Trudeau’s efforts to convey rivals onside falters in face of recent COVID-19 modelling

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s effort to attempt to convey rivals onside to assist talk the dramatic implications of rising COVID-19 infections seems to have faltered.

Whereas Trudeau stood in entrance of his residence Friday and implored Canadians to remain in theirs, opposition leaders did not echo that message.

Trudeau had given them a briefing late Thursday on the brand new modelling information that predicts as many as 20,000 new circumstances a day by the tip of December with out pressing motion.

Conservative Chief Erin O’Toole issued a scathing assertion concerning the briefing, laying the blame for hovering numbers on the federal government, after which pivoted Friday to digital campaign-style occasions.

And NDP Chief Jagmeet Singh, whereas supporting public well being measures, stated they’re meaningless if the Liberals do not do extra to assist individuals who cannot simply abide by them.

Trudeau says he expects his political opponents to criticize him, as that’s a part of democracy, however hopes they’re equally dedicated to working with authorities to assist individuals.

This report by The Canadian Press was first printed Nov. 21, 2020.