Fact Check: Trudeau falsely claimed Conservatives denied pandemic, opposed masks

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused the Conservative party of denying the existence of the COVID-19 pandemic and opposing masks, but a True North fact check found this to be false. Since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, the Conservatives have not denied the pandemic’s existence and had actually supported mask-wearing before the federal government officially recommended it. Trudeau made the accusation during a Wednesday Question Period exchange with Conservative MP and health critic Michelle Rempel Garner, who Trudeau accused of stoking suspicion of the science behind the virus. “We’ve all seen Conservative politicians casting doubt on science, casting doubt on experts, saying ‘the pandemic isn’t real, you shouldn’t wear masks,’” Trudeau said. “It is really concerning to hear that kind of suspicion around what scientists and experts say from the Conservative health critic, however, knowing what the Conservative Party’s approach is on science, we shouldn’t be surprised.”

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