On the eve of the federal Conservative policy convention in Quebec City this week, the leader of the federal NDP is sharpening his attacks against the Tory leader.
Although Jagmeet Singh was critical of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a speech before an NDP caucus meeting, he focused pointedly on Pierre Poilievre.
The Conservative Leader was in the spotlight Wednesday as Conservatives prepare to gather for the convention, which begins Thursday and runs through to Saturday. Story here.
Mr. Singh, in Ottawa, remarked on Mr. Poilievre living in “a government-funded mansion” namely Stornoway, the official residence of the Leader of the Official Opposition.
And he noted that the veteran Ottawa-area Conservative MP has had government-funded dental care for most of his adult life, but opposes the low-income dental-care program key to the confidence and supply agreement between the NDP and government.
“For Pierre it’s all an act. He pretends to care, but he doesn’t know how regular people live,” Mr. Singh said.
“Pierre Poilievre doesn’t want to help - he just wants power. And he will use that power the same way Conservatives have always used their power - to make the rich richer and to take away every bit of dignity from hard-working Canadians.”
Pollster Nik Nanos, commenting on Mr. Singh’s attack on the Conservative Leader, said that if Canadians think the Conservatives will win the next election – it would be a political calamity for the NDP as progressive voters swing back to the Liberals.
“The NDP could get crushed by strategic voting as progressive vote Liberal to block Poilievre,” the chief data scientist for Nanos Research said in a statement on Wednesday.
Mr. Singh also targeted Mr. Trudeau, saying, in a line that echoed the rhetoric of Mr. Poilievre that, after eight years of Mr. Trudeau ,life is harder with affordable housing out of reach, little overall action on the housing crisis, and affordability issues.
In Quebec City, Mr. Poilievre, at a news conference, chided Mr. Singh for supporting the carbon tax enacted by the government, and the NDP’s general support for government policies as part of what he called a “costly coalition.”.
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