Tuesday, January 26

Interview between Justin Trudeau and Erin O’Toole | A published report… before the phone call

(Ottawa) Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office released a report on his appeal with Conservative leader Erin O’Toole … even before that call took place. Mr. Trudeau’s team says this is a mistake.

Catherine levesque
The Canadian Press

A brief statement was sent to the media around 4:30 p.m. Friday. It is stated that the Prime Minister has “raised his concerns about the disinformation made by Conservative MPs regarding COVID-19”.

In this account, Mr. Trudeau appears ready to berate Mr. O’Toole about some of his elected officials who have “played down” the effects of the coronavirus.

In recent weeks, Tory-elect Rachael Harder shared a post on her Facebook page that says 10 of 369 Albertans who died from COVID-19 in mid-November were “in apparent good health,” while one of his colleagues, Dean Allison, compared COVID-19 to “the flu” in a radio interview.

This excerpt from the report, noted by a journalist on social media, made the Conservative leader’s team react.

” It’s strange. The call takes place at 5:15 p.m. today. I’m sitting with Erin O’Toole right now, ”Mr. O’Toole’s director of communications Melanie Paradis wrote on Twitter.

“This was a draft written by the team that was shared in error,” Trudeau’s press secretary Ann-Clara Vaillancourt said by email.

The call between the two politicians was scheduled for late Friday to discuss key bilateral issues to be raised with the new administration of the President-elect of the United States, Joe Biden.

According to a letter sent to Mr. Trudeau obtained by The Canadian Press, Mr. O’Toole wanted, among other things, to discuss the importance of working with the United States in the context of the pandemic, whether it is for the supply of vaccines. or for border management.

He also wanted to call on the Canadian government to “clearly express its willingness to work more closely with the United States to stand up to China.”

Finally, Mr. O’Toole wanted to reiterate the importance of saving the Keystone XL project, which President-elect Biden opposes.

“As you know, Keystone XL is vitally important to Canada and this needs to be made clear to the new Biden administration. It should also be noted that the completion of this project is important for the Canadian vision of our bilateral relations, ”he wrote.


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