Canada 'Entirely untrue': Trudeau pushes back at Scheer's claim that he would hike GST, cut transfers
Scheer pledges to close asylum 'loophole' at Roxham Road crossing
ST-BERNARD-DE-LACOLLE, Que. — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says he will close the loophole that allows tens of thousands of asylum seekers to claim refugee status. Scheer is announcing his immigration plan at the Roxham Road crossing in Hemmingford, Que., which is separated from the United States by a few metres of scrub. The federal government says nearly 50,000 people have entered Canada there in the last two years, most of them intending to claim asylum once they're on Canadian soil.
Offering no evidence to back up his claims, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer today accused the Liberals of planning to team up with the NDP in a governing coalition that would rack up a $40-billion deficit, hike the GST and cut federal transfers to the provinces and territories.
Speaking at a campaign event in Fredericton, Scheer claimed that if Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau wins a minority on Monday, he'll join with the NDP to push runaway spending and tax increases.
"To pay for even half of these never-ending deficits, the Trudeau-NDP coalition would have to raise the GST from five per cent to 7.5 per cent or cut completely the Canada Social Transfer to the provinces," he said.
Andrew Scheer: Conservative everyman still an enigma
Reserved, fiscally-prudent, and a devout Catholic whose opposition to abortion and gay marriage goes against the Canadian grain, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer is the main rival to Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in October 21 elections. Two years after winning the leadership of the Conservative Party, Scheer, 40, remains an enigma, despite representing a district in Canada's big sky prairies in parliament since 2004. "It's obvious thatTwo years after winning the leadership of the Conservative Party, Scheer, 40, remains an enigma, despite representing a district in Canada's big sky prairies in parliament since 2004.
"These coalition deficits will raise your taxes and starve our vital public services of much-needed funds."
The Conservatives also have been running ads accusing the Liberals of secretly harbouring plans to legalize hard drugs and impose a new tax on home sales — claims the Liberals have insisted are completely false.
Pressed by journalists today to defend his party's claims, Scheer repeated his assertion that taxes would need to go up under a Liberal-NDP coalition government.
"If they are not going to raise the GST, they'd have to explain which taxes they will raise to pay for it. That is my challenge to Justin Trudeau today," he said.
Reporters asked Trudeau to respond today to Scheer's statement during a campaign event in Whitby, Ont.
Scheer promises $20,000 fines for politicians who violate ethics laws
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said today that a government led by him would introduce penalties for politicians found to have violated the Conflict of Interest Act. "For breaking the Conflict of Interest Act not only once, but twice, Justin Trudeau faced absolutely no consequences. That's because there are no consequences attached under the law," Scheer said at a campaign event in Essex, Ontario.Scheer said he would introduce penalties for politicians who violate the act that would be "proportional to the severity of the violation and the seniority of the offender.
"Those claims are entirely untrue," he said. "It is unfortunate that the Conservatives keep having to make up attacks against us. But all they're offering is cuts. Cuts four times greater than (Ontario Premier) Doug Ford's. So perhaps that's all they can do, is make things up."
Trudeau has consistently cited the Ford government's austerity measures throughout the campaign, warning that Scheer would impose the same deep cuts in ways that would harm Canadians.
Scheer has promised multiple tax breaks and credits during the campaign and has said he would pay for them by cutting foreign aid by 25 per cent and withdrawing $1.5 billion in corporate subsidies. He also has pledged to erase the deficit in five years.
Trudeau was asked if his repeated questions and claims about Scheer's position on abortion — made even though the Conservative leader has insisted he would not act to limit access to abortion services — also amount to disinformation.
Trudeau said Scheer has never stated he would stand up for reproductive services in New Brunswick, where the only abortion clinic in the province is closing down due to a lack of provincial funding.
"We need a federal government that will unequivocally stand up and defend women's rights, not passively accept what the law is even though they don't personally agree with it," he said.
"We need a government that will fight for women's rights, and that's exactly what we will do in New Brunswick and anywhere else where access to reproductive rights and services are limited by Conservative governments."
Possible to hold socially conservative views and be prime minister: Scheer .
OTTAWA — Andrew Scheer remains convinced that a prime minister can hold conservative views on divisive issues like same-sex marriage and abortion and still be trusted by Canadians not to impose them on the country. But the Conservative leader also knows that if those views prove to be the reason he failed Monday to convince voters otherwise, they could cost him his job. In an exclusive interview with The Canadian Press, Scheer said a wide-ranging analysis is now underway into what worked and what didn't for his party in an election that kept them relegated to Opposition status despite the myriad scandals that have plagued Justin Trudeau's Liberal government.
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