing Ottawa to adopt the bill.
According to Mr. Trudeau, it is “very concerning” that conservatives, who until recently were among “Ukraine's strongest defenders,” are changing their tune to “MAGA Republicans,” a reference to the political slogan “Make America Great Again” that Donald Trump popularized during his presidential campaign.
“Not only Ukrainian Canadians, but all Canadians should be concerned when the Conservative Party of Canada and Pierre Poilievre turn turn our backs on history, turn our backs on our friends and allies, turn our backs on the rules-based international order and our support for the United Nations Charter and territorial integrity,” he said. he sent.