Canada Trudeau meets Bloc leader in hunt for support for minority government
Parliament set to reconvene with Speaker election on Dec. 5
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will lay out priorities for his new minority government on Dec. 5. The Prime Minister's Office says that is the day the House of Commons will convene for the first time since the October election. On the same day, members of Parliament will elect a Speaker from their ranks and then hear the government's throne speech. Trudeau's office made the announcement today before Trudeau met Opposition leader Andrew Scheer.Speaking in French during a photo op at the start of the meeting, Trudeau said voters expect MPs to get to work quickly and he wants to meet those expectations.
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is meeting Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet this morning as he looks for support for his new minority government in Parliament.
Trudeau is sitting down with opposition leaders one by one this week, trying to identify areas of common ground where he can get their support for legislation once the House of Commons sits again in December.
Without a majority in the Commons, Trudeau's Liberals will need the backing of at least one opposition party to win any votes and will have to establish that they can get that for their throne speech laying out a general plan for governing.
Blanchet says he's looking forward to progress on issues voters "made important" in the October election.
The Liberals and the Bloc have broad agreement on issues such as climate change and the federal carbon tax.
Trudeau met Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer Tuesday.
Scheer criticizes Liberal cabinet lineup while Kenney, Ford congratulate the new team .
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer scoffed at the composition of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s new federal cabinet Wednesday, saying the presence of many of the same faces will result in the same failures as his last government."The cabinet he unveiled today is a bigger and more bloated version of the same one that helped create an affordability crisis for Canadian families, attacked our energy sector and put thousands of Canadians out of work, and set the stage for a national unity crisis," Scheer said in a statement.
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