Conservatives Accuse Liberals Of Seeking To ‘Engineer’ Pandemic Election


Federal Conservatives are accusing the Liberals of seeking to “engineer” an election by blaming the Official Opposition for delays in the government’s legislative agenda. Conservative House Leader Gérard Deltell charged in a statement Monday that Liberals are “playing games” at a time when the focus should be on the COVID-19 pandemic. “Canadians don’t want a risky pandemic election, but with every filibuster, delay in producing House-ordered documents, and the poorly organized legislative calendar, it’s becoming more and more clear that the Liberals are trying to engineer one,” he said. Liberals have for weeks “deliberately confused constructive debate” with political delay, Deltell said. He accused the government of having made mistakes in the past by seeking to “rush” legislation through the House of Commons without proper scrutiny, pointing to a loophole in the government’s Canada Recovery Sickness Benefitthat allowed quarantining vacationers to access the $1,000 benefit. Ottawa pledged to close the loophole in January.

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