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Kootenay Columbia MP slams Liberal-NDP agreement

The Nelson Daily Staff
By The Nelson Daily Staff
March 24th, 2022

Earlier this week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and leader of the NDP, Jagmeet Singh, struck a deal that will keep the governing Liberals in power until 2025.

To say Kootenay Columbia MP Rob Morrison is not pleased would be an understatement.

The Conservative MP said in a media release that the NDP-Liberal coalition is nothing more than a “callous attempt by Trudeau to hold on to power.”

“With rising inflation, an unbearable rise in the cost of living, and a national unity crisis all on his hands, Trudeau knows he has lost the confidence of Canadians,” Morrison explained.”

“His answer is to stay in power at all costs and that now includes implementing even harsher and more extreme NDP policies.”

Morrison said Canadians did not vote for an NDP government, and this move is little more than backdoor socialism and a further erosion of freedom.

“If this NDP-Liberal coalition stands, Canada is in for a very rough ride,” Morrison said.

The “supply and confidence” agreement is when one party agrees to support another in confidence votes and budgets for a certain period, typically in exchange for return support on specific files.

A few of the New Democrat proposals include the Liberals acting on a national pharmacare and dental program.

Morrison said one of the first acts of the new NDP-Liberal government was to vote against giving Canadians a break at the pumps by removing the GST from fuel.

“This common-sense solution would have provided much needed relief to Canadians suffering most from inflation — Canadians who rely on their vehicles to get to work or to drive their kids to hockey practice, and small businesses and non-profits who depend on their vehicles to keep serving their community,” Morrison said.

Morrison said with inflation at the highest rate in a generation, housing prices that have doubled under Justin Trudeau, and gas prices higher than $2.00/litre in some parts of the country, Conservatives proposed a simple solution to leave money in the pockets of hard-working Canadians by pausing the GST on fuel.

He said that idea was squashed as the NDP-Liberal government continued with their ideological and activist agenda and voted against this solution.

“Canadians can’t afford higher taxes, more debt, and less accountability from the NDP-Liberal government,” Morrison said.

“Conservatives will be consistent and continue to fight the NDP-Liberal coalition to make life more affordable for Canadians.

“We will continue to fight for families across Canada that have been pushed to the brink because of the cost-of-living crisis our country is facing.”

The Kootenay Columbia riding consists mostly of the East Kootenay, along with parts of the Shuswap — Revelstoke and Golden — and West Kootenay — Nelson and Kaslo.

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