Canada Pallister offers Trudeau 'friendly advice' on dealing with western alienation
Conservatives to try to force Trudeau's hand over western alienation
The Conservatives warned on Sunday thay they will use every measure available to force the Trudeau government to bend to their demands over western alienation. Calgary Nose Hill MP Michelle Rempel Garner said the interests of western provinces, such as Alberta and Saskatchewan, will be priority number one in the next session of Parliament — but she didn't shed further light on what tools her party would rely on to achieve their goal other than to say "stay tuned.
Opinion: First-past-the-post voting inflames Western alienation
A lot of ink has been spilled this past week on the idea that Western separatism is on the rise. Looking at a map of the election results, it’s not hard to see why: a solid wall of Conservative blue stretches across Alberta and Saskatchewan, unless your eyes are sharp enough to pick out the speck of orange in Edmonton Strathcona. Hand-wringing political commentators have pointed to this result as a sign of an unravelling country at risk of breaking apart.The reality, however, is that the election results are more a sign of a broken political system than of a broken country.
The two leaders met in Ottawa to discuss a range of issues, including climate change, health care and supports for Indigenous people.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Pallister was asked if he gave Trudeau any tips on addressing mounting anger in the West.
"Friendly advice, I would say, on getting some things done. Clearly there's some great frustration with the lack of progress, not just on pipelines, but on other things," he said, citing persistent gaps in flood protection measures in his province and others.
Pallister said the Liberal Party set up a "spat" over the carbon tax during the election, creating a divisive debate instead of a solutions-focused discussion.
"Fighting climate change is a unifying project. A political leader can divide, a prime minister should unite," he said. "So as we move forward we should unite around fighting climate change and we should not be caught up in a subset of a subset. Carbon tax is not the only way (to deal with climate change)."
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John Tory's comments came after a Friday conference call between Ontario Premier Doug Ford and other provincial leaders in which Ford offered to host a meeting in Toronto.The comments came after a Friday conference call between Ford and other provincial leaders. On the call, an agreement was made to hold an in-person meeting later this month after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveils his cabinet.
Climate change emerged as a key battlefront during the campaign, with Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer promising to scrap the federal carbon tax and Trudeau accusing his chief rival of offering no plan to tackle the climate crisis.
On election night, the Liberals were shut out of Alberta and Saskatchewan — a reflection of growing dissatisfaction in the region with the government's carbon tax and progress on pipelines.
Pallister said it's time for political leaders to unite and focus on solving the problems in Western Canada and elsewhere.
"I think there are many messages that could be taken from the federal election, but definitely one of them is that this is a country that is divided on a number of key issues right now. So unification efforts and a willingness to change one's approaches are important things," he said.
Pressure mounts on Scheer — new Angus Reid poll shows 42 per cent feel he should step down .
Pressure mounts on Scheer — new Angus Reid poll shows 42 per cent feel he should step down Many described Scheer’s inability to capitalize on a rocky year for the Justin Trudeau Liberals as a failure by the Conservative leader. Despite the SNC-Lavalin affair and the blackface and brownface scandals , Trudeau still captured enough votes to form a minority government.
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