Questions raised after Liberals remain non-committal about Trudeau’s attendance at some upcoming federal election debates.
Justin Trudeau is being accused of hiding from some upcoming federal election debates, as he refuses to commit to attending the first debate.
On September 12th, a debate sponsored by Macleans & Citytv has already confirmed Scheer, Singh, and May as attendees.
However, Trudeau has not yet committed to attending.
So far, the Liberals have only committed to attending the two official debates in October.
Another debate – centred around foreign policy – will be taking place October 1st. Both Scheer and May have committed to attending, but Trudeau & Singh have not.
The Conservatives have attacked Trudeau for potentially hiding from the debates. Here’s what they said in a press release:
The @munkdebate and @macleans/@City_tv debates will be important opportunities for Canadians to see their leaders promote their ideas and defend their records.
And Justin Trudeau is running away from them.
— Conservative Party (@CPC_HQ) August 27, 2019
“Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has confirmed his attendance at four proposed leaders debates during the upcoming election campaign.
Scheer is confirmed to attend both the commissioner English (Oct. 7) and French (Oct. 10) debates. Scheer is also confirmed to attend a debate organized by Maclean’s Magazine and City TV on Sept. 12 and the Munk Debate on foreign policy on Oct. 1.
Why won’t Justin Trudeau attend the Maclean’s/CityTV debate and the Munk debate? Why is he hiding?
Just because Trudeau has a lot to run away and hide from doesn’t mean he should.
He has made life harder and more unaffordable for families – bringing in a carbon tax and raising taxes on 80% of middle class families.
He is the first Prime Minister in Canadian history to be found guilty of breaking ethics laws – not once, but twice.
He has been incredibly weak on the world stage – backing down to Donald Trump on NAFTA, humiliating Canada and severely damaging relations with India, and failing to stand up for Canada’s interests in China.
And, he has broken promise after promise to the Canadian people.
Plain and simple, he is not as advertised.
Trudeau should stand before Canadians and answer for these failures. Instead, he’s running away.
Andrew Scheer is planning to hold Justin Trudeau accountable on the debate-stage while highlighting his own plan to help Canadians get ahead. It’s time for Justin Trudeau to stop hiding.
It’s time for Justin Trudeau to stop hiding.”
We can expect the Conservatives to continue this line of attack, as it also feeds into growing perceptions that Trudeau is dishonest and unwilling to provide the ‘openness and transparency’ he once promised.
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