Trudeau Brushes Off Conservative Claim He’s Being ‘Dictatorial’ With COVID-19 Aid Bill

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Deputy Conservative Leader Candice Bergen accused Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of “acting in a dictatorial way” Tuesday by moving to fast-track legislation for new COVID-19 aid programs, despite his earlier decision to prorogue Parliament for nearly six weeks. Trudeau, in turn, accused the Tories of playing “petty politics” during a crisis. The exchange took place in question period, shortly after Liberals revealed they will treat the vote over Bill C-4 — which seeks to replace the recently expired Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) with three new benefits and a revamped employment insurance system — as a confidence measure.

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