Talk between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Leader of the Official Opposition Erin O’Toole ahead of return of Parliament

On October 20, exactly one full month after the September 20 general election that gave the Librals another mandate in Ottawa, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have had a first talk and official engagement with the Leader of the Official Opposition and Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, the Honourable Erin O’Toole.

There talk came just ahead of the return of Parliament which is scheduled for November 22. The meeting was part of the Prime Minister’s consultations with opposition leaders to discuss the priorities of Canadians, following the announcement of Parliament’s return.

In as statement released by the Prime Minister’s office, “the Prime Minister emphasized the need for all Members of Parliament in the House of Commons to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.”

The statement also said that “Mr. O’Toole presented the Prime Minister with his party’s views on this topic ahead of the reconvening of Parliament on November 22.”

It was not clear to us whether the two views were fully aligned on this issue or not and there was yet no official statement from the Conservative Party as at publication time.

However, we learned that Trudeau used the opportunity to “outlined the government’s key priorities,” which “includes finishing the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, creating jobs and growing the middle class.”

The priorities also includes “addressing affordability by investing in housing and delivering $10 a day child care, as well as advancing reconciliation for Indigenous peoples, including through the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.”

The African Canadian Magazine also learned that the Prime Minister further “raised the ongoing need to tackle climate change ahead of the upcoming COP26 summit.”

Trudeau also raised the “early legislative priorities, including banning conversion therapy, 10 days of paid sick leave for federally regulated workers, and making it a criminal offence to harass or threaten health care workers.”

“The Prime Minister reiterated his commitment to collaborating with all Parliamentarians to ensure that Canadians and businesses continue to be protected from the COVID-19 virus, and receive the support they need and rely on,” the statement said.