Trudeau meets Bloc leader in hunt for support for minority government
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 willTrudeau 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.
OTTAWA — Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appeared open to a proposal from the municipality to provide millions in funding for a safe supply of opioids to reduce overdose deaths.
The city's health agency has applied for $6 million from Health Canada to allow for the safe distribution of diamorphine — a narcotic painkiller more commonly known as heroin.
Stewart says he found it encouraging that Trudeau didn't shut the door to the idea during a meeting the two had this morning in Ottawa.
He says on average, one person dies every day from an opioid overdose in Vancouver, where residents are calling for more urgent action.
The mayor says he was also pleased to learn Patty Hajdu is the new health minister, as she has experience with harm-reduction strategies, and hopes to sit down with her about the city's proposal sometime soon.
Vancouver was the first jurisdiction in Canada to open supervised injection sites in the early 2000s and Stewart says he wants to keep exploring other innovative ways to solve its deadly opioid crisis.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 21, 2019.
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The new Liberal minority government will face its first do-or-die vote by Dec. 10 .
After Parliament returns next week, everyone will be watching to see whether Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's minority government survives a vote on the throne speech. But that's not the only upcoming vote that could topple the Liberal government. It's not even the first one on the agenda.Senior House of Commons officials told reporters Thursday that the first do-or-die vote after Parliament returns will be on a motion to allow the government to continue operating.In last month's general election, the Liberals landed 13 seats shy of a majority in the House of Commons.